The Deal with Dump Cake

If you’re asking yourself, “Why is it called ‘dump cake’?” you’ve probably never made one of these sweet treats. Usually a dump cake recipe includes a box of cake mix, canned fruit and not much else. And you usually skip the bowl entirely. About the time you’ve poured a box of cake mix and a can of fruit directly into a baking dish it will occur to you, “Ah, right. Dump cake.”

The beauty lies in the simplicity…just a few ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard, and no bowls to wash! In the world of fruity desserts, the dump cake is pie’s laidback cousin, a delicious treat that doesn’t require breaking out the rolling pin.

Our most popular dump cake is just as easy as the “classic” version but more delicious because we use fresh rhubarb instead of canned fruit.

If you want help selecting or storing rhubarb, our Kitchens team has created a cheat sheet for all things rhubarb.


To prep rhubarb, trim off leaves and the ends of the stalks. Remove any brown spots with a vegetable peeler.

For our dump cake, cut the stalks crosswise into 1- to 2-inch pieces. Don’t make them too small; rhubarb breaks down easily when cooking.


Place chopped rhubarb in a baking dish. Sweeten the tang by sprinkling with sugar.

To create a classic spring flavor combo, also sprinkle a dash of unprepared JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin.

Then blend the cake mix with water and melted butter and pour it over the rhubarb mixture. Bakes into a warm, crumbly dessert that will win the Memorial Day potluck, guaranteed.


Click here for the recipe: Rhubarb Dump Cake.

No need to cut careful slices—this is dump cake! Spoon it out of your baking dish and, for extra specialness, don’t forget a dollop of COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.

For more spring dessert recipes, check out our Rhubarb Collection.


  1. Author Image
    Garcinia Xtreme Diets says:

    Very good information. Lucky me I discovered your site by chance (stumbleupon).
    I’ve book marked it for later!

  2. Author Image

    Hmm is anyone else having problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my
    end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • Author Image

      We apologize if you’re experiencing technical difficulties with this website. We just tested the page and it appears the images are loading. We recommend refreshing the page multiple times. If that does not work, please try to open it in a different web browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox). If you continue to have issues, please let us know and we will alert our web team. Thank you.

  3. Author Image
    Roslyn says:

    Having that much written content do you somehow run into any issues of copyright infringement? My site has a lot of unique material I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any methods to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d truly appreciate it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *