How to Make a Dump Cake
The most popular cake on the internet is even easier to make than a mix. Here's how to make dump cake, with a step-by-step recipe and plenty of ideas for variations.
Have you ever made a dump cake? In spite of its silly name, this quick dessert has become an internet darling—and for good reason. It’s delicious, fast and super easy to make. (Its lesser-used name is “lazy cake.”)
Like most easy dessert recipes, it calls for only a handful of ingredients and minimal prep work.
What Is Dump Cake?
It’s super simple: dump fruit or pie filling into a cake pan, dump boxed cake mix on top and bake. No stirring required!
The result is a buttery dessert similar to a cobbler—except cobblers call for biscuit or pie crust topping, while dump cake has a light cakey topping.
Thanks to the easy-breezy method, dump cakes are ideal for baking with children, novice bakers or fulfilling a cake craving at the last minute. Plus, the basic formula is endlessly adaptable, as proven in these viral TikTok dump cake recipes.
How to Make a Dump Cake
The most popular dump cake recipe is a pineapple cherry cake. The recipe is super flexible and easy to vary: we share additional ideas below.
- 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
- 1 can (21 ounces) cherry or blueberry pie filling
- 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
Step 1: Set up
Gather your ingredients. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 13-x-9-in. baking dish.
Step 2: Add the fruit
Sprinkle the crushed pineapple across the bottom of the pan.
Step 3: Add a layer of pie filling
Spread a layer of pie filling over the fruit. Aim for a fairly even distribution, so the cake will bake evenly.
Step 4: Top with cake mix
Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the fruit. (This might feel weird and look all wrong. You might worry that it’s not going to bake. It will!)
Step 5: Drizzle with butter
Pour the melted butter over the top.
Step 5: Give it a shake
OK, technically, this step is like stirring, but it’s so easy and doesn’t dirty a spoon. Just give the pan a quick shake so the butter hunkers down deeper into the cake mix.
Editor’s Tip: Sprinkle chopped or sliced nuts over the cake batter for added flavor and texture. Shredded or flaked coconut would be tasty, too.
Step 6: Bake
Bake until the top of the cake is golden brown, about 50 to 60 minutes. Serve hot or cold, plain or dressed up with ice cream or whipped cream.
Dump Cake Variations
The only thing easier than making dump cake? Inventing a new flavor! Here are a few ways to adapt this basic recipe.
Peach Dump Cake
A slight variation on the method above, peach cobbler dump cake starts with canned peaches, dials up the flavor with a dash of brown sugar and cinnamon, and finishes with an almond topping. The result is a good example of a slightly more involved approach to dump cake (that’s still easy peasy). Looking for more dump cake recipes? Here learn how to make banana pudding dump cake.
Apple Dump Cake
Craving apple pie but not feeling up to making pie crust? Satisfy the craving with this apple dump cake made with canned apple pie filling and a cinnamon-sugar sprinkle. Or, make things a bit more elaborate and make cherry dump cake and caramel apple dump cake.
Blueberry Dump Cake
For one final idea, try a blueberry dump cake. Using blueberry pie filling, almond extract and yellow cake mix, this easy dump cake tastes great any time of year.