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Lucious Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake

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What Is a Dump Cake?

Dump cakes are becoming very popular partly thanks to Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman from the Food Network channel.

The way a dump cake works is this: You create a bottom layer of whatever filling you want, then simply dump a box cake mix on top of it, followed by whatever topping you want, and then finish it off with squares of butter on the very top. You can use whatever combination you want: cherry pie filling with chocolate cake mix, pineapple pie filling with white cake mix; get the picture? Try your favorite combinations, and see what you can come up with.

This recipe is pumpkin pie filling with a yellow cake mix and chopped pecans. Sounds so simple—and it is.

The only thing I changed is that I eliminated the cloves in the recipe. I simply don't like cloves in anything. So whenever I see them in a recipe, I don't use them.

Give this a try, and you won't be sorry. My son-in-law doesn't like pumpkin pie, but he loves this cake dessert. There is a buttery crunch on top that makes all the difference.

Serve it warm with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or even cold from the refrigerator or room temperature. It's that good.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

1 hour

1 hour 20 min

Serves 12-15 people


  • 1 (30-oz.) can pumpkin
  • 1 (16-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix pumpkin, milk, ginger, sugar, eggs, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13" pan.
  3. Sprinkle cake mix and chopped pecans on top.
  4. Cut butter thin and cover all over cake mix.
  5. Bake for 1 hour and serve warm with whipped cream. (See text above for additional ways to enjoy this dessert). Enjoy!

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I print Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake recipe?

Answer: Yes you can.

© 2017 Rachel L Alba


Rachel Alba on May 08, 2020:

Hi Peggy, Thank you for pinning my recipe. I love these dump cakes, they are so easy to make and you can make any combinations you like. Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings to you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2020:

I am going to pin this recipe so that I can easily find it and make it sometime soon to share it with our neighbors. During this lockdown period, we are still sharing some food with one another to be eaten in our separate homes. I just happen to have a can of pumpkin and the evaporated milk in our pantry. I'll just have to get some yellow cake mix.

Rachel Alba on November 13, 2018:

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Thanks Chris. You know I enjoy having you and Bill over and love to cook for you and so happy you loved my meal. Even people who don't like pumpkin pie, love this cake.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Chris ❤️ on November 12, 2018:

My sister Rachel made this for us the other night to top off her great dinner. It was really delicious especially with the cinnamon swirl ice cream. You’re a wonderful cool sister thank you

Rachel Alba on June 12, 2018:

Hi Nida. I just came across your comment and visit to my recipe. Thank you for visiting and nice comment.

Blessings to you.

Nida Ormo from Bacolod City, Philippines on November 05, 2017:

Hi Rachel thank you for sharing the recipe. I try it to soon because it's easy to prepare

Rachel Alba on October 31, 2017:

Hi Pat, Thank you so much for telling me that. I do appreciate your encouragement.

Many blessings to you as well.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 30, 2017:

Hi Rachel I just have to tell you I made this for church yesterday and it was a HUGE hit. Not a morsel was left!!! So thank you for sharing.

Angels are headed to you once again ps

Rachel Alba on October 29, 2017:

Hi Louise, thank you for your visit and very nice comment. Hope you get to try it.

Blessings to you.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on October 29, 2017:

Oh, that looks delicious. I know I'd enjoy this.

Rachel Alba on October 26, 2017:

Well, you could always tell him that pumpkin has no fat in it and you could buy the low fat evaporated milk. lol It would help anyhow.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 26, 2017:

I do love pumpkin and I am having a hard time might have to be fixed for Halloween for my grandson as an excuse. My husband quit smoking and put on a lot of weight and is now on a diet losing pretty good so I must be careful..but he wouldn't begrudge his grandson..surely! lol

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 25, 2017:

Pat, it's always so nice to hear from you. We are all as fine as God wants us to be. Thank you for your great comments. Hope your church group enjoys this dessert.

Blessings to you and yours as well.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 25, 2017:

Hi Linda, It makes me happy if someone can try something different. I'm grateful for your visits and comments.

Blessings to you.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 25, 2017:

O Rachel....this looks decadent. I know it will be a hit at our Sunday breakfast/brunch at church.

Dump cake is always a hit...have never had a pumpkin one. Hoping all is good with you and yours. Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 24, 2017:

I've never thought much about dump cakes, though I've heard the term. After reading your article and seeing the results of your recipe, I love the idea of a dump cake! I'm going to try making one following your guidelines very soon.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on October 23, 2017:

Hi Jackie, Thank you so much for always being here for me. If you love pumpkin, you will love this.

Blessings to you.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 23, 2017:

Thank you dear talented friend! I will be having this for Thanksgiving and I know it will be so good.

My son first taught me about dump cakes but this one sounds a bit tastier and special of course being pumpkin.

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