pumpkin pecan cake

Bake this easy pumpkin pecan dump cake for a holiday recipe to serve your Thanksgiving guests. It’s…

Creamy. Crispy. Crazy good.

pumpkin cake with pecans
Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake – Creamy, Crispy, Crazy Good

Pumpkin and pecan pie lovers who also love cake, add this Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake recipe to your list of fall desserts. 

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Things You’ll Need to Make and Serve Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake

  • yellow cake mix
  • butter
  • pecans
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • ice cream (preferably Blue Bell)
  • a can of pumpkin

Ideas for Toppings

  • a drizzle of caramel sauce
  • whipped cream
  • toffee bits
  • scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • a little bit of blended cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top
  • crunchy pecans

How to Serve Pecan Pumpkin Dump Cake

If you’re ready to make this yummy fall dessert, let me tell you how to serve it. Of course, you have to bake it first. But the best part is when it’s time to serve the dessert. Take a quick look at this, then jump to the recipe to check out ingredients and how to make the dump cake.

The best way to serve this awesome treat is like this:

  1. Bake it first, let it cool, then put it in the fridge.
  2. When you’re ready to serve dessert, drizzle about a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk into a small bowl.
  3. Place a piece of the Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake on top of the drizzled milk.
  4. Heat in the microwave for approximately thirty seconds.
  5. Add one or two dollops of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla (or other brand) on top of the warm dessert, and enjoy!

Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake

easy four-ingredient pumpkin pecan dump cake

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 225 kcal


  • 1 can Pumpkin
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1-1/2 sticks Butter
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Pecans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

  2. Grease the bottom of a square baking pan with organic coconut oil (or other oil).

  3. Pour the pumpkin into the baking pan and smooth evenly in the pan with a spoon.

  4. Dump the cake mix on top of the pumpkin a little at a time.

    Pumpkin Dump Cake Prep
  5. Smooth the cake mix with a knife or other utensil so that the cake mix is smooth and not lumpy.

    Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake Prep
  6. Cut the butter into thin slices and place evenly on top of the cake mix.

  7. Chop pecans into pieces and scatter the pecan pieces on top of the pumpkin cake mixture.

    pumpkin dump cake

Recipe Notes

The calories per serving are approximate and depend on the size of cake slice.

Optional: Mix in the following ingredients with the pumpkin:

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 can sweetened condensed milk


Optional: Top with vanilla ice cream.


if you love pecan pie, pumpkin pie, and ice cream like I do, you will love this. Actually, I think it’s THE best pumpkin dessert I’ve tasted. During the Thanksgiving holiday season, my husband goes for pumpkin pie, and I choose the pecan pie. But this dessert combines both flavors and has a crunch to it.

Other Great Recipe Ideas for Fall Besides Pumpkin Recipes

  1. Spice cake mix
  2. Dump cake recipes with chocolate, pineapple, or apple
  3. Any boxed cake mix
  4. Fresh fruit cobbler
  5. Pies with a fruit pie filling
  6. A buttery cake, like a pound cake

Who to Include on Your Thanksgiving Guest List

Who should you invite for Thanksgiving? Family usually comes to mind first, but I’ve made a guest list for you to consider first:

  1. Stressed-out friend
  2. A family from church who has been going through a difficult time
  3. Young people you know who don’t live close to their families.
  4. Divorced individuals
  5. Neighbors who don’t have Thanksgiving plans
  6. Lonely elderly folks (You may need to go pick them up and take them home after the meal.)
  7. Your parents
  8. Your children
  9. Your siblings
  10. Coworkers
  11. New acquaintance

Think of others you could add to the list. Holidays can be fun for many, but they are not fun for lonely people. Reach out to them, and bring them joy just by serving them and including them with your family holiday fun.

Show Hospitality

Show hospitality to a new acquaintance, perhaps someone you’ve met in your church whose family lives far away. Maybe you’ve discovered that a person you’ve become acquainted with is in need of food, drink, clothes, or is sick.

There is a scripture in the Bible that says, “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” (Romans 12:13 ESV). Extend a welcome and give to the individual in need. By doing for others, we forget about our own selves and the problems we face.

fall white decor
Dreamy, Creamy Fall Whites

autumn candles…

and festive pumpkins.

or these pretty ones…

Set aside a morning or afternoon to relax with your friend, and serve the pumpkin pecan treat in your favorite bowls or white dessert bowls such as these lovelies…

If you love eating pumpkin cake, love decorating your home for fall, and love showing hospitality to friends and family, see “Showing Hospitality at Home with Fall Tablescapes”. It includes a recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake.

I’m so happy that you stopped for a few moments to read my blog post today.

Have a blessed week!

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