Pumpkin Dump Cake


As some of you know I am not a huge pumpkin fan.  I like the looks of them, I like the carving of them…but the taste, not so much.

I mean, it’s ALRIGHT, but you won’t ever see me eating a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving.  Nope.

I think it’s a texture thing, like pudding or flan.  Can’t  do it.  I believe the copious amounts of snot my children have produced since birth have turned me off to anything of that same consistency.

Call me crazy.

Now, seeing as I won’t eat pudding because of the globby consistency, you might find it funny that I WOULD eat a cake with the word “dump” in it.

BUT put together pumpkin and “dump” and you have a dessert that I WILL eat.

I know I have made no sense whatsoever today, but I am in a dump cake coma.

If you have never heard of dump cake before it was a recipe that became popular in the 80’s by church cookbooks and potlucks…my mom made them and so did my grandma.  You basically dump in a few cans of fruit in a pan and cover it with cake mix and butter and bake it.

This is the same idea, only adios fruit and hola pumpkin.

Here’s how…

First you dump a can of pumpkin, a can of evaporated milk, some sugar and some eggs into a bowl…

Then stir it up…

Pour your mixture into a sprayed 9×13 baking pan and sprinkle a yellow cake mix on top.

Then you can top it with nuts, but since I don’t like nuts I topped it with some crushed graham crackers and toffee bits.

Now here’s the kicker…You now melt 2 sticks of butter and pour that over the entire thing.

Then pop it in the oven and it comes out looking something like this…minus the spoonful that’s missing because I couldn’t wait.

So, you can stop there…but if you have ice cream in the freezer, I highly recommend plopping some on top.

And p.s. ~ I had a really hard time finding pumpkin, so if you find some buy a few cans, because you are gonna want to make this more than once!

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Pumpkin Dump Cake
  • 1 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 10 oz can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter melted
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed graham crackers or pecans
  • ½ cup toffee bits (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan lightly with cooking/baking spray
  3. In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour into your prepared pan.
  5. Sprinkle your entire box of cake mix on top, followed by your nuts or graham crackers and toffee chips.
  6. Pour your melted butter evenly on top.
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes until center is set and edges are lightly browned.
serve with ice cream or whipped cream

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September 22, 2011 10:40 pm

To be honest I’m not a pumpkin fan either. But this actually looks good to me…it looks so easy too! Thanks!

October 3, 2011 5:13 pm

I have been making this for a long time and we have always called it “pumpkin crisp”. Whatever the name, it is totally YUMMY!

Jaclyn F.
September 22, 2011 10:41 pm

Ok, so I’m with you on the pumpkin flavor/texture thing … I’ve found a pumpkin muffin recipe that I LOVE! and um, this looks soooo good!! I’ll be adding it to my must tries and I’m certainly pinning this!!

Megan Tracey
September 22, 2011 10:42 pm

I just made this last night! I have been going pumpkin crazy lately……pumpkin dump cake, pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and now pumpkin cookies with a vanilla glaze!!! Can you tell I have no problem eating pumpkin???

September 22, 2011 10:42 pm

Goodness gracious! This looks perfect for welcoming fall with – yum!

September 22, 2011 10:44 pm

Looks delicious to me! I love sprinkle of cinnamon on the ice cream!

September 22, 2011 10:47 pm

Girl, I love me some dump cake. It’s like the easiest and yummiest of all things that contain the word dump. And I happen to be a pumpkin lover so this will be happening very very soon!

September 22, 2011 10:49 pm

Yeah, the consistency of pumpkin pie makes me gag too. There’s a million other things loaded with fat and sugar that I’d rather eat than that. And now I can add the pumpkin dump cake to the mix. This may make it to my Thanksgiving table. Or maybe an Oktoberfest next month. Or maybe my mouth this weekend.

September 22, 2011 10:53 pm

Oh my my!! This looksss divine…I took out my pumpkin can today only and In between of developing new recipe. Can’t wait for Fall.

September 22, 2011 10:59 pm

The name alone makes me want to eat it! The pictures only solidify the feeling. Yum!

September 22, 2011 11:03 pm

Is it time to start hording tins of pumpkin already?

I have made this cake before and while it ain’t perty, it is scrumpdiddilyumptious!

September 22, 2011 11:05 pm

I was a littler nervous at first when I saw the word dump….but this looks amazing! I have a couple of cans of pumpkin in my pantry right now that need a purpose… 😀

September 22, 2011 11:09 pm

Wow, what a great sounding cake. And it looks even better. Dump and bake, right?

September 22, 2011 11:23 pm

Um, I kind of want to make this right now…. but I think I’d eat the whole thing!

September 22, 2011 11:30 pm

Well Shelly, I happen to LOVE pumpkin, and I love dump cake, so this is a MUST MAKE recipe! It looks soooo good!

September 22, 2011 11:30 pm

I heart pumpkin, so this is right up my alley! Unfortunately, here in Hawaii, pumpkin usually isn’t available until right before Thanksgiving. Sigh.

September 22, 2011 11:37 pm

OH MY that sounds amazing… Doesn’t get better than a dump cake……. Thanks for sharing.

September 22, 2011 11:55 pm

Can’t wait to try this!
Thanks for sharing!

September 23, 2011 12:05 am

This looks amazing – and so easy! Yum!

September 23, 2011 12:11 am

I’ve never heard of a dump cake before, but if it’s taken from a church cookbook it must be good!

September 23, 2011 12:18 am

Oh yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah! Mom makes pumpkin dump cake because I don’t like pie either. But this, this is good stuff!

September 23, 2011 12:53 am

Oh my Gosh! This looks amazing!!! I love pumpkin in anything and the two sticks of butter pretty much seals the deal for me!

