Wander Woman

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Crunch Cake… or Is It Pie?

by on Oct.19, 2010, under Food & Cocktails

I’m not sure what makes a baked good a “pie.” A gooey filling? The inclusion of crust?

This dessert uses cake mix as the crust, so it could be considered cake. But the filling is oozy like pie. 

Plus, I baked it in a tart tin, instead of a rectangular pan,  to give it pretty scalloped edges and a round shape.

So is it pie or cake?

Eh, who cares?!

It still tastes like buttery, crunchy pumpkin heaven. 

The recipe is adapted from Paula Deen’s Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cakes.

I threw in walnuts to give it more texture. And I made a few changes to the ingredient amounts, in an attempt to save my arteries and keep my blood sugar at a reasonably sane level (or else you’d find me sprinting down the freeway or feverishly cleaning the walls with Q-tips).

The changes are noted below.

The pie crust, which is just yellow cake mix, calls for 1 stick of melted butter, which I used (ahh!).

Here, cream cheese and canned pumpkin is whipped up. Then, the filling calls for another stick of melted butter, which I halved (using just 4 tablespoons).

Next, add powdered sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Ms. Paula demands an entire box of powdered sugar – but I poured in half that amount. Trust me, it’s plenty sweet enough with just half a box.

I chopped up some walnuts, but I imagine you can use any kind of nut. Pecan would be nice.

Now, it’s ready to bake!

Forty minutes later, buttery pumpkin perfection.

Thanks, Paula, for this (literally!) heart-stopping recipe. It’s divine!

I’m tempted to google the calorie count on this holiday monstrosity, but I’d rather not know.

My adjustments had to make it more healthy, right?

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4 Comments for this entry

  • BriannaNichole

    Just say no, its much more enjoyable when you can be blissfully ignorant of the calories. A whole box?!?!?! yikes, it sounds amazing though.

  • Christmas Song Guy

    I remember trying this gooey pie last year. It was really good. I would love to see anyone, especially you, “feverishly cleaning walls with Q-tips”. It’s such an obscure statement, i bet this took place once or twice– never put anything past the wander woman.

  • Lisa Locklin

    This pumpkin treat looks absolutely amazing. I might just have to try it sometime. Or come over for a slice. It looks divine!

  • SMMS

    Whatever it’s called it looks Delish!!! I’m a huge fan of modifying recipes (for calorie reduction, texture, or whatever)!!

    Your pie/cake looks yummers…I can’t stand the texture of classic pumpkin pie, so I just might give your recipe a try!!

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