Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

Dump Cake.  Such an attractive name for a dessert, don't you think?  Nothing makes you want to dig in more than hearing the word "Dump".  Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.  Ok, ok, so I'm being sarcastic.  But it really isn't the prettiest name for a really good (and of course, easy!) dessert.  And truthfully, it's not the prettiest dessert either.  I'm not exactly selling this recipe to you, am I?  But if you follow my blog regularly then I hope you trust me and that I'll only share recipes that me and my family love.  And this one is no exception!
The name Dump Cake actually comes from the fact that you are "dumping" almost all the 
ingredients in a bowl to mix and then you "dump" dry cake mix on top before baking. Dump cakes are easy to make but full of flavor.  I feel like I use that word "easy" a lot. But that is a big part of how I cook. I like easy. I like quick. I like things that aren't a lot of fuss.  But I also really enjoy the process of cooking and baking. And I like when I can still manage to make dinner and dessert.  Now that fall is here, I thought it was time to break out an old favorite.  Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake.  All the flavors and texture of pumpkin pie topped with a sweet and slightly crunchy topping.
Ingredients:
1 can (15 0z.) pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 cup butter, melted
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
I like to use the kind that has flour in it. It works great.
In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon until well-combined.  It will be very liquid-y. 
Pour this mixture into a baking dish.
Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture.
Now take melted butter and drizzle all over the top.
Bake for about 55-60 minutes. It might still be just a bit jiggly in the middle when done.
It will continue to set up as it cools. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers.  I like to heat each piece up in the microwave for a few seconds before serving since I enjoy eating it warm.
Dollop each serving with a bit of whipped cream.
Enjoy!
Printable Recipe Here


94 comments :

  1. This looks so yummy!! I love pumpkin pie and love dump cakes cause they are quick and easy so this sounds great!! I pinned it and plan ro try it soon!!

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  2. Dump cakes are the best!

    I mentioned you and one of your recipes in my blog today. Stop by if you get the chance! :)

    Joy from Yesterfood
    http://yesterfood.blogspot.com/2012/10/mini-pumpkin-cakes-with-caramel-glaze.html

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  3. This looks soo good and I can't wait to try it. I'm so going to check out the rest of your blog too!! I love quick and easy! :)

    I never heard dump cake explained like that. I was always taught that "dump" cam from cakes (like pineappe dump) in which when they were done cooking you had to "dump" them out of the pan as the last step. Yours makes sense too!! :) Happy cooking!!

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  4. No doubt it tastes as luscious as it looks....MMMM good!

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  5. I have heard of Dump Cakes, but never actually seen one. It lives up to its name, you really do just dump everything in. I LOVE it! Doesn't hurt that there is butter drizzled all over the top either!

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  6. Looks delish - I'll have to try it :)

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  7. I have to admit, that does look pretty delicious...despite its name. :)

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  8. On the contrary Brandie, it is one lovely-looking dessert! I like that it's easy and quick to prepare as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I Love Dump cake & this looks to be just as delicious as all the other ones. Can't wait to try it!!!!

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  10. This sounds SO yummy! Thanks!!! Re-pinning. :)

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  11. I've got this in the oven right now! Can't wait to have a piece!

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  12. Love this I make fruit dump cakes a lot very handy to make last minite.

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  13. This recipe is super easy! Made it for the first time after "Superstorm Sandy" to take to work after being home for nine days. It was a hit! Everyone loved it!!! It was better than pumkin pie.

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  14. A friend is retiring and I'm going to make this for her luncheon. Have made a cherry pie one for years, so easy. Thanks for the new one for the fall.

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  15. Can this be frozen? I made it last night and it was a hit, but I have too much leftover and don't want to be tempted. :)

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  16. Did you see Live with Kelly/Michael today? I think they "borrowed" this recipe for their cooking segment! :)

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  17. Dump cakes are wonderful but never thought of pumkin can't wait to try love pumkin

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  18. Looks easy and yummy ... my favorite two things. Gotta try it.

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  19. Now I know what I'm taking to contribute on Thursday!!

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  20. Do you use all of the dry cake mix, or just enough to cover the top?

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    1. Use it all. This cake is great!

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  21. Made this yesterday! It was super easy, and we all LOVED it! Much better than pumpkin pie. Love your recipes, and THANKS for sharing!!

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  22. Oh good grief! This has to be a sin to eat! It is ssooooooo good. May be my new favorite dessert! Thank you so much for the recipe!!

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  23. I LOVE this recipe- I usually cut the sugar to 2/3 c and double the cinnamon. I have also chopped pecans and put on half of the cake, just in case some don't care for nuts. Easy to make and always a hit! I never have leftovers!

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  24. I am new to your site and I LOVE IT! I love a good sweet potatoe pie and was wondering if princella brand yams can be used instead of pumpkin? Also, do you have a sweet potatoe pie recipe :) your recipes are simply delicious! Thanks

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  25. i just put it in the oven can't wait to eat it!!!!

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  26. The hubby loved it :)

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  27. I make this recipe all the time and I add nuts to it! Just sprinke nuts (however much you want) on top of the dry cake mixture.

