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This pumpkin dump cake is a fun twist on a classic pumpkin pie that combines all the things you love into one simple dish. 
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Table of Contents
  1. Pumpkin Dump Cake Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Why We Love This Recipe
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
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This pumpkin dump cake is a great twist on the classic, old-fashioned pumpkin pie. It’s a decadent dump cake recipe full of fall flavor that is best served warm and bubbly with whipped cream on top. 

close up shot of a slice of Pumpkin Dump Cake topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce on a plate

Pumpkin Dump Cake Ingredients

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This pumpkin dump cake is a delicious dessert featuring creamy pumpkin puree, warm spices like pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, and a rich, spiced cake mix.

Chopped pecans add a delightful crunch, and the buttery caramel sauce from melted butter and whole milk creates a moist, gooey bottom layer.

You’ll need:

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans of pure pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 (12-ounce) can of evaporated milk
  • 1½ cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box of spice cake mix (I used the Duncan Hines brand)
  • 1½ cups of chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup of whole milk

PRO TIP:

Watch out when you are at the grocery store that you buy pure pumpkin purée and not canned pumpkin pie filling.

Substitutions And Additions

CAKE MIX: There are multiple flavors of cake mixes that would work in this easy dump cake recipe.

Try vanilla, butter, or yellow cake mix. You can add two teaspoons of pumpkin spice blend to the cake mix and pecans instead of using the spiced cake mix.

NUTS: You could top your pumpkin pie dump cake with chopped walnuts instead of pecans. You can also leave out the pecans if you prefer.

PUMPKIN PUREE: If you’re in a pinch and don’t have canned pumpkin puree, you can use freshly cooked and mashed pumpkin or butternut squash.

Just make sure it’s well-drained to maintain the desired consistency.

VANILLA EXTRACT: Add a twist to the flavor by using almond extract or maple extract instead of vanilla.

These alternatives can give your pumpkin dump cake a unique and delightful flavor.

How To Make This Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

Dump cakes are as easy as mixing up your ingredients, adding them to a baking dish, and sprinkling cake mix over top before baking until bubbling.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You’ll want to use a 9×13-inch cake pan so that the texture and consistency are right.

I’ve used an 11x 7-inch baking pan before, and it turned out a little too thick, which changed the delicious texture of the dump cake.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with baker’s spray. Set aside.

STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together by hand the pure pumpkin puree, eggs, evaporated milk, and granulated sugar.

Next, add the vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice blend, and cinnamon.

Mix until smooth and all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

pumpkin puree, eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spices blend and cinnamon whisked together

STEP THREE: Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it into an even layer.

cake mix poured in a baking dish

STEP FOUR: In a medium bowl, stir together the dry cake mix and chopped pecans.

Sprinkle the spice cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin filling.

spice cake mix sprinkled on top of the pumpkin filling

STEP FIVE: In a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter and whole milk.

STEP SIX: Slowly pour the butter and milk mixture over the top of the entire dry cake mix layer.

You want to make sure that no large dry pockets of spiced cake mix are showing.

If there is, take a spoon and gently push the dry mix under the butter.

Be careful not to stir the butter and cake mix, but just submerge the cake mix under the butter.

A few small spots of dry mix showing are okay. However, you really want as much of the dry mix submerged under the butter and milk mixture.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your cake as the suggested baking time approaches.

butter and milk mixtures poured on top of the dry cake

STEP SEVEN: Bake for one hour or until the top is golden and the center has set.

PRO TIP:

Because dump cakes are so gooey and moist, it can be hard to determine if they’re done.

It’s normal to see some wet spots and some spots that are more crisp and done. 

dump cake baked for an hour

How To Serve

I like to allow this pumpkin dump cake to cool down until it is just warm but not hot on the counter.

This easy fall dessert is best served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, a spoonful of whipped cream or Cool Whip on top, and maybe even a decadent drizzle of caramel sauce.

Want more amazing pumpkin desserts? This no-bake pumpkin pie recipe is a huge hit with anyone who tries it.

I’m also obsessed with this from scratch pumpkin spice latte recipe

Storage

Let’s talk about the best ways to keep your cake fresh and tasty.

MAKE AHEAD: Simply follow the recipe instructions up to the point of baking. Cover your baking dish tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate it.

When you’re ready to enjoy, bake it according to the recipe, adding a few extra minutes to account for the cold start.

This make-ahead option is perfect for saving time when you have a busy schedule.

