What Is a Dump Cake?

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A baker makes a dump cake by dumping the ingredients into a baking dish and baking it. Although dump cake is not stirred, there typically is a specific order for layering the ingredients. Dump cake recipes typically consist of canned fruit, dry baking mix and a moist ingredient.

For example, a typical dump cake recipe includes two 21-ounce cans of cherry pie filling, one box of white cake mix and one cup of chopped nuts. The baker layers one cup of thinly sliced margarine on top of the dump cake ingredients and bakes the cake at 350 F for 30 to 45 minutes. Some dump cakes include one can of lemon-lime soft drink instead of the margarine.