Pumpkin Dump Cake

This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite! This post was updated September 2015 with new photos, but it’s still the same great recipe that everyone will love!

If you’ve been keeping up with our posts, you know that I am pumpkin crazy. I mean, I’m that crazy lady who walks out of the grocery store with 10 cans of pumpkin and that’s it. Well and maybe some butter, I’m always running out of butter!

This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite! This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite! It was a good thing I stocked up when I did because I noticed our grocery store didn’t have any left on the shelf this week. That must be my type A personality coming through, plus I hate having to drive to multiple stores looking for one item. Uh..that was me last week looking for safety pins!

I don’t mind having tons of cans of pumpkin around the house. You never knew if you’ll need pumpkin in June when you’re a food blogger! But for all you regular folk, if you have lots of cans around your house towards the end of the season, offer to bring pumpkin pie (or 2) and this spectacular dump cake for Thanksgiving.

This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite! This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite! This dump cake is super easy, I promise! Above is a shot of everything you’ll need – yellow cake mix, pecans, pumpkin puree, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.. which I like to abbreviate as PP spice on my grocery list, haha.

This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite! For those of you who’ve had pumpkin dump cake before, you know it’s amazing and probably one of those fall desserts you make each year. This cake could replace pumpkin pie at thanksgiving in our house, it’s that GOOD.

How to make pumpkin dump cake:
1. In a bowl combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, evaporated milk, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well with a fork, spatula, or electric mixer.
2. Pour the mixture into a well buttercream pan.
3. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the mixture in the pan.
4. Sprinkle the pecans evenly on top of the cake mix.
5. Drizzle the melted butter evenly on top of everything.
Ta da! You’ll only have 3 items to clean – the mixing bowl, the cake pan, and a bowl or pot you used to melt the butter in.

This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite! This is Ryan’s favorite dessert in just about the whole wide world, so I made sure to save him an extra big piece before bringing it to bible study and pawning it off on neighbors and friends.

And some of you might be skeptical, but trust me there is nothing ‘dumpy’ about this cake, haha.. get it? :)

This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite!

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

Yield: one 9x13 inch pan

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
  • 1 can (10 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter, melted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
  3. In a large bowl combine the pumpkin, evaporated milk, brown sugar, eggs and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Whisk until combined. Pour this mixture into the buttered pan.
  5. Sprinkle the cake mix powder on top of the batter as evenly as possible.
  6. Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the batter.
  7. Pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the cake.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the edges are browned and the center is set. A knife inserted in the middle should come out clean.

This pumpkin dump cake is the best fall dessert! Just mix, dump, and bake - it’s ready in under 1 hour! This will be a family favorite!
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88 Responses to “Pumpkin Dump Cake”

  1. tumbleweedcontessa — October 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I hate to make pie crusts. This would very easily replace the pumpkin pie in my house! Thanks for sharing. (I keep a supply of pumpkin in my pantry too. :-) ) We are featuring pumpkin at Saturday Dishes. I’d love it if you brought this over.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

    • The First Year Blog — October 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

      Glad to know we have a pumpkin dump cake fan on board!!

  2. Julia @ It's Always Ruetten — October 6, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I am pumpkin crazy just like you! This looks great! I pinned so I don’t forget to make this soon!

    • The First Year Blog — October 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      We crazy ladies should stick together!

  3. Winnie — October 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Simply delicious looking cake!!
    I’d looooooooooooove a slice :) (make it 2)

    • The First Year Blog — October 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm

      Done :-)

  4. I’ve had other kinds of dump cake, but never pumpkin! I am so excited to try this! Thanks!

    • The First Year Blog — October 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      What other kinds of dump cake are there?!

    • Elisheba — October 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Oh my goodness, so many! Cherry pineapple is really yummy, a berry mixed one is yummy too. Less ingredients…canned pie filling, can of chunk pineapple sans sauce, cake mix on top, one stick of butter in dabs all over top. It sounds like a strange combo, at least it did to me, but I’m totally a fan. I definitely want to try pumpkin!

    • The First Year Blog — October 24, 2013 at 9:35 am

      You are the queen of dump cakes! Thanks for sharing those ideas!

  5. Kate @KateMovingForward — October 7, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I love pumpkin dump cake! So delicious! You have beautiful pictures too!

    • The First Year Blog — October 7, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you Kate!!

  6. Ash-foodfashionparty — October 7, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Delicious, moist and easy one. Can’t wait to try it out. Pinning this for sure.

    • The First Year Blog — October 7, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      So so sooooo good!!

  7. Charisa — October 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    This sounds really good! Just Pinned it!

  8. thisolemom — October 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Beth, I am pinning the Pumpkin dump cake. It looks so delicious! I am Linking up tonight at the Monday Mingle . I am your newest follower on google.

