Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ridiculously Easy


I mean it. Easy. E…..Z…. Peach Crunch Cake.


You need some sliced peaches in syrup.


Just dump them in a 13 X 9 dish. Syrup and all.

Note: this can also be called a dump cake. But that doesn’t sound all that pretty.


Cut the peaches into smaller pieces and you can distribute them more evenly.


Next up, you need a yellow cake mix.


Sprinkle it right over the top of the peaches. No mixing. None.


Keep sprinkling until it’s all covered up.


Then layer 1 stick of butter right on the top.

For some reason this photo makes me smile. Like little pats of butter floating in clouds.


And this really makes me smile. Brown sugar baby. I can’t put this on anything without sneaking a spoonful for myself. Sugar. Straight up. Don’t tell.


Oh this is looking good. So fluffy. I need a spoon. No… I need to wait.


Finally, add some chopped walnuts.


Here ’tis from the top and again from the side.

Bake it at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes and voila…


Peach crunch cake. Really though it’s more dessert than cake.


Some for me…


Some more for me…

Good alone… good warm… good cold… and


Good warm with something cold.


Yum. Yum. In my tum.

Peach Crunch Cake

24.5 oz jar of sliced peaches in light syrup
1 package yellow cake mix
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), cut into 16 pieces
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Layer ingredients in a 13 X 9 dish, in order starting with the peaches.
Bake for about 40 minutes.
Serve warm or cold… with or without ice cream.


See, that was easy.

Now how about something hard.

Voting for the 2010 Bloggies is underway and guess what… Bakerella was nominated in two categories. Best Food and Best Design. Wowzers!

But here’s the hard part… try choosing between some of my fellow nominees… definitely not as easy as this cake.

Smitten Kitchen – I want to cook like her when I grow up.
Joy the Baker – She’s way cool, super cute, and she bakes, too.
Cake Wrecks – Jen’s humor is hard to beat.
101 Cookbooks – literally … she has that many.

Style Me Pretty – I can get lost gazing at their photos all day.
Pawcurious – animals = uh-oh.
Pretty Stylish London – fashion and fun
The Pioneer Woman – ummm… oh well…game over.

Go. Vote for your faves. Voting ends Sunday, January 31st.


Susan:) said...

Can you make this with something besides peaches? I really don’t like peaches!

January 28, 2010 11:48 PM
Maureen said...

oooohhh…i HAVE to make this!! thank you, thank you, thank you!! you are my favorite. <3

January 28, 2010 11:49 PM
Linda said...

I love this one, we make it quite often. Super simple and so, so good!

January 28, 2010 11:54 PM
Stacy Lane said...

Yum–looks so good!

January 28, 2010 11:56 PM
Tina said...


January 29, 2010 12:00 AM
Sue said...

Yum! and I just voted for you. CONGRATS!

January 29, 2010 12:01 AM
Katherine said...

oh goodness, this looks fantastic! although, i must say i’m more of an apple girl than a peaches girl. think i could pull off the same recipe with apples or apple pie filling?

January 29, 2010 12:03 AM
jackie said...

OH! So YUMMY! Must try this. Thanks.

January 29, 2010 12:10 AM
Stacey said...

oh. my. goodness.

I’m not a nut person, so that kinda turned me off, but the rest of that recipe is HEAVEN in a 13×9.

January 29, 2010 12:25 AM
Jamie said...

Wow! I am trying this tomorrow!!!

January 29, 2010 12:31 AM
Angela said...

my mom makes this with cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple, and no nuts and brown sugar. I am totally telling her to use brown sugar on the next cherry dump cake she makes. So GOOD. I can’t wait to try it with peaches!!!

January 29, 2010 12:31 AM
Amy said...

Another one that I can’t wait to try!

January 29, 2010 12:36 AM
Nancy said...

Yummy. I too like a spoonful of brown sugar straight up. Nothin better!
Thanks for a great recipe.

January 29, 2010 12:49 AM
Jeanette Petersen said...

This is very similar to a peaches and cream cobbler. Over the peaches spread a layer of cream cheese and powdered sugar (that has been mixed together :) then top with yellow cake mix, pats of butter, and cinnamon. Looking forward to trying it with the brown sugar and nuts!

January 29, 2010 12:52 AM
Dana Pratt said...

Do you think this would come out well without nuts? My mother is seriously allergic, but would LOVE this recipe!

January 29, 2010 01:01 AM
Tamara said...

by a yellow cake mix do you mean something like Buttercake or Vanilla? I’m from Australia so sometimes I don’t always follow 100%… I wouldn’t mind trying this recipe but using pears instead!

