Pumpkin Dump Cake

This delicious pumpkin dump cake recipe is complete with all the fall flavors, pumpkin, pecan, and cinnamon spice. With how easy it is, you’ll be making this cake all fall long!

We love dump cakes—because of the simplicity, but also the TASTE! Our favorite flavors include peach and cherry, but in the fall time, this pumpkin version is the only cake we need!

Pumpkin Dump Cake topped with whipped cream on a white plate

BEST Pumpkin Dump Cake

It’s PUMPKIN time!! We’re officially sharing our FIRST pumpkin recipe of the season, and I couldn’t be more excited. It means pumpkin and soup recipes will be popping up everywhere and fall is on it’s way! I love this time of year because I love the holidays and they literally make me giddy with excitement.

Today’s recipe is one my aunt’s hubby shared with me last year. We had stopped by on Thanksgiving to say hi and she had made it for her family and insisted I try it. I’m a recent pumpkin convert but was excited to give this a try, and immediately fell in love.

It’s a Pumpkin Dump Cake, and I knew I needed the recipe in my life. I took a picture of it so I wouldn’t forget, and made sure I shared it with all of you this year because it literally is the BEST pumpkin dump cake.

Base layer of pumpkin pie dump cake

making a Dump Cake

“Dump” cakes are as easy as they sound! You literally mix everything together, dump it in a pan, dump some yellow cake mix on top, and then dump some butter on top. Hence the name. 😉 Sounds easy enough right?

BATTER. Mix together the pumpkin, milk, ginger, cloves, sugar, eggs and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into a greased and floured 9×13 pan.

TOPPING. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix and chopped pecans (if you want pecans) on top. Cut the butter very thin and place the slices all over cake mix.

BAKE + SERVE. Bake for 1 hour at 350° Serve warm topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, and even a caramel drizzle if you’re feeling extra fancy.

Unbaked Pumpkin Cake with Yellow Cake Mix and butter slices on top

tips and FAQ

What if I don’t have yellow cake mix? You could use a pumpkin spice cake mix instead, or make a homemade mix. Here’s how:

Just whisk together 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour, 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt plus 4 tbsp butter (½ stick). Use a pastry cutter to blend in the butter, and you’ve got a homemade yellow cake mix.

Additional Topping Ideas: The pecans are totally optional, but if you aren’t a fan of pecans, you could always try crushed graham crackers, toffee bits, or substitute for another type of crushed nut.

We like to serve this warm, but if you have leftovers, be sure to keep those covered and STORED in the fridge. It should last for at least 2 days. REHEAT by microwaving at 30 second intervals until it is the desired temperature.

Close up of Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

Who would have thought you could make a delicious pumpkin cake with yellow cake mix? Especially just by sprinkling it on top! I’ll be the first to assure you the way it bakes into the pumpkin mixture and pecans is absolutely divine!

For more pumpkin cake recipes, check out:

Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

4.83 from 80 votes
Simple and delicious Pumpkin Dump Cake preps in minutes. With all of these earthy flavors, it's perfect all fall long!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 388 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 30 oz pumpkin puree canned
  • 16 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix pumpkin, milk, ginger, cloves, sugar, eggs and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan.
  • Sprinkle cake mix and chopped pecans on top.
  • Cut butter very thin and cover all over cake mix.
  • Bake for 1 hour and serve warm with whipped cream. ENJOY!


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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This is very easy! I tweaked it a little but for my own purposes but the main elements of this work. I use my own pumpkin spice mix and I add a little bit of maple syrup.

  2. 5 stars
    I have so many favorite Lilluna recipes, but this one is my favorite! I love all things pumpkin and this recipe is simple yet so delicious! It’s a nice change from pumpkin pie.

  3. 5 stars
    Very easy to make and a family favorite. Delish. I cut the recipe in half for just the two of us and it worked great. Cook for 30 minutes.

  4. Disappointed…….some of cake mix was uncooked and powderly, other parts wet, uncooked. What did I do wrong? Followed recipe exactly.

    1. I’m not sure? We’ve always had success following the recipe. We had a reader comment once to melt the butter & stir it into the dry cake mix, then put on top the pumpkin mixture. Perhaps that may work better for you if you try the recipe again in the future.

  5. 3 stars
    This recipe is in desperate need of some salt. I’ve made this many times, but not from this exact recipe. I just followed along, not noticing there was no salt, until I tasted it and realized it was missing. Other than that it’s a great recipe, and I highly recommend not skipping the pecans if you like pecans. They get all toasty and really add a lot to the dish. 🙂

    1. I love the pecans too! You can certainly add salt to the recipe if you feel it needs some. Thanks for your feedback.

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