When I started dating Noah, I had never heard of dump cake...so when he mentioned it one time, I looked at him like he was crazy. I mean, dump cake? Who thinks that sounds good?
How did I go that long without knowing what dump cake was? It's like the best and easiest recipe ever! If you've never heard of it, it's similar to a cobbler or a crisp, but I think it's easier to make.
Noah's mom usually makes apple dump cake, which is awesome, don't get me wrong...but I wanted to change it up a little.
I had all of this around the house, so I gave it a try this morning. I loved how it turned out! And a disclaimer - this recipe is in NO way healthy. But it's dump cake - it's not supposed to be healthy. :)
Tropical Dump Cake
1 20oz. can cubed pineapple (crushed would work too)
1 15oz. can tropical fruit mix
2 tbsp. corn starch
2 tbsp. sugar
1 package (18.25oz.) orange cake mix (I used Duncan Hines Orange Supreme, but any one would work)
10oz. (a little over two sticks) butter
1/2c Instant Oatmeal
First, drain all of the juice from the tropical fruit and maybe 1/3 of the juice from the pineapple into a bowl. Add the corn starch and sugar and mix well...there should be no lumps. Put in a pan (I like using a small omelet pan, but a sauce pan would work too) over low to medium heat with 2tbsp. of the butter and thicken up...it should become the consistency of pie filling. Add a little more corn starch if it doesn't get thick enough.
In the meantime, dump the rest of the fruit (with the remaining juice) in a greased Pyrex dish (I really have no idea what size it is...not the biggest one in the Pyrex set, but the next biggest).
Once the juice mixture thickens up on the stove, pour it on top of the fruit in the Pyrex.
Pour the cake mix over that.
Mix in the oatmeal to the cake mix (just kind of sprinkle it over and mix it in with your fingers).
Melt the rest of the butter and pour on top evenly...it should cover all of the cake mix.
Put in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
How easy is that??
Serve with ice cream.
This would also be AWESOME with macadamia nuts instead of the oatmeal (or any nut for that matter, it just kind of needs something crunchy on top).