Pumpkin Cake or Upside-down Pumpkin “Pie” Custard with Crunch!

November 01, 2011

PUMPKIN “CAKE” (Or is it pie with crunch on top?)

Moist and delicious Pumpkin Cake

Better than Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving!
When served in a beautiful Polish Pottery baking dish from The Polish Pottery Outlet ( in the Denver Metro area), this dish can’t miss as a favorite dessert during the holidays this year. This 9″x13″  Pan (Autumn Harvest  is the name of this signature pattern) is called a lasagna pan, but it is perfect for a cake!  You will find your baked goods come out evenly brown, moist, and to top it off, the clean up is incredibly easy! I baked this dessert and brought it in to our store for our customers to sample, and it got rave reviews.  It was so much easier than the traditional pie, and everyone who tried it seemed to love it! It will definitely be part of our Thanksgiving  feast this year!!!

My good friend,  Mary Kay, shared this recipe with me when we lived in Kansas many years ago.  She was one of my favorite teammates in all of the years I taught elementary school.  Mary Kay is a wonderful cook, and an even better friend.  We always knew whatever she would bring would be a crowd favorite, and this was no exception. In addition, she was always generous enough to share her recipes, so now we are all benefitting!! If you want to put a twist on your pumpkin dessert this Thanksgiving, serve this up with a little whipped cream!

Mary Kay’s Pumpkin Cake

1 Large (or 2 small) can pumpkin
4 eggs
1 can evaporated milk
1  1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ginger

*1 pkg. yellow cake mix
*1 cup melted butter
*1 c. chopped nuts (optional) I used sliced almonds and they were to die for!

1.) Mix all of the top ingredients (without the stars) in a batter bowl and pour into an  ungreased  9″x13″Polish Pottery baking dish.

2.) Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top of the above mixture. Do not stir.

3.) Pour melted butter over above two mixtures, then sprinkle with nuts if desired.

Our Polish Pottery is oven safe up to 425 degrees.

4.) Bake one hour at 350 degrees–no longer (it may look soupy, but it will have a pie/cake consistency when you dish it up).

Tips from the Guru: I like to mix the ingredients in step one in a batter bowl which makes it easy to pour into the baking dish.  We also carry a large mixing bowl if you prefer, which  you can order off of our website.  It is the largest in a nested set of  seven bowls  (sold separately or as a set).  I have mixed all different signature patterns for my bowl set, and I leave them out on display when they are not in use.

All of the items are available in our store The Polish Pottery Outlet in the Denver area, or on our website at . Give us a call if we can answer any questions or assist you in any way!!!


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