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Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe

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This Pumpkin Dump Cake with spice cake mix has ALL of the fall flavors. Incredibly easy recipe that will quickly become your go-to fall dessert! Made with minimal ingredients with bakery worthy results.

Love dump cakes? Us too! Check out some of our other favorite flavors like our peach cobbler and classic cherry.

slice of pumpkin cake with a cake mix topping- bite sitting on a fork on a white plate

Recipe Features:

  • Quick and Easy Dessert: You will have this in the oven in less than 5 minutes!
  • Better Than Pie: This cake is the best of both worlds. The bottom is a sweet pumpkin pie base while the top is a crumbly cake topping. Voted a family favorite and BETTER than pie.
  • Full of Fall Flavors: The pumpkin paired with the spice cake gives you an incredible fall flavor profile that is irresistible.

With the fall season finally starting to show its colors, could it be more perfect timing to share some of our favorite pumpkin desserts? This is easily the best pumpkin dump cake recipe. It is so basic and leaves you with a 9×13 cake that is share worthy. Perfect for parties or gatherings throughout fall and the holiday season.

People will be begging for the recipe and blown away when you tell them just how simple this lazy cake really is.

What is a dump cake?

What exactly is a dump cake? Glad you asked! A dump cake is sort of a cross between a cake and a cobbler. Or, in this case, a pie and cobbler. All of the ingredients are dumped into a 9×13 baking pan and cooked. No stirring required. Which makes it one of the easiest dessert recipes on the planet.

Spice cake mix and can of pumpkin on a wooden table top

Pumpkin Spice Dump Cake Ingredients

You don’t need much to make this simple dessert recipe, but you do need a few specific items. Let’s break down the list and talk about substitutions.

  • Pumpkin Puree: The base of this cake is essentially a pie filling, but make sure you reach for the pure pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie filling in the can.
  • Large Eggs: I like to make sure that my eggs are at room temperature. It helps to incorporate better into the batter without all of the mixing.
  • Sugar: Both white and brown sugar is needed for this quick treat.
  • Evaporated Milk: If you’ve never made a pumpkin pie before, this milk is typically found in the baking aisle of your grocer. It helps to slightly dilute the pie filling to help all of the flavors blend and shine together.
  • Spices: Cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice help boost the fall goodness.
  • Spice Cake Mix: Powdered mix. Do not mix with the ingredients listed on the box. You want it to be dry.
  • Butter- Everything’s better with butter, especially this cake. It mixes with the cake mix to give you a crumbly topping that is drool worthy.
pumpkin cake batter in a glass bowl with a whisk

How to Make a Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mist a 9×13 pan with baking spray and set aside.
  3. Combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, sugars, evaporated milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium measuring bowl. Whisk to combine fully.
  4. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  5. In a clean bowl, use a fork to toss the cake mix with the melted butter until the mix starts to form clumps.
  6. Evenly spread the mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  8. Allow the cake to come to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Serve chilled with whipped topping.
Unbaked pumpkin dump cake on a wooden table

Recipe Tips and FAQs

What if I can’t find spice cake mix?

No problem! You can substitute the spice cake mix with either pumpkin cake mix or a yellow cake mix. The yellow mix will produce a slightly different flavor, but will be equally delicious.

Toppings for dump cakes?

We like to serve this easy cake with a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip. However, if you want to add a nice little crunch to the texture, you could add some chopped pecans with the cake mix before baking.

How long does a dump cake last?

If you store the cake covered and in the refrigerator it will last up to 4 days. Which makes this the perfect make-ahead Thanksgiving dessert recipe.

Top down shot of pumpkin dump cake with a bite taken out and on a fork

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

This Pumpkin Dump Cake with spice cake mix has ALL of the fall flavors. Incredibly easy recipe that will quickly become your go-to fall dessert! Made with minimal ingredients with bakery worthy results.

Ingredients

  • 29 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (18.25 oz) package spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • whipped cream, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mist a 9×13 pan with baking spray and set aside.
  3. Combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, sugars, evaporated milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a medium measuring bowl. Whisk to combine fully.
  4. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan.
  5. In a clean bowl, use a fork to toss the cake mix with the melted butter until the mix starts to form clumps.
  6. Evenly spread the mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  8. Allow the cake to come to room temperature. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Serve chilled with whipped topping.

Notes

What if I can’t find spice cake mix?

No problem! You can substitute the spice cake mix with either pumpkin cake mix or a yellow cake mix. The yellow mix will produce a slightly different flavor, but will be equally delicious.

Toppings for dump cakes?

We like to serve this easy cake with a dollop of whipped cream or cool whip. However, if you want to add a nice little crunch to the texture, you could add some chopped pecans with the cake mix before baking.

How long does a dump cake last?

If you store the cake covered and in the refrigerator it will last up to 4 days. Which makes this the perfect make-ahead Thanksgiving dessert recipe.

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