This pudding-like pumpkin cake has a luscious cream cheese swirl amid the spiced pumpkin layer. Organic cake mix is "dumped" on top, then the cake is smothered with butter. Once baked and cooled, the mix forms a sweet and crispy topping.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell.com, July 2018

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Recipe Summary

active:
20 mins
total:
9 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
18
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

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  • Beat pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan. Clean and dry the bowl.

  • Beat cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and milk together in the bowl with the electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Dollop tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture onto the pumpkin mixture, spacing them evenly. Draw the tip of a wooden skewer or a thin knife through both fillings to create swirls.

  • Sprinkle dry cake mix over the pumpkin-cream cheese mixture. Poke holes with a skewer or tip of a knife through the cake-mix topping, just to the top of the filling. Drizzle melted butter evenly over the top. Sprinkle with pecans, if using.

  • Bake until the filling is firm and the topping is golden brown, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate overnight before serving.

Tips

Ingredient Note: Boxed cake mixes can vary nutritionally; look for one that comes in around 130 calories, 30 grams carbohydrates and 275 mg sodium per serving.

To make ahead: Refrigerate cake for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 5.7g 11% DV; carbohydrates 41.6g 13% DV; dietary fiber 2.1g 8% DV; sugars 29g; fat 9g 14% DV; saturated fat 5.2g 26% DV; cholesterol 54.8mg 18% DV; vitamin a iu 7745.2IU 155% DV; vitamin c 3.5mg 6% DV; folate 13.5mcg 3% DV; calcium 95.6mg 10% DV; iron 1.4mg 8% DV; magnesium 19.2mg 7% DV; potassium 200.9mg 6% DV; sodium 145.5mg 6% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV; added sugar 25g.