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Pumpkin Dessert and Kids in the Kitchen with Danielle Herberg

mom and daughter by a truck with pumpkins around it

Mid-October is the perfect time for a new pumpkin dessert recipe.

On this week’s Funeral Potatoes & Wool Mittens podcast episode, Danielle Herberg and her 7-year-old daughter, Carly, join me from their home in Browns Valley, Minnesota. 

Danielle talks about who influenced her love of baking, what happened when she and her daycare kids experimented growing seeds from a tomato, and she pulls out some of her favorite recipes from her go-to community cookbook and her grandma Ileta’s recipe box. 

Plus, she gives the local scoop on a coffee shop in Wilmot, South Dakota, and the Pub in Beardsley, Minnesota where they’re cooking up great burgers, and the restaurant and bakery in Sisseton South Dakota where her mom, Connie works. 

And our special guest, Carly, pops in to tell us what her favorite part of baking is, what breakfast item they only make homemade, and what books she likes to read.

Here’s the apple peeler and corer that Carly tells us about.

Listen to Danielle’s Podcast Episode

Listen to Funeral Potatoes & Wool Mittens season 2 episode 3 on your favorite podcast app or using the link below.

Recipes from Danielle

Danielle and I talk about quite a few recipes in this episode. Many of them are from the community cookbook, Cooking with Coteau.

community cookbook

The recipe I made already is the pumpkin dessert (see the recipe at the end of this post). It’s like pumpkin pie—only better. The bar-like base from the yellow cake mix is a great combo with pumpkin. I’m not a huge fan of pie crust so this is a nice change.

Equally important is the buttery flaky cinnamon topping.

It would certainly serve more people than a 9-inch pie does. Because this pumpkin dessert is baked in a 9×13 pan, you could probably get 24 small servings from it.

piece of pumpkin dessert on a plate with forks

Here’s the two chicken recipes—easy chicken pot pie with biscuits, and creamed chicken on a biscuit.

easy chicken pot pie with biscuits recipe
creamed chicken on a biscuit recipe

This is the s’mores recipe Danielle said people like so much and ask her to bring. It disappears quickly, so people need to get to the party early. They also ask her why she only brings one pan.

s'mores recipe

For the most important meal of the day, Danielle gave us a breakfast-stuffed French toast recipe.

breakfast stuffed French toast recipe

And, surprise! We are so lucky because Danielle is sharing her Grandma Ileta Herberg’s recipe for quickie stickie buns. Thank you!

quickie stickie buns recipe

Coffee, Burgers, and Museums in this Episode

The Grind Coffee + Cafe, Wilmot, SD

Big G’s Pub & Grub, Beardsley, MN

Rosalie’s Restaurant, Bakery and Lounge, Sisseton, SD

Kirby Science Discovery Center at Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, SD

Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Brookings, SD

More Pumpkin Dessert

If you’re looking for more pumpkin desserts, try these:

Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Cake with Maple Buttercream

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies and KAHLÚA and Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Butterscotch Coffee Cake and Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Sweet wishes,


Pumpkin Dessert

Staci at Random Sweets
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 214 kcal


  • 1 9×13 baking pan



  • 2 cups dry yellow cake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (4 Tablespoons), softened, original recipe uses margarine


  • 3 cups pumpkin puree, 2 (15 oz. each) cans or 1 (30 oz.) can
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup evaporated milk (use a 5-ounce can plus a splash of milk to equal ⅔ cup), original recipe uses milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  • 1 cup dry yellow cake mix
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened, original recipe uses margarin



  • Heat oven to 350℉. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  • With an electric hand mixer, beat crust ingredients until combined. Press into greased pan.


  • Mix the filling ingredients with an electric mixer or whisk. Pour over crust.


  • With an electric mixer, mix topping ingredients and sprinkle on top of pumpkin filling.
  • Bake at 350℉ for 45-50 minutes.


15.25 ounce package of Duncan Hines cake mix = 3 cups
Recipe adapted from a recipe submitted by CDP Kitchen to Cooking with Coteau, Coteau des Prairies Hospital & Clinic Cookbook, Sisseton, South Dakota


Calories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 250mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 4990IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cake mix, pumpkin, yellow cake mix

All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets

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