If you love pumpkin and fall-flavored desserts, wait until you try this homemade gluten-free pumpkin dump cake recipe! This simple pumpkin dump cake is quick and easy to make, and it is a delicious dessert the whole family will love.
(This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.)
You are in for a special treat today. I am so in love with Safeway's new gluten-free cake mixes that I had to create a special gluten-free fall dessert recipe using it! All of the best and only $2.99 a box! You know how expensive gluten-free can be, and this is an incredible deal on high-quality gluten-free mixes!
If you have been looking for a delicious cake to make this fall, you are going to want to try this easy pumpkin dump cake recipe! I include variations to make this dairy-free and egg-free, so it is easily adapted for many food allergies!
The holidays are going to look very different this year. More people than ever are cooking at home, and Safeway makes it easy to find all of the ingredients you need.
Have you been to your local Safeway lately? It is my favorite place to find great gluten-free foods! Their store brands Open Nature®, Signature SELECT™, Lucerne®, and O Organics® lines mean more affordable foods for everyone and many delicious options! It can help you stick to a budget!
Why this recipe is special:
This recipe is special because not only do you spend less on the ingredients to make it, but the flavor is bursting with pumpkin spice and fall flavors! This cake whips up so quickly, and it makes a delicious, family-friendly dessert. Jazzing up boxed gluten-free cake mix is a great cheat that saves you time!
All you need is a gluten-free yellow cake mix and pumpkin pie filling that you make from scratch! This cake keeps up to 3-4 days, or you can freeze the extras so you can enjoy this cake anytime!
You can find the ingredients to make this pumpkin dump cake and this delicious vegan, gluten-free almond butter cake!
- One box Open Nature Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Mix - The box was 14 ounces of dry cake mix.
- One can pumpkin puree - you can also roast your own pumpkin. Safeway also sells great pie pumpkins for roasting!
- Butter - if you are dairy-free, you can use vegan butter or coconut oil
- Pecans - you can also use walnuts or another nut
- Brown sugar - dark or light sugar will work beautifully for the topping.
- Lucern Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream - this creamy whipped cream has just the right amount of pumpkin spice!
- Evaporated milk - use coconut evaporated milk if you are dairy-free.
These pans are perfect for both sweet and savory recipes. They are durable and inexpensive.
Step by step recipe directions:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350º F. Add the wet ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
Step 2: Pour the wet ingredients into a greased 9x13 baking pan. This pumpkin mixture should spread on its own, but if it doesn't, use a spoon to make sure it is evenly distributed.
Step 3: Sprinkle the gluten-free cake mix over the pumpkin mixture. Try to spread it evenly but it is okay if it isn't perfect.
Step 4: Next, sprinkle the brown sugar over the cake mix. Spread the pecans over the brown sugar.
Step 5: Drizzle the melted butter over the cake. (One reader cut the butter into small slices and covered the top of her cake. She felt it was easier to distribute the butter this way. Both ways work.) Bake at 350º F for 30 minutes. You will notice the cake is a little jiggly. The toothpick test will not work to test if the cake is done.
You are looking for a golden top of the cake. The cake will continue to set as it cools.
Slice and top with Lucerne Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream for a delicious treat!
Expert tips and recipe FAQ:
You can definitely use a favorite gluten-free cake mix to make this recipe.
You can easily make this recipe egg-free by substituting ⅓ cup applesauce and 3 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer.
You can easily make this gluten-free dump cake dairy-free by substituting the butter for vegan butter.
This cake will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze it up to 4 months.
More Gluten-Free Pumpkin Recipes:
I can't wait to hear what you think of this delicious pumpkin pecan dump cake recipe! Drop me a comment to let me know how it tastes!
This is super easy and I used coconut evaporated milk and smart balance dairy free butter.Leigh Anne, Pinterest User
Gluten Free Pumpkin Dump Cake
- 9x13 pan
- 1 box gluten free cake mix 14 ounce box, vanilla flavor
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree
- 12 ounces evaporated milk *see note
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup butter *see note
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat your oven to 350º F.
- In a large bowl, add the pumpkin, eggs, sugar, evaporated milk, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Mix well with a whisk.
- Pour the pumpkin mixture into a greased 9x13 baking pan.
- Sprinkle the vanilla gluten free cake mix over the pumpkin mixture. Try to spread it out gently to make it even.
- In a small bowl, add the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix. Sprinkle it over the cake mix.
- Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the sugar cinnamon mix.
- Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the cake. Be sure to cover as much area as you can. You can use a spoon to gently swirl the cake topping and butter a bit if you like. You can also cut the butter into small slices and lay them over the cake mix topping and cover the cake this way. (A reader suggested this may be easier to cover the top of the cake better.)
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until the cake is done. This cake will not be a firm cake so some jiggling is okay. It will continue to set as it cools.
- I highly recommend using a gluten free vanilla flavored cake mix.
- To make this dairy-free, use coconut evaporated milk (available via many grocery stores or Amazon) and vegan butter for the drizzling over the top.
- Allow cooling completely as this cake will finish setting as it cools.
- Top with whipped cream, ice cream, or enjoy plain!
- This cake will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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Linda m hughes
looks good i will be making for thanksgiving little confused all pictures show yellow cake mix but the directions say use white cake mix does it matter ?
Hi Linda, either white or yellow cake will taste delicious in this recipe.
Hi, can you tell me if this is a 1 layer or 2 layer cake mix please.
Hi Jay, this recipe makes one layer.
Just wondering if you use salted or unsalted butter?
Hi Katie, you want to use unsalted butter. Thank you!
Linda m hughes
I would like to make this does the pan need to be greased?
Hi Linda, if you are using a non-stick pan you should be okay. If not I would definitely spray the pan with a light oil.
How long will this stay at room or refrigerator tempature?
Hi Bob, I would keep this cake in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Thank you :-).
What do we do with the butter?
Melt and pour over pecans??
Yes, it is listed in Step 5, but I will include this in the recipe below in more detail. Thank you!
What size cake mix do you use?
The box says 15 ounces. I hope this helps.
Looks delicious! Can't wait to try this.
Enjoy Katie 🙂