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Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

This amazing lemon cream cheese dump cake is a total game-changer. It’s so easy to make but tastes like you spent hours in the kitchen.

The combination of tangy lemon pie filling, rich cream cheese, and buttery cake mix is absolutely heavenly.

Lemon cream cheese dump cake served with vanilla ice cream on a white plate.
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Plus, using canned pie filling and a boxed cake mix keeps the preparation quick and easy. (Needing only 4 ingredients doesn’t hurt, either!) 

Give this simple yet impressive dessert a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Why You’ll Love This Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Effortless & Elegant: Like most dump cakes, this one requires minimal effort and only a handful of ingredients. Its charming, rustic appearance makes it look like a 5-star dessert.

Fantastically Flavorful: The tangy lemon pie filling gives this cake an insane amount of flavor. Add cream cheese, cake, and butter, and it’s a party for your tastebuds. 

Minimal Cleanup: You can prepare and bake this cake in a single baking dish. It cuts down on time doing dishes and gives you more time to enjoy your gathering. (And this delicious cake!) 

Spoon scooping a serving of lemon cream cheese dump cake from a baking dish.

Ingredients

  • Lemon Pie Filling: This easy-to-find, pre-made filling is the perfect base for your dump cake. 
  • Yellow Cake Mix: It provides a moist, buttery cake layer when sprinkled on top of the filling. 
  • Cream Cheese: It brings a rich, creamy, and slightly tangy flavor, reminiscent of cheesecake.
  • Unsalted Butter: Use high-quality real butter, not margarine. Slice it thinly and scatter it on top so it melts into the cake and brings everything together. 

How to Make Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Follow these easy steps to prepare your lemon cream cheese dump cake: 

1. Prepare. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. 

2. Assemble. Spread both cans of lemon pie filling evenly into the bottom of the prepared dish. Then, sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the pie filling. Press down gently. Finally, distribute the cream cheese cubes in a single layer, then arrange the butter on top.

3. Bake. Bake the cake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbling. 

4. Cool and serve. Remove the cake from the oven. Let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes, then serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy! 

Serving missing lemon cream cheese dump cake on a baking dish.

Tips for the Best Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Believe it or not, I have a few tips to make this recipe even easier! Let’s check them out: 

  • Make it melty. The recipe instructs you to use slices of butter, and that works fine. However, you can drizzle melted butter over the top to ensure a more even distribution. If using slices, cut them very thinly. 
  • Be gentle. After sprinkling the cake mix over the filling, lightly press down on it to help it absorb moisture.
  • Give it a good shake. This is another trick to help ensure the cake mix is distributed evenly. After adding it, gently shake the pan to help it spread out. 
  • Add toppings! This lemon cream cheese dump cake tastes fantastic on its own. It’s even better with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top. 
Serving of lemon cream cheese dump cake in a white plate.

Variations

Try one of these variations if you’re in the mood for something different: 

  • Switch up the filling. You can make this cake with practically any kind of fruity pie filling. You can even skip the pie filling and use canned fruit instead! 
  • Add blueberries. Lemon and blueberries pair extremely well together. So why not use a boxed lemon cake mix with blueberry pie filling? You could even garnish the cake with fresh whole blueberries. 
  • Add lemon zest. Mixing in a dash or two with the cake mix will give you an even more intense lemon flavor. 
  • Change out the cake mix. You don’t have to stick to yellow cake mix. Try white, lemon, or even strawberry for a unique combination of flavors. 
  • Add Cool Whip. Spread a layer of Cool Whip over the top of the finished cake for extra decadence. Other toppings include chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or lemon zest. 
Lemon cream cheese dump cake with scoop of vanilla served in a white plate with spoon.

How to Store

This delightful dessert is great for making ahead, and the leftovers store beautifully. 

To Make Ahead: Assemble the cake up to 24 hours ahead of time but stop short of baking it. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Then, when ready to bake, just pop it into the oven. 

To Store: Cover leftovers with plastic wrap or place them in an air-tight container. Refrigerate them for up to 4 days. 

I don’t recommend freezing this cake. Once you thaw it out again, the cream cheese topping will separate. 

To Reheat: You can reheat individual slices of cake in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Avoid overheating the cake, though, as doing so will make it rubbery. 

Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Course: DessertCuisine: American
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

652

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This easy lemon cream cheese dump cake is always a winner! With just 4 ingredients and minimal prep, it’s the perfect last-minute treat.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (21-ounce) lemon pie filling

  • 1 box (15.25-ounce) yellow cake mix

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into small cubes

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.
  • Spread both cans of lemon pie filling evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the lemon filling. Gently press down on the cake mix.
  • Distribute the cream cheese cubes evenly on top of the cake mix in a single layer.
  • Arrange the thinly sliced butter in a single layer on top, trying to cover as much of the surface area as possible.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the top is deep golden brown and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving warm.
  • Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • The key is thinly slicing the butter so it can melt and seep into the cake mix.

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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