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Pumpkin dump cake is a quick and easy treat that will quickly become your go-to fall dessert whenever you’re headed to a potluck or hosting a get-together. This easy pumpkin dump cake recipe is no-fail — just mix, dump, and bake!

piece of pumpkin dump cake topped with whipped cream on a white plate

You all know I have a love for boxed cake mixes. With a little help from some added ingredients, you can transform your cake to taste like you bought it from a bakery.

The first time I stumbled upon these cake hacks for transforming a boxed cake mix, I was skeptical. But, I was also in a hurry and didn’t have time to bake from scratch, so I crossed my fingers and gave it a go.

An Easy Fall Dessert Made With Cake Mix!

You guys, it is a game-changer! Trust me; you have to try all the fantastic ways to make a boxed cake taste like homemade and this Pumpkin Dump Cake recipe is on point!

pumpkin dump cake in a pan

Recipe for Pumpkin Dump Cake

If you need a dessert for a holiday party, potluck, or you’re just looking for that perfect pumpkin dessert recipe, then this dump cake is a must-make! It takes just 10 minutes to whip up, for that ideal pumpkin spice flavor with chopped pecans in every bite! Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, or with a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Dump cake recipes are so versatile and perfect for serving a crowd or whipping up a quick dessert to feed your family as a treat.

Dump cakes are great for experienced bakers to beginners. I say this because anyone can make a dump cake! You literally mix, pour and bake, and then serve it up! Trust me, don’t be intimidated, this is an excellent recipe for beginners, intermediates, and expert bakers.

Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe Ingredients

  • Canned pumpkin – Make sure you get plain canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Evaporated milk – Not condensed milk!
  • Sugar
  • Pumpkin spice – The best thing about fall!
  • Vanilla
  • Eggs
  • Chopped pecans – Not much of a nut person? No worries—you can omit them.
  • Butter – I like to use unsalted butter when I’m baking.
  • Yellow Cake Mix – Any brand you like is fine.

How To Make Pumpkin Dump Cake

1. Prepare the Pumpkin Base

First, grab your bowl and mix your pumpkin, pumpkin spice blend, sugar, milk, egg, and vanilla. Once you get the pumpkin base well-incorporated, pour into a greased 9×13 pan.

Adding the pumpkin to the casserole dish

2. Assemble Your Pumpkin Dump Cake

Grab your yellow cake mix and sprinkle it evenly over the pumpkin mixture in the pan. Next, grab your chopped pecans and sprinkle over the top of your cake mixture.

putting the pecans on top of the cake mix

3. Add the Butter

Follow up by cutting your butter into thin slices and laying it all over the top of the cake.

adding the slices of butter on top of the ingredients

4. Bake the Cake

Pop in the oven and bake for one hour at 350 degrees. When you stick a toothpick into the cake and it comes out clean, your cake is done.

pumpkin dessert in a casserole dish

5. Cool and Serve

Allow the cake to cool slightly, then serve. Feel free to add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. For added flavor sprinkle with cinnamon!

piece of dump cake with whipped cream on top

That’s it! This Pumpkin Dump cake has a few more ingredients than some of my other dump cake recipes, but it’s definitely worth it!


Should Pumpkin Dump Cake be refrigerated?

Like other cakes, your Pumpkin Dump Cake doesn’t have to be refrigerated. Now if you had a filling in it like a peach cobbler, then I would recommend refrigerating a dessert like that.

Some people prefer to refrigerate their dump cakes and then just eat chilled or even warm up in the microwave for a few minutes before serving.

Why is it called dump cake?

Because it’s as simple as dumping in the ingredients and baking!

Is dump cake supposed to be gooey?

The texture should be a bit gooey, but not raw. You need to make sure that the batter is cooked all the way, so just follow the directions to make it happen.

How do you tell when a dump cake is done?

You need to pay attention to the top of the dump cake. It will turn brown and start to bubble, indicating that it’s done or very close to being done baking.

13x9 pumpkin cake  with nuts on top

More Fall Desserts With Pumpkin

Do you have a weakness for pumpkin recipes? Me too! Here are some more fall desserts to try:

  • 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • No Bake Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake (From A Box Mix!)
  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread
  • Easy Pumpkin Pie From Scratch
  • 2- 15 oz pumpkin canned
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 tbs pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter
  • Preheat oven to 350.

  • Grease a 9×13 pan

  • In a large mixing bowl, add pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin seasoning, eggs, milk and vanilla

  • Sprinkle cake mix over pumpkin mixture evenly

  • Top with pecans

  • Slice butter and add to top of cake mixture

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

  • Allow to cool slightly

  • Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream

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This is a video where I share how easy it is to make Dump Cakes!  Enjoy!

Calories: 392kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 357mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 6425IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 2.5mg

Keyword: pumpkin, pumpkin dessert, fall dessert, dump cake

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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

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