Tomorrow night I’m hosting book club, and as I’ve mentioned before, book club = perfect excuse to try new desserts. Brian always hounds me about why I don’t bake more, and it’s honestly because I have zero willpower and will eat the whole pan (whatever the pan may be, it really doesn’t matter). So tonight I referenced my trusty Pinterest sweets board and came across a recipe for Pumpkin Dump Cake.
In case you’ve never made dump cake, it’s awesome because it’s ridiculously fast, easy and tastes amazing. And really, the goal here is to minimize the amount of time between prep & tummy. Nothing pretty… as a friend used to say about his food, “I didn’t buy it to talk to.”
I kind of combined a couple different recipes: this one and this one. There were some inconsistencies in ingredient amounts (one called for 15 oz of pumpkin, the other for 29 oz; one called for 2 sticks of butter, the other called for 1), so of course I did what any good citizen would do any went with mo’ pumpkin and mo’ butter. Oh, and I couldn’t decide between the Heath toffee topping or the nuts. So I did both.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
- 29 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)
- 3 eggs
- 12 oz can evaporated milk (I used the canned 2% kind)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup toffee bits
- 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Using mixer, blend pumpkin, eggs, sugars, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
3. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish. Pour in pumpkin mixture and spread evenly.
4. Sprinkle cake mix over top of pumpkin, then sprinkle nuts and toffee over the cake mix.
5. Pour melted butter evenly over the top. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until edges are slightly browned. Allow to cool and serve with whipped cream.
Cake mix + Toppings…
In all fairness, I haven’t actually tried the cake yet because all of the reviews said to let it cool completely before digging in… but it does smell amazing.
On a completely related note: Halloween costumes are now half-off at Target. So look who we brought home.