Forget the traditional and try something a bit different! This crazy easy Upside Down Pumpkin Pie flips your traditional Thanksgiving dessert putting the pumpkin filling on the bottom and the crust like crunch on top.
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Original content posted September 2014. Updated October 2018.
There are just five days left in September which means it’s suitable to bring out a pumpkin recipe, right? More specifically, THE pumpkin recipe that’s required at each of our Thanksgiving celebrations. This Upside Down Pumpkin Pie.
No matter what other items on the menu may come and go, this one is a main stay. This is where I need to be completely honest. I despise pumpkin pie. DESPISE. I’d never choose to eat a slice, even if it were the last pie on Earth. No thank you. But this Upside Down Pumpkin Pie? I’ll fight you over the biggest piece.
What is Upside Down Pumpkin Pie?
So what’s the difference between my Upside Down Pumpkin Pie and a traditional pie? As the name implies, my dessert has it’s crust like topping on top and the pumpkin filling on the bottom. The pumpkin filling is the typical blend of the usual spice suspects, but the crunchy topping? Oh, it had me at hello.
If I could figure out how to make the topping only of this dessert I would be an absolute heaven. A boxed yellow cake mix is sprinkled on top of the pumpkin mixture, flooded with melted butter and then topped in chopped pecans. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?
So divine, in fact, that I then had to make a chocolatey version. You know, because someone had to do it, right? My German Chocolate Upside Down Pumpkin Pie is the perfect marriage of chocolate and pumpkin. Delicious!
What Ingredients Are in Upside Down Pumpkin Pie?
You’ll find the usual ingredient suspects in my Upside Down Pumpkin Pie. Pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and spices.
But there are also a few not so typical ingredients as well. In my eyes, these are the ingredients that take a traditional pumpkin pie recipe to the next level. A boxed yellow cake mix, butter and chopped pecans make the crunchy, crust that sits on the top of this Upside Down Pumpkin Pie.
How Do You Make an Upside Down Pumpkin Pie?
 In the bowl of an electric mixer, add pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, evaporated milk and eggs.
 Beat on low speed until completely combined.
 Pour pumpkin mixture into 9″ x 13″ pan.
 Sprinkle yellow cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture in an even layer.
 Drizzle melted butter over cake mix.
 Sprinkle chopped pecans over melted butter and cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and allow to cool completely before serving.
Do yourself, and your family, a favor and serve this Upside Down Pumpkin Pie at your holiday feast this year. I promise, you’ll be extra thankful you did. And of course, it goes without saying that the cloud of whipped topping on top is an absolute must.
And if you’re looking for other alternative pumpkin desserts, I’ve got you covered. My Black Bottom No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake is so incredibly easy and my Coconut Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Skillet Cookie has all the good stuff in a single recipe.
Upside Down Pumpkin Pie
- 29 ounces pumpkin puree
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoons ginger
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 12 ounces evaporated milk
- 3 eggs
- 15.25 ounce boxed yellow cake mix
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1 cup pecans chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, evaporated milk and eggs.
- Beat on low speed until completely combined.
- Pour pumpkin mixture into 9" x 13" pan.
- Sprinkle yellow cake mix on top of pumpkin mixture in an even layer.
- Drizzle melted butter over cake mix.
- Sprinkle chopped pecans over melted butter and cake mix.
- Bake for one hour and allow to cool completely before serving.
Or if you’re looking for other ways to serve pumpkin pie at your holiday feast, you might try this Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping, Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Pie or even Pumpkin Pie Cookies.
This recipe originally appeared here here in my monthly contributor post at My Organizing Junkie.