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 cakesโ€”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 recipesย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 350ยฐ 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:ย 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!

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Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

4.89 from 45 votes
Try this fall dump cake variation - Pumpkin Dump Cake! This delicious pumpkin dump cake recipe is complete with all the fall flavors, pumpkin, pecan, and cinnamon spice.
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

Ingredients

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

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • 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 Iโ€™m the mom of SIX stinkinโ€™ cute kids and the wife to my smokinโ€™ hot hubby, Lo. My momโ€™s maiden name is Luna, and Iโ€™m one of the many crafty โ€œLilโ€™ Lunasโ€ 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. You will sprinkle it on top of the pumpkin mixture, in the pan ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s in step 3. Hope that helps & hope you like it!!

    1. 3 stars
      This sounDed so good. I tried it and it was too much for my 11×14 pan. Also the cake mix did not blend or bake much it was just powder lying on top EXCEPT for patc of melted BUTTER. I WOULD half it or put into two pans and i WOULD mix the cake mix w Some cream or all the melted butter so it is bakeable. We were able to SALVAGE this by MIXING it all together snd baking 25 more min

  1. Although I love your recipes please delete me from your emails. I post many other recipes on my recipe pages. Yours is the only one that comes up with a double picture and I don’t want to post them.

  2. If I’m using homemade cake mix instead of boxed cake mix, should I mix a little bit of the pumpkin mixture into it so it cooks properly?

    1. I haven’t tried, but I think that’s what I would do? Haha..I guess, I need to try using a homemade mix! Let me know how it turns out!

  3. If I left out the pecans would it make a huge difference? I’m making it for a get together and one of my friends is allergic to nuts.

        1. My husband can’t have nuts or seeds. I have found crushed toffee candy bits to be a good substitute when baking sweets.

        2. You could use walnuts. But since they are slightly more oily than pecans, you might want to tone it down on the butter by 4-7 slices

  4. well thank you for sharing this! have never heard of a dump cake before, like all of the pumpkin flavors already but had never just dumped them in a dish, guess that’s where the name comes from? Thank you for the pumpkin pie cheesecake bars too!

  5. 5 stars
    Amazing recipes. Thank you. The pumpkin dump cake will be my special dessert this coming week-end. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Just a suggestion since I’ve made many “dump cakes”. Melt your butter & stir it into the dry cake mix, then put on top the pumpkin mixture. That works much better in the finished product than those dry spots between the butter slices.
    Thanks for the recipe.

  7. I used a gluten free cake mix and it turned out great! Thank you for sharing!

    The only thing I did differently was that the recipe called for a16 oz can of evaporated milk. I’ve only seen 12 oz and 5 oz and had a 12 oz so that’s what I used. I wondered if the spice would be too heavy, but it was perfect. Thank you!

    1. I haven’t tried using only 12. You’ll just have to measure the other 4 ounces. They do have tiny cans, if you don’t want to waste. Hope that helps!

  8. 5 stars
    This looks delicious and it’s so pretty too! Can’t wait to make it for Thanksgiving. I’m wondering, since most of my family prefers sweet potato over pumpkin, if I could substitute the sweet potato for the pumpkin?

    1. I haven’t tried, but I bet that would be fine ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to know how it turns out, if you try it! Hope you like it!

  9. First I think your adorable! Love your ideas. Your right on to what my family would like. Thank you. And God Bless

  10. Anything made with pumpkin is my favorite all year ’round. And Autumn is especially fantastic because pumpkins are everywhere! This cake recipe looks awesome & I’m going to do a trial run & if I can be success at making it, I’m going to make it for family’s Thanksgiving get-together this year. Thank you for easy, delicious recipes.

  11. 5 stars
    I like your Pumpkin Dump cake, but I like to make a smaller size like 8 x 8 baking pan. I don’t go to that many pot lucks or entertain that I need to make a 9 x 13″ pan of goodies staring me in the face. Keep me on your list as the two of us do like pumpkin items.