September 23, 2011 1:09 am

I want this with coffee, a book and a rainy fall day. So cozy. :)

September 23, 2011 1:26 am

ANY kind of “Dump Cake” makes me happy….they are just so easy to throw together! I am delighted to find a new pumpkin recipe! Thank you!

September 23, 2011 1:31 am

How have I never heard of this before? Ever? I’ve been severely bereft of so many comfort foods it’s insane.

September 23, 2011 2:39 am

Easy, peasy! Love simple and easy! Just dump and bake 😉 Nobody has to know how you slaved away in the kitchen all day baking (i.e. checking facebook, pintrest, foodie blogs, etc…)!

September 23, 2011 2:41 am

I just had to laugh when I saw this, because it reminded me of a fun little dessert contest we had years ago with some friends, and someone brought what they called “pumpkin dump” and nobody ate it because it because of the name! I’m glad you explained what it is (makes sense now!), and it certainly looks delicious. :-)

September 23, 2011 3:10 am

We make these cakes in the Dutch oven when camping, but with a can of pie filling instead of pumpkin. I am loving this pumpkin version, though!!

September 23, 2011 4:37 am

This looks delicious! We call dump cake “lazy cobbler” around here. I’ve used canned peaches, but never would have thought of pumpkin! FYI: the part where you are supposed to add the sugar is left out of the recipe.

September 23, 2011 6:21 am

A coworker of my husbands, just served this a couple weeks ago, and gave me the recipe. It is sooo yummy, I had to add it to all my other pumpkin recipes!

September 23, 2011 12:17 pm

Holy Yum! I have to make this tonight… I LOVE pumpkin! (big fan of pumpkin pie here).

Must remember to get a yellow cake mix though!

September 23, 2011 12:44 pm

The looks fab.

Kim Lessey
September 23, 2011 1:33 pm


September 23, 2011 3:13 pm

OMG! This sounds delish and I love pumkin… THANKS for sharing!! Janeen

Elizabeth L in Apex, NC
September 23, 2011 4:00 pm

I’m a big pumpkin fan, and this looks terrific! Thanks for sharing, as always.

(P.S. Would it mess with your mind too much to tell you that pumpkin is, indeed, fruit?)

September 23, 2011 5:11 pm

Oh my word, you are a genius!!!

September 23, 2011 6:57 pm

I’ve always wanted to try to make a dump cake, it looks so easy and delicious. This looks like the perfect first recipe for me to try!

September 23, 2011 7:49 pm

Just lovely & perfect for fall!

Patty Mascaro
September 23, 2011 8:06 pm

As usual, you always make me laugh, though unlike you I LOVE pumpkin so though you can’t hear the pitter patter of my little feet running to the kitchen to make this IT IS HAPPENING! You need to know the “texture” issue is only in relationship to slimy raw seafood like oysters…there can’t be any issues with things that involve sugar, eggs and cream you know :-0

September 23, 2011 11:05 pm

While reading this I actually snorted. Out loud.

You have a gift, my friend!

September 23, 2011 11:13 pm

Oh wow, this cake is calling my name! Love it!

September 24, 2011 12:23 am

I soooo want to try this. I love dump cakes! Of course this doesn’t exactly seem like a dump cake since you have to add eggs and sugar but I still bet it is delish! I will give it a try when I find myself around an oven that doesn’t involve dorm crusted on food! Thanks for sharing this cake recipe!

September 24, 2011 12:43 am

I think you may be my twin. I actually thought I was reading my own writing regarding pumpkin flavored things, flan, pudding etc… ha ha. and btw, no I don’t make cake.

September 24, 2011 4:52 am

Pumpkin is a huge favorite ingredient around here, so you had me at Pumpkin. Add in the dump and I’m all yours. This looks Amaaazing! Thanks for yet another thing to add to my already bursting to-be-tried cookbook. No…not complaining…not at all.

September 24, 2011 9:30 am

Just found your blog for the first time and I’m in love! What a deliciously fall recipe! Wow, I want a bite right now! :)

September 24, 2011 8:42 pm

This is in the oven, baking, right now. And holy yumminess – it smells DIVINE!

Once it’s almost done, I’ll make fresh sweetened whipped cream, and then we’ll have a yummalicious dessert!

September 24, 2011 8:43 pm

oh and I used glazed pecans and crushed them up …. mixed with the toffee and I’m drooling LOL

September 25, 2011 12:05 am

I am making this!!!! I had to search the recipe using the word ‘dump’ and that made me laugh 😉

September 25, 2011 3:45 am

Oh my goodness. You are my new favorite person ever.

See, I love baked pumpkin, but I, too, despise pumpkin pie. It’s so gross, and I tell my husband that the texture is nasty. He does not understand texture food issues, and thinks I am crazy. Or that it’s only women who get it. I CAN do pudding, but only soft pudding, no rice or tapioca (Blech!) or flan! OMG, ew. Anyway, I might have to make this, like tomorrow. Seriously. I’m in heaven, love and so happy to find this on Pinterest. Thanks from your new BFF! 😉

September 25, 2011 1:03 pm

I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my “What I Bookmarked This Week” post – stop by and see! Thanks for the inspiration.

September 25, 2011 9:49 pm

Hi, question on the “pumpkin puree”, is that just the regular canned pumpkin or is their a thinner version out there???
I want to try this soon! I am with you on the texture thing and pumpkin :)

September 25, 2011 10:28 pm

Just wanted to say that I think 1 stick of butter would be enough. I made the recipe as listed, it took a bit longer to bake and was still a bit gooey. In the past, the dump cakes that I’ve made have only used 1 stick of butter. I put graham crackers, toffee, and pecans on top!