1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar (brown or white)
2/3 cup milk (I use evaporated)
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup butter, chilled
1/2 cup sugar (you can also use brown)
3/4 - 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans, optional
whipped cream or ice cream for serving alongside
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Set aside 1 cup of cake mix. Combine remaining cake mix with melted butter and 1 egg and mix until well blended; spread mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
In a large bowl combine pumpkin, white or brown sugar, milk, 3 eggs and pumpkin pie spice; mix well and pour this mixture over cake mix mixture in baking dish.
In a small bowl with a pastry blender, or in a food processor, combine chilled butter and white or brown sugar with reserved cake mix until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle chopped pecans over all. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden. Garnish with whipped cream or ice cream. Makes 16-20 servings.