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24 December 2020: Pumpkin Streusel Recipe

By special request from someone on Instagram, I'm sharing the recipe for the dessert I make every year for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas: pumpkin streusel! I learned to make it in high school—the one thing in Home Ec that I still remember how to do—and it's been a big hit with my friends and family since.

Credit to Google for this picture because I apparently never saved a good one of mine anywhere.

What the pumpkin streusel essentially is, is a yellow cake mixed with a can of pumpkin, layered between a streusel mixture, and while you can make it in a regular cake pan, I recommend using a bundt pan because it makes it easier to layer.

The recipe is broken up into the cake and the streusel, so I'll give the measurements for each and break down the steps.

Streusel ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup softened butter/margarine

  • (optional) chopped walnuts

Streusel instructions:

  • Combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl

  • Mix in the butter and add in walnuts, if you're using them

  • Set aside

Cake ingredients:

  • 1 package of yellow cake mix

  • 1 can (15. oz) solid pack pumpkin

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • (optional) chopped walnuts

  • (after baking) powdered sugar

Cake instructions:

  • Mix the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, butter, and walnuts together until well-blended and fluffy

Baking instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

  • Grease whatever pan you're using (butter and flour, baking spray, etc.)

  • In the cake pan/bundt pan/cupcake tin, sprinkle some the streusel mixture along the bottom in a thin layer, then add a layer of cake mix. Continue until both the cake mixture and the streusel mixture are all used up. If you have a disproportionate amount of either towards the end, you can mix the batter and streusel together for the final layer

  • Bake for 45+ minutes, until toothpicks inserted come out clean

  • Let the cake cool for 15+ minutes before inverting onto a wire rack, plate, whatever

  • Cool completely and dust with powdered sugar

And that's it! This recipe sounds more complicated than it really is, plus it's super tasty with some vanilla ice cream.

I hope you enjoy this recipe (if you try it) and have a safe and happy holiday!

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