Bart Gragg

Dump Cake

by Bart "Cookie" Gragg

Dump Cake

I learned this while camping with Cherry Comstock (she married into the name, even though it is one of the ingredients) and family at Grover Hot Springs.  The first time I baked this was in a Dutch Oven at the campfire.  Simple, sweet, and vanishing because people can’t help but eat what’s left over.

1 box white or yellow cake mix
1 can Sprite
1 bar of butter (the ½ cup bars)
1 can of pie filling, Cherry, Blueberry, or Apple

Pre-heat oven to 400F.

In a deep greased cake pan dump the pie filling.  Sprinkle the cake right out of the box until distributed over the top of the pie filling.  Cut the butter bar into thin slices and distribute them on top of the cake mix.  Drizzle the Sprite all around the top of the whole shootin’ match.

Bake until done and who the heck knows when that will be.  Just watch it and you will be fine.  Here’s what to watch for – the top will become golden when it is almost done.  Stick a knife in it and see if it comes up clean.  It might be moist, but clean is the indicator.  The top wil be spongy and you might think it’s not cooked, but beleive me, it’s cakey.  Which is what we are after, right?  If the top becomes brown then it might be overdone, as the brown is the sugar from the Sprite that is beginning to caramelize.  Makes for a crunchy top.


If you use a springform pan because its deeper than most cake pans, fine.  If it’s not a ‘leak-proof’ springform it will leak a bit until the pie filling gets hot and sets in the rim.  You can line the pan with aluminum foil.  Alternatively you can use a 9 x 13 pan.  Just watch the dough a little closer and use two cans of fruit on the bottom.

High altitude:  I made this at a deer camp a couple of years ago up near the Dardanelle’s in the Sierra’s.  If I had it to do over again, I would either add a bit of cake flour, say 1/8 cup, to the boxed cake mix (whisk it together dry before ‘dumping’) or decrease the amount off Sprite to about ¾ can.

What happened this weekend?

  • ® Made buttermilk biscuits from scratch – Excellent stuff.
  • ® Made buttermilk pancakes from scratch – Denny’s and IHOP ain’t got nothing on this stuff.
  • ® Got my sourdough starter going from scratch. Next weekend will bake with that.
  • ® Updated my biz blog – gave it a facelift and got back into business writing.

Thank you to Glenn Beier for building me a stand so that I can cook in my Dutch Ovens in the backyard.  I will begin experimenting with recipes in those next weekend.  I am thinking stuffed pork tenderloin roll, Parker House rolls and cobbler.


Oh, by the way, share recipes with me and let me know if you want it passed around.

Bart Gragg

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

osully October 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm

Lookin’ Good Mr. Bart! Seems like you could come up with a better name for a dessert you eat while camping. Nice Blog tho!


Debi November 10, 2008 at 2:19 pm

My husband can’t get enough of this dessert!! He just made it with Strawberry Cake mix and Raspberry pie filling and it was to die for!!!!! Keep up the good work Buddy!!


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