I’m trying to do a better job of using fresh produce instead of letting it wilt in the refrigerator. I had a package of fresh strawberries that flashed warning signals at me for almost a week every time I opened the refrigerator. This morning I saw the package of strawberry cake mix in the pantry and Strawberry Dump Cake was born.
A dump cake means that dry cake mix is “dumped” over fruit that has been “dumped” in a pan and then the whole shebang is covered with melted butter. Not quite a cobbler or a crisp but not a full fledged cake either, it is a big timesaver. Therefore, a legitimate dessert If the cook is on a tight schedule, usually the eaters are too. And they are looking for something fruity that tastes good. Dump cake wins again.
The strawberries and strawberry cake mix complement each other very nicely. I used frozen mixed berries with the strawberries since I was about half a cup short. Worked nicely. There is enough sweetness in the cake mix that the sugar becomes a vehicle for the spices and less a sweetener. You can substitute regular margarine, if you like, for the butter. You can wash, hull and slice 4 cups of fresh berries in about 10 minutes. I keep cinnamon sugar mixed and on hand so it is a matter of measuring and adding a bit of nutmeg. In less time than it takes to preheat the oven you can have this ready to go – say about 15 minutes.
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- 4 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 package strawberry cake mix, approx. 15 ounces
- ½ cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spray or grease 9x13 baking pan.
- Spread sliced berries evenly over the pan.
- Mix sugar and spices together and sprinkle over the berries.
- Pour DRY cake mix evenly over the strawberries.
- Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave and pour evenly over dry cake mix.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until top of cake is slightly browned and cooked through.
- Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.
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