You know, you'd think I'd be better at weeding out loser pumpkin recipes than I am. This one for instance. I knew it wouldn't be very sweet with only 3/4 cup of mixed sugars to a 29 oz can of pumpkin; but, for some reason, I thought the brandy and molasses might make up for it. Also, I don't really get dump cakes in general, how hard is it to mix up a cake mix? - this is much more complicated. You don't really dump anything. But I just loved the idea of baking in a crock pot and coming home to a house that smelled wonderful and dessert already made. And who could resist this? "This crockpot pumpkin dump cake looks and tastes similar to pumpkin cheesecake with less work!" I don't know what white substance she's been inhaling, but it's not cheesecake.
Neither the Hub nor I were impressed with the cake, and we tried it both warm and cold and then dumped the rest in the trash. It was simply not worth the calories. A regular pumpkin dump cake, baked in a 9 x 13-inch pan uses a 15oz can of pumpkin, so that may or may not be a mistake. The pumpkin to cake ratio seemed way off. Anyway save yourself some grief and make a magic pumpkin buckle instead. Same idea, much better results.