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Easy Dump Cake Dessert for Thanksgiving and Christmas

Valerie is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing and enjoys cooking, medical topics, flash fiction, fashion, culture, and politics.

A slice of delicious peach dump cake.

A slice of delicious peach dump cake.

Dump Cake: So Easy and So Good!

My mother gave me this recipe a few years back. I have put my own twist on it over the years. You can do the same. It is very easy to make and delicious! It kind of reminds you of a cobbler, except without all the work of making a cobbler. Now it's called a "dump" cake because, essentially, you dump everything into the pan.

Well, here goes, and I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 box of yellow/butter cake mix
  • 2 cans of apple pie filling
  • 2 cans of sliced peaches in heavy syrup
  • Nutmeg or cinnamon
  • Margarine or butter

Instructions

  1. Empty peaches and pie filling into a rectangular baking pan.
  2. Sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon, whichever you prefer.
  3. Mix it together to make sure the spice is spread into your mixture.
  4. Dump the box of cake mix on top of the mixture.
  5. Using a spoon or knife, level the cake mix so that it is nice and flat.
  6. Cut pats of butter or margarine and arrange them all over the pan. This will be your crust, so you can place each pat about half an inch apart from each other.
  7. Put in the oven at 350ºF and cook for about 1 to 1.5 hours (until crust is hard to the touch, not mushy).
  8. Take out, allow to cool slightly, and enjoy! You can eat it plain, with ice cream, or with whipped cream!

Variations

  • You can use white cake mix instead of yellow if you prefer.
  • Mix it up! Use cherry and apple pie filling or peach and cherry pie filling.
  • My mother uses all peaches or all apples.
  • Add nuts, coconut, or raisins if you desire.

Step-by-Step Photo Instructions

Get all your cans open and ready to dump.

Get all your cans open and ready to dump.

"Dump" all fruits into a large baking pan and mix together.

"Dump" all fruits into a large baking pan and mix together.

Add nutmeg (or cinnamon) to your fruit.

Add nutmeg (or cinnamon) to your fruit.

Stir the nutmeg into the fruit mixture.

Stir the nutmeg into the fruit mixture.

"Dump" the cake mix into the pan.

"Dump" the cake mix into the pan.

The cake mix will look like this on top.

The cake mix will look like this on top.

Using the back of a spoon or a spatula, level the cake mix.

Using the back of a spoon or a spatula, level the cake mix.

Add your pats of butter or margarine.

Add your pats of butter or margarine.

The butter/margarine should look like this when you're done.

The butter/margarine should look like this when you're done.

Bake the cake, and then—voila! Dump cake!

Bake the cake, and then—voila! Dump cake!

Yummy! The Crust Is the Best!

The crust is the best part. You should let it cool for about ten or fifteen minutes before eating to allow it to set some. Add ice cream or whipped cream for a final touch! Eat it any way you want; I prefer mine cold, but others in my family like it slightly warmed.

Dump Cake Heaven

Dump cakes are quick, easy to make, and great for any occasion. You'll find that they are great for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years—but also for other occasions like office potlucks, church functions, after-school treats for the kids, and even late-night treats for adults!

Have fun making your dump cake, and please tell me how you liked it and if you put any variations to it! Enjoy!

Please Comment and Share!

Trish on December 13, 2019:

OMG i have been making this since my Mother gave me this recipe years and years ago. When we did not know there was a name for this Dump Cake and so very easy. I have made different variations over the years, but our favorite always seems to be the Apple Pie Filling and during the holidays, i sometimes do Apple and Cherry Pie Filling for that bit of red color. I have also added a cream cheese mixture, since we love cheese, almost comes out like a cobbler with a cheesecake filling and i do use butter, but not as much as you do and still comes out delicious. I sometimes add crushed nuts and crazens or cranberry's and oh boy it is delicious.I add cinnamon and a little bit of nutmeg, and i sometimes add vanilla extract into my mixture. I love dump cakes, easy, but the end result is just so very good. I also do make the apples and peaches and it is good, but another dump cake that is very good is the peaches and strawberry filling with the cream cheese mixture, it is heavenly. And use the yellow Cake Mix for all, seems to have more texture with yellow versus white.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 11, 2014:

@ stayingalivemoma,

I will definitely let you know how this goes. Thanks so much.

