Cooking & Eating

Pumpkin Pie Crunch Cake

I have never had much of an opinion on pumpkin desserts, I will eat pumpkin pie, bread, etc., but if I had a choice pumpkin probably wouldn’t be my first choice – until now!  My husband requested, “any kind of pumpkin dessert,” for his birthday.  His request didn’t give me much of a direction, so I scoured Pinterest for a pumpkin recipe and couldn’t find anything where I had all of the ingredients.  So I did what any frugal-adventurous woman would do and combined several recipes.  I know this can be risky, I have failed miserably doing this in the past, but I took my chances and this time it was a great success!

Everyone that has eaten this pumpkin pie crunch cake has raved about it, asked for the recipe, and demanded I make it again.  I even think it is delicious, and I am not a huge fan of pumpkin!


1 box of yellow cake mix
1 29 oz can of pumpkin
1 15 oz can of evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 c chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cube butter melted
whipped topping or vanilla ice cream when serving


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl mix pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, salt, all spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Pour into a greased 9×13 baking pan.  Evenly sprinkle cake mix over pumpkin mixture, gently patting down with a spoon.  Next, evenly distribute chopped nuts over cake.  Drizzle melted butter over the top.  I started by baking this for 1 hour, it wasn’t done, so I ended up checking the cake frequently so it wouldn’t burn and it baked for a total of 1 hour and 20 minutes. I let the cake sit over night before serving with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

This is the best pumpkin recipe I have ever had!  The bottom is like pumpkin pie, the top is like a crunchy cake, the best of desserts!  Try this recipe, you won’t be disappointed!

xo Kari


4 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie Crunch Cake

  1. I think your oven must not be getting to temperature-I just baked this and it was done in 1 hour. Almost a little too done in fact! Maybe put an oven thermometer in your oven next time you bake to check and see what your oven is doing. It might be fluctuating up and down without you knowing. I’m serving this tonight for friends and it looks great-I love pumpkin!

    1. Thank you do much for your comment. I’m so glad your cake didn’t burn. I cannot figure out why it took so long for my cake to cook. I baked today and everything turned our fine and baked for the appropriate time. I was worried my oven might be broken! Hope you enjoyed your dessert 😊

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