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With smooth pumpkin flavors, crunchy pecans, and a dollop of whipped cream, this pumpkin crunch cake is a must-make during the fall season.
The Perfect Holiday Dessert
There are many types of crunch cake, but the one thing they all have in common is the crunchy topping. The base of this cake is a delicious pumpkin flavor, perfect for any autumn party, and it’s topped with a crunchy pecan topping.
Bring this dessert to all of your holiday get-togethers and quickly become the favorite person in the room. It travels well which makes it great for bringing to all of your family and friend parties this holiday season.
Prepped in Minutes!
This tasty fall dessert is ready to bake in minutes. It’s a deliciously easy dessert, perfect for company!
PREP. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and pour in the batter. Preheat oven to 350°F.
MIX. In a large mixing bowl combine the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt. Mix everything together really well and don’t worry because the batter will be runny. That’s normal.
LAYER. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix on top of the batter. Gently pat the cake mix down completely covering the batter. Spread the chopped pecans evenly over the cake mix layer, then drizzle everything with the melted butter.
BAKE. Bake for 60-80 minutes. After an hour, check the cake every 5 minutes to see if it’s cooked through and set. Take it out of the oven and allow the cake to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Serve a crowd
This recipe serves about 18 people. Depending on your crowd, you might want to make two or three 9×13 pans of pumpkin pie crunch to accommodate!
variations + Substitutions
Change up this pumpkin crunch dessert with any of these tasty ideas.
- Pumpkin puree. When making this pumpkin cake be sure to use canned pumpkin puree and NOT canned pumpkin pie filling.
- Extra spice. For extra flavoring use a spice cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix. You may want to reduce the pumpkin pie spice to 1 tsp. You can also make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice.
- Box cake. The box of cake mix should be about 15-16oz. Make sure to only use the cake mix powder in the recipe. You will not be using the ingredients that are typically listed on the back of the box.
- Nuts. If you’re not a fan of pecans try using walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts for the crunchy topping. If you can’t have nuts try adding chopped toffee or use a streusel topping instead.
- Caramel. Drizzle Caramel Sauce over the top of the cake for even more decadence.
Make it ahead of time. Keep this pumpkin crunch recipe in the fridge overnight or until you’re ready to bake it.
STORE any leftover pumpkin crunch dump cake in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
FREEZE this cake after it has cooled completely. Cover the cake with plastic wrap and again with foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and serve chilled or reheat it in the oven.
Once the crunchy pumpkin cake has cooled it can keep on the counter for a couple more hours. If you are not serving it immediately, it can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer for later.
Canned pumpkin is pumpkin puree combined with sugar and extra spices. Pumpkin puree is pure pumpkin. Be sure to use pumpkin puree in the pumpkin crunch cake recipe.
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Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin spice, and salt. Mix well (the batter will be runny).
- Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish and pour in the batter. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix on top of the batter. Gently pat the cake mix down completely covering the batter.
- Spread the chopped pecans evenly over the cake mix layer, then drizzle it with melted butter.
- Bake for 60-80 minutes or until done. Allow the cake to stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Top each slice with whipped cream or ice cream.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.