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  28. Has anyone ever tried cutting this recipe in half? I think as it is it would be too much for my hubby, 5-yr son and I.

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  29. Okay you said it wasn't pretty but let me tell you, when I saw it, I almost lost my mind!!! Pumpkin and dump in the same sentence,I can't take it!!! Must have!!! Now!!!

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  30. You said it wasn't pretty but when I saw the picture and then the name Pumpkin and dump in the same title, I also lost my mind!!! Must have!!! Now!!!!

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  31. Would it be just as good if I used a yellow cake mix? Would I need to add additional spice(s)?

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    1. I'd like to know this also, as I don't know if I like spice cake....

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    2. Yes you could use yellow cake mix. The spice cake really isn't all that spicy. I think it makes this taste more like a pumpkin pie.

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    3. We made this back in the 70's, and the original recipe called for a yellow cake mix. Do not use a "pudding in the mix" one. In fact, if you can find an off-brand cake mix, it works better, as the topping turns out crunchier. I use one that I buy at the dollar store. The original recipe also called for chopped pecans to be put on the cake mix layer before the butter drizzle step.

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  32. Wondering how crushed pecans would be on top also? Even better the spiced pecans!

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    1. They taste delicious!! My hubby doesn't care for any nuts on top so I just make it plain for him but I've made it with the crushed pecans and it is delicious!!

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  33. Made this for Sunday dessert, so delicious and so easy to make. It's a keeper in my cookbook, Thank you! Karen G.

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  34. We love dump cakes! When we do lunch at work it might be Chinese or Italian or for a baby shower. It then becomes - Baby Dump Cake (lol), or Chinese Dump, or Italian Dump. We have a great time and everyone loves the "Dump Cakes".

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  35. My husband just walked by the computer, saw the picture of this cake and ask for one. He even went to the store to get evaporated milk for me. I made it and it is simply GREAT! Can't wait for my adult daughter to try it!

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    1. Yay!! Thanks so much!! So happy to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to let me know :)

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  36. I just made this and my whole house smells devin!! Can't wait to taste it!!!

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  37. My husband made this for our end of weekend dessert treat. It was amazing. I will definitely make this many times this fall and into Thanksgiving. Not only did it taste great, the entire house smelt wonderful.

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  38. I didn't have spice cake or evaporated milk but added pumpkin pie spice to a golden butter cake mix and substituted 2/3C dry milk and 3/4 C water for the evaporated milk and my dinner guests (my parents) LOVED and raved how good this dessert was :o). Mom wants me to make it for Thanksgiving ;o).

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  39. Made This Yesterday...... My Family Loved It..... There Was No Leftovers.... Way Better Then Pumpkin Pie

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    1. Thank you for coming back to let me know! Yay!!

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    2. I am going to try this in the crock pot since I am currently without an oven. Does anyone know if I would need to change anything up to do it this way?

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  40. Oh oh...I just "dumped" everything together and mixed it up! Distracted recipe following! I'll let you know how it turns out!
    :-0

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  41. Me again! The one who messed up and "dumped" ALL the ingredients into a bowl then mixed them together and poured them in a pan to bake. It turned out awesome! I added a spill of applesauce on top to serve but ice cream or whipping cream would totally rock too.
    If you really need easy...just dump!

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  42. Made this last night, smelled incredible while cooking! Tasted even better- my whole family loved it! Will be making this again for sure.

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  43. Don't know if I did something wrong (followed directions), but the cake mix is still powdery on the top. Anyone else have this issue? Smells amazing, but not sure how the dry cake mix is going to taste. Can I just add some more butter to the top?

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  44. I followed the recipe and while it is good, I feel the pumpkin mixture needs some more spice to it. Next time I would probably double the cinnamon or maybe substitute for pumpkin pie spice. Really good though, the crust on the top is wonderful.

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  45. I love dump cakes too...but since April I have had to go Gluten and Dairy Free...so what I'd like to know if you have any suggestions on how I can substitute GF and DF ingredients to get the same effect or outcome as this recipe??? You'd make my fall if you could help with at! I sure do miss my sweets!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I sure do wish I knew more about GF and DF dietary restrictions. Perhaps you could use a Gluten Free yellow cake mix for this and add a bit of extra pumpkin pie spice to it. As for the dairy...I'm not really sure. Evaporated milk is milk that has been reduced so it is a bit thicker and concentrated. So perhaps you could gently simmer some of the milk alternative you use to get it to reduce. You might be able to google instructions on how to do that! :)

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  46. When I leave work in oh the next 30min. I'm going straight to the grocery store for all my ingredients & guess what's for desert tonight?? Mmmmmm

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  47. Thank you for the pictures! Looks yummy :)))

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  48. I've used a lot of this lady's recipes and they are always delicious and easy to make. I love her tuitorials! The Coconut cream poke cake is out of this world. Served it at a friend's birthday celebration and everybody asked for seconds! It was so light and oh, so good! I'm hosting another birthday dessert party this coming Friday night and I've selected the pumpkin dump cake.

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  49. My neighbor makes a similar dessert - a pumpkin poke cake and she pours sweetened condensed milk in the holes. Sooo delicious.

