Pumpkin Dump Cake

Pumpkin Dump Cake- The creamy pumpkin texture mixed with the crunchy pecans and browned cake mix topping is delicious and best served chilled with a dollop of whipped topping.

Two slices of pumpkin dump cake, one in front of the other, both with whipped topping on top

This is a recipe that was handwritten and given to me from a co-worker at an office job I had during college. Pumpkin Dump Cake was something everyone looked forward to her making as soon as the season turned to fall.

What’s in a pumpkin dump cake

  • Box of Yellow cake mix
  • Canned Pumpkin Puree
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Sugar
  • Pecans
  • Butter
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Spices

Slice of cake on a white plate

“Dump Cake” is an odd name for a dessert but the effort is minimal and the results are yummy. The cake mix is carefully sprinkled over the pumpkin mixture and drizzled with melted butter and then topped with pecans. The cake mix does not get mixed with any of the other ingredients as if you were to be making a cake. 

aerial view of pumpkin dump cake on a white plate

Make sure when buying canned pumpkin puree to not buy the big cans of pumpkin pie mix. The pumpkin pie mix has added ingredients to make a pie with.  I also love this cake pan with a lid if you’re in need of one. 

Plan Ahead

This dessert needs close to an hour to bake and then needs to completely cool after baking and before placing in the refrigerator to chill. It’s a dessert that makes a generous amount since it requires a 9″x 13” cake pan so it’s great to make for the holidays. Make sure to pin this recipe!

I prefer to eat this chilled but others might like it warm, maybe with a scoop of ice cream instead of whipped topping…or both! HA! Either way, make sure the leftovers stay in the refrigerator and it will be good for at least two days.


Pumpkin Dump Cake

Course: Dessert


  • 9"x13" cake pan


  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 can 15 oz. Pumpkin
  • 1 can 12 oz. Evaporated Milk
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • whipped topping


  • Pre heat oven to 350°
  • Grease bottom of 9"x13" pan.
  • In a large bowl combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Gently mix until all combined.
  • Pour into prepared cake pan.
  • Gently sprinkle the cake mix on top of the pumpkin mixture trying to cover the entire pan.
  • Top with chopped pecans
  • Drizzle melted butter over the pecans.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and set.
  • Cool completely, uncovered, and then cover and refrigerate. Allow to chill for at least 5 hours.
  • Top with whipped topping

Looking for more pumpkin? Check out this Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler it is SOOOOO good! Also, Pumpkin Pie Toffee Cheesecake is the best pumpkin cheesecake! 


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