Go ahead and stock up on canned pumpkin now, because we’ve found a recipe you’ll want to keep on repeating while the fall season lasts.
Pumpkin Pie Crunch Cake is different enough from traditional pumpkin pie to keep things lively this season, but it’s got just enough pumpkin taste to satisfy your classic fall dessert craving. And while you can find variations of this recipe all over the internet, but it doesn’t get any easier than this one from Spend With Pennies, which combines canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, yellow cake mix, pecans and a few other ingredients to create a dessert that’s crunchy yet still cake-like.
Not only does this look delicious, but it’s also super easy to whip up — if you couldn’t tell by that ingredient list. All you have to do is combine the pumpkin with milk, eggs and more to serve as the bottom layer. Then, sprinkle with a layer of cake mix and go to town with your pecans. All that’s left to do after that is bake and devour!
With this on your fall menu, you certainly won’t have to stress about dessert. Just pop this in the oven and get back to peeling those sweet potatoes, basting that turkey or doing whatever other fall meal prep you need to do.
As a bonus, this is the perfect dessert to make if you can’t choose between pumpkin pie or pecan. Since it combines a bit of both, there’ll be no complaints when it hits the dessert table!
Other variations, such as the one from I Heart Naptime, get slightly more involved and call for a layer of cake mix, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon to be placed in the baking dish first to serve as a kind of crust, which will make this dessert even more reminiscent of pumpkin pie in the end.
And if you’re a master baker — or you only signed up to bring one dessert — you might want to take this recipe to the next level (literally!) and try this layered cake version of pumpkin crunch cake from Ask Chef Dennis, which has three layers of cake complete with cream cheese frosting and a coating of walnuts and vanilla wafer crumbs. Yum!
The recipe you choose will depend on how much time you have and how capable you feel in the kitchen, but no matter which route you go — you’re sure to wind up with a unique take on a fall staple.
Who’s ready to start baking?