Pumpkin Pecan Cake

If you’re only going to bake one fall-flavored dessert this year, this delicious pumpkin pecan cake should be at the top of your list!

Pumpkin is a beloved fall flavor, so making a warm recipe with pumpkin is a great way to get into the fall spirit. Plus when you add in pecans which is a fall favorite nut, you’re really going to have a perfect fall treat!

Cozy up with these warm flavors as you enjoy this recipe for pumpkin crunch cake which is perfect for any cool fall day!

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Why you’ll love this recipe

Not only is this pumpkin pecan crisp cake delicious to eat, but it’s also surprisingly easy to make! You’ll be able to impress any dinner guests with this dessert dish with minimal effort and maximum flavors! Quickly prepare it then leave it on its own to bake and it’ll come out of the oven ready to be served. 

Baked pumpkin pecan cake in a baking dish with a piece taken out

Ingredients for this recipe

Pumpkin puree: The main pumpkin ingredient.
Evaporated milk: Creates a creamy texture.
Sugar: Sweetens up the cake.
Vanilla extract: Adds sweetness and a depth of flavor.
Cinnamon: For that lovely warm fall spice.
Yellow cake mix: Make your own or used boxed mix.
Pecans: Topped with delicious pecans.
Butter: Adds a lovely flavor.

ingredients for pumpkin pecan cake

Substitutions

If you have nut allergies, or just don’t like the taste of pecans, feel free to leave them out of the recipe.

Equipment needed for this recipe

This recipe only requires a few basic pieces of equipment to make. First, you’ll need a 9×13 baking dish for baking the pumpkin pecan cake. You’ll also want to use a nonstick cooking spray to prevent your cake from sticking to the sides when baking. A mixing bowl is great for mixing the ingredients together, and use a whisk to combine everything. Measuring cups and spoons ensure you have the right amount of all ingredients. Finally, you’ll want an airtight container to keep this cake fresh until you’re ready to eat it if you’re keeping leftovers for later. 

How to make pumpkin pecan cake

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Pumpkin mixture for the cake

Step 2: Stir together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and ground ginger. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.

topping the cake with pecans

Step 4: Top the cake mix with the pecans.

Baked pumpkin pecan cake in a baking dish

Step 6: Bake for about 1 hour or until golden brown. Then take it out.

Yellow cake mix in a baking dish

Step 3: Sprinkle the cake mix over the pumpkin mixture. Make sure it’s an even layer.

topping the cake with melted butter

Step 5: Drizzle the melted butter over the pecans. Now it’s time for baking.

Baked pumpkin pecan cake in a baking dish with a piece taken out

Step 7: Allow the crisp to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Expert Tips

– You can buy boxed yellow cake mix to save time, or you can create your own if you prefer!
– Be sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. 

Recipes to try if you like this pecan cobbler with cake mix

These Pumpkin Oatmeal Drop Cookies would be a delicious snack to try this fall season. If you love baked goods, then you’ll want to try out this recipe for Pumpkin Loaf Cake. If you want some sweet and tasty fall cookies, then add these Candy Corn Cake Mix Cookies to your list. Interested in more dishes like this one? Then give this Pumpkin Cobbler Recipe a try!

Common Questions

What’s the difference between a pumpkin pecan cake and a pumpkin cobbler?

This recipe uses cake mix which turns it into more of a cake recipe than the typical cobbler recipe. 

Baked pumpkin pecan cake in a baking dish

Storage suggestions

To store this cake you can keep it in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. You can also store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheating Tips

You could reheat the leftovers of this recipe for a few minutes in the oven or microwave before serving.

Yield: 8

Pumpkin Pecan Cake

Baked pumpkin pecan cake in a baking dish with a piece taken out

If you're only going to bake one fall flavored dessert this year, this delicious pumpkin pecan pie should be at the top of your list!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix (I used homemade yellow cake mix)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Instructions

    Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

    Step 2: Stir together the pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and ground ginger. Pour the mixture into the baking dish.

    Step 3: Sprinkle the cake mix over the pumpkin mixture in an even layer.

    Step 4: Top the cake mix with the pecans.

    Step 5: Drizzle the melted butter over the pecans.

    Step 6: Bake for about 1 hour or until golden brown.

    Step 7: Allow the crisp to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 690Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 693mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 3gSugar: 58gProtein: 6g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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