Strawberry Dump Cake

Strawberry Dump Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Strawberry Dump Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

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.

For those who were kind enough to ask – we are still having technical difficulties at A Pinch of Joy.   Computers don’t like being moved apparently as we have progressed from one problem to another !  There is a now new computer setting on my desk that has needed all sorts of tweaking to do what I want.  I have backups of everything that’s already published but not posts that were in progress so until Bytes can source the adapters needed to access the old hard drive we are in limbo.  One of these days we’ll be back to normal.  Like “before we moved and can’t find anything” normal.  Like “before we started living in first one construction zone and then another 1000 miles away” normal.   Well – that might be pushing it yet . . . . . but I am hoping.

Strawberry Dump Cake
 
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Quick and easy to make, delicious fruit dessert. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream for extra yum!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray or grease 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Spread sliced berries evenly over the pan.
  4. Mix sugar and spices together and sprinkle over the berries.
  5. Pour DRY cake mix evenly over the strawberries.
  6. Melt butter for 30 seconds in microwave and pour evenly over dry cake mix.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until top of cake is slightly browned and cooked through.
  8. Serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

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We are still in the process of “moving” although we’ve been living in the house for six months.  Yesterday we drove to the storage unit and brought back another load of boxes and totes.  Everything in the storage unit has been packed away for almost a year — some of it sorely missed!  Still didn’t find the sawhorses though . . . . I am glad you find your way here each week to add your awesomeness to Busy Monday!  Thanks for linking.

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Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug -- A Pinch of Joy

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug -- A Pinch of Joy

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug just saved me.  Oh Oh Oh Misery!  I had a post ready yesterday about a wonderful dessert – sooo good it gives me goose bumps thinking about it.  I was about to hit the publish button and got called to help with some project or other and when I came back an hour later, the computer was not glowing its usual glow.  Hmmm, I thought, I don’t remember taking time to shut things down.  And that would be weird anyway since the computer is the first thing on in the morning and the last thing off at night.  Then with my mind on the dessert, I started pressing keys.

Nothing.  N O T H I N G.  Not a thing!!!  No reassuring glow on the monitor.  No gentle whir of the fan.  Nothing.  Dead silence.  And darkness.

I bolted for the stairs.

Bytes!!  The computer is dead!  He came on a run.  A dead computer is a full out emergency.  I watched as he twitched and tweaked first one thing , then another.  Oh no.  Nothing.  Not a thing.  N O T H I N G happened.

I left, unable to bear the thought of no computer.  He came into the kitchen lugging the monitor/computer and a handful of cords, in search of an electrical outlet that was more accessible than the one buried under the desk and over two feet.  In short order, he made the diagnosis.  The capacitor was gone.  Kaput.  Nothing.

To make a long story short. . . a new capacitor has been ordered and expedited.  Since, of course, there is nothing local that would work.  But tomorrow – given the wonders of the big mail order store in the sky and the green and purple van – tomorrow, the new capacitor arrives.

In the meantime, chocolate.  This chocolaty “don’t have to share with anyone, just for me to soothe my nerves and give me strength” was just the ticket.   You can enjoy it anytime.  Don’t wait for a computer emergency.

Edited to add: When the taste testers got the opportunity to try these for lunch one day, they requested a more fudgy brownie.  I added a fudgy option to the recipe directions.  Take your pick!

Chocolate Chip Brownie in a mug
 
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Chocolate when nothing else will do!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Add butter and brown sugar to a 12 ounce or larger mug.
  2. Heat in microwave on high 30 seconds. Remove from microwave. If butter is not melted, heat another 10 seconds. Stir with a fork.
  3. Mix in egg and vanilla. Stir in cocoa powder.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until well mixed.
  5. Add chocolate chips.
  6. For a cake type brownie: Microwave for one minute 30 seconds on high. Top will rise and look dry on top. Do not overcook.
  7. For a fudgy brownie: Microwave for 2 minutes on 50 percent power. Top will still look somewhat moist. Do not overcook.
  8. Add ice cream before serving, if desired.

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