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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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gkp33
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
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

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

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embeach30
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

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

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Suzeez
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
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
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
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2014

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

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LCS456
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

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

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thetanners2004
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
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

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

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ANN23GER@YAHOO.COM
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2011

"The college boys liked this a lot!!"

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pdtomlinson
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

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

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amyphest
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
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

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

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robnat420
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

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

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robnat420
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

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

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robnat420
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

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

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robnat420
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2011

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

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HappyHomemaker88
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
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Super easy and delicious!!!!!"

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teri396
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2011

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

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Meghannm_24
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2011

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

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sheinemann
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
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
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

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

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Shucks2
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
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
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

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

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melissarb999
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
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"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
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
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

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

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saycindy
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
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2009

"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2008

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

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carla1966
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2008

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

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Mouse_Nibbles
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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