Saturday, November 19, 2016

#Thanksgiving #Pumpkin Crunch Cake #Recipe @PegCochran


What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie, right? But if  you have a big crowd coming, it can be difficult to make enough pies to satisfy everyone's desire for a second piece.  This cake has all the flavors of a pumpkin pie but with an extra added twist of a layer of cake and a chopped pecan topping.  Extra bonus--it's a breeze to make.

I found this recipe on, but there are a lot of versions circulating on the web including a few YouTube demonstrations.  


1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups of white sugar (I cut back to 1 1/4 and it was plenty sweet)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I made my own--see recipe below)
1 teaspoon salt
1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan

Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, spices and salt and mix well.

Layer pumpkin mixture in bottom of baking pan.

 Sprinkle cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture and tap down lightly.

Sprinkle pecans over cake layer.


Pour melted butter over top of cake.

Bake for 60 to 80 minutes (mine took 80 minutes.)

You can see the layer of pumpkin topped with a layer of cake.

Add whipped topping if desired.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

What is the must have dessert on your Thanksgiving table?

Pumpkin Pie Spice

3 tablespoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger, 
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice 
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves 

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  1. Must have mashed potatoes, cranberries (I'm the only one who eats them!), and my favorite caramel drizzled pumpkin pie for dessert.

    1. My favorite is mashed potatoes with gravy...yum!

  2. I've never been crazy about pumpkin pie. Maybe it's the texture? I don't know.
    But this sounds like something I could enjoy.
    Thanks for an alternative.

    1. We never had pumpkin pie growing up because my father didn't care for it. It's not my favorite but I liked this because of the cake and nuts breaking up the texture of the pumpkin.

  3. i do enjoy pumpkin pie but we have started to buy our desserts. my mother insists on doing everything, so i now make sure she doesnt do that. (and a few other things she thinks i can handle, lol) this year we are going to have pumpkin cheesecake. i am also thinking about baking some carmeleta bars.
    Hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving. I am truly thankful for wonderful authors like all of you here

  4. This looks wonderful, Peg - and easy. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I made this dessert for my American Legion Auxiliary meeting and every one really loved it!

    1. We enjoyed half of it and then I froze the other half for Thanksgiving Day.