Friday, September 4, 2015

Cooking Cove: Creamy Pumpkin Cake

There are tons of variations of this dessert: Pumpkin Lush Cake, Pumpkin Delight, Pumpkin Lasagna. It is just so good and creamy, that I can see why. Mine is only slightly different, the biggest being the use of Pecan Sandies in the crust and as topping.

To make the crust:
One package of Pecan Sandies
1/4 cup of flour
1/4 toasted chopped pecans
5 T semi-melted butter
dash of cinnamon

Crush the Pecan Sandies in a food processor or roll over a few times with a rolling pin. I was too lazy to dirty more dishes so I went the rolling pin route. Save a few cookies for the topping.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and press into a greased 8 x 8 glass baking dish. Don't press too hard, as Pecan Sandie crust can easily become concrete if packed crazy tight. Bake at 350 for about 13-15 minutes. Cool completely.

Creamy layer:

8 ounce package of cream cheese softened
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 cup of Cool Whip, thawed

Beat the first three until smooth. Fold in the Cool Whip. Spread onto the cooled crust. Refrigerate while whipping up the next layer.

Pumpkin layer:

15 ounce can of pumpkin puree/pie filling
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
dash of pumpkin pie spice
dash of allspice
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 small boxes of vanilla pudding
1 small box of butterscotch pudding
2 cups of cold milk

Mix all those things up! Take the dish with the crust and first layer outta the fridge and add the pumpkin layer.

Top with Cool Whip and crumbled Pecan Sandies and a sprinkling of cinnamon. Refrigerate until ready to serve. It honestly tastes even better after it sits overnight.

So yeah. Not healthy. But I do have to make pumpkiny things once in a while. Life is short and all that.


  1. this looks delicious!!! sadly, I am not a pumpkin lover. :( I really want to be!! maybe I'll give this a try to change my mind. So far the only pumpkin thing I cook are dog biscuits. haha.

    1. No pork, no pumpkin. :-) you definitely won't like my next recipe that is posting this week. But maybe all the creamy yumminess will help make the pumpkin more appealing?

    2. haha... is it pork cheeks?! :-P the creamy layer might help.. I'll let you know after we give it a whirl. :)

  2. I'm not big on pumpkin stuff, but this looks really yummy! And I am a lover of pecans & pecan sandies! I've never thought of using pecan sandies as a crust, but it definitely sounds good! Great job! :)

    1. Thanks! I LOVE pecan Sandie crust!!! It is just so flavorful and delish.

  3. I feel like I could probably make this without ruining it! Gonna give it a try! Looks so yummy

    1. You absolutely could! It is easy peasy and hardly any baking except for the crust. I finally tried my hand at apple dumplings today. Ate my first one ever.

  4. Need to make this!!! The cool whip+cream cheese layer is what sold me. Now to find some gluten free pecan sandie type cookies!

    1. Great idea! I bet you could make your own pecan crust too. It was so stinking good and creamy!