Lazy bakers unite! While I love to make easy dessert recipes to share with friends and family, making baked desserts leaves me sweaty. Baking requires science and science is hard. These are the best dump cake recipes that are ridiculously easy to make.
They're full of buttery cake flavor, many feature a fruity filling and they are always a crowd-pleaser.
Quick dump cake recipes are the perfect dessert for lazy people to make.
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Dump Cake Recipes You Won't Want to Share
Open, dump, bake.
Dump Cake is the only dessert you ever really need to make! While they might not be the prettiest dessert you can make, they are ridiculously tasty and crazy easy to put together.
The basic idea is that with just a few ingredients, that you dump into a pan (or in some cases crockpot), you can create a delicious dessert that is great for a crowd.
No baking skills are required to make a recipe for dump cake. Amazing, right?
What is Dump Cake
Typically, a dump cake is a layer of fruit (usually canned or pie filling), topped with dry cake mix and topped with melted butter. No stirring needed. The magic that happens in the oven as it bakes is unexplainable. The juices and cake mix, mixed with all that buttery goodness, is what life is all about.
And because of all the flavor combinations, this dessert idea is perfect for all types of parties and holidays. The dump cake variations listed above show just how creative you can be with this simple dessert idea.
No matter which way you make them, they are full of decadent flavor and fun to share with the people you love.
Have I mentioned how easy dump cakes are to make?
What a Dump Cake Is Not
I am a dump cake purist. And by that, I mean that this recipe is intended to be literally the most simple dessert possible that tastes amazing. Of course, there are ways to elevate it and make it more legit, but I if I'm looking for something super easy to make, I'm not about to start adding in more steps.
You can make a more fancy, gourmet-adjacent dump cake like this version. But if you're going to go to that much trouble, might as well make a legit cake.
The Best Dump Cake Recipes to Try Now
Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake – This is the original, the best dump cake recipe ever created. It's also one of my most popular recipes! I love the tang from the canned cherry pie filling and how the butter and cake mix combine to make a decadent but super simple dessert.
Crock Pot Apple Cherry Dump Cake – Making a dump cake in a crock pot makes keeps things easy and means that your house won't heat up from the oven. This yummy flavor combo is quickly becoming a favorite!
Strawberry Shortcake Dump Cake – I love Strawberry Short Cake so I decided it should be made into a dump cake! This one does require a little mixing (water with the angel food cake mix) but it's worth it.
Strawberry Pineapple Dump Cake – This yummy recipe was a new combination for me. I know that the pineapple is a classic flavor, but I'm quickly falling in love with how the strawberry mixes with it to create a sweet bite of fruity goodness.
Peach Blueberry Dump Cake – I've never met a peach dessert I didn't love and this tasty dump cake is at the top of my list. I love this flavor combination for serving at brunch!
Pineapple Dump Cake with Condensed Milk – You would think that with the pineapple and coconut that this Pineapple Dump Cake would taste tropical, but it totally doesn't! This crust is extra special with the addition of condensed milk!
Chocolate Caramel Dump Cake with Candy Bars and Pretzels – I made this one for Halloween but the flavors are too good and should be made all year round! Just skip the creepy candy eyeballs. This was my first time making a chocolate dump cake and I'm into it.
Pumpkin Dump Cake – It is hard to find a legit dump cake with pumpkin that doesn't require eggs and stirring! But this one keeps it easy but is full of seasonal flavor!
Sweet Potato Dump Cake – I took one of my favorite side dish recipes of my moms and turned it into a dump cake. Do not skip the caramel. It sweetens it up in the most perfect way possible.
Eggnog Dump Cake – This Eggnog Dump Cake is sure to be a new Christmas tradition. The texture is custardy and the flavor is unmistakable. It's quick and easy to make and perfect for all your holiday parties.
Angel Food Pineapple 2 Ingredient Dump Cake – This simple cake idea (that also is considered a Weight Watchers dessert!) is a great sweet treat when you want something ridiculously easy. This one is begging for fresh fruit though!
Gluten-Free Blueberry Dump Cake – This yummy dump cake with blueberries is perfect for your gluten-free friends! With an almond flour-based boxed cake mix, this dessert tastes a little different from the classic but is equally satisfying.
Microwave Dump Cake – You can make dump cake in the microwave! How cool is that! It's the same classic dump cake flavors, cherry and pineapple, but is made in just minutes in the microwave.
Dump Cake Cupcakes – These Dump Cake Cupcakes are a great individual-sized dessert! Make these next time you are having a picnic or want to take your dessert to go!
Dump Cake Ingredients
Boxed Cake Mix
To keep them as easy as possible, they should use a boxed cake mix if at all possible. Of course, you can make a cake mix from scratch, but that is just adding on more steps than there needs to be.
