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Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

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Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Servings 8
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Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

An over-the-top gooey pumpkin cake with caramel sauce and candied pecans.

Ingredients

Cake base:

1
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
8
tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1
egg

Filling:

1
(8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1
(15 ounce) can pumpkin
8
tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1
teaspoon vanilla
3
eggs
1
(16 ounce) box or bag powdered sugar
2
teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Caramel sauce and candied pecans, for topping

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line bottom of a 10-inch round springform pan with parchment paper, then lightly spray pan with cooking spray (alternatively, you can use a greased 13 x 9-inch pan).
  • 2 Cake base: In a large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, beat cake mix, melted butter and egg until well combined. Spread and press batter evenly into bottom of prepared pan.
  • 3 Filling: In another large bowl (or clean bowl of a stand mixer), beat cream cheese and pumpkin until well combined. Add melted butter, vanilla and eggs; stir until combined. Stir in powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice until just combined. Pour batter evenly into pan over cake base.
  • 4 Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until center of cake is just set and slightly wobbly (if using a 13x9-inch pan, lessen the baking time). Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • 5 Remove sides of springform pan. Serve slices of cake with caramel sauce and candied pecans on top.
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Classic gooey butter cake dressed for fall with pumpkin and pecans.

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough,

Who can resist this cake?

Forget the pumpkin pie – heck, you can even forgo the turkey! This year, Thanksgiving is all about the Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake. Or at least mine will be, anyway.

I’m a big traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving. It’s my second favorite holiday behind Christmas, and that's because my mom’s Thanksgiving dinner is the best meal of my year. It would be my last meal if I could choose it, it’s so omnomnommy. And she always makes a pumpkin pie that is to die for.

But you see, then I went and met pumpkin gooey butter cake. And it was topped with candied pecans and caramel sauce… and, well, I just think it’s about time to break tradition (I love you, Mom! Please still make me that sweet potato casserole I like because you’re pretty and smart and amazing). And I think once you give this recipe a try, you’ll want to add it to your Thanksgiving – or weeknight – menu, too.

 

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

To start, make sure you have all the ingredients. The base is yellow cake mix, melted butter and egg, while the filling is a mix of pumpkin, cream cheese, MORE butter, eggs and spices. It’s so over the top, it’s ridiculous. Ridiculously yummy, that is.

 

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

Combine the ingredients for the cake base and press the batter into a greased and lined 10-inch springform pan (alternatively, you can bake the cake in a greased 13-by-9-inch pan – just be sure to lessen the baking time, as the cake will be thinner).

Whip up the pumpkin-cream cheese batter and pour it evenly over the top.

 

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

Bake the cake for approximately 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the center is just set. It’ll still wobble a bit when it’s done, almost like a cheesecake, but that’s good: overbaking will cause the cake to be less gooey and we really want all that gooeyness.

 

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

Once the cake is cooled, serve slices with drizzled caramel sauce and candied pecans on top (YOLO).

 

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake with Pecans

Oh. Mah. GAH. New Thanksgiving tradition: Faceplant into this cake.

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Tips  

Expert Tips

Purchase candied pecans at the grocery store or make your own. Plain pecans can be substituted for candied if desired.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
577.9
Daily Value
Total Fat
35.3g
54%
(
Saturated Fat
20.9g
105%
)
Cholesterol
185.2mg
62%
Sodium
146.2mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
62.6g
21%
(
Dietary Fiber
1.6g
6%
,
Sugars
58.3g
)
Protein
5.7g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
3.90%
4%
Calcium
6.60%
7%
Iron
7.80%
8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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