Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dump Cake

I recently discovered dump cake. yum. yum. YUM! I don't know how I've never heard of dump cake! I love to bake and dump cake is so easy! You can literally just dump all the ingredients in the pan and then just bake it!

I've been experimenting with a couple different fruit and cake mixes. For Fourth of July, I used strawberry pie filling and crushed pineapple, sprinkled some strawberry jello mix on top and used a white cake.

I found some cinnamon swirl cake and apple pie filling in my pantry and have been wanting to make an apple-cinnamon dump cake...sort of like apple pie!
I made the cake last night and took it to work today and everyone LOVED it! I didn't even get a piece! I gave out the recipe to a couple people and decided to share it with you all!

I wanted to do cinnamon and apple but as you will see in the recipe, I added pears and peaches! I only had one can of apple pie filling and it didn't cover the bottom of the pan. I didn't feel like running to the store so I used what I had on hand. 

Some of the ingredients are optional - the cake will turn out fine without them. I just added them to experiment a bit and it came out delicious!

You will need:
1 box of cinnamon swirl cake mix
1 can of apple pie filling
1 15 oz. can peaches (do not drain!)
1 15 oz. can pears (I drained the pears about half way)
2 sticks of butter
1 small box vanilla pudding, optional - to taste
Cinnamon, optional - to taste
Brown sugar, optional - to taste

Dump the apple pie filling, pears and peaches into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. I sort of mixed the fruit together while it was in the pan, it saved me from getting another bowl dirty. :) I decided to add a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar on top of the fruit layer. This is totally optional. I also decided to sprinkle some vanilla pudding mix on top of the fruit layer. I didn't use the whole package. I sprinkled it around till I thought it was enough, use as much or as little as you like! Then, you can dump the cake mix on top of the fruit layer. (If you're using cinnamon swirl cake, you might have to use another bowl to mix the cinnamon sugar mixture into the cake mix.) Spread the cake mix around until the fruit layer is totally covered. You will then need to slice the two sticks of butter. Spread the slices on top of the cake mix. 

Preheat the oven to 350*F and bake for an hour. For my first cake, I forgot it was in the oven and it baked longer than an hour. The cake was a bit more crispy but still good. I baked my second cake for exactly an hour and later wished I had baked it a bit longer. Again, it's all up to you!

Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream! :)

Be creative and come up with your own "dump cake"! 
Enjoy! :)

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