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Dutch Oven Pumpkin Pie Cake

Do you love pumpkin pie? Make this Dutch Oven Pumpkin Pie Cake recipe while camping or at home. This recipe is a great addition to your fall camping recipes menu.

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Pie Cake Camping Recipe

I love fall camping! I get to layer up in warm clothes, poke sticks in the campfire, and enjoy really great camping food. We plan on going out a few times this autumn here in Illinois.

We created this Pumpkin Pie Cake in the Dutch oven. Our neighbors were camping at the same campground and enjoyed this tasty Dutch Oven Dessert with us.

Pumpkin Pie Cake Recipe

This recipe is really easy to make. The ingredients are pretty basic.

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake Ingredients

You need the following:

  • yellow cake mix
  • lemon-lime soda
  • pumpkin puree
  • evaporated milk
  • eggs
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • optional: pecans

There is a debate in our house on whether it should be topped with pecans or not. How about putting the whole pecans on half of the cake?

How to Make Pumpkin Dump Cake

  1. prepare the pumpkin pie filling and pour it into a lined Dutch oven
  2. layer with the cake mix
  3. slowly pour the soda over the cake mix
  4. top with pecans
  5. bake
  6. serve

Collage of images of Directions for Dutch Oven Pumpkin Pie Cake

We recommend that you use a dutch oven liner for easy cleanup. Learn how to make your own Dutch Oven Liners.

We prepare our charcoal with one of these charcoal chimneys. They allow you to quickly prepare the charcoal without using any lighter fluid.

We used this configuration with the prepared charcoal for the Dutch oven.

collage of charcoal prepared and added to the lid of a Dutch oven

The pumpkin Dutch oven cake takes about 45-60 minutes to bake. You can lift the lid to check for doneness.

Dutch Oven Tip
Preparing this in the rain? Place the burning coals in a large foil pan so you can move the baking Dutch oven and keep the coals dry.

This camping dessert is a sponge cake layered on top of a baked pumpkin pie.

close up of a pumpkin pie cake

Our neighbors really liked the cake, especially the pecans. They plan to make it at home for Thanksgiving.

Other camping desserts great for the holidays are Dutch Oven Cranberry Apple Crisp or Dutch Oven Apple Crumble.

You can place the dutch oven in your regular oven, you just want to reduce the baking time. You can also bake it in a conventional baking dish.

The cake would be terrific topped with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, but it was undoubtedly delicious without it.

Do you have a Dutch oven? Are you going to make this easy Pumpkin Dutch Oven Dessert? Check out our Pumpkin Angel Food Cake recipe.

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake with Pecans on top

Check out these other Dutch Oven Cake Recipes

Yield: 12 servings

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

Dutch Oven Pumpkin Pie Cake

Create this pumpkin pie inspired dump cake while camping or at home.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 can pumpkin puree (15 oz)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 can lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup pecans


  1. Prepare the charcoal.
  2. Line the dutch oven with a liner or spray with cooking oil. A dutch oven liner will make clean-up so much easier!
  3. Mix the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Pour pumpkin mixture into the bottom of the dutch oven.
  5. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix over the pumpkin.
  6. Open the can of lemon-lime soda and slowly pour half over the cake mix.
  7. Sprinkle the pecans on top.
  8. Place the lid on the dutch oven.
  9. Place 16 charcoal on the lid of the oven.
  10. Make a circle of 8 charcoal that will serve as the base heat for baking the cake.
  11. Place the dutch oven over the circle and let the cake bake for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. It might be more or less depending on the size of your dutch oven and the heat of the coals.
  12. Remove the dutch oven from the coals and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 264Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 337mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

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Saturday 11th of November 2023

Can this recipe be doubled? Would it require full can soda?

Diana Hansen

Monday 13th of November 2023

I have never tried to double it. I would recommend adding the soda slowly to see how it goes. You might need a little more than 1.


Monday 4th of September 2023

I made this Pumpkin cobbler and it was delicious. I followed the directions to the tee but for forgot the pecans at home. (We were camping with friends). Everyone loved it!!


Tuesday 11th of October 2022

The recipe doesn't have any surgar in the pumpkin mixture. Is that correct?

Diana Hansen

Sunday 16th of October 2022

Correct, just pumpkin puree.


Saturday 10th of September 2022

Not sure what happened. I lifted up the parchment paper liner and set the dessert on the picnic table. Water, juice or something ran out all over the place. It tested done all over, before I removed it from the Dutch oven. My husband tasted it and called it pumpkin pudding. He said it was delicious. Thank goodness he turned it around for me, but what do you think I did wrong?

Diana Hansen

Sunday 11th of September 2022

Did you use half a can or a whole soda? It sounds like there was too much liquid or not enough heat. My parchment paper is always a bit soggy when I make a cake like this, but I haven't had liquid run out.


Friday 2nd of September 2022

Is it evaporated milk (as it says in the instructions) or sweet and condensed milk (as it says in the recipe)?

Diana Hansen

Friday 9th of September 2022

Thank you for catching that. It is evaporated milk. I have updated the recipe.

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