January 29, 2010 01:05 AM
Paige said...

This looks so yummy! I am adding yellow cake mix and peaches to my grocery list as I type. Thanks for a quick and easy dessert! Have a great weekend!

January 29, 2010 01:06 AM
brat said...

I make something similar to this without the b. sugar though. The other thing that is different is that I melt the butter first so that all the cake mix is covered as once in a while you will come across an area that the juice didn’t absorb into the mix. I will also add cinnamon across the top.

January 29, 2010 01:07 AM
Meagan said...

I have made this many times using cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple just as Angela pointed out her mom does. It is so easy! Just dump the crushed pineapple in a 9×13 glass dish. Then dump cherry pie filling on top. Then dump dry yellow cake mix on top of that and slice 2 sticks of butter into twelve pieces each and spread out pieces across top of cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour and voila! Very delicious and almost more like a cobbler than a cake. I’m definitely going to try this with the peaches and maybe even try doing one with apples.

January 29, 2010 01:08 AM
Leslie said...

We make a version of this cake all the time when we go camping. We put it in a dutch oven lined with tinfoil, pour in peaches, sprinkle a cake mix, then just pour a can of sprite over the top. That way it makes for easy food storage (you don’t have to have butter). Of course you can always sprinkle cinnamon, brown sugar, or both. Or my personal favorite sprinkle a packet of instant oatmeal on top–like maple and brown sugar flavor…

January 29, 2010 01:18 AM
Sugar & Spice Event Design said...

I make this all the time. It is my favorite quick dessert! It is way better than it looks… if that is believable!

January 29, 2010 01:31 AM
Brittany said...

That is easy! I can’t wait to make it!

January 29, 2010 01:47 AM
erika said...

i think i could actually make this! LOL! i’ll vote for you!


January 29, 2010 01:48 AM
Eryn said...

Oh my goodness! This looks so yummy it’s making my tummy growl! I am going to have bake-filled weekend and make many many many treats to take back to my dorms with me for school! Thanks so much for the yummy and easy treats that even a college kid can afford! ;)

January 29, 2010 01:52 AM
Quinn said...

Creative. I think banana would have been awesome too, with dulce de leche drizzled over!!!

January 29, 2010 02:07 AM
Carolyn said...


Would be fantastic made with canned boysenberries and a chocolate cake mix!

January 29, 2010 02:19 AM
Elisabeth said...


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How SWEET, right?? :)

January 29, 2010 02:21 AM
Heather said...

MMMMMMMMM! I want to make so bad now, but with pecans,, not a walnut fan! I have to wait till my cheat day tho. :(

BTW.. you are so sweet to list your competitors, I’m voting for you tho! Hope you win!

January 29, 2010 02:57 AM
Crystal H said...

Ok, this is something I’m going to have to make. it’s too easy not to! I have a feeling my husband is going to be impressed! :)

January 29, 2010 03:25 AM
Vee said...

That.. looks.. so.. delicious! I will definitely be making your dessert this weekend & hopefully it’ll look as amazing as yours `=O)

January 29, 2010 05:02 AM
Abby said...

Thanx for sharing :)

January 29, 2010 05:27 AM
sugar plum said...

Oh dear Bakerella-love that name….this is so so so good dear……amazinlgly simply and a must try-u always are so amazing….
Ofcourse i did vote for u and a few of ur favs too……as will thousands others vote for u for sure….

January 29, 2010 05:47 AM
Casie said...

YES! I’m not the only one who eats brown sugar straight up!! WOHOO! *happy dance* I’m going to have to make this for my coworker who LOVES anything peach. And for my dad of course. It looks soo…easy!

January 29, 2010 06:14 AM
Posie Patchwork said...

Ohhh delicious. Fabulous, must try that, we love LOVE peaches in this house. Love Posie

January 29, 2010 06:31 AM
Valérie said...

Ridiculously easy but reeeaaaly good !!

January 29, 2010 06:32 AM
Jessica @ How Sweet It Is said...

Easy and amazingly delicious!!!

January 29, 2010 06:43 AM
Kirsi said...

That looks sooo good!

This recipe is far from 70’s and we made this at school on home economics class


1 dl water
4 apples
75 g melted butter
3 dl oat flakes
0,5 dl sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Pour water in a dish. Peel and slice apples and put then in the dish. Mix oat flakes with sugar and cinnamon and pour melted butter among them.
Spread compound on the top of the apples. Bake at 200 C about 20 minutes or until apples are soft.
Serve warm with vanilla sauce or ice cream.

