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I belong to a stamp club and need to make a dessert for our november club. Does anyone have any receipes that would be not to time consuming and would travel well, and of course they have to have pump
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Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/5/2012 2:20 PM EST
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Hey Nikki ---- Tonight, as usual, the dessert selection was tremendous -- so many choices.  We  always carry home 3/4 of the dessert we took. Well ........ my/your Pumpkin Pie Crunch was gobbled except for one piece and the young man who worked on the fire, the tables and - everything - asked if he could have it.  When I said yes he snatched it and ran it to his truck.  He was so delighted and tickled.   I'm going to print the recipe for his mother. Thanks again.
Posted by Nancy G


I am thrilled that you liked the recipe. I am also glad that the church members liked it as well. 
What kind of cake mix did you use.  I think you mentioned that you got spice cake mix.  I think that is so much better than the yellow cake mix.  So much more flavor.
I like the Pumpkin Pie Crunch better than a pie.

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/5/2012 2:24 PM EST
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I think I may have posted this recipe  before, but just in case: PUMPKIN PIE CAKE 1 yellow cake mix (I'm sure spice would be great, as well) 3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened 4 eggs 1 28 oz can pumpkin 2/3 cup milk 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup white sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 cup nuts (I add a bit more) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove one cup of cake mix from box and set aside.  Combine remaining mix with 1/2 cup margarine or butter and one egg.  Mix well and pat into bottomof a greased 9 x 13" pan. Mix pumpkin, milk, brown sugar and remaining eggs, 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon.  Spread over cake mixture. Mix one cup of reserved cake mix with remaining sugar and margarine or butter and nuts.  Combine until crumbly, then sprinkle over top of pumpkin mixture. Bake for one hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Posted by Bakery1 G


I don't know if I did  something wrong but the bottom of the cake was a bit soft.  I expected a much denser base and firmer.  I liked the center and I wish there was more of the crunchy topping. 
I did use one of the insulated pans ("airbake" is the brand) and I have read some cookie recipes that suggest turning the temperature up 25 degrees when using an insulated pan I wonder if it is the same for a cake like this where the bottom is supposed to be a bit denser..

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/5/2012 3:58 PM EST
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Hi Nikki -- I used Dunkin Hines Spice Cake Mix.    It was sooooo good.    And it was so easy.
I've been planning on taking that hard-working young man a big pan of cookies Wednesday night ....
Now I'm thinking of making him another Pumpkin Spice Crunch.
I can't make pie crust so this was such a great triumph for me!!

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/5/2012 4:32 PM EST
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In Response to Re: love anything pumpkin : I don't know if I did  something wrong but the bottom of the cake was a bit soft.  I expected a much denser base and firmer.  I liked the center and I wish there was more of the crunchy topping.  I did use one of the insulated pans ("airbake" is the brand) and I have read some cookie recipes that suggest turning the temperature up 25 degrees when using an insulated pan I wonder if it is the same for a cake like this where the bottom is supposed to be a bit denser..
Posted by nikki p

Nikki, I didn't have a problem with the bottom being soft.  You may  be right, it may be the airbake pan.  As for the topping, save more of it out when you mix up the dessert and sprinkle it on top or mix up a little more of it from the recipe.  Again, I hadn't noticed a problem.  Hope it works out better for you next time.

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/8/2012 9:35 AM EST
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In Response to Re: love anything pumpkin : Nikki, I didn't have a problem with the bottom being soft.  You may  be right, it may be the airbake pan.  As for the topping, save more of it out when you mix up the dessert and sprinkle it on top or mix up a little more of it from the recipe.  Again, I hadn't noticed a problem.  Hope it works out better for you next time.
Posted by Bakery1 G


Thanks for the hint.  I will try turning up the temp on the oven.  I might just add a bit more topping, and as to not throw off the mixture for the bottom I just might make my own streusel topping to add to the 1 cup that is reserved.  I figure all I need is a bit of flour, sugar and possibly a bit more butter.  I will let you know.

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/18/2012 9:57 PM EST
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Tonight the young man who loved Nikki's Pumpkin Pie Crunch and took the last piece asked me for the recipe ... he wants more of that cake.    I'm  going to buy the unusual, expensive things to give to him along with the recipe.  I don't think there's any way he can afford things like pumpkin pie spice, pecans, condensed milk and so on. ... and he deserves all of them.

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/19/2012 7:42 AM EST
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Nancy, you are so thoughtful.  Hope you know that.

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/19/2012 9:15 PM EST
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I planned on making another Pumpkin Pie Crunch this afternoon but didn't get around to it .... I will tomorrow afternoon. 
Question:   The pecans got very "crisp" - even too brown for my taste.   What should I do about that?

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/20/2012 9:03 AM EST
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I planned on making another Pumpkin Pie Crunch this afternoon but didn't get around to it .... I will tomorrow afternoon.  Question:   The pecans got very "crisp" - even too brown for my taste.   What should I do about that?
Posted by Nancy G


Make sure they are a bit buried by the cake mix.  That way they will be protected a bit more from the heat of the oven.

When you give this gentleman all the fixin's for the cake I am guessing you will give him the spice mix...make sure you make it.  The recipe for the spice mix on your Baking Addiction is a good mix and much less expensive than the ones in the little jars already made.  If you have an "ethnic" market often they have bags of spices and dried herbs for much less than the little jars in the spice aisle.

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/20/2012 6:59 PM EST
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I baked one of the sour cream pumpkin bundt cakes listed on this site and I have to say it is awesome.I didn't make the glaze but sprinkle the top with powder sugar.Wonderful,wonderful, wonderful !

Re: love anything pumpkin

posted at 11/20/2012 8:20 PM EST
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Nikki -- I already bought another tiny bottle of pumpkin pie spice, some spice cake mix, evaporated milk ... I already have an extra can of pumpkin and lots of pecans.  Yikes! That's an expensive cake. 
I STILL haven't gotten around to baking one.   I haven't decided if I should bake him one or give him the necessary stuff.  Do both?
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