One of the simplest and best things in life. . . dump cake!
I was first introduced to dump cake several years ago. I was just married and relatively fresh from the Marine Corps. My Wife introduced me to a amazing classic American dessert, Dump Cake! Any time we had to go to a pot luck or when I would have my friends to the house to play Dungeons and Dragons (not a dork), she would always make dump cake and have fresh whipped cream. It was awesome.
Dump cake is simple easy and quick to put together. Don’t feel any pressure to buy a expensive cake mix. It has been my experience that the cheaper mixes work great. I suppose there are those that have figured out how to do this from scratch, with out the box cake. I personally have never walked that path, perhaps some day, for now Its too good and easy the way it is. One thing to always remember is to buy unsalted butter. Then again, Its always good to use unsalted butter. . . One of life’s simple truths.
One of these days I will include her “original Dump Cake” recipe but for today I decided to make a slight variation. Here in Texas we have had so many days of rain and storms it seemed like when we had a day of sun something with strawberries, or at very least strawberry flavor, seemed like the natural thing to make. Funny how once in a while something from a can or box hits the spot. Dorito Topped Chili Dog Enchiladas come to mind. . . ahh another day perhaps. Today there is Strawberry Pineapple Dump Cake.
1 can strawberry pie filing (about 21 ounces)
1 can crushed pineapple, not drained (about 20 ounces)
1 box strawberry cake mix (15.25 ounces), I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme
1/4 pound butter (1 stick)
Preheat oven to 350f
1. In a 9 by 13 pan spread both the pie filling and the crushed pineapple.
2. Dump the cake mix on top, trying to keep it fairly even. Cut the butter in 1/8th inch slices and place evenly over the cake mix.
3. Bake at 350f for about 40 to 50 minutes depending on your oven.
4. Remove when golden brown. Your kitchen will smell amazing, you will crave dump cake.
5. Enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream or even just plain. I prefer to serve this either room temperature or cold.
Thyme for dessert,