Don’t be fooled by the name–dump cakes are one of the simplest desserts to pull together (you can probably do with your eyes closed)! They are usually made up with a dry cake mix and sometimes a type of fruit filling. In fact, many recipes require five or less ingredients. This is a great dessert to bring along to parties or potlucks because they are baked in larger quantities and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. You’ll impress your friends when you tell them how you made it!
The name says it all– dump cakes are normally prepared by dumping the ingredients into the pan, stirring and baking it in the oven. This type of dessert is great if you are tight on time or if you to have to bake something last minute. Try out these recipes for any last minute baking requests!
1. Cherry Crunch Dump Cake
This is the perfect dessert to make when time is running tight. And this dish is dishwasher-friendly, there aren’t even any mixing bowls, measuring cups, spatulas or whisks needed!
In a pan, crushed pineapple and cherry pie filling are combined. Dry yellow cake mix is sprinkled over the top along with chopped pecans. Cubed butter is placed on top to help form a nice golden brown crust. It’s comfort food in a pan. Here’s the recipe.
2. Pumpkin Dump Cake
You will satisfy your pumpkin spice craving with this dessert. This pumpkin dump cake is filled with classic fall spices like cinnamon, ginger and cloves and is a great dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Serve with whipped cream. Here’s the recipe.
3. Salted Caramel-Chocolate Dump Cake
If you have a chocolate and salt addiction, this cake is for you. It’s rich, decadent and has a nice crunch from the briny sea salt. It starts off by mixing together chocolate pudding mix, milk and devil’s food cake mix.
4. Banana Bread Dump Cake
Banana bread is one of my favorite things to make. It’s simple and a great snack for any time of the day. It’s also the best way to use up all those bananas that have become too ripe. Well, this recipe is a nice change from typical banana bread. Sliced bananas, white chocolate chips (you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips too) and evaporated milk are layered in a pan then dry banana quick bread mix is sprinkled over the top along with melted butter.
The dump cake recipe also mentions that yellow cake mix will also work for this dump cake if you cannot find banana quick bread mix.
5. Texas Cobbler
Even though this dessert is called Texas Cobbler, it is still prepared just like a dump cake. Blueberry, cherry pie fillings and crushed pineapple are mixed together in a baking dish and topped with sliced almonds and shredded coconut.
Yellow cake mix and melted butter are poured on top to complete this sweet and fruity dessert. This is the perfect dump cake to bring along to a potluck dinner or even a weekend party. Here is the recipe.
6. Apple, Cranberry, and Pear Dump Cake
This dump cake combines canned pears, apple pie filling, dried cranberries, yellow cake mix and butter for a perfect fall and winter dessert. It comes out of the oven aromatic and ready to be devoured. Drizzle warm caramel sauce on top for extra sweetness. Here’s the recipe.
7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Dump Cake
If you’re like me and absolutely love the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, then you have to make this cake! The first layer is a mixture of chocolate cake mix, chocolate pudding and milk, then peanut butter cups are folded in and the batter is spread out in a pan. The second layer is a mixture of cream cheese, peanut butter, powdered sugar and cream and is spread on top of the chocolate cake batter.
For the final layer, the second box of cake mix is sprinkled over the top along with melted butter. This dump cake requires a few extra steps, but it is so worth it! Find the recipe here.
8. Peach Cobbler Dump Cake
Peaches are one of my favorite fruits, but sadly they’re usually in season during the warmer months. This peach cobbler dump cake is the perfect dessert to make during any time of the year because it uses canned sliced peaches, which are sweet and juicy.
The peaches are put in a pan and sprinkled with brown sugar, cinnamon, yellow cake mix and sliced almonds. Here’s the recipe.
9. Lemon Blueberry Dump Cake
For this dessert fresh blueberries are used instead of a pre-made pie filling. Blueberries (frozen would work too), evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest are mixed well in a pan.
10. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dump Cake
This pumpkin chocolate chip dump cake is like fall in a pan! Pumpkin purée, evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and pumpkin pie spice are combined and poured into a pan. Top this with yellow cake mix, melted butter, chocolate chips, pecans and graham cracker crumbs. Delicious! Here’s the recipe.