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.
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Every year, once the weather starts to turn cold, we play a game of “furnace chicken” at our house.
I hate finally having to cave and turn the furnace on. Having the heat on just really signifies winter to me, so we try to avoid it as long as possible.
Instead, we layer up and use the fireplace as the weather dips into the 60s. Honestly, I sort of love the excuse to cozy up with Elle, our favorite blanket and a cup of hot chocolate and a special treat.
Lately, I’m all about enjoying a slice of my Nana’s Pumpkin Crunch Cake as I snuggle with my loves. I enjoy this cake any time of year, but most especially now!
MY NANA’S FAMOUS PUMPKIN CRUNCH CAKE
Growing up, this Pumpkin Crunch Cake was a staple at my Nana’s house right alongside her pumpkin roll. 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 Tuesday night.
Sometimes Nana would leave out the pecans, but not me. There’s just something about them, especially when combined with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, that I can’t skip.
I like to grab Fisher® Pecan Halves when I make Pumpkin Crunch Cake. I love the texture the pecan halves add to this recipe, and
I know I can always count on Fisher® nuts to be fresh, even without any added preservatives.
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. I certainly make pumpkin bread and pumpkin pecan bars outside of the fall – just add this cake to that mix!
MAKING PUMPKIN CAKE WITH A CAKE MIX
Nana always made her Pumpkin Crunch Cakes 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. I love the fact that I find mixes now without all the artificial stuff.
Using a yellow cake mix also makes this Pumpkin Crunch Cake recipe 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.
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN CRUNCH CAKE
- Whisk together the wet ingredients and spices
- Spread the mixture into the pan
- Sprinkle with cake mix and Fisher® pecans
- Drizzle with melted butter
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.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to run out and buy a few more cans of pumpkin puree.
Friday 26th of March 2021
It's just a great recipe. I was very bribed photos of this cake, now I will definitely cook it and as soon as I make the first portion, then immediately let you know about the result, thank you very much for sharing this recipe!
Tuesday 30th of March 2021
I hope you enjoyed it Sam!
Tuesday 24th of November 2020
Could you use a spice cake mix instead of a yellow cake mix?
Tuesday 24th of November 2020
Sure can! :)
Saturday 7th of November 2020
I don't love using storebought mixes but this recipe looks delicious otherwise -- what whole ingredients can i substitute for the cake mix?
Monday 1st of November 2021
@sujatha, I use half cake mix and half bisquick to cut down on that cake mix taste. You could probably just make your own from scratch, too.
Thursday 17th of September 2020
Looks really tasty can not wait to try this one
Wednesday 23rd of September 2020
Thanks so much for stopping by, Wonda! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie
Monday 7th of September 2020
Hello Jamie: :) You have the VERY BEST recipes Jamie! (and the nutritional information is something I really and truly appreciate!) Thanks so much for your years of devotion and commitment. We are all trying to "survive" during this damn Covid Pandemic, and baking is another way to decrease some of the stress of uncertainty facing my family and I. Thank you so much and please continue your excellent work; it is much appreciated and so desperately needed especially at this difficult time.
Sunday 13th of September 2020
Thanks so much for stopping by, Teri! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie