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With a crisp topping and a dollop of whipped cream, this Pumpkin Crunch Dessert – made with a cake mix – is perfect for a crowd. Sometimes people call this Pumpkin Crunch Cake or Pumpkin Crunch Bars. We think it should be called the Best Ever Pumpkin Crunch Dessert of all time.

Pumpkin Crunch Dessert

Easy Pumpkin Crunch Dessert with yellow cake mix is a simple pumpkin dessert to make.  The ingredients include canned pumpkin, eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, cinnamon, cake mix and butter.  This really is a pumpkin dump cake as opposed to a traditional cake recipe.

We are huge fans of using boxed cake mixes in desserts other than cakes.  Some of our favorites are Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls, Easy Cake Mix Caramel Bars, and Yellow Cake Mix Gooey Bars.

Instead of making the same old boring pumpkin pie, try this Pumpkin Crunch with yellow cake mix instead. You won’t be disappointed.

Barbara loves this dessert, and she claims it as one of her favorites. She lost the recipe a couple years ago, but recently found it again.

A co-worker shared this recipe with her years and years ago. Even though Barbara hasn’t seen her for almost 10 years, she thinks of her each time this Pumpkin Crunch goes into the oven.

How To Make Crunchy Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Mix together pumpkin, eggs, sugar, evaporated milk, and cinnamon. Pour into a prepared 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle cake mix over pumpkin pie mixture, and pour melted butter over top. Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees F.

For the full pumpkin crunch dessert with yellow cake mix recipe and ingredient list, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Does pumpkin crunch cake need to be refrigerated?

We would recommend to serve immediately, or let cool and refrigerate.  If you are going to eat later, we would recommend not letting it sit for more than four hours at room temperature before covering and putting it into the refrigerator.

Notes About Pumpkin Crunch Dump Cake

  • It’s called Pumpkin Crunch because the butter forms a nice crunchy top over the cake mix.
  • The topping of this dessert reminds us a bit of the crunchy topping of our Peach Batter Cake. We know it sounds odd to just sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the wet ingredients, but we promise it works! Just be sure to evenly distribute the melted butter and use a bit more butter if you have large dry spots of cake mix.
  • You know what would make this even better? Toasted nuts, praline almonds, or these cinnamon glazed pecans sprinkled on top of the dollop of whipped cream!
  • You could swap out different types of boxed cake mix if you prefer. A spiced cake mix would be delicious!

Our Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

Love pumpkin? Try our favorites including Pumpkin Woopie Pies, Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pumpkin Waffles, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding and Frozen Pumpkin Dessert.

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Pumpkin Crunch Dessert with Yellow Cake Mix

With a crisp topping and a dollop of whipped cream, this Pumpkin Crunch – made with a cake mix – is a perfect dessert for a crowd.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix recipes, Crunchy Pumpkin Dessert, does my pumpkin crunch need to be refrigerated?, easy pumpkin crunch dessert, Pumpkin Crunch, pumpkin crunch bars, Pumpkin Crunch Cake, pumpkin crunch with yellow cake mix, Pumpkin Dessert Recipes
Servings: 16
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. pure pumpkin
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 12 oz. evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 16.5 oz. boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, sugar, evaporated milk and cinnamon; pour into pan.
  • Sprinkle the yellow cake mix evenly over the pumpkin mixture.
  • Pour the melted butter evenly over top (if there are any big dry spots, use a little extra melted butter).
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Notes

  • It’s called Pumpkin Crunch because the butter forms a nice crunchy top over the cake mix.
  • The topping of this dessert reminds us a bit of the crunchy topping of our Peach Batter Cake. We know it sounds odd to just sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the wet ingredients, but we promise it works! Just be sure to evenly distribute the melted butter (use a bit more butter if you have large dry spots of cake mix).
  • You know what would make this even better? Toasted nuts, praline almonds, or these cinnamon glazed pecans sprinkled on top of the dollop of whipped cream!
  • You could swap out different types of boxed cake mix if you prefer. A spiced cake mix would be delicious!

Love pumpkin? Try our favorites including Pumpkin Woopie Pies, Grandma’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Pumpkin Waffles, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding and Frozen Pumpkin Dessert.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 232IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg

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