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Pecan Pumpkin Dessert

I always fix this recipe for Thanksgiving. It was given to me by a friend and I've shared it with many others. —Sue Williams, Mt. Holly, North Carolina
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • Spritz a 13x9-in. baking dish with cooking spray; line it with parchment. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well blended. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Invert onto a large serving platter; carefully remove parchment.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Frost dessert. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 568 calories, 33g fat (17g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 396mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • mrkcook
    Apr 9, 2018

    FANTASTIC! My family devoured it! My husband, who is not as fond of pumpkin as the rest of us LOVED it. He told me twice how good it was and that I could make that again, real soon! I did add cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg since I was using plain canned pumpkin. I think the topping is what sets this one apart from so many others that are similar (without the topping).

  • Christine
    Mar 4, 2018

    I made a similar recipe except mine does not use vanilla and instead uses 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. The other change was just a whipped topping of 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 3 cups whipping cream, 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Amazing flavor and texture, so good, lots of rave reviews.

  • destine
    Dec 22, 2017

    I made this for a potluck and it was absolutely delicious. It was also very easy to make. I followed the recipe exactly and, in my opinion, it didn't need any spices. It tasted wonderful as is.

  • tishathomas
    Nov 24, 2017

    This calls for solid pack pumpkin. That means it would have absolutely no spices. Either the author left out the spices or we're supposed to use the pumpkin pie mix. Which is it?

  • 2124arizona
    Aug 14, 2017

    This tasty dessert sure to top off a Thanksgiving dinner!! It's yummy!!

  • Gramma Amy
    Dec 6, 2013

    So easy to make, and a wonderful change from pumpkin pie. A great potluck dessert as well during the holidays. Folks love it and ask for the recipe every time. I do like to add the spices I normally use in my pumpkin pie for the best flavor.

  • bethie1988
    Nov 24, 2013

    This is nothing less than a 5 star dessert! I make it a minimum of 4x per Thanksgiving/Xmas holiday (and usually many times in-between) and have for the past 7 years. I don't know if I would be allowed to attend our family Thansksgivings without it because many years ago it replaced the traditional pumpkin pie! Everyone looks forward to this dessert and newbies ALWAYS request the recipe. I even started using this as my preferred "Wedding Shower" recipe to share with new brides :)

  • sdtdcd1
    Oct 29, 2013

    Someone said this had no taste. Looking at the Recipe, I would agree. You have to add the spices, if you buy the Pumpkin that doesn't have the spices already in it..............I'm sure that's what she did. I would add spices to this........cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin pie give it more pumpkin taste. I will make this, it look's really good! Add spices to taste!

  • Anisoptera
    Nov 18, 2012

    Question: Has anyone ever made this ahead and frozen it?

  • Gessica
    Nov 15, 2012

    This is a MUST at every Thanksgiving. It is the best pumpkin dessert I've ever tried!