Dessert doesn’t get much easier than this Peach Dump Cake recipe. True to its name, you just dump (layer) everything in a baking dish and place it in the oven. In less than an hour, you’ll have an effortless dump cake dessert that will be devoured even faster than it was prepared.
Peach Dump Cake
When it comes to easy desserts, few can rival the simplicity of a dump cake. There’s no piling up dirty dishes and creating chaos in the kitchen. True to its name, a dump cake involves precisely that – you simply “dump” all the ingredients into a baking pan and slide it into the oven. Although I prefer to think of it as a process of layering ingredients and flavors.
Dump cakes can be enjoyed throughout the year, thanks to the magic of canned fruit. In this recipe, I opted for sliced peaches that come conveniently packed in 100 percent juice. When you stroll down the aisles of a grocery store, you’ll come across a variety of canned peaches – some soaked in 100 percent juice, others in light syrup, and a few in heavy syrup. Personally, I prefer using the juice-packed variety because it grants me full control over the sweetness and flavor, rather than relying on syrup.
To prepare this dump cake, all you need to do is open a box of yellow cake mix and generously sprinkle it over the peaches. While it may initially seem unconventional to skip making a batter, be assured this method indeed works its magic. And of course, no dump cake is complete without a generous amount of butter to effortlessly bind all the flavors and ingredients together.
Dump Cake Ingredients
It only takes a few ingredients to get this cake in the oven, and one of the reasons it’s so popular to make. Full recipe can be found at the end of the post.
- Sliced peaches in 100% juice: The main ingredient for the sweet and juicy peach flavor. Make sure to use peaches in 100% juice and not syrup, which makes it too sweet.
- Ground cinnamon: Adds the warm and aromatic notes to complement the peaches. Peaches and cinnamon together are the perfect match.
- Yellow cake mix: Serves as the base for the cake, providing structure and texture.
- Light brown sugar: Enhances the sweetness and caramel-like flavor of the cake.
- Chopped pecans: Adds a delightful crunch and nutty flavor to the cake topping.
- Unsalted butter: Moistens the cake mix and forms a buttery crust on top when combined with other ingredients.
How To Make Dump Cake With Fresh Peaches
What’s great about this dump cake recipe is that it can be made year round with canned peaches. However, if it’s peach season, feel free to use fresh peaches in this recipe.
You will need approximately 6 cups of sliced, fresh peaches.
Depending on how sweet your peaches are, you might consider varying the amount of brown sugar used.
What’s the Difference Between a Dump Cake and a Cobbler?
Although both are baked fruit desserts, there are distinct differences between a cobbler and a dump cake.
In a cobbler, the fruit is topped with a batter or biscuit mixture, which is dropped in small rounds over the fruit, creating a resemblance to a cobbled road.
Dump cakes are effortlessly prepared by layering or “dumping” the ingredients directly into the baking pan, eliminating the need for additional bowls or complicated preparations.
More Peach Recipes, the Epitome of Summer Sweetness
From crumbles to ice cream, peaches add a vibrant twist to any recipe.
- Grilled pound cake, warm peach coulis with a chantilly cream sauce is easier to make than it sounds. It is by far one of the best summer desserts you could serve on warm summer night.
- A classic dessert turned cocktail, this raspberry and fuzzy peach melba will rock your summertime bar.
- Take advantage of the season’s sweetest and ripest fruit with this coconut peach crumble.
- Fresh peach ice cream made with warming cinnamon is truly the best of summer in one dessert.
- Peach margaritas are ready for your next fiesta.
- These tender and juicy grilled pork chops with spicy peach glaze come together quickly for a yummy dinner.
- Take advantage of peach season with this quick and simple dinner of juicy pork chops with a peach-ginger chutney you’re going to love.
- When it comes to adding oatmeal to your smoothie, there is no better flavor combination than a peach cinnamon oatmeal smoothie.
- Gluten free peach crisp that tastes amazing.
Once you decide to make this simple, summer dessert, don’t forget to snap a photo and tag @NOBLEPIG and #noblepig on INSTAGRAM. Don’t forget the ice cream.
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How to Make Dump Cake
Peach Dump Cake
- 3 (15 oz) cans sliced peaches in 100% juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix or vanilla
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray.
- Drain juice off of one can of peaches and pour only the peaches into the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the other two cans of peaches with the juice into the dish.3 (15 oz) cans sliced peaches in 100% juice
- Sprinkle ground cinnamon over peaches.1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Add dry cake mix evenly across the top of the peaches.1 (15.25 oz) box yellow cake mix or vanilla
- Sprinkle brown sugar across the top of the cake mix, followed by the chopped pecans.1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed, 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Drizzle the melted butter evenly across the top of the cake.3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until cake is bubbly and top of the cake layer is a light golden brown.
- Allow cake to cool slightly before serving.
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