Pumpkin Cake

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!
I am not even kidding when I say I have been waiting all year to share this recipe with you!  Pumpkin cake has been a family favorite of ours for years.  We actually stopped making pumpkin pie and make this instead every year for Thanksgiving!  Yes, it is that good.

Last year when I shared my pumpkin gingersnap recipe with you, I mentioned how my mom loves pumpkin any time of year.  She is no respecter of seasons when it comes to pumpkin!  I generally only make it in the fall, but if you happen to get a craving for this dessert in the middle of the summer, then you wouldn't be the first! *wink*

There are three steps to this recipe, but all of them are easy.  Below are the ingredients you'll need to make this delicious dessert.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, measure 1 cup of the dry cake mix, 1/4 c. melted butter, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.  Mix together until combined.  Set aside.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

In a medium bowl, mix remaining cake mix, 1 egg and 1/2 c. melted butter. 

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Drop by large spoonfuls into the bottom of a 9x13 pan and press into an even layer.  (I recommend lining it with tin foil and spraying with cooking spray.)

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

I rinsed out the medium bowl I used for the bottom layer and then beat together the pumpkin, salt, 2 eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar, evaporated milk and milk.  You can do this by hand or with a mixer, but because it is liquidy, it tends to splatter a little bit.  Pour over the bottom layer.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Sprinkle the spiced mixture over the pumpkin layer using your hands.  You don't want it to be fine crumbs or large chunks--somewhere in between.

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let it cool completely before serving.  We like it with whipped cream on top but vanilla ice cream is really yummy too!

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!

So let's break this deliciousness down:

Step aside pumpkin pie!  Pumpkin cake is taking your spot at Thanksgiving this year!
Seriously, guys, I would not lead you astray!  Make this for Thanksgiving or your next holiday party and everyone will be asking for the recipe.

Pumpkin Cake
serves 20

Ingredients:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 2 c. pumpkin
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c. milk
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup dry yellow cake mix with 1/4 c. melted butter, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.  Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix remaining cake mix, 1 egg and 1/2 c. melted butter.  Press into bottom of a 9x13 pan.  (I recommend lining it with tin foil and spraying with cooking spray.)
  4. Beat together pumpkin, salt, 2 eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar, evaporated milk and milk.
  5. Pour over pan mixture.
  6. Sprinkle spiced cake mix from step 2 over the top.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
  8. Let cool before serving.
  9. Serve with whipped cream.

19 comments

  1. Oh my this looks super delicious. I will have to try it out!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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  2. Yuuuum. This looks SO good. I'll have to give it a try this Thanksgiving. I know my family will eat it up!

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    1. Definitely give it a try! You'll have to let me know how your family likes it. :)

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  3. That looks delicious! Yum!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe with us! :)
    XO! Vanessa

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    1. I wish I could include some kind of way to smell what my house smelled like while this was baking. It's just amazing.

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  4. oh my goodness that looks AMAZING!! I''ll have to try it out.

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    1. It's SO good! And to be honest, it's kind of ruined pumpkin pie for me because I'd much rather have this.

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  5. This looks incredible!! Pinning, I may have to try it for Thanksgiving :)

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    1. You won't be sorry if you do Lora! Let me know how you like it. :)

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  6. YUM! I'm so making this for my company Thanksgiving party this week! Perfect timing!

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    1. This is a perfect dessert to take to parties! It's much easier to get out of the pan than pie and twice as good! Don't forget the whipped cream. ;)

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  7. Oh my, well all those layers are tempting! I can see why you would ditch the pumpkin pie for this one! Funny how you've been waiting all year to share it!!

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    1. Some people are really surprised when I say I like this better than pumpkin pie, but then they taste this and they understand why!

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  8. This looks yummy! I love that you added whipped cream on top! :)

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    1. Thanks Cara! The whipped cream is delicious!

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  9. Wow - this looks amazing! I might have to try this for Thanksgiving this year. Yum!

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  10. This looks so yummy! And something different to the traditional pumpkin bread! I might make this for Thanksgiving dessert this year!

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  11. I am dying over how good this looks!! Maybe I should attempt to make this for Thanksgiving =)

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