Last weekend we were heading to a family birthday party and my sister-in-law was serving an adorable birthday cake and strawberry shortcake but it was regular cake (as in not gluten-free). We chatted about whether or not she needed me to bring anything for the party and since our son has Celiac Disease we decided a gluten free dessert would be good. This way he could have a sweet treat when everyone else did. I wanted to do something quick and easy and we had fresh berries on hand so I decided on this Strawberry Dump Cake. Lots of the guests loved the cake, no one realized that it was gluten free, and our guy got to have delicious dessert with everyone else! You are going to love this amazing recipe because it is so easy and so yummy!
This strawberry dump cake recipe was first publish July 29, 2017. I have made a few updates and added a printable recipe card and republished it here for my new readers to enjoy. Follow on Instagram if you enjoy recipes like these:)
Strawberry Dump Cake
Dump cake is a simple and easy dessert recipe that typically involves layering canned fruit, such as cherry or pineapple, with cake mix and butter. It’s called “dump cake” because you basically just “dump” the ingredients into a baking dish and bake it, requiring minimal effort and preparation. The result is a sweet and fruity dessert with a crumbly cake-like topping. It’s often served warm and can be enjoyed plain or with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.
Dump cakes are among the easiest recipes out there! I made this one a little extra yummy and healthy by using fresh strawberries instead of canned pie filling. Because I used fresh berries, I also needed to add a little sugar and vanilla for the right level of sweetness in the final dump cake. Still, you just take a dry cake mix and add four more simple ingredients. Then you add them to a baking pan. The best thing is you don’t even need a mixing bowl! Bake. Then voila, you have one of the most delicious strawberry desserts!
- 1 Box of White Cake Mix or 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix – I used a gluten free vanilla cake mix for my family
- 5 Cups Fresh Strawberries – You can substitute a can of strawberry pie filling if you are in a pinch but fresh fruit only take a little effort and they make sure it doesn’t taste too sweet.
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Cup Butter, Melted
How To Make Strawberry Dump Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175°C).
The first step is to use a little bit of butter or cooking spray to coat the inside of your baking dish. I used a 9″x 13″ baking dish for my cake.
Pour the strawberries into the bottom of the greased baking dish and sprinkle with the sugar and vanilla.
Pour the dry cake mix, just the powder as it comes out of the box, over the fresh berries. Make sure that the cake mix is evenly distributed.
Drizzle the melted butter on top of cake mix and berries, trying to cover as much of the mix as possible. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. The bake time will depending on your mix. My gluten free took closer to 45 because of the ingredients but a regular cake mix will be closer to 35.
When the top of the cake is golden brown, remove it from the oven and place it on a baking rack to cool before cutting.
Once the cake has cooled, slice it into serving sizes. It’s amazing served with homemade whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Also, don’t forget to garnish it with a couple of sweet strawberries!
It is like a strawberry cobbler only it takes less minutes of prep time. It is sure to be added to your family favorites.
On the off chance you don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting, cover with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container.
This is such a quick and easy dump cake recipe to make so it is a great option for a last minute dessert. This fresh strawberry dump cake with fresh strawberries is also fun for the kids to help make. Everyone is sure to love this no-fuss dessert with fresh strawberry flavors.
Printable Recipe Card For Strawberry Dump Cake:
Enjoy your delicious strawberry dump cake! If you love fruit dessert recipes, try this blackberry cobbler in a jar too.
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