  12. I have tweaked this recipe a little. First off I line my pan with parchment paper. I melt the butter and pour it over the pecans. I use 1 cup of butter. I omit gloves and ginger. After it has baked I let it cool and flip it out into a platter or cookie sheet. I mix 8oz softened cream cheese, one stick softened butter, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 cups powdered sugar. I them frost the pumpkin side. It is a favorite with everyone even the ones who claim they don’t like pumpkin.

    1. Sorry, to not get back to you sooner! I hope you were able to cut it nicely. You could really cut it with whatever you like. If you want a more square piece, then a knife would work or spooning it out works too ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s just up to you.

  13. 5 stars
    I served this to 12 ladies and they inhaled it. They absolutely loved it and begged for the recipe. I would suggest going to sams or Costco to get the pumpkin since it takes 2 cans if possible. I served this with vanilla bean ice cream. Sinful. Loved it!!!

    1. I just store mine in an air tight container, with the lid. You can also put it in the fridge. Whichever you prefer ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you liked it!

  14. With the one cup of sugar in the pumpkin mixture in addition to the sugar in the cake mix, does the cake turn out very sweet? I don’t like desserts that are excessively sweet hence I’m considering cutting down on the sugar in the pumpkin.

    1. I just found this on google…it is pretty much a plain cake mix that doesn’t contain an extra flavor. It is called yellow not plain because there are two types of plain, white and yellow. The difference is that white uses only egg white while yellow uses the yolks. There is also a slight difference in the type of flour used. Also a white cake taste a lot better & is loved more than a yellow cake but both of them are very good. You could google to find a homemade recipe, too, if that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. In this Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe, do you use pumpkin pie filling or the pumpkin puree as it doesn’t say. Just want to make sure before I make it for Thanksgiving. Thank you.

    1. You can buy a can of pumpkin. That is what to use. You could google it, so you can see what you are looking for, but it’s a can of pumpkin. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. The pumpkin part was really good! The cake mix, nuts, butter not as great. There was too much topping. Next time Iโ€™d like to try mixing the cake mix together first and maybe putting half on the bottom and prebaking? That would take away the โ€œquickโ€ part but make the top more crumbly.

  17. I am not a fan of pumpkin, so I was just thinking about using sweet yams instead, this sounds very good. I love making dump cakes.

    1. They can be ๐Ÿ™‚ I know at least for me, on my computer the Pinterest button appears when my cursor is over the picture. Not sure how it is on your computer. Also, you can find most of them on Pinterest.

  18. 5 stars
    Thank you for the pumpkin dump I need to make something different for the Thanksgiving dinner for a huge crowd and am going to make this as I know it will be wonderful. So thank you very much. Looks like a five so am going to rate it five .

  19. Made this and it tastes great. But it seems more like a pie than a cake. I could not cut it I had to spoon it out. Cooked for a hour an drink fifteen min.
    Is it suppose to be this way?

    1. It should be like a cake. I’m not sure what could have happened. I mean you could scoop it out, but you should be able to cut it, like cake.

  20. I would really love to try this recipe, but I am allergic to cinnamon. Do you think it would taste ok if I substitute nutmeg or should I use a little all spice? Or any other suggestions? I’m not a big baker so I’m unsure as to what I can do.

  21. Forgot to add the eggs ???? cooked it for a little over an hour and it still seems like the pumpkin is runny. Is that because of not having the eggs or do I need to cook longer? Any idea?

    1. Oh, no..it will definitely need the eggs. I’m not sure if that is what makes it runny, but I would think so. Good luck!

      1. 5 stars
        I’ve been making this same recipe, called pumpkin pie cake, FOR 20 years. I’ve frozen leftovers for months, and it’s AS delicious as when fresh. I’ve successfully COMBINED melted butter and canola or sunflower oil for the topping oil. SOMEONE mentioned mixing the melted butter into the dry cake mix instead of drizzling it on top. I DON’T know if or how that would work. my curiosity is piqued but not enough to try it. I use half each PECANS AND walnuts.

