Gluten-Free Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe


The older I get, the healthier I’m determined to eat.

I don’t know if it’s really age-related, but there’s definitely anecdotal evidence for it.

Image shows a large pan with gluten free pumpkin crunch cake on a white table. Nearby is a plate with blue trim and a serving of the pumpkin crunch. In the background are two small pumpkins.

I’ve managed to replace sugary afternoon snacks with green smoothies in the summer, and last fall, I even started making a healthy pumpkin smoothie to replace Bluebell’s way-too-delicious pumpkin ice cream.

But… sometimes, you just need the real thing. I don’t think you have to be 100% on the health train 100% of the time, and neither do you have to be “here for a good time, not a long time” all the time. There’s a balance to be struck.

Maybe it’s something like 80% healthy, 20% here for a good time.

But one thing I am 100% certain of is this pumpkin crunch is here for a good time.

A really good time.

A tickle the tastebuds with amazing pumpkin spice flavors and butter-toasted pecans with crunch cake in between good times.

Pumpkin Crunch Breakfast Cake Stands the Test of Time!

I’ve made this recipe for family, dinner parties, and church, and everybody except the family members who insist that pumpkin is gross no matter what you do to it (we’ve subsequently kicked them out of the family. …okay, fine, just kidding). I love this stuff.

Gluten-Free pumpkin crunch cake isn’t the kind of recipe you can just… not like.

Image shows two white plates with blue trim with pumpkin crunch cake. In the background is a pan of the rest of the pumpkin cake.

Especially when the mornings are getting cool, leaves are starting to fall, and you’re just craving something with that coveted pumpkin spice flavor in your mouth.

This spring, my husband planted a fairly large pumpkin patch. I really don’t think he meant to fill it all with pumpkins, but he ran out of butternut squash seeds before he ran out of pumpkin seeds, so over the last week, he’s been harvesting wheelbarrows of pumpkin, and I’ve been roasting and puréeing some of them with intention of freezing the purée for later.

So far, though, we’ve eaten it all before it hits the freezer bags though.

There are still a couple of wheelbarrows full sitting right outside my kitchen door, so we have plenty to work with, and Gabe’s working on creating a Texas version of a root cellar (nobody has cellars or basements around here) to keep them in through at least the first part of the winter.

We’ll see how that goes.

Regardless, I’m still planning to freeze a bunch so I don’t have to go through the roasting process anytime I get wild hair to make pumpkin crunch, honey-sweetened pumpkin cheesecake, or anything else pumpkin-related.

Photo shows a ceramic white pan with a gluten free pumpkin crunch cake in it. Two slices of the cake have been removed, and a spoon rests in the pan.

But honestly, I didn’t expect the fresh roasted pumpkin to taste so good straight out of the oven, so yeah. Nothing’s on the freezer shelf yet.

Anyway, back to the recipe. This knock-your-socks-off recipe that you will definitely want to share with all your fall party guests!

It’s also ridiculously good with a mug of pumpkin spice hot chocolate.


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe

This delicious pumpkin crunch cake is a perfect fall dessert for any occasion. Plus it’s gluten free!

  • Author: Elise
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 810 slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert




  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free flour mix
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted


  • 2 cups or 1 can of pumpkin purée
  • 1 can (12.0z) evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice


Preheat oven to 350º

  1. Combine first four ingredients of topping and stir to combine well
  2. Set aside
  3. Beat filling ingredients together
  4. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch cake pan
  5. Sprinkle with dry topping mix – The pumpkin layer will be thin, and you’ll be worried the topping will sink right in, but it won’t
  6. Sprinkle with pecans
  7. Top with melted butter – try to spread cover all of the topping with the butter
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes until it’s starting to turn brown on the edges
  9. Let cool before serving
  10. Serve plain, with whipped toping, or vanilla ice cream. So good!
  11. Enjoy!

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  1. Can I make this the night before (at least the base) then add topping and bake the day of?
    Also, is the picture shown just the basic recipe or did you double it? I want to make this for a large Thanksgiving gathering. The picture shows it makes a lot. I just want to make sure it doesn’t show a double recipe.

    1. Yes, you can definitely make it the night before! This recipe makes a 9×13 cake pan – which is the ammount shown, so it’s a fairly large recipe.

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