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Easy Pumpkin Dessert • Family and Farming

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

I found this Easy Pumpkin Dessert recipe in no less than five church cookbooks. The use of “cake mix-cookery” hit American kitchens in the 1970’s-80’s. You could make a myriad of cookies, cakes and desserts with just a cake mix and a couple additional ingredients. This Easy Pumpkin Dessert is one of the best of this genre.

I made a lot of box cakes over the years. Teaching high school involved homeroom, and I made sure every homeroom student had a birthday cake. “Happy Birthday to You!” How many cakes over the decades? I lost count! I gave them the best birthday cake you could get from a box and a can. Though they weren’t made from scratch, every cake was always eaten quickly at every homeroom birthday party. Hungry teenagers make quick work of ANY food brought to school.

This Easy Pumpkin Dessert involves a few more ingredients, but the results are fancy enough for Thanksgiving dinner.

The Easy Pumpkin Dessert shown here has only one small can of pumpkin puree. Two cans would make it more like a pumpkin pie, without the hassle of making a pie crust!

Easy Pumpkin Dessert

Tools You’ll Need:

  • 9X13 Glass Baking Dish
  • Bowls
  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Can Opener

Easy Pumpkin Dessert/Ingredients:

Mix Together & Pour into a Sprayed 9X13 Glass Baking Dish:

  • 2 Cans pumpkin puree (or 1 large can)
  • 1 Can evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ½ C sugar

Sprinkle on Top:

  • 1 Box yellow cake mix

Pour on Top of Cake Mix:

  • 1 C butter, melted


  • 1 C chopped nuts

Bake at 350˚  for 1 hour. Allow to cool completely. Top with whipped cream.

Easy Pumpkin Dessert Notes:

• You can use 1 large can or 2 “regular cans” of pumpkin puree. This makes this dessert more like a pie. For the recipe pictured here, I only used 1 regular can of pumpkin puree. 

• If you don’t like nuts, you could sprinkle some oatmeal on top of the butter, or just not use walnuts at all.

• You could also substitute Butter, Vanilla, Butter Pecan, or Spice Cake flavors for the Yellow Cake mix.

If you have a bunch of hungry people this fall, and you don’t want to bother making a pie, try this Easy Pumpkin Dessert.

Be Blessed!

P.S.- In case all this sugar is giving you a moment, tomorrow I’m also posting a Weight Watcher’s recipe I got in 1989. A sure winner that has very little sugar.

Be Blessed!

Love to hear what you think!