Great Pumpkin Dessert Recipe
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Great Pumpkin Dessert Recipe

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Canned pumpkin and yellow cake mix make these bars an effortless alternative to pumpkin pie. It's a tried-and-true dessert that always brings big smiles. —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 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.
Originally published as Great Pumpkin Dessert in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p12

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bicktasw User ID: 4201818 254901
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"What a wonderful (and easy) recipe! I had some frozen pumpkin puree that I made last Fall and decided to use that instead of canned.... so, I used 2 cups of pumpkin puree instead of the 15 ounce can .... I also used just 2 eggs (that's all I had!) ....... I used light brown sugar instead of white and only 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. The final change I made?? I used a spice cake mix instead of yellow cake as I had that cake mix on hand. I must say, the end result was VERY tasty ..... a very nice layer on the bottom of pumpkin (almost like pumpkin pie) topped with a thin layer of cake (with some crunchy spots...), finished off with the richness from the butter and the crunch of the walnuts.... This will definitely be on my list of things to make for the Holidays."

fkarpen User ID: 4435428 254698
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"I make this but use pecans. I like this for Thanksgiving instead of pie"

cbachtel User ID: 3618273 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."

Stacy User ID: 7998214 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."

SCOTT1227 User ID: 6068340 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."

gkp33 User ID: 8654802 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!! :~)))"

Wendy622 User ID: 8637639 238102
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

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

embeach30 User ID: 7138533 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."

PennStateMom User ID: 5845515 237637
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

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

skipperstrucking User ID: 4577232 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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