Pumpkin Crunch Cake is brimming with fall flavors. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and chopped pecans to create the perfect pumpkin dessert.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake is fall treat you'll definitely remember. Full of warm spices and topped with a dollop if whipped cream.

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If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you are probably aware that I just returned home from a culinary conference in Jamaica.

While I loved spending time with some of my favorite people on Earth and making new friends, it was hot.

Like glistening in the sun, potentially soaking through your clothes, the minute you walk out the door hot. So when I hopped off the plane and was greeted with 52 degrees of crisp fall weather, I was pretty excited for a few reasons.

Namely boots, pumpkin and not having to shower three times a day. It’s the little things.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake is loaded with spices and topped with a dollop if whipped cream. It will quickly become your new favorite dessert.

Growing up, Pumpkin Crunch Cake was a dessert staple at my Nana’s house. Not only is it super simple to make, it’s also incredibly delicious.

With just a handful of ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a rich, flavorful pumpkin dessert that’s perfect for Thanksgiving, or just a random Thursday night.

Sometimes Nana would leave out the pecans, but not me. There’s just something about them, especially when combined with pumpkin and warm spices, that I can’t skip.

You might think I’m crazy, but I actually love this cake year-round. Thanks to canned pumpkin, it’s something you really can whip up whenever the mood strikes, be it April or October.

There’s no shame in reveling in pumpkin and pecans when the temperature is above 55°F.


Nana always made Pumpkin Crunch Cake with a mix, and I have to tell you, cake mixes have come a long way since I was a little kid baking in Nana’s kitchen, and I love the fact that I find mixes without all the artificial stuff.

Using a yellow cake mix also makes Pumpkin Crunch Cake incredibly easy to whip up.

Seriously, it will probably take longer for your oven to preheat than it will for you to get the cake ready to bake. Since so many of the ingredients are pantry staples, it’s easy to pull together at the last minute, completely stress-free.

I especially love using Fisher Nuts in this recipe because they’re preservative-free. Nothing in the bag but the nuts as they came off the tree. That’s something this dessert lover can get behind.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake is a classic fall dessert. Loaded with spices and topped with a dollop if whipped cream, it will quickly become your go-to dessert.


The way Pumpkin Crunch Cake comes together puts it in the “dump cake” category.

I know, the phrase “dump cake” is kind of weird, but trust me on this one, ok?

A dump cake just means that you “dump” the ingredients in the pan and everything magically comes together in the oven.

Since you whisk together the evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, sugar and spices first, Pumpkin Crunch Cake does require one more bowl than most dump cake recipes. But I promise it is still super simple.

Once that mixture is spread in the pan, you sprinkle on the cake mix and pecans and then drizzle melted butter all over the top before baking.

The result is a cake that is moist on the bottom and has a buttery, crumb-like texture on top. It’s heavenly.


Can’t get enough pumpkin? Neither can I. Luckily, I’ve got you covered.

Be sure to check out my Pumpkin Roll, Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted Caramel Sauce and Pumpkin Pecan Bars – they’re all seasonal staples around here! Oh and don’t forget the Pumpkin Pie Spice!

You can even have pumpkin for breakfast. Try my Pumpkin Bread, Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, or Pumpkin Pancakes.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to run out and buy a few more cans of pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Yield: 18 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Pumpkin Crunch Cake is brimming with fall flavors. Top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and chopped pecans to create the perfect pumpkin dessert.


  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chopped Fisher Pecans
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugars, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt and well combined and smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  4. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture and use you hands to gently press it into the batter.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the cake with chopped pecans and evenly drizzle the melted butter over the entire cake.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. At this point, check your cake. If the top is becoming to brown, cover the cake with a piece of foil for the remaining baking time. Continue baking an additional 10-20 minutes or until set.
  7. Remove pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Chill for a few hours before serving.
  8. If desired, top with whipped cream and chopped pecans before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 18 Serving Size 1 slice
Amount Per Serving Calories 334 Total Fat 18g Saturated Fat 9g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 74mg Sodium 371mg Carbohydrates 40g Fiber 2g Sugar 26g Protein 5g

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