Cherry Peach Dump Cake

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Cherry Peach Dump Cake: an easy peach cobbler with cherry pie filling!

Dump cakes are, quite possibly, the easiest potluck recipe ever, which means you need this recipe in your life. Who doesn’t love easy recipes?

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I discovered dump cakes a few years ago by accident. I think I was googling “what to use canned pie filling in” and a recipe for dump cake filled my screen. I was amazed, awed, and drooling within a matter of seconds.

As I’ve mentioned, summer is busy. It’s also (usually) full of parties: backyard BBQs, swim parties, 4th of July potlucks, you name it. I always struggle with what to bring to a potluck. You can’t really bring a cake; if it’s too hot the frosting will melt. Pies are hard to serve. Anything with chocolate is just going to melt. And you know that the someone is going to stop by Safeway on their way and get chocolate chip cookies so you don’t really want to bring those.

A dump cake is the solution to this problem. They’re easy, fast, and they feed a lot of people.

Did I mention this recipe has only 5 ingredients? And you don’t even need to dirty a bowl or a mixer (or even a spoon)?

This recipe is winning at life on so many levels.

Ingredients in Dump Cake

The main ingredients in a dump cake are:

  • Canned pie filling and/or fruit
  • Cake mix
  • Butter

That’s what I love so much about dump cakes: you can just go through your cabinet to make your favorite flavor. You probably don’t even need to shop – everyone has canned fruit and pie filling in their pantry. My “cantry” is filled with all sorts of canned goods that could make an entire meal!

Plus, if you’re like me, you tend to not rotate your canned goods. Better make a dump cake before that can of peaches expires!

How to make a Cherry Peach Dump Cake

How to make Peach Dump Cake with Cherries

Simply dump the fruit into an oven proof dish. I used a casserole dish, but you can also use a 9×13″ pan. (And hey, I’ve even used a crock pot.) I also added chopped pecans (nuts are the optional 5th ingredient, but they add great texture).

How to make a Cherry Peach Dump Cake

You can use ANY fruit you have in your pantry. Just pick two or three flavors that you think will go good together.

How to make a Cherry Peach Dump Cake

Sprinkle a cake mix over the top (the mix, don’t make the batter). Then cube up some butter and sprinkle that over the top.

TIP: freeze your butter for 30 minutes, then grate it instead of cubing it. It makes it cover the cake mix more evenly.

Grate your butter for even coverage!

PRO TIP
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Magic of Dump Cake

Dump cake got it’s name because you basically just dump all the ingredients in the pan. The magic happens in the oven.

The butter melts and the cake mix becomes almost like a crunchy cobbler or crumble on the top. It’s a mix between the two. The fruit cooks and gets gooey and if I’m not careful I’ll eat the entire crust out of the pan with a fork.

But it’s much more fun to serve this dump cake warm ala mode.

These cakes serve at least 8-10 people, making it the perfect party dessert. With less than 10 minutes of active time (more like 5) and only 5 ingredients, almost all of which can be purchased for under $1 each, this recipe is a total win.

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Cherry Peach Dump Cake

An easy cake for a party! Dump in some canned fruit and pie filling and top with a cake mix. Super easy and it feeds a crowd!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 21 ounce can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 15 ounce can sliced peaches in juice or light syrup, drained (you can also use frozen thawed peaches)
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts , optional
  • 1 approx 15 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2.8L casserole dish or 9×13” pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the cherry pie filling in the bottom of the dish. Drain the peaches and pour them on top of the cherries. Sprinkle the nuts over the fruit. Open the cake mix and sprinkle the power evenly over the top.
  • Slice butter into small pieces and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake mix. Make sure to make it even so that it all melts into the cake mix.
  • Alternately, freeze the butter for 30 minutes, then grate it and spread it evenly over the cake mix.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes or until the fruit starts to bubble up around the edges and the edges start to turn golden. I baked mine in a casserole dish that was deeper than a 9×13” pan so it took 40 minutes. Different pans will have different baking times, so start checking after 30 minutes.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Store covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, cherry, peach

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This post was originally sponsored by Albertson’s, back in 2015. It has been updated.

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Cherry Peach Dump Cake is a 4 ingredient cobbler recipe with cake mix, peaches, and cherry pie filling. This easy recipe is perfect for summer potlucks – it’s dessert for a crowd!

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  1. I love blueberry pie filling mixed with a 20 ounce can of undrained crushed pineapple. Blackberry pie filling mixed with peaches or pineapple is very good too. I have also used fruit cocktail mixed with cherry pie filling too. Try apple pie filling but use a spice cake mix, for a little extra fruit add some applesauce. 

  2. My mom’s version called for mini marshmallows sprinkled on top of the butter. It is also good with fresh rhubarb!

  3. Can you believe I have NEVER had a dump cake?!
    I KNOW. I suck at all things being in the know about food blogging.
    BUT, it sounds fun to make and I am definitely okay eating it! SO, I am all for this cherrylicious goodness. Pinned!

  4. I have never heard of this kind of cake, but I like cake spy’s sense of humor!  This looks like everything you would want Ina dessert, and colorful, too!  I can’t wait to try it, and glad that it seems so easy!

  5. This dump cake looks so amazing and will be perfect for family events I can never seem to find time to bake for. I love the fact you can switch out the fruit and have any flavor.

  6. Dump cakes are the best! So easy and sooo good! Cherry and peach are a match made in heaven!