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  50. I made this last week.Very easy sooo much better than pumpkin pie.Absolutely wonderful when still warm.

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  51. Do you need to refrigerate if you are making the cake the day before?

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  52. Taking this to work for Thanksgiving Day to share with my co-workers. No one wants to be at work at the hospital on a holiday, hoping this makes our. Data little sweeter!

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  53. I made this awhile ago, and loved it!!! So it's in the oven right now to take to Thanksgiving dinner in place of pie!

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  54. Made this for Thanksgiving and it turned out great.

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  55. what do you think about adding chocolate chips to the recepie ? Would you put them on top or in the pumpkin portion of the recepie?!

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  56. This was so good and easy!….I did add chopped pecans on top of the cake mix. This is definitely staying in my recipe file! Everyone loved it!!! Thanks!

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  57. This cake is so good I actually keep the ingredients in the pantry for it. Husband does not like pumpkin but will eat this like he will never see a cake again. I do add pecans also,

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  58. So do you refrigerate if you make it ahead of time?

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  59. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe! I found it on Pinterest and have made it for the third time. Made it today for Christmas dinner. It has been a hit with everyone!

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  60. Can I substitute regular milk home snowed in and I have everything else

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  61. I have made this cake for years only I use a butter recipe cake mix and put chopped pecans on top. It is delish! It's always a hit. I might have to try it with the spice cake instead next time!

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  62. Do I use the whole box of cake mix?

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  63. I made this for the first time tonight. I added chopped walnuts and served it with cool whip! DELISH!!

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  64. I topped with a cup crushed pecans before I poured butter on. I also froze the leftover cake, too! I personally like it half thawed.

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  65. I hate to be "that guy", but can you use low fat evaporated milk instead?

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  66. Made this last night and we all love it! tastes great and is super easy! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  67. that guy ( posted September 11 2014 ) - I would think it would be alright to use low fat evaporated milk.You could probably omit the butter if you are on a low fat diet, as some cakes like swiss rolls are made without added fat.
    Hope this helps. Happy cake making!
    P.S. I think it looks delicious, but don't eat too much!

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  68. I'm fixin' to make this for tonight :) I can't wait to try it!! Thanks for the recipe.

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  69. Just wondering why it would need to be refrigerated. Does it make a difference in the texture? Unless a cake has a layer of whipped cream or pudding, I'd never do it...mostly because I never have that kind of room. It looks like something my grandsons would like.

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  70. This recipe was awesome! I couldn't wait for Thanksgiving (when I usually make pumpkin stuff) to have it. I live on a tight budget and since I'm the only one in the house that likes pumpkin, I thought it would be perfect and affordable and it was. Few ingredients and such a good desert. I love the salty/sweet combination of the sweet ingredients (Pumpkin, milk, cinnamon) then the saltiness of the butter on top. I would suggest though that when you pour the butter on top, to use fork and kinda get the butter incorporated with the cake mix a little. Bits I did and bits I didn't, when it came out some of the cake mix stayed in powder form and wasn't as good as when butter is mixed in with it. But great recipe and will for sure make again! Thanks for sharing.

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  71. OMG, this is definitely on my must-try list! Easy and delicious, how can you go wrong. Thanks, Brandie!

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  72. This sounds amazing! I have a recipe for cherry/pineapple dump cake that doesn't even use a mixing bowl - all ingredients are literally dumped directly into the baking dish. My husband LOVES pumpkin, so I will have to try it. Of course, I normally double the cinnamon in any recipe and usually add others like cloves, allspice, nutmeg, and mace.

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  73. I work with children who have Autism and we have a baking group once a week. We are always looking for easy recipes for them to make. This one was perfect!!! They enjoyed making it and it came out great!

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  74. Oh my WORD! I made this earlier today and its absolutely yummylicious! We sampled a piece after it had been out of the oven about 30 minutes! I did not have a spice cake mix, so I substituted a yellow cake mix. Oh my I highly recommend this recipe for those who love to eat pumpkin!!

    Thank you for sharing with us! :)

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  75. I make this every Christmas. But I use yellow cake mix and add pecans. Soooo delicious

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  76. I am making this today-I swapped out the cup of sugar for 1 can of apple pie filling...

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  77. I just made this for my extended family weekly dinner. Everyone loved it! I've already received requests to make it for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing!

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  78. Just pulled this out of the oven and can barely stand it. 30 min is too long to wait! It smells heavenly!

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  79. My DIL made this last weekend and it is delicious. Warm from the oven with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream .... going to make for Thanksgiving instead of a pumpkin pie. Thanks.....

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  80. Tastes just like pumpkin pie! I sprinkled 1/2 cups of chopped pecans on top before baking - they toasted and added a nice taste and texture to the cake.

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  81. I have this in the oven right now. Smells wonderful, can't wait to try it.

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  82. I make this with Pillsbury's sugar free yellow cake mix and artificial sugar and regular pumpkin from a can with 4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. I'm going to try adding cinnamon. I also add chopped pecans on top of the butter before baking. It makes a 9x13 and I took it a Christmas party recently and everyone liked it, especially because it was sugar free. It's Yummy!

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