Friday, October 23, 2009

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

On Sunday we're going to a pumpkin carving party that our friends from church have hosted for the last 4 or 5 years. There is usually some kind of contest and always a lot of kids and good food. I'm making a dessert this year and it's one I've made for ages. You'll notice that the recipe is a total cheater one with a cake mix but it's always a big hit and tastes even better the next morning with a cup of coffee. If you have a fall brunch to attend, try this out.

Pumpkin Crumb Cake (9x13 pan)

1 yellow cake mix (18.25 oz)
4 eggs
1/2 c. butter melted + 3 T butter, softened
1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
3/4 c. sugar, divided
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13 pan. Reserve 1 cup cake mix. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the cake mix with one beaten egg and 1/2 c. melted butter. Mix well and then pat into the bottom of the pan.
In another bowl, mix together the pumpkin, 3 eggs (beaten), 1/2 c. white sugar, brown sugar, and spices. Pour over crust.
In a small bowl, combine the reserved 1 cup of cake mix, 1/4 c. sugar, and 3 T softened butter. Crumble over the pumpkin filling. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until the pumpkin is just set in the middle.

Variations: I often make it in a large springform and cut it into wedges like a pie. You'll get fewer servings that way but it looks fancier. You can sprinkle 1/2 c. chopped nuts (pecans?) over the top right before baking.


  1. Did you have any problems finding the canned pumpkin?

  2. Yes, all they had at Ralphs when I was there was the really large cans so I used my kitchen scale to measure 15 ounces. If I find some, I'm going to stock up a little stash for the fall :)

  3. I can't wait to try this--apparently there's run on the canned stuff-go figure1