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Pumpkin Pie Cake

This Pumpkin Pie Cake, also known as Pumpkin Dump Cake, is not only better than pumpkin pie, it’s so much easier!

If you make just one pumpkin dessert this fall, let this Pumpkin Pie Cake be the one.

You won’t regret it for even one second.

Easy and – in my humble opinion – even BETTER than pumpkin pie! It’s called Pumpkin Pie Cake but it’s really sort of half pie, half cake. Gooier than a cake, slightly more firm than a pie and so damn addicting! Many people call it Pumpkin Dump Cake because it’s as easy as dumping the ingredients in a pan and baking it!

This Pumpkin Pie Cake is not only BETTER than pumpkin pie, it's SO much easier. Everyone always raves and asks for the recipe!


Making pumpkin pie cake is even less work than a pie with a store-bought crust. You can watch the video above for the visual, but all that’s required is to mix up some pumpkin puree with a few other ingredients, pour into a pan, then top with dry cake mix, butt, r and chopped pecans. Bake your pumpkin dump cake and you’re done!

You could try walnuts in place of the pecans or a different flavor cake mix if that’s what you’ve got on hand. I’ve found that the spice cake mix flavor works best, but play around and make it your own! Freshly whipped cream is delightful here, too, but a good vanilla ice cream never hurt anybody :)

This Pumpkin Pie Cake is not only BETTER than pumpkin pie, it's SO much easier. Everyone always raves and asks for the recipe!

Pumpkin pie has been one of my favorite pies since I was a kid. My mom always made her holiday pies from scratch; beautiful pies that would sit on the counter all day until we could finally sit down to the big meal. She still does that today, but I’ll be sneaking in this Pumpkin Pie Cake for everyone to enjoy, too!


This recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice, which is widely available at most grocery stores. You can easily make your own though! Pumpkin pie spice contains cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and nutmeg. I’ll usually make my own because it’s so much cheaper, plus I don’t care for cloves which is in many of the store-bought versions. You can add a pinch of cloves to your mix if you like that flavor. I usually do 1/4 cup cinnamon, 1 tablespoon allspice, and 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon EACH of the ground ginger and nutmeg. Grating your nutmeg fresh will make your pumpkin pie spice taste even better!

This Pumpkin Pie Cake is not only BETTER than pumpkin pie, it's SO much easier. Everyone always raves and asks for the recipe!

It’s hard to believe we’re already in the middle of pumpkin-flavored-everything season and, I’ll admit, I’ve resisted it for weeks. This Pumpkin Pie Cake has really changed my tune though; it’s worth taking the plunge. Normally I’m making my Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Bourbon Pecan Caramel Sauce this time of year. Sometimes the easy road is also the most delicious though!

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This Pumpkin Pie Cake is not only BETTER than pumpkin pie, it's SO much easier. Everyone always raves and asks for the recipe!

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

This "cake" is sort of half cake, half pie. It will become your new favorite pumpkin dessert!


  • 2 14.5 ounce cans pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In large mixing bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Pour mixture into greased 13x9 inch pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top, taking care to cover mixture. Pour melted butter over cake mix, then sprinkle pecans on top.
  4. Bake for one hour or until "cake" is set. Top with whipped cream and enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 799Total Fat: 46gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 144mgSodium: 872mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 87gSugar: 61gProtein: 11g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Wednesday 21st of November 2018

About 32 years ago a coworker gave me a recipe much like this version here It’s a fam favorite and I’d misplaced it so just made this version today—-it’s cooling now.

Your version is much easier using the same ingredients! Next time I do it your way! No bottom “crust” or streusel topping but who cares? Saves about 20 minutes of prep time during the holidays. Thanks


Thursday 30th of August 2018

I totally want to try this with some of my low carb ingredients!


Thursday 30th of August 2018

That's on my list to make, too! :)

Jennifer Blake

Wednesday 29th of August 2018

I am definitely a cake person versus pie. Love getting this fall classic in cake form!


Wednesday 29th of August 2018

Such a great fall dessert! Love those pecanson top too!


Tuesday 28th of August 2018

This makes me feel like fall, which I absolutely love! Some of my favorite smells and flavors right here!