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My plum tree went a little crazy this year and I had way too many plums even after giving lots away. So, I tried your dump cake with the plums. I added sliced toasted almonds to the topping otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. It turned out sooooo good. (I did have to add a little extra sugar as suggested because the plums were a little tart.) I’m going to make more in smaller baking dishes and freeze them. Has anyone frozen a dump cake? I think it should freeze well. (?) Thanks for sharing this recipe!
I liked this recipe very much. It baked up well and tasted good. I used frozen peaches and fresh blueberries, and threw in a scant amount of pecan halves. I also like the fact the cake part is from scratch. No added chemicals!
How great to use all natural ingredients. Have liked the idea of dump cakes but not the idea of using cake mixes. Have made it with organic frozen mixed berries. It’s the best. Thank you
What can you use instead of cornstarch%? Thanks so much
You could try arrowroot or potato starch instead.
You can use arrowroot in place of cornstarch. That’s all I ever use.
I have made this recipe several times and it is always so delicious!
This is the easiest dessert I’ve ever made and it’s delicious too. My wife and I are vegan, so we made it with Earth Balance margarine ~ our non-vegan family members all loved it and asked for the recipe. The cake was gone in minutes so we made another a couple of days later. We’ve made it with both fresh and frozen fruit; the results are the same both ways.
My son made this for my birthday….incredible. Wow. We all had seconds!
This recipe is easy and very tasty. Hubby gave it his best review yet. I used fresh and frozen peaches with frozen blackberries. It’s flavor is excellent. Rather than refined sugar, I used Sucanet. Amout of sweetness is just right.
The taste was good but the fruit was really too soupy. I used frozen blueberries. The recipe called for 3 lbs, did you mean 3 cups? I would suggest that if using frozen fruit, it should be thawed and drained, plus the topping was too skimpy.
I cannot find sweetened coconut. Can I add sugar instead? How much? It sounds delicious, as always in your blog
Hi, Kelly! Emma here, managing editor. There is no coconut in this recipe. Did you mean to leave a comment on a different recipe? Thanks!
If I decide to use an oatmeal, flour, cinnamon, butter, sugar crumb topping, would I also use the (per original recipe) cake ingredients? Recipe sounds delicious as written and also with the sweet crumble topping. Hope to hear back soon.
You did not tell us weather you sprayed the cake pan before putting fruit in.There is a lot of yummy recipes keep up the good work.I will be checking back for more.
Hi, Barbara! Emma here, managing editor. You don’t need to spray the pan with this recipe. It’s a fairly rustic dessert with lots of juices (like cobbler), so there’s not much concern with sticking. Enjoy!
Could this be made in a cast iron skillet?
Hi, Debi! Emma here, managing editor for Simply Recipes. Sure, this could definitely be made in a cast iron skillet. I’d go for a 12-inch skillet, or if you use a smaller skillet, place a cookie sheet beneath the skillet to catch any drips.
Hi, I made this last night using mulberries and blueberries. Halved the mixture to fit a smaller pan- fantastic!Thanks for a great recipe.
Looking for something different and going to try this for my BFFs birthday. There’s 10 of us so will be plenty and who doesn’t love something served w ice cream. Might suggest putting in the oven for 10 min to serve warm. Stay tuned.
I made this with diced Cortland apples and it was phenomenal. I was looking for a recipe easier than a from-scratch pie that still highlighted the apples. When I told my husband it was a dump cake, he made a face because he was thinking of the cakey version his mother makes. He LOVED this but calls it “apple stuff”, LOL.
Does cornstarch have to be added to the fruit?
Hi, Rosalind! The cornstarch helps thicken the juices from the cooked fruit. You could skip it, but expect your fruit layer to be fairly juicy!
I do a breakfast version with jiffy cornbread mix and whatever I need to use up.
I have made dump cake in the crock pot (with canned and boxed ingredients). I can’t wait to try this recipe crock pot style!! Thanks for the inspiration :)
Interesting! I’m always curious about crock pot adaptations of recipes. It wouldn’t have occurred to me to try a dump cake in the crock pot!
Thank you SO MUCH for including weight measurements! Usually I have to convert recipes myself!
Glad to help :)