January 29, 2010 07:07 AM
Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose said...

I voted for you last night! Woo hoo, go Bakerella! Lots of honorable nominees, but you take the bake..I mean cake!

My friend made a very similar recipe as yours adding pineapple chunks and cherry pie filling (with the peaches and yellow cake mix). I could have eaten the ENTIRE pan myself it was so good. Can’t wait to try yours out! It looks heavenly!

Have a great weekend Bakerella!

January 29, 2010 07:28 AM
Melanie said...

Looks yummy and there isn’t anything easier, is there?

January 29, 2010 07:36 AM
Nicole said...

The cake is also amazing with pineapple in heavy syrup. Top it the same way except mix some flaked coconut with the sugar on top. (I don’t measure, just throw in a couple of handfuls)

January 29, 2010 08:08 AM
Sandra said...

Hi !
I´m coming from Germany, reading you´re blog really often. This “Ridiculously Easy” sounds very yum yum, the pictures are more yum yum, but I´ve a problem: What is “1 package yellow cake mix” ? I didn´t find a translation what makes sence :-( Could you help me, please ? Thanks.

January 29, 2010 08:10 AM
Therese said...

We used to make it with canned cherry pie filling and pineapple.

January 29, 2010 08:32 AM
Lisa said...

Wow, that looks wonderful!

January 29, 2010 08:40 AM
Jess said...

My family has been making this for eons. But slightly different. We drain the peaches and mix them with sugar, cinnamon and flour like making a peach pie, then dump them in the pan and cover with cake mix and butter. I have never tried it with nuts though. Lately we have been adding a splash of vanilla in with the peaches.
I actually have some in the fridge right now that needs to be eaten up. YUMMY!!!!

January 29, 2010 08:46 AM
Jennifer said...

Please move to my part of Georgia and be my best friend so you can share the goodies with me. Congrats on the Bloggie nominations!

January 29, 2010 08:49 AM
Carol said...

I don’t like either canned fruits or candied fruits. Do you know if it works with fres fruits (apples, bananas or pears)?
Thaaaaaaanx a lot =)

January 29, 2010 08:50 AM
Mrs. Jen B said...

I think the copious amounts of drool coming from my mouth almost shorted out my keyboard. But it would be worth it. How amazing and easy is that? I’m totally making it! THANK YOU!

I love your blog and voted yesterday for Best Food. Good luck to you!

January 29, 2010 09:03 AM
Robin said...

I have been making “dump cake” for years, but I love your peach variation! I have to try it. My family loves it with cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple on the bottom (minus the nuts on top). Yummmy…you really should try it that way!

By the way, I am relatively new to your blog and I LOVE IT!!! Thanks a bunch. :0)

January 29, 2010 09:09 AM
Kristen in the ATL said...

I’ve made the dump cake with Cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple, but never this one with peaches, brown sugar and walnuts…looks delish! Thanks for the recipe Bakerella….hope to see you in the isles of Cake Art soon!

January 29, 2010 09:15 AM
Beth said...

I made a blueberry dump cake (like this–with the cake mix and everything), but when I told my husband what it was called, we decided we should probably call it “blueberry delight” instead. It just sounds much more appetizing.

January 29, 2010 09:25 AM
JackieB said...

oooooooooooohhhhhhh…that looks sooooooooooo good AND sooooooooooooo easy! My kind of cooking :) DEFINITELY trying this!

January 29, 2010 09:27 AM
goodie2s said...

My best friend of many years used to make this with cherry pie filling. It was soooo yummy but when we all became more calorie focused, it suddenly seemed too sinful. Nowadays, I think it would be a great special treat for sure. I like the peach idea.
I just visited the Bloggie website and voted. I was loyal first to you…I just love this site… but also had to vote to The Pioneer Woman in the catagories you were not nominated for so I felt good about spreading the vote!
Good Luck, I hope you both win!!

January 29, 2010 09:39 AM
Andrea R. said...

I make a dump cake that my husband adores! 1 pint of blueberries across the bottom, 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 box lemon cake mix, 1 stick butter, 2/3 cup light brown sugar.

Yum! It’s so easy, and sooo good! I might think about adding some chopped pecans to it next time, but my son doesn’t like nuts so I don’t add nuts to much af anything anymore. I miss nuts!

January 29, 2010 09:46 AM
Mary @ Passionate Perseverance said...