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on September 10, 2014:

@Kenneth Thanks so much for the heartfelt comments. I love when people are touched by my writing! It means a great deal to me. Please, try this recipe and let me know how it turns out! - Valerie "Stayingalivemoma"

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on September 07, 2014:

stayingalivemoma,

Great read. Super work. But now I am starving. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

I loved every word. Graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and I found it very interesting.

Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

You have such a gift for writing. Keep the wonderful hubs coming.

Sincerely,

Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

Dee aka Nonna on September 04, 2012:

I cannot believe how good this looks. I am going to make this for my next book club meeting. It is my turn to bring dessert. Thank you for sharing this.

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on September 04, 2012:

Hey there Movie Master! Thanks for commenting. Yes, this is a very easy recipe and there are so many ways you can change it up. Missolive has a great dump cake recipe on here as well!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 04, 2012:

I love the name! this looks and sounds so easy - my kind of pudding!

Loved all the photos and instructions, thank you and voted up!

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 30, 2011:

Lol... I think you could use a smaller portion of butter. I use margarine instead of butter and it comes out fine. Sorry, cardisa, I'm not the health nut when it comes to food! Especially desserts!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on November 30, 2011:

Momma girl, I was giggling at the title and am still giggling. This is quite easy, I have one problem, the butter. Is there a substitute or can I use less! What if I make my own crust?

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 30, 2011:

OMG, Rachelle! You have to make this! It'll all be gone in one day!

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on November 29, 2011:

I had never heard of dump cake before, bit it sounds scrumptious! I might have to try this one, if I do, I'll let you know how it turns out.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 14, 2011:

Thanks Victoria!! It's so easy to make, a child could help you with it. It's fun for kids too!! Let me know how your turn out!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 13, 2011:

Wonderful and easy. Tasty, too, I'm sure. Going to bookmark this one!

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 13, 2011:

Thanks Quill. It is very easy to make. From start to the oven in about 10 minutes!! Good luck!! Let me know how it turns out!

"Quill Again" on November 13, 2011:

This is one I will need to try... being retired I have discovered baking... smiles

Thanks for the follow and looking forward to reading on.

Blessings

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on November 07, 2011:

I know! It's great for those times you want something sweet but fast. Great for thanksgiving and Christmas too!

Tracy Lynn Conway from Virginia, USA on November 07, 2011:

I have never heard of dump cake before. I love anything simple that also tastes great. Great instructional hub, voted up.

betterstuff from Australia on October 29, 2011:

oh yummy thanks for sharing

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AlmostLola on October 25, 2011:

sounds amazing and easy! thanks for sharing!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on October 25, 2011:

I love EASY! I've never had this with apple and peach. An aunt made her "dump cake" for church suppers and club luncheons using cherry pie filling and white cake mix. We could never decide if it was better with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, so we **had** to keep tasting. That was our story and we stuck to it! ;D

Sojourner McConnell from Winchester Kentucky on October 24, 2011:

This looks so simple and so delicious. I was looking for a recipe that would be different and easy, and I believe I have found it. Thanks for sharing this!

Valerie Washington (author) from Tempe, Arizona on October 24, 2011:

Thanks ladies! I had to make it in order to snap the pics and everyone is enjoying it--it's almost gone!!

Carlon Michelle from USA on October 24, 2011:

This is one of my favorite cobblers. A friend taught me this years ago but it's wonderful to see it with the pictures. Helps with the children see how to make it. Thanks for sharing. I forgot about this wonderful desert and now I will have to make it. Smile!

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on October 24, 2011:

This is WONDERFUL and sooooo easy! Just yesterday my mom and I were talking about dumpcakes! Awesome! Thank you for sharing.

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