9 Dump Cakes That Require Basically Zero Effort

published Oct 24, 2023
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When it comes to easy desserts, it doesn’t get much simpler than dump cakes. For the uninitiated, a dump cake (also sometimes called a drop cake) is exactly what it sounds like: a cake that asks you to dump all of its ingredients into a vessel, give things a quick stir, and bake. There are no unforgiving techniques, no complicated prep, and no miles-long ingredient lists.

Below you’ll find some of our favorite easiest-ever dump cake recipes for the next time you’re craving something sweet.

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Strawberry Dump Cake
You don't need to be a baker to pull off this summer stunner. Dump, bake, serve with ice cream, and impress everyone.
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Blueberry Dump Cake
You only need four ingredients for this summer dessert: blueberry pie filling, cake mix, butter, and fresh or frozen blueberries.
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Apple Dump Cake
For the easiest fall dessert, just dump apple pie filling, cake mix, and butter into a dish and bake!
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Cherry Dump Cake
This effortless dump cake only requires 10 minutes of prep.
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Peach Dump Cake

Thanks to the magic of canned fruit, you can make this dump cake year-round. You'll know it's done when the top is lightly browned and the fruit is bubbly.

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Cranberry-Apple Dump Cake
For the easiest Thanksgiving dessert, just dump apple pie filling, cranberry sauce, cake mix, and butter into a dish and bake!
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3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Pie
Slow cooker apple pie dump cake is everything you love about warm apple filling with a gooey, cake-like topping, and it comes together with 3 ingredients.
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Pumpkin Dump Cake
This pumpkin dump cake, which bakes up into three distinct, delicious layers, is impressive enough to serve on your holiday table, but easy enough for even the most amateur baker.
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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

You’ll start with a quick batter of chocolate, cocoa powder, and espresso powder — and you’ll end up with a scoopable chocolate cake with a rich, molten center.

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