Pumpkin Dump Cake

EPIC Pumpkin Dump Cake! My most requested dessert of the fall!

PUMPKIN DUMP CAKE!! It will quickly become you’re go-to fall dessert!

I originally posted this recipe back in 2011 and it was EASILY my most popular recipe for years. I wanted to give the pictures a spruce up and include a video to show you how amazingly easy it is! ENJOY!

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. Of course Pumpkin SPICE is a whole different situation… GIMME ALL THE PUMPKIN SPICE!



BUT, I think it’s a texture deal. Like pudding, or custard…pumpkin just has never been my fave. BUT 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.

AND put together pumpkin and “dump” with the super basic pumpkin spice 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.

EPIC Pumpkin Dump Cake! My most requested dessert of the fall!I know you have 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. You can use the toffee bits with or without chocolate. I’ve done it both ways and it’s great!

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…

EPIC Pumpkin Dump Cake! My most requested dessert of the fall!

So, you can stop there…but if you have ice cream in the freezer, I highly recommend plopping some on top. And maybe caramel sauce too. I mean…

EPIC Pumpkin Dump Cake! My most requested dessert of the fall!

I promise you, this will be your go-to fall dessert!!

EPIC Pumpkin Dump Cake! My most requested dessert of the fall!I hop you make this and report back!

Don’t forget to tag me and use the hashtag #cookiesandcups if you post you pictures on social media!


Pumpkin Dump Cake

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: serves 12


  • 1 15 oz can pure Pumpkin
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup toffee bits (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Coat a 9×13 baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir to combine and pour into your prepared pan.
  4. Sprinkle the entire box of cake mix on top, followed by your nuts or graham crackers and toffee chips.
  5. Pour your melted butter evenly on top.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until center is set and edges are lightly browned.
  7. Serve warm or at room temperature.


serve with ice cream or whipped cream



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


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.

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

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???

Amy | She Wears Many Hats

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

Glory/ Glorious Treats

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


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!

Maggie @ Tethered Mommy

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.


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.

Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom}

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


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!


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… 😀


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

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

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


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


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

A Creative Spirit

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


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


This looks amazing – and so easy! Yum!


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


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

Robyn Rasmussen

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


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


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!


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


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…)!


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. 🙂


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!!


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.


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!


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!


The looks fab.

Kim Lessey


Janeen Donati

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

Elizabeth L in Apex, NC
Elizabeth L in Apex, NC

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?)

Robyn | Add a Pinch

Oh my word, you are a genius!!!

Heather I.

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!


Just lovely & perfect for fall!

Patty Mascaro

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


While reading this I actually snorted. Out loud.

You have a gift, my friend!


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

Britney Vander Laan

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!


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.

Christene {WhipperBerry}

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.


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! 🙂


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!


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


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


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! 😉


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.


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 🙂


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!