What is Dump Cake to You?

So, the wife & I have been having a debate on what is, and isn’t, dump cake. For those who may not know, dump cake is a simplified form of cake that even kids can do. To be fair, I’ll go over both styles, and let you readers be the judge. First there is how I grew up knowing dump cake:

1 Box instant cake mix
1 can acidic fruit
1 can pie filling
1 & 1/2 sticks of butter or margarine, sliced

Basically you toss all the ingredients into a greased cake ban, then bake at 350 degrees F (180 C) for an hour. Then cool, cut, & serve. VERY simple recipe, and a cake even kids can help with! One of my personal favorites is a spice cake mix with apple pie filling & mandarin oranges. Another tasty combo is chocolate with cherries & pineapples. Really, the sky’s the limit when you’re designing combos for this! But, here is where the wife and I have our disagreement. To her, this is not dump cake. Here is her family’s dump cake that SHE grew up with:

1 box chocolate cake mix
2 cans cherry pie filling
2 sticks of butter
sugar to taste

Empty the cherry pie filling into the bottom of a cake pan. From here, sprinkle the cake mix atop the pie filling, then start dropping the butter slices ll over the dry cake mix. Finally, sprinkle some sugar to your liking over the top of everything, then bake at 350 degrees F (180 C) for 30 minutes.

Now, to me, this is a cobbler! It’s not a cake! While the principles are similar, I just don’t see them both being dump cakes. But she swears its dump cake! Ah, well. I know, I know… The arguements, playful or not, that food geeks get into. Until next time, Shalom and Good Cooking!

November 5, 2007. dessert, Personal, recipes.

One Comment

  1. BernieB replied:

    I recall making dump cake as a child much like in the first recipe, but without pie filling. Per my recollection, empty the contents of the canned fruit into a square baking dish, dump the instant cake mix on top (do not mix), scatter the slices of butter over the top, bake in the oven. Probably came out more like a cobbler than a cake, but we never had any leftovers =)

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