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Crocktober Recipe: Pumpkin Fun Cake


It’s fall and that can mean only one thing for guest blogger, dad and radio show host, Jeremy Padgett: it’s time to heat up the slow cooker. Try this recipe for cake (yes, cake!) made in a Crock Pot.jeremy-crocktober

As the temperatures get cooler and the autumn colors start blanketing our streets, I get more and more excited to dust off my Crock-Pot and start preparing some warm and tasty fall meals for the family.


Every October I have a fun feature on the Mix Morning Show called “Crocktober.” Every weekday I post some of my most favorite slow cooker recipes that you are then able to download and enjoy.  This month for Colorado Parent I wanted to kick things off with a fun Halloween dessert that I make every October 31st when my wife and I have family over for our spooky festivities.

I hope you enjoy this super simple dessert called Pumpkin Fun Cake!



1 box of yellow cake mix (16 – 18 oz)


1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.9 oz)

1 stick of melted butter

1-½ cups of milk

1 can of plain (unseasoned) pumpkin puree (15 oz)

Parchment paper


1 bottle of Hershey’s caramel sauce

Vanilla ice cream (I recommend Dreyer’s Slow Churned Vanilla Bean)


Take the parchment paper and line the sides and bottom of your slow cooker.

Mix together in a separate bowl the cake mix, canned pumpkin, vanilla pudding, melted butter and milk. Pour mixture from bowl into your slow cooker and smooth it out with a spoon or spatula.


Cooking time can vary depending on the size and wattage of your slow cooker. I find cooking on low for about 3 hours gets the job done. Make sure you don’t over-cook it. If it’s a little moist in the middle – that’s just fine!

Serve in fun Halloween cups with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and a drizzle of caramel syrup.

I’ll be posting my favorite Crocktober recipes at JeremyPadgett.com and on facebook.com/ShutUpJeremy

Jeremy Padgett is a morning radio personality and executive producer for The Mix Morning Show with Dom, Emily, and Jeremy on Denver’s Mix100.3. He’s also never had a cavity. Get in touch with Jeremy on Facebook  and on Twitter at @JeremyOnDaRadio or by commenting below. 

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