Dump Cakes are called Dump Cakes because the ingredients are literally "dumped" into the baking pan. No mixing or mixing bowl is required. People are so blown away by the taste and texture even though they don't even know that they are made with a cake mix. I've actually had Dump Cake served to me in a restaurant. They called it Gourmet Peach Cobbler. (Ha! They couldn't fool me.) In fact, Dump Cake is often confused with cobblers, because it's a baked fruit dessert topped with a crust.
Typically, Dump Cakes are baked in a greased 9-inch by 13-inch baking pan. One or two different fruits are placed in the bottom of the pan. Dry cake mix is sprinkled over the fruit layer. Melted butter is drizzled over the top of the dry cake mix. Several dump cake recipes call for chopped nuts to be scattered over the top. Sometimes coconut is added as well. Neither of these needs to be lightly toasted. They will get toasted while the dump cake is baking. Some recipes call for the ingredients to be pressed down into the pan. After all the ingredients are in the pan, it is baked from 45 minutes to an hour.
A dump cake can be served hot or cold with or without whipped or ice cream. Most of the time, I prefer my dump cakes served warm with ice cream. Although, there is a slight appeal to the refrigerated texture. The leftover dump cake can be stored for a couple of days in the refrigerator. It can be frozen up to three months. Defrost the frozen dump cake in the refrigerator. Reheat refrigerated dump cake in the microwave for 30 seconds. Keep adding 10 seconds until the desired heat is achieved.
Easy Peach Cobbler
This recipe is just like what that restaurant was calling Gourmet Peach Cobbler.
Pear Dump Cake
This one is made with canned pears and ground ginger.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Tired of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving? Try this Pumpkin Dump Cake. It's awesome and very spicy with lots of spices like nutmeg, ginger and ground cloves.
Apple Dump Cake
Fresh apples are used in this dump cake recipe.
Easy Blueberry Cobbler
Fresh blueberries along with sugar and lemon juice make up this recipe for Easy Blueberry Cobbler.