Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The Dump Cake

Yes, yes, the title alone will elicit numerous snickers from your friends and family. That is until they taste it, and then the name never sounds funny. "Did you just say dump cake? Where??? Who's making one??" Dump Cake is no laughing matter.

It's so named because you literally dump all the ingredients (in a specified order) into a 13x9 inch baking dish and in an hour... voila... you have a creamy, buttery, crunchy, healthy (well... okay, so its probably not healthy, but it does have fruit in it) cake. The first time my mom made this, I was a little put off by the idea of cherries and pineapple in a cake. It just didn't sound appetizing to me. Boy, was I wrong.

It's really hard to explain, the only thing I can say is... try it... you won't be disappointed. If you ever need to take a dessert to a potluck dinner, this would be a good one. All the ingredients (except the butter, which I already had) cost me $7.50 and took me about 5 minutes to prepare.

It's better once you let it set and cool. And yes, it's supposed to be a little gooey.

And now... without further adieu... I give you....

The Dump Cake
15 oz can cherry pie filling (I used no sugar added)
15 oz can crushed pineapples (I used no sugar added)
1 box yellow cake mix
¾ cup butter, melted
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350.

Dump the cherry pie filling and pineapple contents into the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan. Spread over bottom of pan.

Sprinkle the box of yellow cake mix over fruit.

Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the top of the cake mix.
Sprinkle chopped pecans over the top and place in oven and cook for about 50 minutes to an hour.
(Don't mind the size in the picture, I made a half cake this weekend).
Yes, it will appear a little powdery on top, thats okay. Mmmm... this is what comfort food is all about.

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