D is for Dairy-Free Dump Cake and a Deal

Some people are vegan and some people are lactose-intolerant and some people are watching their cholesterol and some people just Don’t Do Dairy. Well, this is a Dessert you’ll find Delightful and Delicious.

Dump Cake is something we used to have, a family tradition, like chili mac and fish from St. Cecilia’s on Friday. Back in the day, we made it with butter, of course, but now we use vegan margarine so our vegan daughter can have some. Please feel free to use butter, if you prefer. Or coconut oil. Or lard, I don’t care, suit yourself. I’m not the shortening police.

Dairy-Free Dump Cake

  • 2 cans of fruit and/or fruit pie filling
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick vegan margarine
  • nuts of any kind, if you like

Butter a square cake pan. Dump in the contents of the fruit/pie filling. If you use two different kinds of fruit (many prefer pineapple and cherry — ick), dump in one kind and spread it around, then dump in the other kind and spread it on top, trying not to stir them together. Then dump the cake mix on top. Cut the butter into slices and cover the top of the cake mix. The nuts can be dumped anywhere in these layers, from the bottom to the top.

Bake at 350F for one hour.

How easy is that? Way, that’s how.

Now the Deal: Every Friday of April, I’m offering a free download of TURTLE FEATHERS, my new collection of animal stories. The giveaway begins at midnight Thursday night and ends at midnight on Friday. For your convenience, you can read excerpts from every story in the collection by clicking here.

WRITING PROMPT: Write a 100-word piece using the words turtle, feathers, and deal.

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One thought on “D is for Dairy-Free Dump Cake and a Deal

  1. Jean Yates

    April 4, 2012 at 7:56am

    This is great! I have a Vegan son (out of my five boys). Thanks! jean

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 8:16am

      Glad to be of help, Jean! I frequently post vegan/vegetarian recipes, so you might want to look at my recipe tab up there above the posts, and check out the Foods category in my blogroll for vegetarian sites. VEGANS EAT PENCIL SHAVINGS is a particular favorite of mine. πŸ™‚

      MA

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  2. Damyanti

    April 4, 2012 at 9:21am

    Must try out this recipe over the weekend for my MIL.

    PS: used your prompts today…bless you for them πŸ™‚

    —Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012
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    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  3. Amanda Saint

    April 4, 2012 at 9:31am

    Love the dump cake ethos! My blog yesterday was all about cake. Stopping by from A-Z challenge and will defintely be coming again πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 10:38am

      Ooo! I’m at the library right now, waiting for Mom so we can go grocery shopping. Imma come visit you when I get home. πŸ™‚

      MA

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  4. Bodie P

    April 4, 2012 at 9:47am

    We used to do something like this, but we actually mixed up the cake mix, put LOTS of butter in the bottom of the pan, sprinkled brown sugar thickly onto it, then spread pineapple on it, then poured the cake batter over the top. And when it was done we turned it out of the pan and voila, a cake with a lovely mapley carmelly pineappley topping.

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 10:39am

      Pineapple Upside-Down Cake! That is SO FREAKIN’ GOOD. πŸ˜€

      MA

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  5. Sarah Reece

    April 4, 2012 at 10:02am

    The Dump Cake recipe is so incredibly easy to prepare and tastes well too. When the cake is ready, you may whip some cream and pour on top of it, before serving. That makes it better for me…. πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 10:40am

      Oh, um yum, YES, especially if you put some sugar and vanilla in that whipped cream. Mmmmmm…. Of course, then it isn’t vegan anymore. πŸ˜‰

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  6. The Writing Goddess

    April 4, 2012 at 10:18am

    “I’m not the shortening police” cracked me up!

    This cake is right along my favorite kinds – super quick and easy. Thanks for sharing!

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 10:44am

      Yeah, quick and easy is my thing, for sure! Check out my recipes, especially the ones called Alligator Sandwiches — they’re snappy. πŸ˜‰

      MA

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  7. Red Tash

    April 4, 2012 at 10:53am

    Fabulous! Every Friday, huh? Make sure and let Pixel of Ink know! Maybe they will pick it up and add it to their schedule!

    Have a great day, MA!

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  8. Bob Sanchez

    April 4, 2012 at 11:36am

    Hiya Marian,
    I need to lose weight, so I’ll hold off as long as I can on the cake. But I will go get me some turkle feathers.

    Bob

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 3:23pm

      LOL! I thought my grandpa and I were the only people who said “turkle” for “turtle”! Thanks for the memory. πŸ™‚

      MA

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 3:24pm

      Easy is the way I like my recipes, Clarissa! πŸ˜‰ Check out my Recipes tab for more, under Alligator Sandwiches.

      MA

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  9. Holly Jahangiri

    April 4, 2012 at 12:38pm

    You know, “dump cake” (or Dutch Oven Cobbler) is one of the things my son’s Scout troop makes and sells at Relay for Life each year. I wish you lived closer and could join us – not this Friday, but next.

    See below for links and more info. πŸ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 3:25pm

      Oh, I wish I could, too! WHEN is that WorldCon where I’m going to be given the Hugo?

      MA

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  10. Wanda

    April 4, 2012 at 1:02pm

    That recipe sounds delightful Marian. Thanks for sharing and Happy A-Z Blogging

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 3:26pm

      Thanks, Wanda! You, too — I’ll be over to visit you as soon as my home internet is back up. I’m grabbing a couple of minutes at the library. πŸ™‚

      MA

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  11. nutschell

    April 4, 2012 at 1:20pm

    A dairy free cake! who knew? must try this recipe sometime.Great A-Z post! Nutschellwww.thewritingnut.com

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      Marian Allen

      April 4, 2012 at 3:27pm

      I know! I love finding good vegan recipes that I can offer our vegan daughter, and dairy- and/or gluten-free recipes for our friends with allergies and sensitivities.

      Be over to see you soon!

      MA

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  12. Dani G.

    April 5, 2012 at 11:33am

    Okay, I have to confess. I don’t use cake mixes. But I can try it with just a regular receipt, right?

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  13. Froster

    June 11, 2012 at 4:52am

    Hello Marian! Like your interesting writing style of using letter to make the title!! Your suggested dish will be warm welcomed by the kids as they (generally) don’t like to have milk. Thanks for the recipe of ‘Dairy-Free Dump Cake’.

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      Marian Allen

      June 11, 2012 at 9:07am

      Thanks! This post was part of the A-to-Z blog-a-day challenge. I hope your kids enjoy the Dump Cake. It’s very easy to make, and you can use so many various ingredients, it’s never the same thing twice!

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