Although the recipe's origin is uncertain, the formula for a dump cake is quite clear: All of the ingredients are "dumped" into a baking pan and placed in the oven. No mixing bowl—or mixing, for that matter—is required. The general recipe consists of canned fruit and cake mix, but you will find fresher and more sophisticated versions. Dump cakes are often confused with cobblers since it's a baked fruit dessert topped with a crust.
To make a dump cake, one or two fruits (fresh, frozen, or canned) are placed in the bottom of a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Dry cake mix is sprinkled over the fruit layer, and melted butter is drizzled on top. Several dump cake recipes call for chopped nuts, and sometimes coconut is added as well. (Neither of which need to be toasted as they will get toasted while the dump cake is baking.) After all the ingredients are in the pan, it is baked for 45 minutes to an hour.
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A quintessential dump cake, this recipe calls for canned pears and yellow cake mix, although the little bit of ground ginger or nutmeg does add an extra level of flavor. The fruit along with the syrup is poured into the baking dish, sprinkled with cake mix, drizzled with melted butter, and a pinch of spice is added. Serve warm with whipped cream.
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Canned cherry pie filling, angel food cake mix, almond extract, and sliced almonds make up this pretty-in-pink dump cake. The almond flavor pairs perfectly with the cherries and angel food cake, but if you only have vanilla extract, that will work just fine. Unlike most dump cakes, the ingredients in this recipe are mixed together in the pan, resulting in more of a cake than a cobbler.
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True to the dump cake technique, this cobbler calls for the fruit to be covered with dry cake mix and melted butter. However, the fruit gets a bit of dressing up in this recipe. Fresh peaches are boiled along with sugar, ginger, and cornstarch before being poured into the baking pan and covered with cake mix. The cobbler is baked until golden and bubbling.
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The holidays can be busy, so a dump cake is ideal when you are pressed for time but want to serve a familiarly flavored dessert. Unlike traditional dump cakes, this recipe does require combining ingredients in a mixing bowl first, including eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, and spices like nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves. The mixture is poured into a pan, covered with cake mix, and topped with toasted pecans.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Tasting like an apple pie but assembled like a cobbler, this apple dump cake may become a new fall favorite. Fresh apples are combined with nuts, sugar, and spices, covered with apple cider, and sprinkled with yellow cake mix and cinnamon. Once the melted butter is added, the dump cake is baked until golden and bubbly.
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We all know that pineapple and cherry are a perfect match (think of holiday hams and upside-down cakes), so it just makes sense to combine the two fruits in a dump cake. Crushed canned pineapple is topped with cherry pie filling and cake mix, pieces of butter are arranged on top, and the cake is sprinkled with chopped nuts if you like. The dump cake is baked until bubbling and then scooped out to serve.
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Fresh blueberries cooked along with sugar, flour, and lemon juice are the base for this easy blueberry cobbler. Once boiled, the mixture is poured into the prepared pan and topped with yellow or white cake mix, pecan pieces, and melted butter. Delicious served warm with vanilla ice cream.
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When rhubarb is in season, this dump cake recipe is a fun way to use the pink-hued produce. The strawberry flavor comes from the gelatin, which is sprinkled over the fruit along with sugar and white cake mix. Water and melted butter are added, but nothing is mixed together; the cake is simply baked as is until set. Perfect with a dollop of whipped topping.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Requiring mixing rather than dumping, and a few more ingredients than a typical dump cake, this peach cake is still super simple to make. Cake mix, oil, eggs, pudding mix, and water are beaten together until smooth and then poured into a baking pan. The drained, sliced peaches are layered on top and covered with sweetened cream cheese. The cake puffs up as it bakes, resulting in a tender and delicious dessert.
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Featuring a vegan-friendly cake mix, such as Duncan Hines, and vegan margarine, this dump cake is dairy free and delicious. Crushed pineapple, fruit pie filling of your choice, and yellow cake mix are layered in a cake pan, topped with the margarine, and sprinkled with nuts and brown sugar if desired. Bake in a round pan and flip over for a traditional presentation.
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The spice in this dump cake comes from the cake mix itself, and when combined with apple pie filling and nuts, makes for a dessert with all of the familiar fall flavors. As with traditional dump cakes, the ingredients are layered in a pan and baked until golden. This recipe, however, features a rich caramel sauce to drizzle on top of the finished cake, making this simple dessert a bit special.
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The slow cooker frees up the oven, making this dump cake an ideal dessert during the heat of the summer as well as holiday time. Frozen peaches are sprinkled with cornstarch, vanilla, brown sugar, cake mix, and cinnamon, drizzled with melted butter, and left to cook for several hours. The result is a cobbler-like dessert that tastes like it took a lot more effort to make.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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The perfect solution for that "uh-oh" moment when you realize you are short a dessert for the holiday table, this dump cake requires only five ingredients and is quick to put together. The apple pie filling and cranberry sauce give it that Christmas feeling, and walnuts add a wonderful nutty flavor and crunchy texture.
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Perhaps one of the simplest desserts to make, this pineapple angel food dump cake calls for only two ingredients: the angel food cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple. Mix the two together, pour into a pan, and bake until golden brown, and it springs back when poked in the middle of the cake.
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Chopped pecans count for the crunch in this simple dump cake recipe that includes crushed pineapples and fresh or frozen blueberries. All of the ingredients are layered in a cake pan and then baked until bubbling. Scoop into bowls and serve with a bit of vanilla ice cream.
- A dump cake can be served hot or cold with or without whipped or ice cream.
- The leftovers can be stored for a couple of days in the refrigerator or can be frozen up to three months. Defrost the frozen dump cake in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds, adding 10 seconds until the desired heat is achieved.