Favorite Pumpkin Cake

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This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. It has a brown sugar crumb cake bottom and top with a delicious pumpkin filling. It’s very similar to a pumpkin dump cake but has a crumb cake layer on the bottom as well which adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

Top this cake with a scoop or vanilla ice cream and caramel (trust me!) and you’ll be in pumpkin heaven. Gah, this is seriously my favorite fall dessert. I can’t wait to make it again.

The pecan crunch on top of this gooey pumpkin cake is what really takes it over the top. It’s really easy to make and is a great addition (or substitution) to pumpkin pie.

This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. It has a brown sugar crumb cake bottom and top with a delicious pumpkin filling. It's very similar to a pumpkin dump cake but has a crumb cake layer on the bottom as well which adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

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As I ran into Kroger the other day for milk I spotted pretty much everything pumpkin and before you knew it my whole shopping cart was full of pumpkin goodies (see here). Once I was stocked up on pumpkin and pumpkin spice I knew I had to make this pumpkin cake for you all. I’ve adapted it over the years and it is one of my families favorites for ringing in the fall season.

This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. So delicious!

Seriously though… this time of year that makes me want to put pumpkin in EVERYTHING! I am so excited that fall is finally here. It is my absolute favorite time to live in Ohio. I love seeing the leaves change and getting to wear boots in September. Now once January hits… I think I’ll catch a plane back home to AZ. ;)

This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. It has a brown sugar crumb cake bottom and top with a delicious pumpkin filling. It's very similar to a pumpkin dump cake but has a crumb cake layer on the bottom as well which adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

Pumpkin Cake Ingredients –

For this cake you’ll need a box of yellow cake mix, eggs, butter, pumpkin, sugar, evaporated milk and pumpkin pie spice. Then you’ll add a cake crumb layer to the bottom and top of the pumpkin filling. I used the 100% pure pumpkin from Kroger and it tasted great!

This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. It has a brown sugar crumb cake bottom and top with a delicious pumpkin filling. It's very similar to a pumpkin dump cake but has a crumb cake layer on the bottom as well which adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

Pumpkin Cake Instructions –

Then for the first layer you’ll add the half the crumb mixture. Then for the second layer you’ll pour the pumpkin filling on top. Then for the third layer you’ll add the rest of the crumb mixture with pecans. We always do half with and half without, since my kids prefer no nuts. ;)

This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. It has a brown sugar crumb cake bottom and top with a delicious pumpkin filling. It's very similar to a pumpkin dump cake but has a crumb cake layer on the bottom as well which adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

I also HIGHLY recommend serving with ice cream or whipped cream. It just adds the perfect cool flavor. This salted caramel added a great addition as well. I used the Kroger vanilla bean ice cream and it was delicious!

This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. It has a brown sugar crumb cake bottom and top with a delicious pumpkin filling. It's very similar to a pumpkin dump cake but has a crumb cake layer on the bottom as well which adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

Pumpkin Cake

Yield: 15 to 20

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Crumb topping:

  • 1 (15-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Pumpkin filling:

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans, if desired

Ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired

 

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x13" pan and set aside.

In a medium size bowl stir together the cake mix, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread half the crumb mixture into the bottom of your pan.

For the second layer combine the pumpkin, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, pumpkin spice and vanilla in a separate bowl. Mix until combined and then pour over your first layer.

Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top. Add pecans if desired.

Bake in the oven for 55 minutes - 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes clean.

Allow to cool. Top with whipped cream, ice cream and/or caramel sauce if desired.

Enjoy! :)

ENJOY! Happy fall friends!

This pumpkin cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere. It has a brown sugar crumb cake bottom and top with a delicious pumpkin filling. It's very similar to a pumpkin dump cake but has a crumb cake layer on the bottom as well which adds an extra layer of deliciousness.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Amy @ Little Dairy on the Prairie posted on September 23, 2016 at 11:28 am (#
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    Somehow my shopping cart magically fills itself with all things pumpkin too! I can’ wait to use those ingredients to make this cake. And the caramel on top…looks like a must to me!

  2. Katerina @ diethood .com posted on September 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm (#
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    I love everything about this!! It looks and sounds incredible!!

  3. Michelle De La Cerda posted on September 23, 2016 at 6:10 pm (#
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    When the season starts to change it is officially pumpkin season in my world! I am glad I am not alone!

  4. Roxana posted on September 23, 2016 at 6:15 pm (#
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    i’m craving all things pumpkin this time of the year and your cake sounds incredible!!
    And yes, caramel and ice-cream should be mandatory!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 24, 2016 at 12:49 pm (#
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      Me too! Definitely a mandatory around my house ;)

  5. Patricia @ Grab a Plate posted on September 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm (#
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    A crumb layer on the bottom AND top? That sounds pretty fabulous to me! This is a wonderful fall dessert!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm (#
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      More the better, right?! ;)

  6. Crystal posted on September 24, 2016 at 12:11 am (#
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    This looks amazing! Quick question though… Why do you reserve 1 cup of the cake mix? When does it get added?  My understanding is, you have the crumb mixture and the pumpkin mixture. Layer half the crumb mixture, then the pumpkin mixture then the remaining crumb mixture plus nuts. Is that right? Sorry, I’m new to baking and really want to try this recipe! 

    • Jamielyn posted on September 24, 2016 at 12:48 pm (#
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      Hi Crystal, Sorry I just realized I had a mistake in the instructions. Thanks for letting me know. It’s updated now :D

  7. Renee - Kudos Kitchen posted on September 24, 2016 at 2:05 pm (#
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    I’ve made this before and it’s incredible tasting, and incredibly easy! I love to see it trending again.

  8. Ashley V posted on September 27, 2016 at 4:19 pm (#
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    Oh no!  I was trying to make this tonight, but don’t understand the recipe.  There are no measurements for the third layer.  Please help!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on September 28, 2016 at 8:32 am (#
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      Sorry about that Ashley! We updated the instructions – let me know if that’s more clear or if we can help more! :)

  9. Sarah posted on October 2, 2016 at 9:15 am (#
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    Your recipe looks delicious, and not just for pumpkin lovers. I have made many pumpkin recipes and look forward to giving this a try!

  10. jan posted on November 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm (#
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    Wondering about the nuts…the recipe doesn’t say when to add them. I thought maybe sprinkled on top but it looks like they might have been added to the cake.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm (#
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      Hi Jan,
      Just updated it. They should go on after the crumb topping. Enjoy! :)