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Week 44: Pumpkin Earthquake Cake

December 18, 2012 by Nina Spezzaferro

Some may call this a “dump cake” in that you dump the ingredients into the pan and bake it. However, as I explained in my Black Forest Earthquake Cake post, a “dump cake” sounds so unappetizing. Therefore, this is an earthquake cake. What’s underneath that crumbly topping is essentially pumpkin pie filling, making it a delicious treat to enjoy during the holidays.

Here’s my mise en place.

I baked this cake according to this Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe from In a large bowl, I combined the pumpkin puree, eggs, brown sugar, white sugar, and evaporated milk.

I stirred in the spices and poured the batter into a greased 13×9 inch pan.

For the crumb topping I melted a stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter and stirred it into a box of spice cake mix.

I crumbled the mixture on top of the pumpkin batter and sprinkled the pecans on top.

The cake baked in about an hour. I cooled it on a wire rack before serving.

It tasted… like pumpkin pie with crumb cake on top. I took one bite and remembered, “Oh right, I don’t like pumpkin!” Hehe. I did enjoy the crumbly cake and pecan topping. And I’m told the bottom tasted just like pumpkin pie. So if you’re a pumpkin person, you may want to give this one a try.

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