Easy Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Dessert
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  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 50 mins
  • Yield: 24 Servings
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Try something new this Thanksgiving. This recipe for Pumpkin Dump Cake is perfect for the holiday. Just like the title says, all you have to do is gather your ingredients and "dump" them into a cake pan. Although this dessert is cut into squares, it’s really more of a “scooping” dessert. You can get more servings than most 9x13 cakes.

What You'll Need

  • 3 eggs
  • 1- 15 ounce can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1- 12 ounce can evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed milk)
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger*
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 yellow cake mix** (enough for a 2-layer cake)
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans (lightly toasted)
  • 3/4 cup or 1-1/2 sticks butter, melted

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan. In a large bowl, break the 3 eggs. Add the canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, the ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, salt and granulated sugar.
  3. Pour the filling into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the filling with the cake mix. Gently pat down the cake mix with a spoon. Don’t push so hard that the filling comes up through the dry cake mix.
  1. Sprinkle the top with the nuts. Completely drizzle the top with butter.
  2. Bake for the Pumpkin Dump Cake for 50 minutes.
  3. Cool and cut the cake into squares.


  • You may substitute 4 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice, Apple Pie Spice or Mixed Spice instead of the individual spices. I don’t know why, but when you use the individual spices the cake has a more pungent smell and spicier taste.
  • Don’t have a cake mix? You can make your own cake mix with this Homemade Cake Mix recipe.