Almost instant, totally delicious dessert

Awhile back someone gave me a recipe for a really easy dessert that you just dump into a pan in layers. Canned pineapple, canned cherries, a cake mix, and 2 sticks of butter were the main ingredients. Oh, it was good! Problem was, I never had cake mixes or canned cherries just sitting around. And buying all those ingredients just for one dessert was a little pricey. So I made up my own dump cake, one that takes things I do happen to have around most of the time. It is every bit as yummy as the original recipe, but it requires a little less butter and it is much more affordable.

Almost Instant, Totally Delicious Dump Cake

Makes one 9×12 pan
Prep time: 5 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes at 400 degrees

2 quarts of peaches or apricots
2 cups flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 sticks of butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Open both jars of fruit. You’re going to use the liquid from one jar of fruit, and set aside the juice from the other jar for a different purpose, such as tomorrow’s breakfast orange juice. Pour both jars of fruit plus the juice from one of the jars of fruit into a 9×12 casserole dish.

(If you don’t happen to have home-canned fruit, store-bought is fine. You’ll need about 8 cups of drained fruit with about 2 cups of liquid. Any kind of fruit will work: fruit cocktail, apples, peaches, and pineapple all work well.)

In a medium sized bowl mix flour, white sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and baking powder. Sprinkle evenly over all the fruit. Slice 1-1/2 sticks of butter into many little ‘pats’. Arrange them evenly over the top of the flour and sugar mixture. yes, it will seem like a lot of butter, but this is a dessert, remember? And it is yummy, I promise you! Just don’t eat the whole panful yourself and you’ll be fine.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, or until cake is browned with little crispy bits, and little bubbles of juice filling are popped up through the crust here and there. Serve while warm, with ice cream if desired.

This recipe redo really works for me!


  1. Sounds delicious! I would have never been able to figure this version out for myself, so thanks for doing the hard part for me. ‘

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. My grandma used to make a cake like this! I never buy cake mixes, either, and I hate it when recipes call for packaged foods instead of real ingredients. I wonder if you could cut the butter even more by substituting a little apple sauce or something. Of course, as you said, it IS a dessert.

    Thanks for the recipe. We have some recipes on the Green Baby Guide today, too.

  3. Mmmmmmmmmm looks much better than the cax mix dump cake!

  4. Mmmm, homemade from scratch certainly does look and sound better!

    When I worked in a cafeteria, one of the dessert favorites was always Dump Cake. It was also so easy for me to make.
    I guess having cake mix in a big bin and scooping out a couple cups would be less expensive than buying a box mix especially.

    My family’s favorite Thanksgiving dessert begins with a plain yellow cake mix, so I will be shopping in baking products aisle today.
    We cain’t mess with tradition!

  5. Thank you! We can’t make traditional dump cake here because some people in our family are allergic to to corn and food coloring – both of which are in pie filling. So I’m thrilled to have a recipe that just uses canned peaches.

  6. Holy Cow this sounds good : ). I might go look thru my cabinets to see if I can make it : ) I know I have the butter. We always have butter in this house!

  7. I think I’d like this better than using the cake mix, too. Thanks for sharing!

  8. We make it alot at our house. But we just use 1c sugar, 1c flour, 1c milk and pour it over the fruit. We use everything, cherry pie mix, cheeries, peaches, apples, pears, frozen mixed berries. It’s very yummy!

  9. I make something yummy like this too! But, I learned from another pumpkin recipe with “cake mix topping”, that it tastes the same if you just mix the butter in the flour mixture and crumble it instead of taking the time to make all those little pats. Works for Me!