D.U.M.P. (Don't. Underestimate. My. Peach.) Cake

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Author Notes: This started out as an old girl scout camping treat. In an old cast iron "dutch oven" pot we would dump a couple of large cans of peaches, dump in a spice cake mix, and dump in a stick of butter. Every 15 minutes, it would get turned a quarter turn toward the middle of the fire. An hour later was the most wonderful dessert that could rival the s'more.

Those scout camping days are long behind us....but this is the grown up version.

Note: In my picture, it is a tad underdone because it was going to the Ronald McDonald House at Riley's Children Hospital, and I wanted them to be able to warm it up.
lorigoldsby

Serves 12

  • 8-10 fully ripe (almost past their prime) peaches
  • 1 cup peach nectar
  • 1/2-1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon each of cardamon, clove & fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, melted
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (the best quality you have)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cardamon
  1. Slice peaches into thick pieces. I usually quarter and then cut each quarter into 3 or 4 slices, depending on your size.
  2. Butter or spray a 9 x 13 pan. Line the bottom of the pan with overlapping peaches--you don't have to get fancy--it won't be seen as this is a cobbler like consistancy and it will get scooped out of the pan! You just want more than enough peaches so there is peach in every bite! Mix nectar and water together, and make sure there is enough liquid covering the peaches.
  3. If it is winter and you weren't able to can or freeze Mrs.Wheelbarrow's peaches....then you may substitute 2 cans of peach slices with juices and skip the peach nectar/water.
  4. Mix sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, spices and butter milk together, add 3/4 of the melted butter. Mixture will be very thick. Spoon on top of peaches, smoothing around. Pour remaining melted butter on top of cake mix.
  5. make crumble by combining oats, brown sugar, maple syrup with 2 t. of melted butter. Sprinkle on top of cake mix. Sprinkle pecans on top.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
  7. To serve maple-cardamon whipped cream. Put metal mixing bowl and metal wire whisk attachment in freezer for 15 minutes. Add COLD whipping cream, cardamon and maple syrup to bowl, whip until stiff.
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Tags: easy to make, travels well

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3 months ago Adelucchi

I also grew up with a "dump" cake! Ours was with cake mix and cherry pie filling! Happy to try this from scratch. I'll let you know how it comes out in comparison. Think I already know. ;-/

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Tasty and fun! ...but I must admit that I have never heard of Dump Cake, thanks for sharing this, LG :)

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

you're welcome lapadia! Its funny that I'm known in my little circle of friends as the "go-to" girl for desserts...but I'm so far from a pastry chef, its not even funny! It either needs to be "rustic" or "press in" type of tart crust or made with chocolate to get me to do it! So this is an easy, peasy dessert that satisifies both the cook and the guest!

Henrykiss

about 3 years ago arielleclementine

love it! we grew up eating Dump Cake (can of cherry pie filling, can of crushed pineapple, yellow cake mix, butter), and i've since daydreamed about making a from-scratch version! thanks so much for the recipe!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I've never had the pineapple version! did you make the "pudgie pies" with buttered bread and pie filling in the pie irons as well? mmm

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love the pecans. And your story. And cardamom! With clove! (An under-appreciated spice IMHO) Love this.

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Nothin' humble about that opinion!! Thanks!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

What do you think about using frozen peaches. I just sliced and froze 2 big ziplock bags of peaches. Would you have to adjust anything? Should I thaw first?

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I would thaw them but I think that will work. If u need, add a little extra nectar for the liquid.

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about 3 years ago Bevi

I know where some of my canned peaches are headed come winter!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks Bevi! I would be interested in seeing your recipe! Wheelbarrow has an interesting one posted.

Nog

about 3 years ago Niknud

Thanks for the directions! Can't wait to give it a whirl!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

you're welcome! Let me know how everyone likes it!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay! sounds really really good!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks S! There's a lot of "Smackdown'" going on in this weeks' contest! Can't wait to see A & M's entries!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I know, since this is my first smackdown I wonder when A&M will submit their recipes. Dying to see what they come up with.
Love this cake. I am collecting recipes for a bake sale this will be heavenly.

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about 3 years ago ellenl

SO???

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

here 'tis! thanks for being patient!

Bike2

about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Between this and the lovely Napoleon, we just have to wait!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Thanks SG! sorry for the wait--I wanted to get the pictures posted, but no time to do the recipe--i had enchiladas to make for 60 adults at the Ronald McDonald house.

Nog

about 3 years ago Niknud

What a tease! Where are the directions?!?! I think we're going camping this weekend and this could be the perfect dessert....

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

have fun camping! that could be a fun foodpickle question...what are good camping foods?