Yellow, white, chocolate, spice and even angel food cake mixes work super well to create a vast number of flavor combinations! Yellow is my go-to mix when making this treat. It gives the most buttery, vanilla flavor in my opinion.
Canned Fruit and Pie Filling
In my opinion, the best dump cake recipes use canned fruit and pie fillings! Crushed pineapple is one of the most common ingredients because of the moisture you get from the juice.
These fruity flavors make creating this dessert super easy and fun to play around with.
You can make dump cake with fresh fruit, but you will need to add in sugar to bring out the sweetness and you'll also then have to prepare the fruit (extra work). You can also use frozen fruit, and while they sometimes already have sugar added, I still find the flavor to be a little blah.
While I typically prefer the canned, you can also do a combo of canned and fresh to bring out different textures in the fruit.
Butter is one of the reasons this sweet treat is so tasty. The melted butter combined with the fruit juices and dry cake mix creates the most amazing crust-like topping! I've heard of using soda and other things to finish of the dump cake, but I'm a butter gal. All the way.
Recipes specify varying amounts of butter, but in my opinion, you can't go wrong with 2 sticks (1 cup butter).
Since you aren't mixing the ingredients, you want to make sure that you have plenty of melted butter to wet the dry cake mix. It's near impossible to not end up with a little dry mix left after baking, but in no way does this ruin the dessert.
This is not a healthy dessert. So you might as well make it as delicious as possible!
You can change up a simple recipe for dump cake by adding on toppings. Sweetened condensed milk mixes with the butter and cake mix to make the crust even more crusty. Any kind of chopped nut is awesome because it adds a delicious crunch to an otherwise smooshy bite.
Yes, that's absolutely a legit cooking term.
Coconut is a delicious way to add a different texture to the dessert. I've also used pretzels. There are probably an infinite amount of dump cake ideas on this planet. And I freaking love that.
There really is no wrong way to make a dump cake. That's my favorite kind of recipe!
There really aren't too many specialty tools required for making dump cakes. And I prefer to make them right in their baking dish to keep from having to wash any bowls. (The exception is when using Angel Food Cake Mix. You have to mix that with water first).
And that's really it! If you're taking a dump cake to a party, I love to make them in a baking dish that has a cover which makes transporting it really easy.
How to Serve Dump Cakes
Dump cake recipes can be served hot or cold. But I prefer them at room temperature. For hot dump cakes, you can serve them with a flavorful vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of heavy cream. Cold dump cakes can be served with a fluffy mountain of whipped cream. And room-temperature dump cake can be served however you want.
It also depends on when you'll be eating the dump cake. I prefer breakfast dump cake to be served cold. Yes. I eat dump cake for breakfast.
There's no wrong way to eat a dump cake. Don't judge me.
Can Dump Cake Be Made Ahead?
Yes! Dump Cakes can be made ahead of time. Unless you want this to be warm for your guests, you can make it ahead and store it at room temperature until ready to eat (if that day). Depending on what type of dish you've made it in, you might be able to reheat it in the microwave just before serving if desired.
You could also probably reheat it in the oven although I haven't tried it.
I love that it can be made ahead of time so that you don't have to have the oven on, heating up the house, when you have guests over! But it's also so easy that you could whip this together, once your guests have arrived, to serve after dinner.
I really do love for people to see this being made and then tasting it when it's done. They usually can't believe how delicious it is.
Can Dump Cake Sit Out
Dump cakes are fine to sit out (loosely covered once cooled) until you are ready to serve them. I'll be honest, I have left a dump cake out for a few days and it's been just fine. And I'm not dead so… proof.
How to Store Dump Cake
If you aren't going to serve it until the next day, I would store it, covered, in the refrigerator. It will keep for several days in the fridge. But it probably won't be around that long. It's a pretty hearty cake so if you don't want it cold, you can leave it out on the counter to come up to room temperature.
Can Dump Cake Be Frozen
I'm pretty sure you can freeze dump cake. But I have never done it myself. I've never had a reason to try. I would think that you would want to make sure to wrap it well to keep out freezer burn. And to thaw, I would leave overnight in the fridge. But it's seriously so easy to make, I don't know why you would want to freeze it.
More Easy Desserts to Try
- This nostalgic Strawberry, Jello and Angel Food Cake Dessert is one of my most popular recipes!
- If you've never made Wine Cake, you need to! It's moist and full of delicious warm spices like nutmeg!
- A Frozen Peanut Butter Pie should be on everyone's go-to list for easy and addicting desserts!
Pin These Dump Cake Ideas for Later
As a self-professed lazy person, I look for simple recipes that can be made quickly. These super easy dump cake recipes are ridiculously delicious and get me in and out of the kitchen in just a few minutes.