When you’re working on an idea that you’re not ready to share with everyone, does it put up walls preventing other creativity?  Maybe that’s just me.  So sorry I’ve been absent and thank you for still being here!  To make it up to you, I made you a cake!

I’ve been praying for a potluck to bake this for, but promptly forgot to when I received an invite!  Fortunately, someone else shared my wavelength and brought this yummy cake! It’s super appropriate this week paired with loads of laundry and wall-to-wall paperwork from two school desks covering my floor.  This dessert is called DUMP CAKE!  I’ll give you the easy steps while explaining what makes it the best!

BUY: Yellow or White cake mix, 2 cans of fruit (or mix in frozen/fresh) and 1 1/2 sticks of butter – you heard me…

I first heard about Dump Cake from a friend that I’d lost touch with 16 years ago!  Every time I saw her style car, I longed for her personalized penguin plates. Facebook successfully reunited us and while we occupy opposite ends of the country, we can still share recipes!

Mmm, love the red! Tonight, the role of peaches will be played by crushed pineapple. Mix them together in the baking dish.

The first recipe she shared with me was healthy veggie soup over a cup of pasta for lunch! This would go really well with Dump Cake because it is far from healthy.

Sprinkle whole bag of cake on top of your fruit mixture. Use a fork to smooth – if you are OCD like me.

I first tasted this cake from a new friend found this Spring!  What made this year’s baseball and softball season’s awesome were the amount that my kids’ ability and love for the game flourished and the amazing families!

For fun, Lauren dumped chocolate chips on her side and I dumped pecans and some cinnamon on mine.

This crew was so much fun we had several get-togethers!  The most recent found us at the beach complete with an epic water balloon fight – remember, the coaches taught these kids to throw hard and accurately!

Take stick and a half of butter and cut into thinner pats and distribute evenly on top of cake powdered mix.

When researching Dump Cake recipes, I chuckled and thought “Well, if that don’t take the rag off the bush!” it’s The Pioneer Woman’s recipe!

Cook for 45-60 minutes at 350 degrees. See the cherries and pineapple under the cake layer? My new friend’s had peaches!

I love this woman!  She traded in corporate success for cowboys!  I’m so excited to finally try one of her recipes.

Remove from the oven when the top is light brown and crispy. The left side is browner on mine because of the nuts.

When I’m wandering and find common threads along the way, it’s heartwarming on so many levels. The synergy of celebrating the old and new, baking a recipe from a creative cowgirl – with  my daughter – lassoed it all up with a pretty little bow!

We chose Vanilla ice cream over home made whipped cream. The fruit wasn’t overly sweet – perfect for hot summer nights!

Greatest gift ever!  Enjoy!

Lauren: Loved 1st bite, Carson: Eh, it’s ok! I liked it, but it’s rich!  Overall A+ factoring in the simplicity! My kids: Please leave us alone, it’s movie night!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 00:33:09

    Too funny… Back in 1989 we used to always make it….it was always a potluck dessert and we would all fight to sign up so one of us could be the one to bring it. It got to the point of having to take turns. So easy to make! Just dump it one by one and bake it!


  2. Debbie
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 05:41:02

    Just like Girl Scouting with my oldest daughter all over again…camping, box ovens (I was a pro at those) badges, etc. She’s now expecting her first daughter. Maybe the fun can start all over again! Thanks for the memories 🙂


    • Sarah Harris
      Jun 09, 2012 @ 09:15:29

      So fun! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories!! I keep trying to get my daughter to be a Girl Scout but she wants to do the things her Boy Scout brother does… I am now considering being a co-leader just to get her to join. Thanks for wandering by!


  3. Raani York
    Jun 09, 2012 @ 20:44:53


    I have nominated you for the “Inspiring Blog Award”

    The rules are:

    1. Thank the nominating person with a link to their blog.
    2. Post 7 things about you
    3. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award
    4. Inform them that you nominated them.

    Have fun.


  4. Vanessa Chapman
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 05:07:07

    Oh yes, I remember seeing this recipe ages ago, but never tried it. I love dishes like this that are quick and easy but make you feel like you’ve done something homemade! Something the kids can easily do as well. Might be fun to do in little individual pots as well, as an alternative to a big dish.


  5. Elroy Grieff
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 05:28:59

    I definitely love to consume dump cakes since it is sweet and also quick to create. My mother used to make dump cakes for me personally and my sis. All you need are some ingredients that may be easily ordered at the shopping store.


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