Pumpkin Cobbler

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This Pumpkin Cobbler is like an upside down pumpkin pie, but I like it even better! With a creamy pumpkin filling and a crumbly, buttery topping, it is the perfect Fall dessert.

A piece of pumpkin cobbler on a plate topped with whipped cream, caramel, and pecans

Pumpkin Cobbler

Pumpkin Cobbler (also called pumpkin dump cake or upside down pumpkin pie) is the perfect dessert to warm you up after a long night of trick-or-treating or after a cold fall night of football. I like to call it a cobbler because it is made in a similar way to fruit cobbler. The pumpkin layer goes into the bottom of the dish, then you have a crunchy, cakey, buttery, cinnamon and sugary crust baked on to the top. It is super easy to make and you are going to love the way your house smells when it is baking! It is better than any Fall-scented candle. I love to eat it warm right out of the oven, but if I am lucky enough to have leftovers, it also tastes great cold the next day!

How to Make Pumpkin Cobbler

You are going to love how easy this recipe comes together. You can have everything ready to bake by the time you preheat the oven. For the filling, start with pumpkin puree. Make sure you use pure pumpkin puree NOT pumpkin pie filling. The consistency will be totally wrong if you use pie filling. Next, add eggs, sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and half and half. Mix everything together. Make sure the egg yolks break. If it makes it easier, you can beat the eggs before you add them. Make sure to scrape the bottom while mixing.

Once the filling is mixed, pour the pumpkin mixture into a glass 9×13 baking dish or casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix evenly over the top. Make sure to pat it down so it is all touching the filling. This will help your pumpkin cobbler to bake evenly. Then pour the melted butter evenly over the top. The last step before baking is to sprinkle the cinnamon, sugar, and pecans (optional) over the top. Bake for 60 minutes at 350. If the top starts to look too brown before the middle is done, you can put some aluminum foil over the top. You’ll know the cobbler is done when you can insert a knife into the center of the cake and it comes out clean.

Baked pumpkin cobbler in a 9x13 glass baking dish

Variations on the Recipe

  • Gluten Free: You can make this pumpkin cobbler gluten free by using a gluten free yellow cake mix. Since I can’t have gluten, but the rest of my family can, I make this cake in small ramekins (see picture below). I top mine with the gluten free mix and the rest of the family’s with traditional cake mix.
  • Nut Allergy: You can also make pumpkin cobbler in small ramekins if someone has a nut allergy. You can also just omit the pecans completely.
  • Cake Mix: Most of the time I make this pumpkin cobbler with a yellow cake mix. However, I have topped it with a spice cake mix a few times and it is equally delicious!
  • Toppings: I like to serve this dessert with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel. You can also top it with vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice on top for extra flavor!
Pumpkin Cobbler Dessert in a dish with ice cream and caramel on top

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“I’ve been looking for more pumpkin dessert recipes and finally found this one! I followed your instructions and got a perfect tasting pumpkin cobbler. It is so delicious and my kids loved it too. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!”

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does pumpkin cobbler have to be refrigerated?

Pumpkin Cobbler can rest on the counter for a few hours, but after that you will need to refrigerate it. After it is cooled completely on the counter, cover with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and store in the fridge. To be safe, all leftovers should be eaten within a week.

Do you heat up the leftovers?

I actually really enjoy eating the cobbler cold. I may or may not have eaten some for breakfast this morning. 😂You can also heat it up in the microwave if you prefer it warm.

What is the difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling?

Pumpkin puree is made only from blended pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling has additional ingredients. Use pumpkin puree for this recipe.

More Pumpkin Recipes

This time of year I am just craving pumpkin everything. If you like this Pumpkin Cobbler, you will love our Pumpkin Pancake Recipe with Caramel Maple Syrup and Candied Pecans, Pumpkin Waffles, and our tasty Pumpkin Steamers for breakfast and brunch. For some unique pumpkin sweets, try our Nothing Bundt Cake Pumpkin Spice, Fall Waffles, Pumpkin Drop Cookies, or our Pumpkin Coffee Cake recipes. If you are looking for even more pumpkin desserts, try our Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle, Pumpkin Mousse, or our Pumpkin Eclair Cake.

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How to Make Pumpkin Cobbler

Pumpkin cobbler on a plate topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, and pecans

Pumpkin Cobbler

4.56 from 27 votes
This Pumpkin Cobbler is like an upside down pumpkin pie, but I like it even better! With a creamy pumpkin filling and a crumbly, buttery topping, it is the perfect Fall dessert. 
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18

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Ingredients

Filling:

Topping:

Instructions

  • Mix all the filling ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into a 9×13 baking dish.
    Pumpkin cobbler filling in a large bowl
  • Sprinkle cake mix evenly over the whole pan. Pat the cake mix down a little then pour melted butter evenly over the top. Then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar (and pecans-optional).
    Pumpkin cobbler with the topping sprinkled on top before it is baked
  • Bake at 350 for 60 minutes. A knife inserted in the center should come out clean when it is done. Serve with cool whip or vanilla ice cream over the top.
    Baked pumpkin cobbler in a glass casserole dish

Nutrition Information

Calories: 298kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 431mgPotassium: 150mgFiber: 2gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 7469IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 1mg

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    1. Oh, interesting! That might be from over-mixing the batter. I haven’t seen that issue before.

  1. I am very confused. I read the ingredients and it says 1½ cups half & half. Yet in the comments someone wrote:

    OCTOBER 1, 2017 AT 12:39 PM
    Robin says: Im just making this now but 3 cups half and half seems like a lot. Is this correct?
    REPLY TO COMMENT Favorite Family Recipes says: Yes, that is correct

    So is it 1½ cups or 3 cups?

    1. Hi Beverly, I apologize for the confusion! Over the years we have tweaked and changed our recipes to be more delicious! The correct measurement is 1 1/2 cups.

  2. Can I use pumpkin pie spice instead of the other spices? I don’t have clove & this close to Thanksgiving I dread going to the store in search for some. What would the amount of PPS be? Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow this is such a great recipe! I love the fall twist on my normal peach cobbler! Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for more pumpkin dessert recipes and finally found this one! I followed the instructions and got a perfect tasting pumpkin cobbler. It is so delicious and my kids loved it too. Thank you for this!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for more pumpkin dessert recipes and finally found this one! I followed your instructions and got a perfect tasting pumpkin cobbler. It is so delicious and my kids loved it too. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

    1. It is a good idea to grease it– I don’t know if it is necessary to flour it though. Hope this helps!

    1. Yes, absolutely! You should be able to reduce the baking time if you do it individually. Try checking it after 30 minutes to see if it is cooked through and keep adding time as necessary. Hope this helps!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this today and family loved it! I used 2 cans of Libby’s brand pumpkin which was slightly more than called for. I used 1 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. I used 3 cups 2% milk. I added pumpkin pie spice and doubled other spices. I used the whole box of cake mix. I topped with a generous amount of chopped pecans. Be sure to sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. It was heavenly!!!