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You Asked For It: Dump Cake recipe

Can someone please share a recipe for a dump cake? Thank you so much!

Deborah Griswold, Dunedin

Many readers are familiar with dump cake. It got its name because you just dump the ingredients in the order they are listed into the baking dish and pop it in the oven. Dolores Corneau of St. Petersburg suggests omitting the coconut and adding an extra half-cup of nuts. She suggests using most any type of nut. I used walnuts. Marilyn Turner of Holiday used pineapple chunks rather than crushed pineapple, while St. Petersburg resident Jeanne Alvarez drains the pineapple. I did not and it was fine. That is more of a personal preference. Cynthia Shea of Spring Hill calls her recipe a Hawaiian dump cake, appropriate with the pineapple and coconut, but says you can also use apple pie filling in place of the cherry. Virtually all of the submissions called for cherry. Some readers mentioned that this is a great potluck dish. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

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Dump Cake

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

1 box (18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix

1 cup melted butter or margarine

7 ounces shredded coconut, optional

1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Spread pineapple on bottom. Layer cherry pie filling evenly over pineapple, being careful not to mix them together. Sprinkle cake mix over the top and smooth evenly, covering the fruit. Pour the melted butter or margarine over the top, covering evenly. Top with the coconut, if using, and nuts.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until brown on top and bubbly.

Source: St. Petersburg Times readers

You Asked For It: Dump Cake recipe 02/22/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:30am]
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