Sister Page’s Pumpkin Cake

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‘Tis the season for everything pumpkin, right? This past weekend my mother asked me to make dessert for Sunday Family Dinner. Since it’s October and all I am pretty sure there is a rule or something that all desserts MUST contain a least a cup or two of pumpkin. I can’t remember the specific rules of this (little help here), but I know it’s somewhere in the book of life.

Anyways, I decided to make a dessert that is somewhat of a tradition in the family. And, by tradition I mean, I have it once a year sometime before Thanksgiving. There’s no set holiday, just some time in the autumn. It’s a pumpkin cake. But, not just a cake with pumpkin flavoring in it, but a pumpkin cake made with pumpkin puree and other delicious sugary crap.

In all it’s actually pretty good. It’s a tad labor intensive for such an easy recipe (that sentence will make sense once you make this once). There are essentially three layers to the cake. The crust, the filling and the topping. Yet the core of the cake is yellow cake mix, pumpkin puree and brown sugar. Not to mention a few spices.

This cake is really a great autumn dessert. It’s great on its’ own, great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or even with a cup of coffee, Postum or Pero. But, without any further adieu … here’s the recipe … ENJOY!

Crust
1 package, yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup).
1/2 cup, melted butter
1 egg
 
Filling
2 cups, pumpkin puree
2 1/2 tsp., pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup, brown sugar
2/3 cup, milk
2 eggs
 
Topping
1 cup, yellow cake mix
1/2 cup, brown sugar
1 tsp., cinnamon
1/4 cup, softened butter
 
Directions
>> Mix yellow cake mix, melted butter and egg together well. 
>> Spread mix in a 9×11 glass pan.
>> Blend pumpkin puree, spice, brown sugar, milk and eggs together well.
>> Pour the filling over the bottom crust.
>> In a small bowl blend the remaining cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon and softened butter and blend with a pastry cutter.
>> Top the cake with the filling and then bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Welp, that’s about it for the recipe. Trust me, I’m not off the wagon. I’ve actually lost about 10lbs. since I started my challenge at my gym. The great thing about this diet is that I get a 5 hour window to eat what I am craving within reason. Needless to say that 5 hour window last week also overlapped Sunday Family Dinner and this dessert!

Oh and if you’re wondering who Sister Page is … I have no idea. But, I’d like to picture her looking something like this …

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