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to four days.

I actually love the texture and consistency of this cake served cold. You can also warm it back up before serving if you’d like. 

IN THE FREEZER: If you have leftover dump cake, you can store it in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months.

I would suggest thawing in the refrigerator before serving.

REHEATING: To reheat your cake, there are a few methods to choose from:

  • OVEN: Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Remove the cake from the freezer or fridge, and if it’s frozen, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight. Once it’s at room temperature, place it in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until it’s heated through. You can cover it with aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning if needed.
  • MICROWAVE: For a quick individual serving, microwave a slice of pumpkin dump cake for 20-30 seconds on medium power. Keep an eye on it to avoid overheating.

Why We Love This Recipe

EFFORTLESS PREPARATION: This recipe is incredibly easy to make, perfect for both beginner and experienced bakers. With just a few simple steps, you can create a mouthwatering dessert.

AMAZING FALL FLAVORS: The combination of pumpkin puree, warm spices, and a spiced cake mix results in a dessert that captures the quintessential flavors of autumn.

SENSATIONAL TEXTURES: With its moist, custard-like bottom layer and crunchy pecan topping, this dessert offers a delightful contrast in textures.

close up shot of Pumpkin Dump Cake in a baking dish

This pumpkin dump cake is a fun twist on a classic pumpkin pie. It combines all the things you love about a homemade dessert into one simple dish, baked and served with love.

(Pssst – if you love dump cake recipes, try our amazing chocolate dump cake, too!)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is an easy and super moist cake in which the ingredients are simply dumped into the pan and baked. Usually, they use a box of cake mix and a handful of additional simple ingredients.

Can you make a dump cake ahead of time?

This is a great recipe to make ahead. You can make pumpkin dump cake up to two days ahead of time. Just store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Can I substitute a different type of cake mix?

For this easy dessert recipe, you can easily substitute vanilla, butter, or yellow cake mix and add two teaspoons of pumpkin spice blend to the cake mix and pecans instead of using the spiced cake mix.

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

5 from 6 votes
This pumpkin dump cake is a fun twist on a classic pumpkin pie that combines all the things you love into one simple dish. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 30 ounces pure pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie mix (two 15-ounce cans)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice blend
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 15.25 ounces spice cake mix (I used Duncan Hines brand)
  • cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup whole milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 9 x 13-inch baking dish with baker's spray. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together by hand the pure pumpkin puree, eggs, evaporated milk, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice blend, and cinnamon until smooth and all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Pour the pumpkin filling into the prepared baking dish and spread it into an even layer.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the dry spice mix and chopped pecans. Sprinkle the spice cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin filling.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the melted butter and whole milk.
  • Slowly pour the butter and milk mixture over the top of the entire dry cake mix layer. Make sure that no large dry pockets of spiced cake mix are showing. If there are, take a spoon and gently push the dry mix under the butter, being careful not to stir the butter and cake mix, but just submerge the cake mix under the butter. A few small little spots of dry mix showing are ok, but you really want as much of the dry mix submerged under the butter and milk mixture.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until the top is golden and the center has set.

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Notes

  • Watch out when you are at the grocery store that you buy pure pumpkin purée and not canned pumpkin pie filling.
  • You’ll want to use a 9×13-inch cake pan so that the texture and consistency are right. I’ve used an 11x 7-inch baking pan before, and it turned out a little too thick, which changed the delicious texture of the dump cake.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your cake as the suggested baking time approaches.
  • Because dump cakes are so gooey and moist, it can be hard to determine if they’re done. It’s normal to see some wet spots and some spots that are more crisp and done. 

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Emily says

    If I want it to taste like the recipe you have here but I only have yellow cake mix what spices would I add to make it like this recipe?

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Emily! I would add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, and ¼ teaspoon allspice or cloves to a plain yellow mix to have it more like spice cake. Enjoy!

  2. Carol says

    5 stars
    Made this last year for Thanksgiving. It was a huge hit! I plan on making it again for my college roommates reunion in November. I would like to make it ahead of time. Can this be frozen? I am the cook and need to do as much ahead of time as I can.

  3. Donna Stein says

    I so love your recipes. I have made a variety from apps to desserts and they are always awesome. Thanks to you I have new things to try that come out awesome!

  4. Glenda says

    5 stars
    I would like to try this.. Do you have any recipes using sweet potatoes.. especially cakes like this? I’m not a big fan of pumpkin but this cake might just change my mind.. thanks..

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