Mini Pumpkin Dump Cakes

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Winter Wonders and Holiday Happenings Link Party!


December is here and that means Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa are right around the corner so it is the perfect time to share all your delicious holiday dishes and decor, along with your favorite Winter treats and projects.
Help get us inspired!
Claiming Our Space has joined up with Black Fox Homestead, Life with the Hawleys, Lilacs and Longhorns, Practically Functional, The Thrifty Rebel and Yellow Spool.
Each of us will have our own project or recipe to share so make sure to
stop by to check out what we have each created as well as to link up
your own winter or holiday inspired posts.

Here’s Mine:

Mini Pumpkin Dump Cakes

…made completely from scratch.

Because I am not a fan of alltheextraingredientsIcannotpronounce in a box of cake mix, this recipe incorporates both a homemade mix and “homemade” pumpkin puree. But please don’t let all those extra steps scare you off!! Each of these components can be made well in advance. Once you have them taken care of, the dessert itself, which I’ve baked in small individual ramekins vs. the traditional 9×13, comes together very quickly.

If completely from scratch isn’t your thing, I totally respect that and have added the original recipe at the end of this post. Whichever version you choose, I hope you enjoy this holiday favorite of ours.

For making the pumpkin puree please refer back to this post.

Yellow Cake Mix*

1 1/2 c cake flour

1 1/2 c all purpose flour

1 1/2 t of salt

2 c sugar

1 T baking powder

1 T vanilla

1 c of butter cut into small pieces.

Cake mix texture should resemble something like this.

Combine the flours, salt, sugar, and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor with the blade attached. Pulse briefly to combine. Add the vanilla and butter and pulse until the butter is incorporated and reaches a sandy texture. Store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator. Here is a recipe if you wish to make a cake from the mix. Please note: I’m including the link for reference purposes only. I have only used my mix for recipes such as the dump cake that call for cake mix, so I can’t exactly vouch for making a cake from the mix.

Bourbon adds a nice deep flavor to the pumpkin.

For the Dump Cakes

8 oz of pumpkin puree (1 c)

6 oz of heavy cream (3/4 c)

2 beaten eggs

1/2 c sugar

1 t cinnamon

1/8 t cloves

1/8 t nutmeg

1/4 t salt

2 t Bourbon (optional but strongly recommended)

1 c cake mix

1/2 stick of butter, melted

Mix together the pumpkin and cream. Add the eggs, sugar, spices, and bourbon. Pour into four well greased 7 oz ramekins. Top each one with an even amount of the cake mix. Drizzle with butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and the filling is set. Cool. Serve at room temperature with lightly sweetened whipped cream that has been gently spiked with bourbon.

This recipe can easily be doubled.

Original Version:

1 16oz can of pumpkin

1 large can of evaporated milk

3 beaten eggs

1 1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 t cloves

1/4 t nutmeg

1/2 t salt

1 c sugar

Combine the above and pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Top with 1 box of yellow cake mix, 1 1/2 sitcks of melted butter. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.

*The recipe for the cake mix was adapted from:The BrownEyedBaker,, and Mennonite Country-Style Recipes & Kitchen Secrets


Now that you have seen my project, it is time for you to share your projects, crafts, recipes, whatever you have come up with that is Winter or Holiday related via the linky tool below.

Your project will show up on all the host’s blogs so you only need to link up once but, remember, all of us are sharing something different for the party. So make sure to visit Black Fox Homestead, Life with the Hawleys, Lilacs and Longhorns, Practically Functional, The Thrifty Rebel and Yellow Spool and Claiming Our Space
to check them all out.
The party will be up until Thursday, December 20 and then on Friday, December 21, each host will pick their favorite two link ups. So mark your calendar to check back to see if you were feature.
Just a few guidelines
1. If you aren’t already a follower, we would love it if you would add each of the hosts.
2. Link ups should be Winter or Holiday related. (No shops or other link parties please)
3. Try to visit some of the other link ups and leave a comment. Everyone loves visitors!
4. You don’t need to link back but we would appreciate it if you would display the button on your blog or in your post to let your own readers know about the party.

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Mini Pumpkin Dump Cakes — 5 Comments

  1. WOW, this recipe looks divine! My guys LOVE pumpkin pie so I definitely need to try this. Printed off the recipe so I can make this. mmmmm Following you on Twitter and like you on Facebook. I’d love for you to stop by sometime. Have a great weekend and I’m looking forward to your new posts!


  2. hi. i’m new to the blog hop. my husband and i have a cattle farm in alberta. i also own and operate a small paper shop from the farm. the shop like my blog is call Black Ink Paperie. my blog features stories about the farm and growing up in small fishing village in nova scotia. i would love for you to visit my blog and follow if you like it. i did a guest post last week called “a cow’s tale” which tells the story about one of our cows and her exciting life.

    thanks and i can’t wait to visit all the other blogs
    new follower bev

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