Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkin Pie Cake: October Mystery Dish Challenge

Do you like Pumpkin Pie?  If so, you're going to be head-over-heels for today's recipe...Pumpkin Pie in cake form.

It's the end of the month again, which means it's time for some more Mystery Dish fun!  If you didn't catch my introduction of it last month, check out this post for a quick run-down of what the challenge is.

This month's mystery box ingredients were:
  • sweet potato
  • kale
  • squash (including pumpkin)
  • venison
  • turkey
  • cranberries
  • caramel
  • candy corn
Two ingredients had to be used.  This time around, I tweaked my mom's recipe for Pumpkin Pie Cake.  It was great before, but now it's nothing short of incredible. Take a look and let me explain how it came about....

Truth: I'm not a fan of Pumpkin Pie.  Crazy?  Maybe.  It's just too much all at once for me.  I like it all right as long as it's smothered in a big fluff of sweetened whipped cream, but given the choice of lemon, banana cream, or chocolate mousse pie, I'll gladly turn down the pumpkin.  It's all about good, better, best, right?  There's only so much room in that stomach on Thanksgiving, so we must make important decisions about what will fill it.  :)

So lest you think me a hypocrite for posting this dessert, let me explain myself in terms of percentages.  Now I know this means we're talking math (a taboo word in my book), but stay with me, and I promise it'll be short and painless.  :)  Pumpkin Pie consists of over 95% pumpkin (I made that up, but it's probably about accurate)!  The crust is such a tiny component of the whole.  Now to some this may be a plus, but that's not a good ratio in my book.  To contrast, this month's Mystery Dish creation contains only about 30% pumpkin in relation to its other that's more like it!

Anyhow, all this talk of percentages is making my brain hurt.  Enough complexity for the day.  Simply put, this cake is absolutely luscious from the spiced yellow cake crumbed-on topping to the sweet, not-95%-of-the-dessert pumpkin filling, to the fabulous yellow cake's utterly divine!  Even for a Pumpkin Pie "dis-liker" such as myself.  I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy it profusely.


1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 egg
1/2 c. butter, melted

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine cake mix, egg, and butter.  Reserve 1 c. of mixture.  Pat the rest onto the bottom of a 13x9" cake pan.

2 eggs slightly beaten
3 c. pumpkin
2 1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
2/3 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. brown sugar

Mix together eggs, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, evaporated milk, brown sugar.  Pour over crust mixture.

1 c. of reserved mixture
1/4 c. butter
3/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 c. sugar

Mix together reserved mixture, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar.  Dob on over filling mixture.  It's pretty sticky, so piece it together to cover as much as the top as possible.

Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 1 hour, or until sides start to slightly pull away and a knife comes out clean.  Top each piece with a dollop of cool whip or whipped cream and a candy corn pumpkin for garnish.

**1 t. pumpkin pie spice=1/2 t. cinnamon, 1/4 t. ginger, 1/8 t. nutmeg, 1/8 t. cloves.

Look at those fabulous layers.  It's like the pie, but a million times better because the pumpkin isn't all you can taste!  And, it's so much easier to make!


Here's the tasty creations from my fellow bloggy friends in the Mystery Dish co-op.  Click on the links below to be taken straight to the goodness.

1. Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream
2. Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberries, Almonds, and Brown Sugar
3. Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup
4. Pumpkin Magic Bars
5. Pumpkin Pie Cake
6. Sweet Potato, Smoked Turkey, and Cranberry Croque Madame
7. Caramel Candy Corn Poke Cake
8. Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza with Kale and Ricotta
9. Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread
10. Venison with Sweet Potato Hash & Fried Egg
11. Orange Cranberry Bread
12. Sweet Potato Pie with Cranberry Compote

And, if you missed my last month's Mystery Dish creation, be sure to check out this delicious Peanut Butter Apple Crisp!

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  1. I am a pumpkin pie lover, but I think I might like this cake even more! That spiced cake topping looks divine! I loved being a part of your Mystery Dish group this month!

  2. Yum! This looks delish! I'm not a huge fan of straight up pumpkin pie either, but I love anything and everything else pumpkin related.

  3. I love pumpkin pie! Pinned this!
    Karen @ Karen's Soiree

  4. Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only one!! I love pumpkin but I just can't do pumpkin pie. Hands down, I'll go straight for the chocolate mousse. Or apple, if chocolate is not available (which it better be, if I'm there). 30% pumpkin is much more manageable. But enough math talk. It's making me hungry ;-)

  5. I love this! Just enough pumpkin and more than enough crust!

  6. This cake looks way better than pumpkin pie! Love the layers. Pinning!

  7. This looks awesome! I will have to make it! Pinning this for later!

  8. YUM! I will have to make this for our holiday parties coming up! Pinned :)

    ~ Jenn @ We Do FUN Here

  9. I feel the same way about traditional pumpkin pie, but with this much delicious crust, I think this is going to be one of my new favorite treats!

  10. Pretty sure I love Master Chef and any other competition show. This looks so delicious, definitely pinning to try out instead of pumpkin pie since I'm a non-pumpkin pie lover too!

  11. This looks fabulous! I'm with you, girl, pumpkin is ok in smaller doses. So I love the ratios here! Great post, I'm sharing this on twitter!

  12. This all looks very yummy. Especially number 11. My daughter would love it. Thanks for linking up to Party Time on Moms & Munchkins and we hope to see you next week.

  13. I love eating pumpkin pie this way!!! Yours looks great!!!

  14. Pumpkin Pie cake! What a fabulous idea! Glad you posted at the Fall Into The Holidays #7 link party. I’ve pinned, liked, twittered and G+-ed your post. I’d love it if you dropped by for a visit at . I look forward to seeing you over there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.

  15. What a fun concept on your blog!! This recipe looks great!

  16. I love the pie-cake idea; I've never tried this but it looks awesome! :)

  17. i thought this would be a pumpkin pie adjacent dessert for those who didnt like pumpkin pie. it turns out its a great dessert for pumpkin pie lovers. i've shared my story on my blog:

    cheers! Jennifer


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