This peach dump cake is moist, fruity, and buttery with a crisp crust on top! And it only requires four simple ingredients!
It’s perfectly warm, ooey-gooey, and supremely peachy. Plus, it tastes extra delicious when topped with vanilla ice cream.
Peach dump cake is ideal for summer get-togethers. It’s impossibly easy to make, and your whole family will love it.
It tastes just like a peach cobbler but is ten times easier to make.
Easy Peach Dump Cake Recipe
New to baking but want to impress your family and friends with your dessert skills? This peach dump cake is ideal.
You’ll need only canned peaches, yellow cake mix, cinnamon, and butter. And as the name suggests, you’ll simply dump the ingredients in a baking dish.
Then, pop it in the oven, and let the oven do the rest! It’s almost like magic. Only it isn’t magic; it’s a dump cake.
What is a Dump Cake?
Dump cakes are simple cakes made by “dumping” all the ingredients in a baking dish.
They’re similar to a cobblers but are cakier and less crumbly on top. Still, they feature a fruity layer at the bottom and a moist and fluffy cake surrounding it.
What makes them so easy is that they use two shortcut ingredients: canned fruit and a boxed cake mix.
Here are the four simple ingredients you’ll need for this easy dessert:
- Canned peaches. Don’t drain the syrup! It’ll serve as the liquid to saturate the dry cake mix. Use either heavy or light syrup, as you prefer.
- Yellow cake mix. It turns into the cakey crumble that surrounds the peaches.
- Butter. Cold and sliced into cubes. Either salted or unsalted works.
- Ground cinnamon. To give the cake a little bit of warmth.
Can I Use Fresh Peaches?
You can use fresh peaches for this easy peach dump cake. However, they don’t come with heavy syrup. So, you’ll have to make a few tweaks.
First, peel, de-pit, and slice the peaches into quarters. Then, mix them with brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon. Then you can use them as instructed.
You can also use frozen peaches for this recipe. Just mix them with brown sugar and cinnamon, and they’ll be ready to go.
How to Make Peach Dump Cake
You’ll be surprised at how incredibly easy this peach dump cake is to make!
Even if you’re a newbie in the kitchen, you can do this with your eyes closed.
1. Preheat. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Assemble the cake. Pour the canned peaches into a 9×13-inch baking dish. Then, sprinkle the cake mix evenly over them.
Gently press the cake mix into the peaches with a wooden spatula to help the liquid absorb it.
Top with cubes of butter, and finally, sprinkle cinnamon on top.
3. Bake. Bake the cake for 45 minutes, or until it’s bubbly and the edges are golden brown.
4. Serve warm and enjoy! Let the cake cool slightly for about 10 minutes. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream on top. Enjoy!
Tips for the Best Peach Dump Cake
Need a few more tips before you get started? I’ve got you! Check these out:
- Sprinkle cinnamon wherever you like. The recipe calls for sprinkling cinnamon on top of the cake. However, you can put it over the peaches instead. A little brown sugar on them would also work well.
- Spread the butter evenly. Slicing the butter into cubes makes this easier. You can also use a hand-held cheese grater to grate it for even more control.
- Syrup: Light vs. Dark. Heavy syrup will give you the sweetest cake. Use peaches in light syrup to cut down on the sweetness. Peaches in juice is another option for a less-sweet cake. But it may change the cake’s consistency.
- How to know when it’s done. Watch the top of the cake as it cooks. Once it is bubbly and the edges are golden brown, the cake is ready.
Peach Dump Cake Variations
Additionally, here are a few variations you can try:
- Vary the filling. Besides peaches in juice (mentioned above), you can also substitute peach pie filling. Or forego peaches altogether! Try berries, mangoes, or even canned fruit cocktail!
- Vary the cake mix. Though the recipe calls for yellow cake mix, you can use something else. White, butter pecan, and vanilla cake mix all work well.
- Add sugar and spice! Sprinkle brown sugar and spices (such as cinnamon and nutmeg) over the peaches to give them a deeper flavor.
- Add nuts. Top the cake mix with chopped almonds or pecans for a nice, crunchy topping.
- Serve it chilled. I love this cake warm with cold vanilla ice cream on top. However, some people prefer it chilled. The texture changes and turns into an almost completely different dessert.
- Use extra peaches. Add an extra can of peaches to the recipe. Just be sure to drain the extra can. Otherwise, your cake will be too wet.
How to Store Peach Dump Cake
Need some tips on storing your leftovers? Here’s how:
- To store. Allow the cake to cool completely, then cover the container in plastic wrap. (Or transfer leftovers to an airtight container.) Refrigerate for 3 to 4 days.
- To freeze. Place the cooled cake in a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months.
- To reheat. Microwave refrigerated leftovers for several seconds to enjoy it warm. Let frozen leftovers thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat in an oven-safe dish at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
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