This pumpkin pie crunch cake is perfect for pumpkin lovers everywhere! Delicious layers of brown sugar crumb cake and pumpkin pie filling baked together. Top with pecans, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel for the best ever fall treat.
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Favorite Fall Treat
As I ran into the store the other day for milk, I spotted pretty much everything pumpkin and before I knew it…my whole shopping cart was full of fall goodies. Once I was stocked up on pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, I knew I had to make this pumpkin pie crunch for you all.
I’ve adapted this pumpkin crunch cake over the years and it is one of my family’s favorites pumpkin recipes for ringing in the fall season. The pecan crunch on top is what really takes it over the top and reminds me of the crumb topping on a pumpkin coffee cake or even these pecan pie bars. It’s really easy to make and is a great addition (or substitution) to pumpkin pie.
An Easy Pumpkin Dump Cake
I typically refer to this cake as a “pumpkin dump cake.” If you’ve never heard of a dump cake before, it’s literally just an easy cake recipe where you can dump all of the ingredients in a pan and bake! You can use just about any canned fruit from an apple dump cake to peach cobbler dump cake!
This recipe has 3 layers – the bottom and top layers are the cake mix crumb topping and the middle layer is the pumpkin filling. You just dump the layers in the pan, then bake! So so easy…you can’t mess it up!
How to Make Pumpkin Crunch Cake
- First layer: An easy crumb topping made with yellow cake mix, softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. It has a lumpy texture, similar to a crumble topping. Sprinkle half of the mixture onto the bottom of the pan (reserving the other half for later).
- Second layer: Next comes an easy pumpkin pie filling made with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, sugar, evaporated milk and eggs. It tastes just like the filling inside of a classic pumpkin pie. Pour it over the crumb topping and then spread it out evenly with a spatula.
- Third layer: The final layer is the remaining crumb topping. Sprinkle the mixture over the pie filling until most of the filling is covered. Feel free to add pecans on top of the 3rd layer for added crunch.
Variations for Pumpkin Crunch Cake
- Nuts. We always do half with pecans and half without, since my kids prefer no nuts. Chopped walnuts would also make a great addition.
- Cake mix. Feel free to use spice cake mix for a bolder fall flavor.
- Layering. Instead of splitting the crumb topping in half, you can add the filling into the pan and then sprinkle all of the crumb mixture on top similar to this easy pumpkin dump cake.
- Topping. This would also taste delicious with a streusel topping with oats. It would have less of a cakey texture and would taste similar to a pumpkin crisp.
5 star review
So good, my husband and I both agreed I would never need to make pumpkin pie again. This cake is so much better!– Jessie V
Store leftovers of pumpkin crunch dump cake covered in the fridge up to 3 days.
Freeze the cake whole by cooling it completely then covering with plastic wrap first and then with foil second to prevent freezer burn. Freeze for up to 3 months, thaw in the fridge and serve chilled or reheat slightly.
More Fall Desserts To Try:
- Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake
- Apple Cobbler
- Spice Cake Mix Cookies
- Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
- Easy Pumpkin Crisp
Pumpkin Crunch Cake
For the crumb topping:
- 15 ounces yellow cake mix , 1 box
- 3/4 cup salted butter , softened
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
For the filling:
- ½ cup chopped pecans , if desired
- ice cream or caramel sauce , if desired
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9×13″ baking 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 to an hour, or until a toothpick inserted comes clean.
- Allow to cool. Top with whipped cream, ice cream and/or caramel sauce if desired.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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ENJOY! Happy fall friends!