Dump Cake

pumpdumpMy British friend Andrea Gilbey asked me what a dump cake was the other day, so here’s an explanation and a picture.

There are different versions of dump cake, but the kind I mean when I use the term is the kind my Aunts Ruth and Rose (the twins) taught me: Into a pan, dump some fruit. Dump a box of cake mix over it. Melt a stick of butter (or margarine) and dump that over the top. Bake it for an hour at 350F.

This one that I made the other day is different, in that I used this recipe for the fruit base:

  • 1 29-ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

So I mixed that up, dumped on the cake mix, sprinkled on some pecans, dumped on the margarine, and baked.

The top ends up like a cross between cake and cookies, and it’s real good!

I’m posting another good recipe today at Fatal Foodies: A Different Southwestern Casserole.

I wrote a 500-word story yesterday and posted it at the Corydon Quills & Quibbles website. I invite you to hop over and read it.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Remember somebody teaching you how to make or do something.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Dump Cake

  1. Jane

    June 25, 2013 at 1:03pm

    My dad taught me to tie my shoes by setting me down in front of him and telling me to do exactly as he did. I now tie my bows upside down. Just as it looked to me that he did..

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  2. Jane

    June 27, 2013 at 12:38pm

    Really cool story. Just clicked over and read it!

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      Marian Allen

      June 27, 2013 at 3:06pm

      I’m glad you like it! I’ve got Pete stuck in my head now, and I can’t get him out. heh!

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