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Contest-Winning Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

Contest-Winning Pumpkin Coffee Cake Recipe

It's tough to resist a second piece of this delightful treat with its comforting flavor. It's a breeze to throw together because it calls for pound cake mix and canned pumpkin. —Sarah Steele Moulton, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) pound cake mix
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons butter, melted


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour half of the pumpkin mixture into a greased 9-in. square baking pan.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients; sprinkle half over the batter. Carefully spread with remaining batter. Sprinkle with remaining topping (pan will be full).
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 385 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 366mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 269467
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2017

"Made as a cooking project for me and my wee ones one late summer afternoon. easy enough for the kids to make mostly by themselves and the house sure smelled great while it baked. Can't go wrong with this delicious pumpkin cake. Will keep recipe at the top of my file to make again this fall!"

peanutsnona76 User ID: 8027573 254363
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2016 Edited Sep. 21, 2016

"Perfect as is. A hit with everyone."

erinshea1982 User ID: 7151030 252861
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"This is a wonderful quick to make impressive coffee cake ! Great in the fall, when it's pumpkin season!"

Potempa User ID: 1789758 242947
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2016

"This was a great recipe! It was very moist and tasty. The only thing I did was add a 1/2 a cup of pumpkin morsels and drizzled the cake with a glaze. This is a keeper!"

RHergenroeder User ID: 6026311 239940
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"delicious! Followed the recipe, as-is."

Juptr2 User ID: 7341496 58839
Reviewed May. 1, 2014

"easy to make, delicious to eat! Will make this again for sure."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 134469
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013 Edited Sep. 21, 2016

"I first had made it when it was featured in quick Cooking, March/April 2005. I just topped the batter with the topping-I didn't layer it! I was pleased with the results! This is a great recipe to use and I thank you, Sarah, for sharing it! delowenstein"

Imfabulus1 User ID: 4693617 103007
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"Very simple to make. Nice taste, not too sweet! Definetly a hit at my house!!"

lisa.hauswirth User ID: 6817860 113943
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2012

"easy to make and everyone loved it."

lrotchford User ID: 4287689 141638
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"This we absolutely delicious. I had an almond flavored pound cake, and I added some golden raisins in the mix. I also was a bit generous w/ the pumpkin as we had a lot left over from another recipe. I will definitely make this again!"

Sprowl User ID: 29186 134467
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"easy and delicious! Made this, but froze it for later. What a great recipe. Everyone loved it and one friend loved it so much she showed up the next day with a self addressed envelope for me to send her it."

Kitchen Gnome User ID: 5707712 58612
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"Make this coffee cake a lot in the fall and winter. My husband loves it."

leharkin User ID: 5615302 69470
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2010

"I used this recipe for an employee Thanksgiving potluck and it was a big hit! The cake is moist and has great pumpkin flavor :)"

PatsCookin User ID: 2406774 102862
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"This is a delicious, moist cake. And so easy to make. It was a hit when I served it at our parent support meeting."

milves User ID: 3131028 69469
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2010

"This pumpkin coffee cake was wonderful. I take this to breakfast at church and is always a hit!!"

deesbar User ID: 5437228 147619
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"easy to make and everybody loved it."

knitwit84 User ID: 4480114 58837
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"This recipe was easy and very delicious! The cake was perfectly moist. This is a new favorite! Definitely will make it again."

lssrls User ID: 1447889 147618
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2009

"Very good, also made exactly as recipe and it is delicious !!!"

October13 User ID: 3434485 54330
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2008

"This was very good! I added more of the filling to the center of the cake, family loves this!"

MadT User ID: 2584563 206138
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2008

"This recipe was delicious and also very easy to prepare. I followed the directions exactly making no changes and loved it. I will make it again."

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