Blueberry Dump Cake
Have you ever made a dump cake? I swore I would never make one because they always look awful on top, however, I have a freezer full of my homegrown blueberries from last year that I wanted to use up so I broke down and tried my first one.
It was definitely easy to make but I still didn’t expect it to turn out, especially when it said to dump the dry cake mix over the blueberries and drizzle the butter on top. That left the dry cake mix topping, well, dry! There wasn’t enough butter to cover the entire top of dry cake mix so I tilted the pan back and forth until it covered as much as it could. There were still dry spots and it still didn’t look promising.
When the timer went off I opened the oven door and thought it was the most unappealing cake I have ever seen and that I would never serve something like this to a guest. On top of that, it wasn’t a cake at all, more like a blueberry crisp and the parts the butter didn’t cover was still dry cake mix! (UPDATE: A fellow blogger said they use more butter than this recipe originally stated so I put the correct amount on the recipe card. This should correct the dry cake mix problem.)
I had envisioned a white cake with all of my blueberries going through it. Instead the blueberries stayed on the bottom and turned into a delicious jellied like consistency. My granddaughter said it best, it tasted like blueberry jelly and was it good!
Now for the topping, when I bit into the topping the powdered cake mix was awful to eat. It had the consistency of a crumb like topping and was way too sweet. The parts that had the butter did crisp up somewhat but the parts without the butter was like eating dry cake mix. The recipe said “do not mix” just pour the butter on top….hmmmm.
My granddaughter said she mixed hers up and it tasted much better that way. I thought that was a great idea so I did too. It definitely helped the taste of the topping and the jellied blueberries were already delicious.
I scooped all the leftovers out of the pan and mixed it with a spoon in a bowl with a cover, then I refrigerated it. I didn’t want to pitch it because I hate waste and it takes a long time picking my homegrown blueberries.
Later that night I decided to try it again and I was shocked at how delicious it tasted. There wasn’t any dry cake mix left and the topping didn’t taste as sweet due to mixing it all together.
Will I make a dump cake again, no way! I will stick to my original and normal way of baking. I will post the recipe below and if you decide to try it, or if you have a hint to make the topping better, let me know what you did. All the dump cakes I have seen on Facebook, the topping always looks so bad even though in the end it tasted good.
If using frozen blueberries, microwave
them on high for 2 minutes to thaw.
In a large bowl add the blueberries,
sugar and cinnamon.
Toss until the blueberries are all coated.
Spray a 9″ x 13″ oven safe
dish with cooking oil.
Pour the berries into the dish.
Pour the dry cake mix evenly over the top.
Melt the butter in the microwave.
Drizzle the melted butter over the top
then tilt the pan so the butter covers as
much of the dry cake mix as you can.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for
35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Cut into serving size pieces and serve.
Top with vanilla ice cream if you want.
Blueberry Dump Cake
- 1 box yellow cake mix (I used white)
- 4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- If using frozen blueberries, pour them into a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
- Add the sugar and cinnamon to the blueberries then carefully toss well.
- Spray a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with cooking oil.
- Pour the blueberries into the baking dish.
- Pour the dry cake mix over the top.
- Melt the butter in the microwave. Drizzle the butter over the dry cake mix. Do not mix but tilt the dish to get as much of the butter to cover the dry cake mix as possible.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
- Cut into serving size pieces and serve with vanilla ice cream on top if you want.