Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Way Delicious Wednesdays - Pumpkin Dump Cake

Have you ever made the famous "dump cake" recipe? You know, dump one can of pie filling into a 9 x 13, dump one dry yellow cake mix on top, and dump 3/4 cup of melted butter on top of that and bake it off. I think everyone knows that one. It turns out like a cobbler and it's quite yummy. In a disgusting kind of way that is (think about the ingredients).

But wait. This recipe is what happens when pumpkin pie meets dump cake! If you like pumpkin, you will LOVE this dessert. And if you don't like pumpkin, you will after trying this!!

Last fall, I served this at the monthly Elders dinner, and at a Harvest party. Both times, several MEN sought me out to get the recipe. Isn't that funny? They insist that their wives must have the recipe (so they can eat it again, presumably). It's quite amusing. There is this one older gentleman on the elder board that tells me thank you for this every time I see him - adorable!

The ridiculous thing is how easy it is. Today I made it for the kids' bible study, and it took literally 5 minutes to get it in the oven. If you find yourself without a cake mix, you can follow the directions below to make your own.

This recipe is great served warm or cold, just like pumpkin pie is. I am definitely one of those cold leftover pumpkin pie is a dandy breakfast the next-day-after-Thanksgiving people. Either way, be sure to have some fresh whipped cream to top this off. I have my friend Nan Marie to thank for this cherished recipe. She is the wife of my dear childhood friend Mikal, and he clearly married up. It's okay, he knows it. Enjoy.

Pumpkin Dump Cake

3 eggs, beaten
1 can (29 oz.) pumpkin
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
½ tsp. allspice
½ tsp. salt
1 box yellow cake mix or 1 recipe homemade yellow cake mix(below)

3/4 cup melted butter

Grease a 9 x 13 pan or two 9" pie plates. Mix first 8 ingredients together and pour into pan. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over top. Drizzle melted butter over cake mix.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until light golden brown. Serve with whipped cream.

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix:
2 1/3 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. granulated sugar
½ cup shortening

Combine all ingredients together with a pastry blender. Substitute this for the cake mix called for in the recipe.

(Note: to bake this as a cake by itself, just add 2 eggs, 1 cup milk and 1 tsp. vanilla.)


Suzanne DeShong said...

I can vouch for this delicious "white trash"'s so good it's really can't stop eating it....Should we do this for T-day in the desert, K?

Karen said...

Well, let me think about it: one bowl and a dessert that takes 5 minutes, or tear my kitchen apart to make a pie??? hmmmm...