Thursday, February 11, 2010

Kinda like Two birds with One Stone, except with Cake Mix.

First, a warning. The 'shift' key on my keyboard is dying. This is gonna take a while, because I don't want to type in all caps. If you see a lot of non-capitalization typos, please bear with me. Thanks!

It has been, and still is, a busy week. Today we had book club, and tomorrow is quilt group, and I needed something to serve/take for each event.


I haven't had 'dump cake' (which is really more like a fruit cobbler) since my brother was in Boy Scouts. They used to make it in a dutch oven over the camp fire, and it was so good. My blogging bud Gill was talking about dump cake on her blog and it sounded like a good idea. Then, my twin-by-choice J reminded me about the zucchini pineapple, and I knew just what to do.

Instead of making it in a standard 13x9 pan, I made it in a small pan (book club) and a medium pan (quilt group).

Here are the ingredients: a cake mix, cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, a stick of butter and pecans.

Shhh...our little secret!

Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. Cut the butter into bits.

Take the lids of the jars of fruit and...

..pour the cherries into the pans. Decide, 'That's not enough cherries!'.

Run downstairs, get another jar of cherry pie filling and pour it in too.

Next add the 'pineapple', juice and all.

Cover the fruit with an even layer of cake mix powder.

Sprinkle with bits of butter.

Break up the pecans a little and sprinkle them over the top.

Put the pans in the 350 degree oven for about an hour. Note that there is no mixing bowl, no measuring spoons - stop and do a happy dance - and put the canning jars in the dishwasher. Get ready for book club by tidying the house, making coffee, etc.

Ta daa!

Gracious me, that was easier than going to the store to buy something, and since the cherries and pineapple (it really does taste like pineapple, pinky swear!) are home-canned, the butter was free with coupons and the cake mix was .49 on sale, this hardly cost anything at all.


Best of all, I have an item to take to quilt group tomorrow, and my family isn't going to spend the weekend trying to avoid snarfing down all the dump cake. If you try it, we hope you like it.


GrammyGoo said...

I am making Dump cake this weekend too !!! At the suggestion of our mutual dear friend Farmer J....But I am using Apricots. Have fun at your events!
Blessings, GG

tenthingsfarm said...

GrammyGoo, when I was browsing some lists of recipes I saw this dish made with all sorts of combinations of fruit - I'm sure apricot will be delicious!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Darlin' Daughter,

I'm trying HALF of the bun recipe. It is now in it's first rising. I found 4 frozen burgers in the freezer that Aunt L. brought with her in Dec. She cooks them frozen on her G. Foreman grill and they are sort of big, so I will make 4 larger buns and whatever else about regular

Have fun at the quilting bee!! Bet the dump cake is delish. I think you could use about anything in it. Dad is leaving next Wed. for Ind. if no blizzards intervene, which is possible this winter.

I plan to live on burgers, chicken salad with homemade bread (yes, folks, she's got me doing it, too) and frozen pizza cooked on my Presto pizzaz pizza cooker.

Love to all,
Granny Ladybug

zerohousepaymentforever said...

Hi, I just found your blog. That looks really good!

The Frugal Fraulein said...

what a great idea. I have company coming tonight and lots of canned fruit. Think I will give it a try. How did you make that zuch and pineapple mixture???? Is it another way to can zucchini that we all should know?

tenthingsfarm said...

Hi Mom!

Welcome, ZeroHousePayment, and thanks for visiting!

Frugal Fraulein, if you click on the blog entry where the words 'zucchini pineapple' are a different color, that will link you to the original post I did about it. In that post, there's a link to the recipe. I think you might like it!

The lovely ladies at quilt group liked the dessert, and were surprised it has zucchini in it - you really cannot tell! :)

Prairie Farmstead Ponderings said...

Yay! I'm so glad you decided to go with something so easy to give yourself a break! I just know it turned out wonderfully ~ and girls, I can vouch that the Zucchini Pineapple does taste just like Dole Pineapple that comes in a's amazing stuff.

Let us know how the Apricot Dump Cake turned out, GrammyGoo. I'm sure it was enjoyed by all who were blessed by it, too!

Gill - That British Woman said...

we are starting a DUMP CAKE craze!!!



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