This pumpkin cake recipe actually produces two layers. Basically, one is made from moist cake mix and the other from cream cheese, powdered sugar and pumpkin. Of course, there are other ingredients, but these are the main ones. It is a shame that Paula Deen has fallen from grace (albeit by her own fault) because this is adapted from her recipe prior to all of that.

See also: No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cones (Kids’ Recipe)

It starts with a box of cake mix, an egg and a melted stick of butter, pressed into a cake pan.

Gooey Pumpkin Cake Recipe Crust
The dog was hovering for crumbs, per usual. And, after the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and more eggs were added, the 5-year-old came to hover.

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The top layer was a little runny with the cream cheese a little lumpy, but it didn’t matter. I baked it for 40 minutes. It could have gone another 5 minutes, but I like extra gooey. And, gooey it is. It keeps well in the refrigerator.

If you dare, top with whipped cream or ice cream.

Gooey Pumpkin Cake Recipe: Better Than Pumpkin Pie

Gooey Pumpkin Cake Recipe:  Better Than Pumpkin Pie


  • Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen and the Food Network
  • Cake:
  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix the cake mix, egg, and butter well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
  3. To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well.
  4. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

See also: Kids Recipe: Crazy Easy Turkey Oreo Cookies

Apparently, this recipe works with banana, pineapple, and peanut butter (with chocolate cake mix). OMG.

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