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Great Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

Great Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD:12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat first five ingredients until smooth.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 13x9-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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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cbachtel 254645
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"This turned out great. My husband, who isn't a huge dessert eater, ate 2 pieces while it was still warm! Only things I did different was to cut butter to 1/2 cup to reduce fat, made with splenda in pie filling and sugar free cake, and pecans instead of walnuts, because that is what I had."

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Stacy 254624
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

"So many good reviews thought this would be a winner. Wrong. It was horrible. The pumpkin base was missing something. The cake mix never turned into cake. It was just dry powdered cake mix. (actually making the batter would've been better). Good thing we even sprinkled praline and peanuts on top so somewhat edible. Ice cream too."

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SCOTT1227 254622
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"I make this every fall. But we have always called it Pumpkin Delight. It is delicious."

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gkp33 239073
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!! :~)))"

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Wendy622 238102
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

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

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embeach30 237639
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."

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PennStateMom 237637
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

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

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skipperstrucking 236996
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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ms11145 236330
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I, too, have called this Pumpkin Dump cake. Love it. It's so easy. I use pecans, instead of walnuts. Been making this for eons!"

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Marimaker 234886
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"I've been making this dessert for nearly 40 years. Only I've always called it Pumpkin Dump Cake. It's rich, delicious and very easy to make."

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rena 55 232667
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2015

"Such a comfort food dessert. It represents the taste of Fall and is easy and uses simple staples that I usually have in the pantry."

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Rosemary Swope 223686
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2015

"This recipe is awesome! Have made it many times. Took it to a fall get-together and everyone wanted the recipe. Thank you for sharing"

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luigimon 77064
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2014

"I made this and then only had a small piece. My husband liked it, not sure what the neighbors thought. I'll make it again as it was pretty simple, and the small piece I had was good. Wish I'd had more so I could rate this with a more helpful review."

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shellym2 71959
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"Love this dessert. Made it for the first time and used Carrot cake mix, which turned out well. I did reduce the sugar in half as well as the butter. It turned out quite well. Very pleased with something this tasty being so easy to make! Am planning to make it for friend's birthday, in a few weeks. Will use a Gluten Free cake mix with that one, as many of my friends are gluten free."

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grace75 71065
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"Delicious, Especially when you use a Butter Pecan cake mix and pecans on top."

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Suzeez 203250
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2014

"This is a favorite at our house but the one cup of sugar makes it way too sweet. The cake mix adds a lot of sweetness to this recipe. I like to taste the flavors of the pumpkin, not have it overloaded with sugar. therefore, I only use a scant 1/4 cup of sugar, also use pecans."

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joyjbrim 35387
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"I found this recipe in ToH magazine several years ago and my whole family loves it! It's so easy to prepare and tastes delicious! My husband requests it (and prefers it over traditional pumpkin pie) for every Thanksgiving . The only thing I've found is that the nuts get a little burned if you cook this for an hour. So I usually cover it with foil or I wait to throw the nuts on in the last 20-30 minutes of baking. Thanks ToH for another great recipe!"

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Need2Feed 20999
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2014

"I have been making this exact recipe for 35 years. It always gets a compliment. Sometimes I think it gets to salty so if I have it I use unsalted butter to pour over the top. Pecans work nicely also. Enjoy!"

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kuchen84 74143
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

"I make this a lot. I love it with chocolate drizzled on it."

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LCS456 26622
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2013

"I didn't have good luck with this recipe - by the time the filling was cooked, the topping and nuts were over cooked and it didn't hold together well when cut; however, the flavor was great."

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Cleanqueen13 56287
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"One of our favorites. I have been making this for a few years and have not had a failure yet! Very easy too."

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marcia 34511
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2013

"Oh my word this was so good! Only thing I did different is I used a teaspoon and a half of cinnamon and a teaspoon and a half of nutmeg bc I didn't have any pumpkin pie spice...between two of us we ate a third of the pan in one night!"

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Betty2055 71956
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013 Edited Jun. 17, 2015

"I made this recipe to take to my Mother-in-law's birthday Party, just because I wanted to try it. Everyone loved it! I am planning on making another one to take to my school for our Thanksgiving day staff party. It's so easy and so good!"

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joycerm53 88149
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2013

"Delicious! Easy! I made it for a church meeting tonight and everyone loved it! A definite keeper."

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myhomeeconomist 203249
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Tips: Substituted 1/4t stevia for 6T of the sugar. Used home grown & frozen pumpkin so using a blender created a smooth batter not achieved with the mixer. A great recipe for using an out of date cake mix."

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io2120 29926
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"A great alternative to traditional pumpkin pie. I substituted pecans, and also sprinkled brown sugar on top. However, I would recommend using unsalted butter for the topping. Still delicious, but a little too salty for our taste since I used regular, salted butter. Still an all-around wonderful dessert!"

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Kansas_Kate 88147
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2012

"This is great as-is, but I was wondering if anyone had tried it with spice cake mix instead of yellow?"

