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Best Pumpkin Delight Dessert or Cake

I have made these many times and every time I am asked for the recipe and how it's done because it's just so delicious! This Pumpkin Delight Dessert uses a cake mix and for crust and topping and sandwiched in between is a perfectly spiced layer of pumpkin. Adding pecans to the buttery topping brings this dessert over the top! #pumpkindelightcake #pumpkindelightdessert

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin cake, pumpkin delight, pumpkin delight cake, pumpkin delight dessert, pumpkin dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 12
Author Manila Spoon


  • 1 box yellow cake mix, (1 cup reserved)
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 29 oz canned pumpkin, large
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup reserved yellow cake mix
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 stick butter, cold
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, finely chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Reserve 1 cup of the yellow cake mix. Set aside. Mix the remaining cake mix with the melted butter and egg. It would be sticky and thick in consistency. Pat the batter into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.

  2. Mix together the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, milk, pumpkin spice and salt.
    Beat well until smooth and pour onto the crust.

  3. Mix the remaining yellow cake mix with the sugar. Cut the butter into the mix until it resembles coarse crumbs or looks crumbly. Add in the nuts. Sprinkle the topping all over the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the pumpkin is set. Cool completely and slice to serve.