Pumpkin Crunch Cake

November 18, 2008

A friend of mine had mentioned they make this recipe every year instead of pumpkin pie and its a huge success.  But she didn’t give me the recipe.  I was craving it every since she mentioned it, So I thought I bet that cookbook that my sister in law gave me (Hi Stacy) and guess what, it sure did. Yea!  So it was my mission this weekend to make it, and I did and boy am I glad.  I think I am permanently changed from boring ole pumpkin pie to this pumpkin crunch cake.  Topped with homemade whipping cream and it would be to die for, but guess what if you don’t have it, Its great still.

I did make some changes to the recipe. It originally calls for a yellow cake mix, pumpkin pie spice and no apples.  I used a spice cake mix, a mixture of spices and 2 apples.  This recipe is very good, its has a great combination of smooth pumpkin with the crunchy top from the cake mix and pecans.  I did really like the extra apples and thought it added a nice flavor and a bit more moisture to the mix.  I highly recommend this cake, and its very easy to make.

Ingredients:1 Can pumpkin or 15oz. pumpkin puree, 1 Can Evaporated milk, 1 1/2 C Sugar, 1/4 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/4 tsp allspice, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, 4 eggs, 1 box cake mix (I used spice cake), 1 cup chopped pecans, 2 small apples, sliced, 1 1/2 sticks butter, sliced


1 can of pumpkin or 15 oz pumpkin puree


Add 1 1/2 cups sugar, and 1 can evaporated milk


Add 1/4 tsp ginger, allspice, cloves and nutmeg


1 tsp cinnamon, and 1tsp salt


Add four eggs and beat well


Roughly chop pecans, and slice apples


Butter dish


And pour in pumpkin mixture


sprinkle in dry cake mix over pumpkin


Add apple slices and slightly press into batter


Sprinkle on pecans and add butter slices


Bake for 40-50 minutes @ 350


Enjoy!  Serve with fresh whipping cream.  I guarantee your family will love this new version of pumpkin dessert!

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Pumpkin Crunch Cake

1 Can pumpkin or 15oz. pumpkin puree
1 Can Evaporated milk
1 1/2 C Sugar
1/4 tsp cloves,
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
4 eggs

Mix all the ingredients together well and pour into a buttered 13X9 baking dish

1 box cake mix (I used spice cake)

1 cup chopped pecans

2 small apples, sliced

1 1/2 sticks butter, sliced

Sprinkle dry cake mix over pumpkin mixture, then press sliced apples slightly into the cake mix and top with chopped pecans.  Slice butter and lay on top.  Bake for 50 minutes @ 350.

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Lynn November 18, 2008 at 9:59 am

I posted a recipe like this too. Mine does not have the apples or nuts in it though. It is the same idea though. Thanks for sharing your version.


Stacy November 18, 2008 at 10:18 am

Sounds yummy!


Tracey November 18, 2008 at 10:55 am

Brew some coffee…I’m coming over. Yummm….


Live.Love.Eat November 18, 2008 at 11:09 am

Looks awesome. I make a pumpkin crisp that’s similar but without the apples. Yummy! Happy TMTT!


Christine November 18, 2008 at 11:51 am

WOW! That sounds and looks AWESOME! Thanks for the recipe and for the step by step photo instructions, us bakily challenged folk can use all the help we can get! 😉


Dreamer November 18, 2008 at 12:52 pm

I love pumpkin recipes! Thanks for sharing.


Nikki November 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm

That sounds so good!! I usually make Eclair cake..but I a might try this instead!!


Mom November 18, 2008 at 1:26 pm

It is sooo good, you are making this for Thanksgiving? right!!!


susieshomemade November 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm

What a yummy tackle:-)


gingela5 November 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Oh my goodness! That looks so good!


mom2my9 November 18, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Wow! What an awesome post. I always love the photos you use. Thank you for the great instructions. This sounds delicious and I’ll have to try it! Thank you for linking up and I’ll see you next Monday!


kristina November 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm

I love pumpkin desserts! I’m going to have to try this it sounds great! Thanks


Tiffany November 18, 2008 at 7:12 pm

That sounds good and the pumpkin lover in me is screaming *make it right NOW!* haha. I made pumpkin carrot swirl “bars” last weekend and I’m still snacking on those. Mmmmm! :9


karen November 18, 2008 at 10:23 pm

That looks yummy!


Lee November 19, 2008 at 2:04 am

This is similar to something we make called Pumpkin Pie Cake, similar to yours without the “crunch.” But I may have to try this soon. Looks yummy!


Tiffany December 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm

I made this the other day but for some reason thought the whole thing was supposed to have the texture of cake, so I overcooked it a bit before I gave up and figured I messed it up.. then I realized that the bottom would probably be like pumpkin pie. That’s right, right? I hope so because I ate it. lol. It actually is really good though!


Tina January 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm

I have a pumpkin crunch recipe that is almost exact. I have never had apples added this sound so good and so much better. I will try yours next time.


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