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Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake

No cake mix! This is the real deal homemade all the way.

The best thing about this fall and holiday classic (besides its scrumptious-ness) is that it can be made ahead and refrigerated, or even frozen and thawed a day in advance in the fridge.

So go ahead, plan the indulgence–and get the whipped cream topping ready!

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Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake

Pumpkin pie in an easy cake!

Suzanne McMinn

Makes 12 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 45 to 50 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour


Pumpkin Layer

  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 1 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cake Layer

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Crunch Topping

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Special Equipment

  • 9 x 13 pan
  • whisk

  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 cake pan. Add all pumpkin layer ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour into cake pan.
    2. Combine all cake layer ingredients to a medium bowl and mix. Sprinkle evenly on top of pumpkin mixture. Using the back of a large spoon, press cake mixture lightly on top of pumpkin layer.
    3. Scatter pecans over the cake layer. Drizzle melted butter evenly over the top, making sure cake mixture is completely moistened.
    4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes, covering the top loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes. Center may still seem jiggly. Check with a toothpick. If toothpick comes out clean, transfer pan to a wire rack, removing foil cover. Let cool one hour. Cover pan and refrigerate three hours or overnight before serving. To serve, top with dollops of whipped cream, if desired. Store refrigerated.


    1. Slope says:

      This dish is nutritious without much fat, suitable for all ages. But it also takes a lot of time to make this dish.

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