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MC519 77001
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"I made this to take to my husband's friends' house and everyone LOVED it!! It was super quick and easy to make as well!!"

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jkbreuer 71063
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"I have been making this for years, ever since I first saw it in Taste of Home, we all like it and it is easy, I also use pecans at times."

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nancyirene 71954
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2012

"Have been making this recipe for years. SO EASY!! Often requested, I have also used pecans on top ~ delicious!"

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but2fly 34510
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"A little disappointed... Pumpkin pie is better."

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thetanners2004 50251
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

"Very easy. A huge hit with everyone that tried it. It only took 5 minutes to throw together."

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chaves01 67522
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Easy, and everyone loved it - including my husband, who doesn't eat sweets."

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ANN23GER@YAHOO.COM 25197
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"The college boys liked this a lot!!"

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pdtomlinson 71941
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"Quick and easy to make. Everyone at the potluck loved it."

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amyphest 50250
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I have made this several times and when I take it to work everyone raves about it, even the men. It is so easy to make and makes a great fall dessert."

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robnat420 25196
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Easy as it gets and SOOOO delicious. Cant help but go back for more."

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robnat420 76908
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Easy as it gets and SOOOO delicious. Cant help but go back for more."

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robnat420 203248
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Easy as it gets and SOOOO delicious. Cant help but go back for more."

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robnat420 25193
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Easy as it gets and SOOOO delicious. Cant help but go back for more."

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robnat420 88145
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

"Easy as it gets and SOOOO delicious. Cant help but go back for more."

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HappyHomemaker88 56138
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"Oh so easy and delicious! A keeper for me and my family. You must try it!"

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darcadi 50249
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Super easy and delicious!!!!!"

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teri396 34492
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

"This was very good. Did not have walnuts, used pecans. yum."

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Meghannm_24 50244
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

"Absolutely amazing, my mom and I have made this for years!"

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sheinemann 25191
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Absolutely delicious!!! And so easy to make!! One of those rare dishes thats actually worth the calories!!!!"

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2annoying 76614
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"The first time I served this was at a Thanksgiving pot luck, and everyone kept referring to "that good pumpkin stuff". My 8 year old grandson even bragged about it to his other grandma, and she had to have the recipe!"

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WendySue72 27354
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"Everyone loved this dessert. It's definitely going to be a family tradition!"

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Shucks2 26619
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2010

"The first time I had this, it was served at a small potluck. The noises around the table told the story!"

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NicoleAnn 71057
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2010

"My family enjoys this dessert every year instead of pumpkin pie! It is wonderful warm and topped with whipped cream or ice cream!"

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xcdelta 74139
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"I make this everyfall, for family and potlucks. Everyone likes it."

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melissarb999 71939
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2010

"I made this for our homegroup and everyone loved it! I will definitely make it again, because I love pumpkin desserts. Definitely a keeper."

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mkmac4 71938
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"I have some of this in my fridge right now. Only difference is I used a German Chocolate cake mix. YUM! Chocolate and pumpkin go so well together."

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saycindy 35386
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"The BEST!!! I have been making this for years and each time I make it everybody wants the recipe. My friends and family beg for this around the holidays."

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laura80104 27351
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"I make this every Thanksgiving, we love it!"

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saycindy 34456
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"Everyone raves about this cake whenever I bring it anywhere. I also always get asked for the recipe. My family can't get it often enough. I call it my pumpkin dump cake!"

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imspecl 27349
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"Our Public Service bill had a copy of this (or one similiar) in it. One of the girls at church made it and took a cheese cake filling and adapted it by sandwiching it between the top crunch and filling. Yummy!!"

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lynnz 67339
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2009

"This was so much easier than making pumpkin pie- no rolling pie dough! This provided the lovely creamy tecture and taste of pumpkin pie filling, and the "crumble" pie topping was delisious. We served this with whipped cream- and my family all said- "This recipe is a keeper!""

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NanZim 26618
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"I made this dessert for my husband. He said it was very good. It was quick and easy to prepare."

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judysax84 50241
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"So easy to make with ingredients I usually have on hand. Everyone loves this and asks for it over and over. It always disappears quickly!"

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ISU1977 71056
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"Great recipe! Easy to make. The hard part is waiting until it is ready to eat! YUMMY!!!!"

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shadeaux 27342
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"tried this recipe when it came out in taste of home magazine a few years back. i have made it every year since. it is so good. definitely a keeper."

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shaegetz 29925
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"This is a very popular desert in our home. Super easy to make. We love it!"

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chubbygirl58 34454
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2008 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"This is truely on of the best recipes I have tasted. I can't wait to share it."

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carla1966 203247
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2008 Edited Sep. 26, 2016

"I made this dessert for work and got rave reviews. Everyone loved it.........."

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Mouse_Nibbles 35359
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2008

"I've used this recipe for years! It has replaced traditional pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving by my family's overwhelming vote!!"

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