Great Pumpkin Dessert Recipe
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Great Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

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I rely on canned pumpkin and a yellow cake mix to fix this effortless alternative to pumpkin pie. It's a tried-and-true dessert that always elicits compliments and requests for the recipe. —Linda Guyot, Fountain Valley, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 385 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 326mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat first five ingredients until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with butter. Top with walnuts.
  3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Great Pumpkin Dessert in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p12

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2015

"I screwed up while I was making this recipe. I added the cake mix into the other ingredients. It was too late to do anything about it, so I put that mixture into the pan and then made an oatmeal crunch topping and sprinkled that on top before I baked. I also added some raisins. It turned out awesome. Everyone loved. Will make it this way again!! :~)))"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"It's YUMMY! I'm wondering if this needs to be refrigerated after baking."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"I used a little less sugar, around 1/2 cup - 3/4 of a cup since I was afraid a whole cup would make this too sweet. This turned out delicious and I received many complements and will be making it again for Thanksgiving."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"I followed the recipe exactly- came out delicious!! Served warm with vanilla ice cream. Everyone raved :)"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"Great Dump cake recipe. I did make a small change to the recipe, I added 1/2 cup of heath bar chips to the topping. Added a great taste and texture."

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