THIS looks fabulous. My mouth is watering! I will definitely be firing up the oven this weekend for this scrumptious delight! Wow!

January 29, 2010 09:57 AM
Cece said...

I love the brown sugar idea.

Please try this version:

2 cans of apple pie filling
1 box of Spice cake mix
2 sticks of butter (one more stick than your recipe, but it does seem to make it better !)

assembled and baked just like yours. I was so VERY excited for your nominations. Being a GA girl myself, I feel proud for you !!


January 29, 2010 10:06 AM
ceri said...

I see no reason this couldn’t be considered breakfast.

January 29, 2010 10:14 AM
Ariel said...

We love that dessert. In our house we call it dump cake. I have never topped it with brown sugar or nuts, I think I might have to give that a try.
This cake is good with just about any type of canned fruit. In our house apple is first with peach running a very close second.

January 29, 2010 10:23 AM
Jackie said...

Oh, yeah. We’ve got snow coming this weekend and this would be the perfect dessert after a good bowl of beef stew. wonder if I could use some uncooked oats instead of the nuts, I don’t like nuts. And do you need to grease the pan first?

January 29, 2010 10:25 AM
Melanie said...

Any suggestions for getting the crunch without using nuts? I’m not a big nut fan, but this recipe looks awesome! I’m so making it tonight.

January 29, 2010 10:36 AM
anh said...

fabulous post! i will def have to try this!!!

January 29, 2010 10:41 AM
Kamie said...

My mom has made this for years. One of my favorite variations is to use peaches and pineapple mixed with a sprinkle of coconut and then server with pineapple sherbet.

You can also use any canned pie filling for the fruit. Comstock had an apple and cranberry filling in the fall that was yummy in this recipe.

January 29, 2010 10:47 AM
Jillian said...

You had me at easy! I’m going to try it this weekend! looks delicious!

January 29, 2010 10:52 AM
Katie said...

You posted on a Thursday, what a great Friday morning surprise! That “cake” looks so yummy, I think I’ll try it this weekend! :)

January 29, 2010 11:05 AM
Amanda U said...

That looks just wonderful! I recently made a pain in the ass complicated peach dessert, and now I want to kick myself because this simple thing looks so tasty! I’ll have to try it out with my niece this weekend. :-)

January 29, 2010 11:19 AM
Liz said...

See, this is the type of recipe I rationalize and say it’s “healthy” for breakfast because it contains fruit. And of course I have to add the ice cream on top because that’s my “dairy” group ;)

January 29, 2010 11:36 AM
Deanna said...

Oh my…..this looks amazing. Will definitely have to make this. Going to try it with apricots as well!

January 29, 2010 11:38 AM
shelly said...

Oh, this looks so good! but I just got braces and am in so much pain there’s no way I could eat this, esp. the nuts. I am just going to have to wait, but oh……..

January 29, 2010 11:41 AM
zara said...

This looks yummy. I’ll have to add ingredients on my shopping list.

January 29, 2010 11:51 AM
Beth said...

Sounds delish! I’ll definitely be trying this tonight! Thanks ;)

January 29, 2010 11:54 AM
Bree Harris said...

OMG! I have to make this tonight! My hubby will think he’d died and gone to Heaven! Wow!

January 29, 2010 12:03 PM
Jen said...

This actually is sort of similar to this pumpkin pie cake that I looooove and make every Thanksgiving. The yellow cake and butter on top is really what makes it sooooo delicious!

January 29, 2010 12:05 PM
tristan said...

Wowza! This looks absolutely delicious…divine…and all those other great d words!!!

January 29, 2010 12:05 PM
Wendy Piersall said...

My mom and I make this with cherry pie filling and pound cake mix – makes the crumbly top extra scrumptious!

January 29, 2010 12:08 PM
ern said...

haha, my mom made this for us as kids and she always called it “dumb bunny cake” because any dumb bunny can make it! :) you can also use pie filling (ANY flavor!) and it is awesome. i think i’ll make this tonight!

January 29, 2010 12:16 PM
Sarah said...

This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try. It’s definitely going to be something I make this weekend. Thanks for the great idea!

January 29, 2010 12:20 PM
Jennifer O. said...

Dang, there goes my desert-free weekend! Off to the store to get the ingredients!

January 29, 2010 12:22 PM
Cindy said...

What if you made your own cake mix (dry goods only)? All you add to cake mix is water/milk and eggs, right? So … add the sugar to the dry goods and use that as your cake mix?

Would it work?

