Dump cakes might just be the easiest cakes on the Internet.

By Betty Gold and Grace Elkus
Updated September 27, 2019
Caitlin Bensel

Unlike some of their nicely-named dessert competitors—ambrosia, crème brûlée, trifle, tiramisu—dump cakes have a very serious branding problem. But this special type of easy-to-make cake is about to be your new go-to dessert. The premise is simple: add all of your ingredients to a baking dish and let the oven do the work. After some trial and error, we found the best method for making sure your dump cake recipe is foolproof: whisk together your base, pour into the dish. Top it with your homemade cake mix, and finish the whole thing off with grated butter. Trust us, it’s incredibly easy—and so much better than store-bought.

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Cherry Coconut Dump Cake

Most dump cakes call for cans of syrup-packed fruit. Our cherry dump cake is just as easy, but uses whole, frozen cherries for the best possible flavor. Serve warm, with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Get the recipe: Cherry Coconut Dump Cake

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Apple Streusel Dump Cake

A cross between an apple cake and an apple crisp, this dessert is the ultimate autumn treat. A buttery brown sugar streusel adds an element of crunch to the soft, juicy apples.

Get the recipe: Apple Streusel Dump Cake

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Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Dump Cake

Every bite of this decadent dump cake is an addictive combination of custardy pumpkin and melted chocolate. It’s like barely-baked chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Need we say more?

Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Dump Cake

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Lemon Ricotta Dump Cake

The lemon-ricotta pairing can go beyond pancakes, you know. Ricotta makes this cake super fluffy, resulting in the flavor of lemon squares but much less dense. Plus, it’s great for the non-chocolate lovers amongst us.

Get the recipe: Lemon Ricotta Dump Cake

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Whiskey Pecan Dump Cake

Whiskey-infused vanilla custard is topped with a pecan-studded chocolate crust for a grown-up dessert you’ll want seconds of. The custard is easy to whip up: simply combine the ingredients in your blender, then pour into the baking dish.

Get the recipe: Boozy Pecan Dump Cake