Upside Down Pumpkin Cake: My Claim To Fame

If you are somebody that loves to cook, than you have a recipe that is yours. What I mean is that you and only you can make it. It’s the recipe that people expect you to bring anytime you come to a function. The one you won’t give out to family and friends because you don’t want them stealing your thunder. It’s your claim to fame recipe, and you guard it like it’s priceless. Which it is. To you. To everybody else, it is da bomb. Mine is my Upside Down Pumpkin Cake recipe.

Warning! If you are a family member, quit reading now! You cannot have this recipe! For anybody else, here it is….

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

A twist on traditional pumpkin pie, this upside down pumpkin cake is a crowd pleaser. Easy to make and delicious. You'll never eat pumpkin pie again! This recipe is included in Scary Mommy's book Guide to Surviving the Holidays!

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake: My Claim To Fame
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  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix with pudding
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 1 cup butter, melted


  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Line a 13X9 inch baking dish with parchment paper (make sure that it overlaps on all sides because you need to flip the cake after it cools).
  4. In a mixing bowl, blend pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, salt, sugar, eggs and milk. Pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix and nuts over the batter. Pour melted butter over the cake.
  5. Bake for 60 minutes and let cool. The cake will be "liquidy" at first, but will solidify as it cools. Once it cools, place a serving platter on top of the baking dish and flip it over so that the "crust" is on bottom. Serve with whipped cream.

Usually I make my cake without nuts because Jason doesn’t like them. It tastes good either way.

I swear, once you serve this, you will never have to make another pumpkin pie again! People will be begging for this pumpkin cake every Thanksgiving!

If you decide to try it, let me know how it turns out and what you think. And if you love pumpkin, try my two ingredient pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bars, and make sure to check out my Pumpkin Recipe Roundup. Still want more? Check out my All Pumpkin, All The Time board on Pinterest.


  1. Wow, this sounds so good! I can't wait to make it and claim it as my own LOL.
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
  2. This sounds pretty amazing. What a fun twist. And I saw those cute little pumpkins the other day. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing your claim to fame on tasty tuesdays. I feel quite honored.
  3. Hi Natalie - thanks for this my toddler Max and I made it. I couldn't stop Max trying to eat all the nuts!! Looking forward to the next....
  4. Yum! You should link up to myThanksgiving Recipe Swap Blog Hop:)
  5. I make something really similar to this and I just love it. Can't wait to start cooking for Thanksgiving. Yum!
  6. Hi Natalie- Just popping in to say Hello. I "see" you here but don't always comment. I will be trying this cake for sure. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! Hugs-Diana
  7. Any recipe that has 1C of butter is fine by me. And I thought your claim to fame were your pics from that pr0n convention? ;-P
  8. sounds delish! I just roasted pie pumpkins and was going to make crustless pumpkin pie. You know, to save the calories. Now I am tempted to try this instead. A cup of butter...mmmmm
  9. Allyson & Jere says:
    That does sound rather tatey. Goodness knows I lurves me anything pumpkiny and cinnamony. YUM!

    In other news....just letting you know that there IS at least a side view and back view shot of "sir flops" from my gym on my latest entry. It's not the full frontal that he's so deserving of, but I just couldn't get a shot without being ridiculously obvious. But, I got it for YOU!
  10. Ooh, that does sound good! :-)
  11. YUM! I love anything with pumpkin - so perfect for fall and Thanksgiving especially! It's a great feeling to have your own dish, isn't it? I won't give away your secrets, I promise ;-)
  12. Mmmm.... that sounds really good! I may have to try that for Christmas since my parents are making everything for Thanksgiving this year!
  13. Your cooking skills are much more prolific than mine. Damn, woman!
  14. So you're coming over to make that for me, right? The cake? Mmmmm.
  15. Oh.My.

    That sounds amazing :)
  16. You know, I'm totally ripping this off from you and claiming it as my own recipe...muwhahahah. It sounds deeelishous.
  17. My initial reaction to kitty litter cake was "ewww, gross!" and then i remembered that i love puppy chow, so i shouldn't hate.

    my claim to fame is my salsa, followed by my pumpkin swirl cheesecake.
  18. Karen At Home says:
    Hi there, haven't stopped by in awhile and wanted to say hello! Glad to see you are now on fb!!!! I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  19. I suck. I have no claim to fame when it comes to dishes. Yours sounds delicious though.
  20. JDaniel4's Mom says:
    This sounds wonderful! Yum!
  21. That sounds sooooo good! I love pumpkin pie, so if this is better, I want to try it! The one thing people always ask me to bring is my doritos salad. While it is really good, it doesn't require any real cooking. I wonder if they are trying to tell me something. :)
  22. Megan (Best of Fates) says:
    Yum! It seems like everything I'm reading today is just making me hungrier and hungrier!

    So yes, that terribly gorge I'm going on after work, that's partially your fault!
  23. My potato salad is a meal, in itself, and will follow me to the grave... What a great recipe. How does it travel? If I made it here at my home and then brought it to someone else's home an hour away, would it stay firm enough? Would love to bring this to my daughter's on Thurs.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
  24. You had me at cake. Really. Any cake and I'm there. I suppose I am known for buttermilk cornbread. Me and Williams-Sonoma that is.
  25. Great minds think alike! My aunt gave me this recipe 18 years ago when I was 18. I loved this cake as a child and it has been a favorite for my family and friends as long as I have had it. I refuse to share the recipe also because it is the desert I am known for. Nice to know I'm not the only one :)
  26. Chanin Pisciotta says:
    We made Nat's lil gem as a splurge while we watched The Oscars.... Cause pumpkin anything isn't just for the holidays, it should be eaten all year round. All I can say is we were all VERY quiet when we ate this... every once in a while you would hear a "yummmm this is sooooo good" I told my sister that Natalie doesn't make pumpkin pies anymore after she served this and after one bite we both looked at each other and said "Bye to the Pie!" It was easy, yummy, and deeeelish! We barely had the patience to let it cool! GREAT JOB NAT : ) Oh and by the way.... when I left my sisters house, I took the recipe with me... There is NO WAY I'm going to let her claim this cake as hers!
  27. This looks pretty freaking amazing.
  28. I love this recipe, it's alot like my dump cake. I'm going to make this but with no added sugar, and stevia. I'll let you know how it works out. Thanks for sharing..


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