Pumpkin Dump Cake

PUMPKIN DUMP CAKE is an EASY recipe that will quickly become your go-to fall dessert! It’s made with yellow cake mix, which is a great shortcut.

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Pumpkin Dump Cake Is Going To Be Your Go-To Fall Dessert!

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 pumpkin dump cake coma.

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

What is a Dump Cake?

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.

It’s a pumpkin dump cake recipe with yellow cake mix, evaporated milk and a few other easy ingredient. AND I made a Pumpkin Dump Cake VIDEO to show you just how easy it is!

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 hope you make this and report back!

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description:

Pumpkin Dump Cake is an easy fall dessert that starts with yellow cake mix! So delicious!


Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pure Pumpkin
  • 1 (10 ounce) can Evaporated Milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons 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)

Instructions:

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

Notes:

serve with ice cream or whipped cream

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Keywords:: pumpkin, cake, dump cake, fall dessert

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284 Responses
  1. 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?)

  2. Larissa

    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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. 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…)!

  6. 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… 😀

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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???

  10. 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!!

    1. doxta

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

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