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Slice of Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake on a white plate with pecan halves

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake is a scrumptious dessert recipe that you can make the day before you need it, if you want. This is a combination of a pumpkin pie recipe (without the crust), and a cake (without the frosting! One of my family's favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin pie dessert recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 - 12
Calories 274 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 (15 oz) can Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 (12 oz) can Evaporated Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger, powdered
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves, ground
  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Butter, (2 sticks) cut in small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups Pecans, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350° (F).

  2. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish (I like to use a baking spray).

  3. In a large mixing bow combine the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix well and pour into the greased 9"x13" baking dish.

  4. In a separate mixing bowl, add the cake mix and the cold butter pieces. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the mix until the mixture appears crumbly (like small peas).

  5. Spread the cake mixture evenly over the pumpkin mixture in the baking dish.

  6. Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the mixture evenly.

  7. Bake at 350° (F) for 60 to 75 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Recipe Notes

If you are familiar with dump cake recipes, you may be wondering why I don't have you melt the butter first, before pouring it over the cake mix. The answer is that I like it this way, but you can absolutely do the melted butter method if you want to.

To those who are new to dump cakes, what this means is that instead of cutting the cold butter into the cake mix, you would spread the cake mix over the pumpkin mixture, then pour the melted butter over the cake mix, covering it completely. Then proceed with baking it.

Either way will work!