        1. 5 stars
          Brought this dessert to a halloween party last night and it got devoured! 8 ppl want me to send them the recipe! I made it exactly according to the recipe including the pecans and cool whip topping. Serve warm as suggested. Simply delicious!

  22. 4 stars
    Thanks for this recipe. We love it! I have made 3x in the last year! It actually tastes better the next day as the flavors mellow so my advice is to make a day or two ahead. We had it for my niece’s birthday this month and everyone loved it! I spread whipped topping on top.

  23. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and it is instantly a holiday favorite. I used more pecans, and more butter to cover the top. Hard to wait until dessert for this one. Super easy. That’s important for me because I can only make something simple. Thank you for the recipe.

  24. 4 stars
    I find the pumpkin mixture needs just a pinch of salt or it ends up tasting bland and too sweet. (I assume youโ€™re using unsalted butter for the top.) I did this with a gluten-free cake mix and got rave reviews. The second time I made it the pumpkin mixture was overdone and โ€œbroken,โ€ watery and curdled, so Iโ€™m not sure what I did wrong there. Iโ€™m thinking baking it at a lower temp might be the key and pulling it out when itโ€™s still wobbly like a pumpkin pie should be. Very hard to tell with the cake on top though.

  25. Are you sure of your recipe? It never turned into a cake, baked it 1 1/2 hrs and it was still wet in the middle. I looked at other pumpkin dump recipes and they used less milk and eggs. My daughter always told me don’t make something new to take to a party, if you have never made it before.

    1. I’m sorry it did not turn out for. Yes, I am sure. I haven’t had that problem before, so I wish I knew how to help you. I know humidity/weather/elevation/ovens can effect recipes. You didn’t leave anything out?

  26. 5 stars
    Holy cow, this cake was so easy to make!! I loved the flavor of pumpkin & cinnamon & the pecans gave it a nice crunch! My family will love this, come the holidays!!

  27. 5 stars
    We call this pumpkin crunch cake at our house, and it’s amazing. LOVE the aroma through the house while it’s baking. Perfect with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!

  28. 5 stars
    I love all things pumpkin especially in the Fall. I can’t wait to try out the recipe this year. It looks delicious.

  29. I’d like to make this for a party tomorrow, given by a hostess with celiac disease. I see that you have the substitutions for the yellow cake mix. I have gluten free AP flour that is substituted measure for measure for regular AP flour. My question is that you say: “Just whisk together 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Use a pastry cutter to blend in the butter, and youโ€™ve got a homemade yellow cake mix.” Did you forget to tell us how much better to cut into the homemade cake mix? Or are you saying to cut in the butter that would go on top of the cake if you use the store-bought yellow cake mix?

    1. good question linda k, That puzzled me too I hope there’s an answer soon, i’d love to try this. i guess the only thing to do is use the packaged cake mix until there’s an answer….

      1. I fixed it in the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ But, it is 4 tablespoons of butter. Sorry, for leaving that out. Hope you like it!

    2. I did forget & I am so sorry to have not responded sooner. I set some questions aside, so I could look up the recipe, then life happened. I am so sorry. For the dump cake, it is 4 Tablespoons of butter. I hope it turned out!!

  30. 5 stars
    i have made every flavor of dump cake, this is by far the crowd pleaser, people go wild over this cake, my niece grabbed the whole pan and a fork!!

  31. Hello!

    Can i used pumpkin pie spice vs. all separate spices? how much total pumpkin pie spice would you recommend?

    Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried, but I am sure you could. I would have to test it out to know how much, since I’ve never tried. I would start small, that way you could add more. I don’t want to say the wrong amount.

  32. 5 stars
    Freakin awesome! Just Re remember to break up any clumps in the cake mix with your fingers Be before adding the butter on top. Also sliCe the cold butter very very thin so it covers the entire top!

  33. 5 stars
    This was an absolutely awesome recipe, i made a few changes however, i didnt have pumpkin so i use squash from my garden , i used half and half that i needed to use before it soured.