    I would love for you to visit me
    http://thisolemom.blogspot.com

    Kim @This Ole Mom

    • The First Year Blog — October 8, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thanks for coming by Kim, heading over to your blog now!

  9. Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama — October 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I love this, Beth! And so incredibly easy too! :)
    Thank you for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week!

  10. Miss Tasty — October 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I’ve never tried a pumpkin dump cake!! How have I lived life this long??!!! I’ll totally be giving this one a try. Thanks for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays! Pinned!!

    • The First Year Blog — October 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      Hahaha, enjoy, and I hope it changes your life!

  11. Heather @ French Press — October 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I have never made a a dump cake, but this pumpkin looks terrific

  12. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes — October 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Yum! Thanks so much for linking up to this week’s All My Bloggy Friends – I’m going to be sharing this on my FB page :)

  13. Theresa — October 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

    YUMMY!!! Totally trying this, thanks!

    • The First Year Blog — October 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

      You are so welcome!

  14. Mary — October 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    I love your blog and your pumpkin dump cake, so yummy looking! I would like to invite you to join my blog party Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage to link up your vignette or anything else you’d like to. ( I usually start the link up on Saturdays) Hope to see you there, Mary

  15. Shannon@Hoybycrafts — October 13, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Mmmm…can’t wait to try this! Looks delish! Stopping by from Hoyby Crafts.

  16. Tori — October 14, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I seriously want to make this now! Thanks for such a easy recipe for Fall! Will be trying it out very soon:) Oh and this will be featured tomorrow on Tell Me Tuesday! Have a great night Beth!

    • The First Year Blog — October 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks so much Tori!!

  17. Anne — October 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

    A girlfriend of mine makes pumpkin dump cake and I request it (kindly of course) every time she has a girls’ get together. I would say that I would make it myself, but it is soooo good that I usually eat it until I have a stomach ache. So it would definitely be dangerous in my house…very.

    • The First Year Blog — October 15, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Haha! It’s dangerous in our house too, maybe I should figure out how to make a single serving!

  18. BETTY — October 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    HEY LADIES BAKE THIS FIRST AND THEN LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS……SO MUCH MORE HELPFUL….THIS WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!!! I WILL BE MAKING THIS FOR OUR THANKSGIVING DINNER. MUCH BETTER THAN A PLAIN PUMPKIN PIE, HANDS DOWN. THANKS

  19. Leslie Lambert — October 16, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Congratulations…this post is featured on Create It Thursday #24! Thanks for linking up such a fabulous idea last week!

    • The First Year Blog — October 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Thank you friend!

  20. Alexis @ Persia Lou — October 17, 2013 at 12:14 am

    This looks delicious! And I totally just bought six cans of pumpkin on my last grocery trip. :) Pinnning!

    • The First Year Blog — October 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Haha, now we’re the crazy pumpkin ladies!

  21. Brandi — October 24, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Hey there! Would it be possible to omit the pecans? I am allergic to nuts. I know sometimes omitting nuts changes the consistency and you need to alter ingredients. Any ideas? I love making pineapple dump cake (just crushed pineapples, apple pie filling, white cake mix, and butter). This sounds delicious! Thanks!

    • The First Year Blog — October 24, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Hey Brandi! You could definitely omit the pecans, it just wouldn’t have a crunchy texture but I am sure it will still be delicious!

  22. dredding0106 — November 11, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Does the brown sugar go in the batter or on top?

    • The First Year Blog — November 11, 2013 at 7:40 am

      Great question, when I wrote “sugar” in the directions that when you add the brown sugar. I’ll go back and clarify that part.

  23. Lorrie — November 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This is a wonderful dessert! I have made it many times, but this year will try the gluten free cake mix as so many are now GF at our Thanksgiving table. (I do make it with sweetened condensed milk and no brown sugar however)

    • The First Year Blog — November 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Lorrie! That’s awesome that you are going to make it gluten free – then I would be able to eat it too!!

  24. Kindra S. — December 26, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Do you think this would work with a gluten free cake mix? I eat a gluten-free diet and was just wondering.

    • The First Year Blog — December 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Kindra! I do think substituting a gluten free cake mix would work just fine. I hope you enjoy it!

  25. Donna Edwards — October 12, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Does this cake freeze well? Also wondered if anyone tried substituting toffee bits for the nuts?

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      I’m not sure about the freezing – our never lasts that long! But the toffee bits for nuts – I say yes!

  26. Sandra Estoch Geist — November 28, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I made this pumpkin dump cake for Thanksgiving. It was very good but I had to bake it 1 hr and 10 minuets and it still didn’t look done in the center. It looked like the cake mix part was gueey but it still tasted good.

