Big Dummy Dump Cake

Big Dummy Dump Cake

It doesn't get any easier than this Big Dummy Dump Cake. Just a can of pie filling, a box of cake mix and some butter is all it takes to throw together a delicious dessert. The next time you're craving something sweet, turn to recipes with cake mix. They're a quick fix and just as delicious as cakes made completely from scratch!

Cooking Time30 min


  • 1 can pie filling
  • 1 box cake mix
  • 1 stick butter or margarine


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Dump pie filling into bottom of 13 x 9-inch cake pan.
  3. Dump dry cake mix on top of pie filling. Drizzle melted butter over top of cake mix.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.



Try cherry filling with yellow cake, blueberry with white cake, or apple with spice cake.



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Use your egg slicer to cut the butter/margarine stick into slices and distribute evenly over the top of the cake before baking. Most places 1 stick = 1/2 C If you use soft spread, dot it on evenly. You may need to adjust the amount, as the whipped/soft spreads frequently contain more air or water - READ the label!

how much is a stick of butter??? half cup, full cup? we do not have sticks in oz

daturtle 7640313 1 stick of butter is equal to 1/2 cup. Thanks! -Editor,

You need to cut butter and place on top instead of melt butter, and use two cans of pie filling cause their is not enough moisture and you will end up with a powdery cake at the end of baking

Not a good ideal to melt butter and drizzle on cake, should cut into pieces to put on top of cake and should use 2 cans of pie filling , 1 is not enough moisture to make cake or you will end up with cake mix that is still powdery after baking

Has anyone tried this with a strawberry cake mix and cherry pie filling????

Definitely needs more butter than the recipe calls for! I used 1/2 a Big Dummy, I made it BEFORE I read the comments!! lol It should definitely say 1 stick or 1/4 POUND!!! Oh well, live & learn!! I will make again...with the changes!

its 2 sticks of butter

It should read 1 stick of butter not 1/4 stick, I will try again and rerate

Needs about a stick of butter which can be cut in small pieces or almost melted. We make dump cakes all the time for ourselves and guests. Always get compliments on them.

I've been making this for years. I actually use about a stick of butter. I melt it first then pour it over the dry cake mix and bake it until it's golden brown. Easy and works every time. I haven't met anyone that doesn't love it. I use yellow cake mix and apple pie filling.

Does not work!!!!!!! Cake never cooks and is just on top the way I put it there. No more dump cakes for me!!!!

I would think it should be 1/4 lb of butter

what size can of pie filling and what size box of cake mix is required to make this recipe? it sounds delicious

I made this cake yesterday using one whole stick, 1/4 lb of butter, or 8 tablespoons, however you want to measure it. That turned out fine.

I made this cake yesterday. It should have had a lot more butter than 1/4 stick. I used 1/3 stick and the entire top of the cake was still powdery! Not good!

I'm not sure of the butter amount; 1/4 stick, 8 tablespoons, or 1/4 of a stick, 2 tablespoons. Help!

Hi nunee1998 9563071 - The amount of butter listed is correct. Hope this helps! -Editors of RecipeLion

This is delicious sprinkles with chopped nuts of your choice or almond slivers. I've had this recipe for over 20 years and have made many variations - all delicious

All the other dump cakes take a lot more you think this (1/4 stick) is correct? It would cut a lot of calories!

I don't know how or IF you ever got an answer to your question about the amount of butter, did you??? I would love to make this tomorrow for friends who are coming for dinner, but I don't have enough to practice on it.

I have always used a can of crushed pineapple w/juice and a can of cherry pie filling.

i have always used a large can of crushed pineapple with the juice. and normanlly it takes about 1 hour to cook.


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