Thanksgiving Recipes : Our Favorite Pumpkin Thanksgiving Dessert

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to break out all the sweets and treats and comfort foods! Woohoo! We are having a VERY small family dinner this year appropriate for 2020. Just the 3 of us and my brother’s cute family that live in our area. As much as I will miss out on many of the large family gathering traditions, I’m kind of excited to make a yummy meal and try some new things. One thing that will definitely be on the menu is one of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, our favorite pumpkin Thanksgiving dessert…affectionately known in our house as pumpkin stuff. 😉 This recipe is from a friend that introduced us to this amazing delicacy 10 or so years ago. It is SO easy, and SO yummy. We often make it in place of pumpkin pie. 

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I’m admittedly not a big fan of pie crust…so that might be part of the reason I prefer this delicious Thanksgiving dessert in lieu of pumpkin pie. The texture and consistency of it are practically identical to a pie, but the taste is just a bit different because of the addition of a cake mix instead of a crust.

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The best part about this whole Thanksgiving dessert, well actually two best parts (aside from it being so amazing)…is that you can make it ahead of the big day to free up oven space and it literally takes about 5 minutes to whip up. If that doesn’t make you want to make this Thanksgiving recipe, then I don’t know what will!

A delicious pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving

You only need a few pantry staples to whip up this yummy treat. A boxed cake mix, canned pumpkin (NOT Pumpkin Pie mix…it won’t set the same way) and a few other things. 

A delicious pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving

The dry cake mix and butter on top of this pumpkin dessert acts almost like a crumble topping and forms a sweet crust on top. It is SO good and gives it this gorgeous golden brown color and great texture.

A delicious pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving

You can mix everything in one bowl which makes clean up easy, and if you’re lazy like me…you’ll bake it in a disposable 9×13 so you can just throw it all away after it’s gobbled up. 😉 Here’s this super easy pumpkin dessert recipe for you. I’d love to hear what you think after you make it!

Yield: 15 servings

Pumpkin Dump Cake (aka Pumpkin Stuff)

the best pumpkin dessert pumpkin dump cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 30 oz pumpkin
  • 16 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup butter


Pre-heat oven to 350

  • Mix pumpkin, milk, ginger, cloves, sugar, eggs, cinnamon and one cup of cake mix in a large bowl. Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 pan.

  • Sprinkle the rest of the cake mix on top of your cake (yes, the whole thing on top!) 😉

  • Melt butter and pour over the top of the cake.

    Bake for 45 minutes

    Serve with fresh whipped cream or ice cream. It's great warm or cold.


The melted butter and cake mix on the top of this delicious cake create a sweet streusel like topping that is divine!

Need more Thanksgiving recipes? Here are some other yummy favorites that will be part of our Thanksgiving menu:

How to Make a Beautiful Charcuterie Board

Easy Roasted Vegetables

Amazing Orange Rolls

Best Cranberry Sauce EVER

Incredible Dutch Apple Pie

Delicious Stuffing

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Happy Thanksgiving!!



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Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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