Pumpkin Crunch Cake

With smooth pumpkin flavors, crunchy pecans and a dollop of whipped cream, this Pumpkin Crunch Cake is a must-make during the fall season.

If you need more variety in your pumpkin desserts this fall, add Pumpkin Crunch Cake to the list! It is similar to our pumpkin dump cake recipe and just as tasty as our Pumpkin Delight Dessert.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake topped with whipped cream served on a white plate.

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. 

Pumpkin crunch cake might become my go-to autumn dessert this year! It has all of the flavors of pumpkin pie but is easier to throw together for a last minute dessert idea!

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.

how to make Pumpkin Crunch Cake

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. Make sure to 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 your pumpkin crunch cake with dollops of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Vanilla ice cream would also be a delicious option.

Serve a crowd

This recipes serves about 18 people. Depending on your crowd, you might want to make two or three 9×13 pans of pumpkin crunch cake to accommodate!

variations + substitutions

  • Pumpkin puree. When making this pumpkin cake be sure that you use canned pumpkin puree and NOT canned pumpkin pie filling. 
  • Extra spice. For extra flavoring use a Spice Cake mix instead of Yellow Cake mix. You may want to reduce the pumpkin pie spice to 1 tsp. Make your own Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Box cake. The box of cake mix should be about 15-16oz. Make sure that you are only using 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 streusel topping instead. 
  • Caramel. Drizzle a caramel sauce over the top of the cake. 
Close up of pumpkin crunch dump cake layers in a glass baking dish.

Storing info

Make ahead of time. Keep it in the fridge overnight or until you’re ready to bake it.

STORE any leftover pumpkin crunch 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.

A slice of pumpkin pie crunch cake on a white plate topped with whipped cream.

This dessert is certainly addicting. It’s hard to just have one square!

For more pumpkin recipes, check out:

Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe

4.99 from 158 votes
With smooth pumpkin flavors, crunchy pecans and a dollop of whipped cream, this Pumpkin Crunch Cake is a must-make during the fall season.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 18
Calories 292 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 8 oz. container whipped topping frozen

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 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. 

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  1. 5 stars
    This is my permanent pumpkin pie….so much better than crust pie….I like more of a deep dish pie so I changed it a bit….1 30oz can of Libby pumpkin & you just add evaporated milk & eggs…..2 cups sugar….1 c white & 1 c brown….6 eggs…2 cans evaporated milk….whisk well……pour liquid mixture into 9×13 sprayed pan…..sprinkle over 1 box yellow cake mix evenly…..pour evenly 1 c melted butter sprinkle over top 1 c chopped walnuts….bake 350 60 to 80 min ….when toothpick comes out clean….
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  2. 5 stars
    I just made it and it is delicious!! However, is the texture more like pumpkin pie at the bottom? From the video it looked more like a cake than mine seems to be.

  3. Also tastes great when made with sweet potatoes. Add a little bourbon, 1 t. each of vanilla and lemon extract, Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste (I used 1 T Cinnamon and 1 t. Nutmeg). Yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    Made this Pumpkin Crunch Cake yesterday and it is sooo good! Made it exactly as recipe instructed and wouldn’t advise tweeking it. Definitely a great dessert to take for Thanksgiving dinner! Will for sure be making it again!

  5. Sorry for the dumb question, but can canned pumpkin be used in this recipe instead of pumpkin puree? I have never baked with pumpkin! thanks,

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