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Pumpkin Cake Surprise Dessert – So Easy To Make!

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This kid-friendly fall dessert is so fast & easy to bake and a great alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving or fall parties!

Pumpkin Cake Surprise Dessert

I don’t know about you but one of my favorite parts of the fall season are all the yummy pumpkin dishes! And this is one of our favorites that I got from my sweet neighbor Marcia a number of years ago. It’s called Pumpkin Cake Surprise Dessert! It’s so easy to make & it’s a great dish to make with kids as it’s so easy & they love to be involved in putting it together. Be warned, though – it’s very sweet! But it’s so good when it’s warm out of the oven with vanilla ice cream or cold whipped cream! Yum!

This pumpkin cake is also a fun alternative to the standard pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and fall parties as well.

If you really want to take the pumkin cake recipe to the next level, try making it with your own pumpkin puree. It sounds harder then it really is (you will be surprised at how easy it is to make your own pumpkin puree). Using homemade pumpkin puree, not only kicks up the quality of this pumpkin cake, but it also changes the color of it (making it more festive). When you buy the pumkin in a can, it has a burnt orange color, but whenever I have made my own at home it is a bright orange, and it blends perfectly with the toasted pecans on top. It is a noticable taste different in my opinion too.

Pumpkin Surprise Dessert Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 large can of pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (no pudding)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 sticks of butter (melted)

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees

Mixing Ingredients for Pumpkin Surprise Dessert

Pumpkin surprise ingredients

Adding spices to Pumpkin Surprise

2. Mix first 5 ingredients in order – eggs, then add pumpkin, then sugar, cinnamon & cloves

Pumpkin Surprise into pan

Spreading out Pumpkin Surprise to bake

3. Pour into greased and floured 9″x13″ pan

4. Sprinkle yellow cake mix on top

Pumpkin Surprise Ready to Bake

5. Sprinkle nuts over cake mix.

Pumpkin Surprise with Butter ready to bake

6. Dribble melted butter over top

Pumpkin Surprise Recipe for Dessert

7. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for approximately 60 minutes (will vary with oven time) – may need longer depending on your oven (mine typically needs at least 5 minutes longer). You will know it’s done when the knife you insert comes out clean.

8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

Printable Recipe for Pumpkin Surprise Dessert::

Pumpkin Surprise with Ice Cream

In addition to ice cream, this homemade whip cream recipe is a really delicious way to top this cake (actually my favorite way)! It just keeps the flavors simple, and they compliment each other so well. My husband begs me to make this recipe as soon as Fall hits. It is one of his all time favorites.

Another great idea is to serve it with this Mexican Mocha recipe. I love how the hint of spicyness from this recipe offsets the sweetness of the pumpkin cake. Of course a regular cup of coffee will do well too.

Here’s a printable version of the Pumpkin Surprise Cake so you can print it off for easier access.

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Yummy Fall Recipe – Pumpkin Surprise Cake

Pumpkin Surprise with Ice Cream

This Pumpkin Surprise Dessert is the perfect fall dessert to bring to a party. It’s so easy to make and a kid friendly dessert for them to make with you. We love it for fall gatherings or for Thanksgiving.

Ingredients

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  • 4 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 large can of pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (no pudding)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 sticks of butter (melted)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Mix first 5 ingredients in order – eggs, then add pumpkin, then sugar, cinnamon & cloves
  3. Pour into greased and floured 9″x13″ pan
  4. Sprinkle yellow cake mix on top
  5. Sprinkle nuts over cake mix.
  6. Dribble melted butter over top
  7. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for approximately 60 minutes (will vary with oven time) – may need longer depending on your oven (mine typically needs at least 5 minutes longer). You will know it’s done when you insert a knife or toothpick & it comes out clean.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream!

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