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Pumpkin Crumb Cake


55 min

Pumpkin Crumb Cake

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55 min


18 persons




4.00 rating-star (576)


Author: Victoria Bailey
This pumpkin crumb cake is three layers of delicious! With a cakey crust, a smooth pumpkin custard filling, and a buttery walnut topping, it's sure to be a favorite with your family around the Thanksgiving holiday or anytime the mood for pumpkin strikes. This recipe was given to me by a friend and has always been a hit with my children and family.


  • (15.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix, divided: 1 pack
  • egg, beaten: 1 piece
  • unsalted butter, melted: 0.5 cup
  • (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree: 1 can
  • white sugar: 0.5 cup
  • packed brown sugar: 0.25 cup
  • eggs, beaten: 3 piece
  • ground cinnamon: 1.5 tsp
  • white sugar: 0.5 cup
  • unsalted butter, softened: 3 Tbsp
  • chopped walnuts (Optional): 0.5 cup

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Stages of cooking

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
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  2. Make crust: Measure 1 cup cake mix into a medium bowl; set aside for topping. Combine remaining cake mix, melted butter, and egg in a large bowl; mix until well combined. Pat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
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  3. Make pumpkin layer: Mix pumpkin puree, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and cinnamon in a large bowl until well combined. Pour over crust.
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  4. Make topping: Add sugar and softened butter to the reserved cake mix and stir until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over pumpkin layer, then scatter walnuts over top.
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  5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
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History of the Pumpkin Crumb Cake:

The pumpkin crumb cake is a delectable dessert that originated in the United States, where pumpkins are abundant in the fall seasons. This cake has roots in traditional American cuisine, where pumpkins were used in various dishes due to their rich flavor and nutritional benefits. Today, the pumpkin crumb cake has become a popular holiday dessert, especially during Thanksgiving, and is enjoyed by people of all ages.

Tips and Tricks for Pumpkin Crumb Cake Recipe:

  1. Use a high-quality cake mix for the crust to ensure a perfect texture.
  2. Make sure the butter is completely melted for the crust and softened for the topping.
  3. For a more refined texture, use a food processor to blend the cake mix, sugar, and butter for the topping.
  4. To make the pumpkin custard filling extra smooth, use a hand mixer or blender to mix the ingredients until well combined.
  5. Walnuts can be substituted with pecans or almonds for a different flavor profile.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  1. Decorate the cake with whipped cream, caramel sauce, or powdered sugar for a festive look.
  2. Serve the cake warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint or a slice of pumpkin to add a pop of color to the dish.
  4. You can also cut the cake into small squares and present them on a dessert platter for easy serving.

How to Store Pumpkin Crumb Cake

Store your leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to three days.

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