Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake

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This Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake is the ultimate dessert recipe for pumpkin lovers! It’s dense, super moist, and all around delicious!

I’m a huge fan of dense, sweet, moist, and extra thick cakes; add pumpkin and a little pumpkin pie spice to that combo and I’m sold. This recipe is different from any I’ve seen! You mix together butter, sugar, six eggs (six!), pumpkin, evaporated milk, and then throw in a cake mix for good measure. Can you even?! So thick and yummy.

This Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake is the ultimate dessert recipe for pumpkin lovers! It’s dense, super moist, and all around delicious! Plus it’s made with a yellow cake mix which makes it extra easy!

Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake

Extra thick pumpkin cake is the stuff my dreams are made of!

This cake sure doesn’t need any frosting or icing, but a little bit of freshly whipped cream just makes this perfect. I’m drooling just thinking about it!

If you aren’t much of a pie baker, extra thick pumpkin cake is the perfect dessert to make for any holiday festivities. It can be made a day in advance and travels great!

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What is the best way to tell if pumpkin cake is done baking?

Cook until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched, about 45 minutes. Don’t under bake the cake, it will feel soggy. Wait for it to spring back!

What is the best canned pumpkin to use?

Use what you like or have on hand! I get organic pumpkin puree at Trader Joe’s (and stock up when I’m there) and I love it. It’s a beautiful color and a nice thick consistency. You’re good to use whatever you like best. Just pick pumpkin puree and don’t buy pumpkin pie filling.

Can I make this cake ahead of time?

Extra thick pumpkin cake tastes great if made the day before. Store it in the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature before serving. It’s a great candidate for a dessert to make ahead of time and it travels really well too.

It might not look like much, but it’s one of those really easy desserts that you just keep coming back to. The texture is amazing thanks to all of the pumpkin, eggs, milk, and cake mix.

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Close up - side view square servings of extra thick pumpkin cake on a white plate with a dollop of cream
5 from 2 votes

Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake

This Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake is the ultimate dessert recipe for pumpkin lovers! It's dense, super moist, and all around delicious!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Servings: 15 slices


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 can evaporated milk, (12 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Freshly whipped cream


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish well.
  • In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together well.
  • Add the pumpkin and beat well to combine.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add the evaporated milk, salt, and pumpkin pie spice and mix well.
  • Add the yellow cake mix and mix well to combine.
  • Add the batter to the prepared pan and cook until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched, about 45 minutes.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature with a dusting of powdered sugar and fresh whipped cream.


  • This recipe is from my friend Carrian; it’s legendary in her family and for good reason!
  • This cake can be made ahead of time (the day before) and it travels well.


Calories: 294kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 469mg, Potassium: 101mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 4098IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 97mg, Iron: 1mg
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    1. Thank you! I love that you made it not during peak “pumpkin season”! I think I might make a batch for get together this weekend too!

  1. These look so delicious! And I could go for pumpkin right now!! I always feel pumpkin season needs to be extended just a little bit more!!

  2. A while back, I apologized to both my daughters for being a yeller when they were growing up. Neither one remembered me yelling very much. I felt that it was all the time…..they laughed. Its a great thing you are doing! Yelling is frustrating for everyone, the giver, the receiver and the innocent bystanders! But…..sometimes!
    I am impressed with your blogging everyday this month. I find so many of your recipes right up my alley. In fact, there are oranges and cranberries just waiting for me to make bread. And pumpkin seeds debating if they want honey and cinnamon on them or not. Please don’t burn yourself out this crazy November…….your writing has a carefree, happy style to it………but once it becomes work, it can lose its ability to connect with me/us/them. Happy Day!!

    1. I loved this comment and I’ve been thinking about it all day, thank you for taking the time to write it! A little perspective goes such a long way.

  3. My no yell November is going well too. I’ve realized the boys actually behave better if I slow down and cut them a little slack. Thanks for starting this trend of thought.. It’s a good one!