I might just have to try it :)

(pssst … thanks for surprising us with a Thursday post!)

January 29, 2010 12:23 PM
Violet said...

You can make this with any kind of pie filling. I LOVE cherry or apple…or both. Use 2 cans of pie filling for a 9×13 pan or 1 can and a box of Jiffy cake mix for an 8×8 pan.

I’m not a nut person so I just leave them out. I haven’t put brown sugar on top but I’m gonna try it next time!

Just right for a warm-you-up winter treat. Yummety-yum-yum!

January 29, 2010 12:24 PM
Kayla said...

HEY Bakerella :)
I made a “cake” like this for a Christmas party at work . Like you, I decided I didn’t like calling it a “dump cake” SO I called it a PAA (pineapple,apple) cake like “pa, cake” it was delicious. I’ll definitely be trying this one as well.

January 29, 2010 12:29 PM
Dot O said...

I voted for ya for the bloggie awards!! Ah, yeh and I just died reading this recipe for this dessert, which will be making an appearance on my kitchen table this weekend…. oh yeh baby!

January 29, 2010 12:29 PM
Shelley said...

Oh…my…goodness…this looks absolutely delicious!!! Must…make…and eat…ah!!

January 29, 2010 12:29 PM
Katie said...

This dessert looks liek an awesome idea for a dinner party…it’s so easy yet delicious (or at least I trust that it is)! You can make it in advance and just heat it up or leave it cold. Excellent Idea!

You shouldn’t have posted those other blogs. I am now obsessed with that wedding one under design! Don’t worry, I am still voting for you!

January 29, 2010 12:32 PM
jinx2 said...

ack! there goes the eat less sugar resolution. that looks delish! that is so easy and i have all the stuff i need at home already. nom-nom-nom. :P

January 29, 2010 12:39 PM
Kelly said...

I make this with cherry and no brown sugar (although that’s a great idea!). I agree with you that “dump cake” as it was passed on to me from my grandmother is not as glorious a term as the dessert tastes!! And I love making it because it tastes exquisite but is SO EASY! :)

January 29, 2010 12:57 PM
Deb said...

Hhhmm, Peaches+Butter+Brown Sugar+E.Z.=I Love it!!!
Thank you for sharing.

January 29, 2010 01:02 PM
Cat said...

i am going STRAIGHT home and making one of these! yikes!

January 29, 2010 01:28 PM
Stephie said...

This looks sooo good, I have to try it!

Also, good luck on your own (well deserved) nomination! I voted!

January 29, 2010 01:52 PM
Nicole (dishin') said...

Looks awesome! Easy too :

Thanks for sharing!!

January 29, 2010 02:01 PM
Cupcakeluver said...

Oooooo that looks so YUMMY!!! I think I’m going to try it– it sounds really PEACHY!!!! Even my friend calls me Peachy– it’s such a peachy name!!! I love peaches!!!! WOOO!!!!!!

January 29, 2010 02:10 PM
Mona said...

I use two sticks of butter. I want to try it with cherries and chocolate cake. What do you think?

January 29, 2010 02:13 PM
3 Baking Sheets to the Wind said...

I seriously thought I was the only person who snuck bites of brown sugar straight up.

January 29, 2010 02:15 PM
Kari said...

I do the same but with either sliced granny smith apples or fresh rhubarb (adding some sugar with both). It never lasts more than a day in our house!

January 29, 2010 02:37 PM
Mary Watkins said...

I add cinnamon. cloves and ginger to my sugar and bake YUMMMO

January 29, 2010 02:38 PM
mehwish said...

I think i am falling in luv ….with this website :)

January 29, 2010 02:53 PM
amber kane said...

This looks wonderful!

January 29, 2010 03:54 PM
Marsha said...

You’re tops in my cookbook!


January 29, 2010 03:59 PM
Sara said...

Oh. Yum. Thank you!

January 29, 2010 04:21 PM
Maria said...


I’ve made previous dump cakes with pumpkin…but never even thought it could be done like this.

I may have to run to the store to make an apple or cherry version.


January 29, 2010 04:55 PM
megacrafty said...


January 29, 2010 05:12 PM
Kimberly. Reisinger said...

That looks so good…I’ve made this before, and forgotten how yummy it is!

I make a similar one, except I use 1 can cherry pie filling, 11/2 cup chocolate syrup drizzled over the cherries, then 1 chocolate devils’ food cake mix, 1 stick of butter, and then slivered almonds. Bake, and watch out…it goes fast!

January 29, 2010 05:31 PM
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