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 30, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Did you use a dark or light colored baking pan? That could have made a difference in the baking, but I am glad it tasted good!

  27. Mandy @Mandy's Recipe Box — September 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Yum and can we please just pumpkin all the things? PINNED!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 3, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      YES! Thanks for pinning :)

  28. Julia — September 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I was just thinking about pumpkin today and how I need to start making recipes ASAP. This looks wonderful and definitely a great way to use pumpkin. I have to try it out! Love that topping!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Julia! I’m giving this circa 2013 recipe a much needed update!!

  29. taylor @ greens & chocolate — September 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I am pumpkin crazy too!  And this looks like my kind of cake!  

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Easy peasy lemon squeezy :)

  30. Gina | Running to the Kitchen — September 3, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Dump cakes are seriously the best and this one is just perfect for fall :)

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      I’m glad you’re on board!!

  31. Meg @ With Salt and Wit — September 4, 2015 at 8:15 am

    It’s like you made this cake for me :) Cake mixes have become my best friend and this cake will too once I make it!

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 8, 2015 at 6:25 pm

      It’s amazing!!

  32. Ami maze — September 29, 2015 at 9:56 am

    How should it be stored? In the refrigerator?
    In the oven now!(:

    • Beth @ The First Year — September 30, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Yes! Definitely in the fridge if you won’t be serving it the same day as baking it!

  33. Julia Elliott — September 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I wanted to add that Dollar Tree has canned pumpkin – if not in your store then definitely online. I just had a CASE of pumpkin shipped to my store for FREE SHIPPING. I use the pumpkin for… wait for it… this is good. I put a full can of pumpkin in my homemade chili. It tastes rich & yummy and has a ton of vitamin A & more in it. You can’t taste the pumpkin and everyone loves it.

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 2, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Thanks for the tip Julia!

  34. Heather — October 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I plan to make this for Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend. Will it be okay if I make it on Friday to serve Saturday? Should I warm it up before serving? It sounds delicious! I am not a fan of pumpkin pie so this sounds perfect for me!

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 6, 2015 at 7:27 am

      Hi Heather! Yep, totally okay to make it the day before. Some people like this cold, but you could definitely pop it in the oven to warm it up or microwave an individual piece! Or you could let it sit out before serving so it comes to room temperature. Lots of options, haha! Enjoy!

  35. Jodi — October 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    have you ever tried freezing this?

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 13, 2015 at 7:32 am

      Hi Jodi, no I haven’t! I can’t offer any advice on that, sorry!

  36. Betty — October 17, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Have you ever tried this with a spice cake mix?

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      I haven’t but it sounds delicious!

  37. Nicole in Madagascar — October 19, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I live in Madagascar and don’t have access to cake mixes.  Would any of you have a recipe for a standard cake mix?    I would love to make this with all fresh ingredients…  

    Please let me know… 

  38. Larry Green — October 19, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Where is exact receipe to print???   Looked up and down couldn’t find it

  39. Larry Green — October 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Just found it.  Sorry!Thanks, can’t wait to make it

  40. Stephanie B — October 25, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Looking forward to making this. Di d you use the  pumpkin pie spice to sprinkle on top of the whipped cream or something else?

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 28, 2015 at 8:55 pm

      It was cinnamon!

  41. Joyce from Ohio — October 27, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Is there a good substitute for the pecans? Some people in my family can’t have nuts but would love to try this recipe!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — October 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Oats maybe if you guys can’t do any nuts?

  42. Craftyjunkstuff — November 19, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    LOVE this recipe. Since there are nut allergies in my family, I substituted a cup of oats for the nuts and it makes for a delicious crunch!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 21, 2015 at 8:07 am

      That sounds like a great substitute!!

  43. Kim — November 21, 2015 at 8:01 am

    This recipe looks spectacular! I cant wait to try this thank you!! My only question is we have nut allergies in my home. Can this be made with everything but the pecans? Please let me know I would love to get this going as soon as possible!
    Thanks again!!

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 21, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Another reader used oats in place of the nuts!

  44. Amanda — November 22, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    What kind of texture does this cake have? Doughy? More cake like? Thanks

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 24, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Cake like!

  45. Judy — November 23, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Have you ever tried this with a chocolate cake mix? Just wondering…

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 23, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Hi Judy! I have not, sorry!

  46. Amanda — November 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Can you tell me if this is a doughy cake or more cake texture?

    • Beth @ The First Year — November 24, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      It’s like a cake!

  47. mary — December 2, 2015 at 1:34 am

    instead of using 2 sticks of melted butter on the top only use one and then measure out from Land O Lakes they are cinnamon sugar butter in mixing together that would give it a little bit different flavor

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