Has anybody else noticed? Pumpkin Dump Cake appears to be the rage this year. Scrolling through Facebook, I have found many recipe videos devoted to this dessert. Ever since the first Pumpkin Dump Cake video I watched, it has been first on my mental, then moved to my physical fall dessert list of recipes to try. Those videos won me over and told me I needed Pumpkin Dump Cake in my life. Considering how strongly food speaks to me, I just had to try it this year.
It was a success! We loved it. As soon as I had my first bite with a little Pumpkin Dump Cake, a little ice cream, and loads of caramel sauce, I just knew it was meant for me and I was meant for it. When you experiment in the kitchen as much as I do, you learn that you will not love every single recipe you try. Some say that is why they aren’t much for trying anything new and stick with their previously tried and true recipes. To an extent I get that, but, some of our most favorite desserts have come into our lives, because I decided to try something we had never had before!
There are many different versions of Pumpkin Dump Cake out there and I discovered most are pretty similar. I tweaked mine to suit my liking because most versions call for pecans, and as much as I love nuts, they do not belong in my cookies, cake, or brownies. They just don’t.
If nuts do belong in your cookies, cake, or brownies, go ahead and add them. I’ll keep ’em in the recipe for you, as an alternative option :).
Oh and BTW…this is a great easy recipe that fits in perfectly when you are burnt out from making all that pie :).
Happy Pumpkin Dump Cake making!
- 12 oz evaporated milk
- 15 oz canned pumpkin puree
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar, divided
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 box yellow or spice cake mix (we really liked the yellow)
- 1 cup toffee bits
- 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional) *
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 1.Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan. Whisk together the evaporated milk, pumpkin, eggs, granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Place in prepared pan.
- 2. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, then toffee bits, and end with the chopped pecans (if using). Pour melted butter over the top.
- 3. Bake 50-60 minutes, until the top is lightly browned, and the middle has set. Serve warm and top with ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired. We really loved it with the caramel! We thought this recipe was best fresh. I wouldn't let it sit more than a day or two after baking, so if you will only get through a small batch, cut the recipe in half! Refrigerate leftovers.
- *I used toffee bits in place of nuts. If you like nuts, just use nuts or I'm sure both would be great! You could also replace the nuts with coarsely chopped graham crackers.