      1. Mine is coming out runny and i followed recipe EXACTLY. I think it is too much milk. I need help though, i dont understand why it is runny. I will remake one tomOrrow as it is for a thansgiving celebration we Are having. Please help

        1. Hmm..I am not sure why? Did you use evaporated milk? All the amounts are correct, so I am not sure why it came out runny. I am sorry. I wish I knew for sure.

  34. This sounds so good! I would like to make it. I bought the pie filling before realizing it is made with pumpkin puree. Can this be made with the pie filling?

  35. 5 stars
    Perfect dessert for the fall. My whole family raved over it. We had it warm with whip cream, as well as cold with icecream. We loved it both ways, but prefer it cold. The crunch on top with the delicious pecan flavor sets this dessert above many other pumpkin desserts.

    1. Yes, it is correct. You will need to use 4 more ounces. I just save the rest from the can. You can use a small can for the other 4.

  36. This was amazing!!! .. do you think putting gRaHam cracker at the bottom would work ?? I like having a crunch at the Bottom

  37. 5 stars
    Such a easy recipe to make & it turned out perfect!! Thank you so much i know it will be a recipe i make for many years to come;)

  38. 4 stars
    Too much sugar, too sweet, but TaStes good and eaSy to make. Next time I will reduce the amount of sugar to 2/3 cups of sugar.

  39. 5 stars
    Hi I can’t wait to try this! Any idea if this can be done in a 9×13 foil pan? i’m thinking about dropping this off but didn’t want to burden with my glass pan. this probably is a silly question lol! thank you!

  40. I am making this… Pumpkin Dump Cake Sunday! Can’t wait to taste it, sounds delicious. Thank you, Brenda

  41. 5 stars
    It tastes great in my head when reading the recipe, but it makes too much for 2 people. Could I use 1/2 your cake mix recipe and halve all the ingredients, for the dump cake, baking in 8 inch square pan? Okay to use same amount of pumpkin pie spice as combined amount of the cinnamon, ginger & cloves? Thanks for the help & advice!

    1. I personally haven’t tried, but you could try. It’s all the same flavors anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would just add a teaspoon at a time, until it tastes the way you want.

  42. I looked up your peach & cherry dump cake recipes, too. Can the Pumpkin Dump Cake also be done in a crockpot? Same cooking times as the others?

  43. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! To keep from opening up another can of evaporated milk I added regular milk and it turned out just fine. My husband ate two pieces and that’s something he rarely does. Love the buttery pecan topping too!

  44. Is there a healthier workaround to the butter topping? I know that cake mix needs moisture. Im willing to use half amount of butter and add something else.

  45. 5 stars
    This is an amazing dessert. If you want to be the hit of the party, definitely make this. Everyone will love it and ask for the recipe.I make it every Thanksgiving as well throughout the year.

  46. I made this last year and my pumpkin pie loving husband said this was better! With COVID restrictions, it is just the two of us this year. I see a lot of similar recipes with just one can of pumpkin being the only difference. Will this work as a smaller portion? Also, I am diabetic and the carbs in this are very high. Do you know of a proper sugar substitute that will still taste good? Thanks!

    1. You could definitely halve the recipe & I would google what good substitutes would be for the ingredients you are looking at. There are low-fat/sugar free options for some of those ingredients. Hope you find what you need ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. I followed the recipe and 17 oz Carnation evaporated milk made it runny . I put yellow cake mix on top of liquid mixture and I tried to sprinkle evenly. I should’ve leveled cake mix powder with spatula because I had a couple 2-3 mounds on cake powder that did not bake into cake and remained powder. I had to bake longer and my pecans are well done.

    1. I do even out the cake sprinkled on, so there aren’t piles, but haven’t ever had a runny cake. I’m sorry, if it didn’t turn out.

    2. Hi! John I had the same problem with the cake mix. I sprinkled it as evenly as possible and I had dry patches of cake mix. I pulled it out a bit earlier and blended the cake flour in and finished baking it. It turned out great!