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
Yield: one 13x9 inch cake

Peach Crunch Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Layer ingredients in a 13 X 9 dish, in order starting with the peaches.
  3. Bake for about 40 minutes.
  4. 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.


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479 comments on “Ridiculously Easy”

  1. Can fresh peaches ? be used? If so how may?

  2. I just made this but it came out darker than yours was my oven to hot

  3. Mine was with Canned diced Mangos
    I added 1 cup coconut and 1 cup sliced toasted almonds
    It was VERY well received and this for the 2nd time!

  4. This is a delicious and simple cake. I’ve made it before. Wondering if it would be possible to make it days ahead and freeze it. Would thawing it out make it soggy?

  5. 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!

  6. Tried this, this evening. It is fantastic. Cherries & peaches are my favorite fruits to cook with.
    The only thing for me is not enough fruit filling. I would either add another can of fruit filling which I didn’t have. So I added a can of can peaches drained. There is enough of the thickened sauce, so you don’t need the juice. Turned out great. Definitely 5 Stars 4 me. It may just be me, but I like a lot of filling!

  7. Help me as a European: What in God’s name is “yellow cake mix”? …

  8. I make this same dessert with the peaches, a butter pecan cake mix and I melt the butter before I drizzle it all over the cake mix. This sounds like a great twist on that recipe.

  9. Have you ever made this and then froze it to eat later?

  10. It was absolutely delicious!! I also added some pineapple chunks, and mixed in one cup of shredded coconut with the cake mix. My boyfriend said it was possibly the best dessert out of the 100+ desserts I’ve made so far! One of my favorite desserts is also the cherry version of this recipe.
    You have to dig around on the internet a bit for this dump cake recipe- most of them do not call for brown sugar, or walnuts ( and these two ingredients make it even better! ).

  11. It was absolutely delicious!! I also added some pineapple chunks, and mixed in one cup of shredded coconut with the cake mix. My boyfriend said it was possibly the best dessert out of the 100+ desserts I’ve made so far! One of my favorite desserts is also the cherry version of this recipe.
    You have to dig around on the internet a bit for this dump cake recipe- most of them do not call for brown sugar, or walnuts ( and these two ingredients make it even better! ).

  12. Was looking for a simple recipe for a dessert I could take to Bible study last week. Found this. Super easy and it was a Hit! Everyone loved it!!! Thanks.

  13. Love the idea, and love peaches.  I can actually remember how to make this w/o a recipe.

  14. Making this now however I am using 14oz can of peaches. Hope it taste good.

  15. What a wonderful blog you have. It is so festive. Well let’s see how easy this is to make for someone who is such a clutz at baking…LOL

  16. Wow..6+ years later….I’ve been on the hunt for the easiest pie/cobbler recipe. I think this just MIGHT be it. I actually have all the ingredients in my pantry (2 cans of peach halves though; I’ll just slice & dice them) so thinking I’ll probably make it tonite for tomorrow’s Sunday dinner dessert! (Will also try different varieties later ‘cuz apple is MY favorite too!)

  17. Can you use a,white cake mix.

  18. I made this last night for my book club and felt like a super star. People were gushing about how good it was. Thanks for making me look so good! It literally took a couple of minutes to pull together.

  19. This is just plain good! Super easy,too. My 14 yr old granddaughter made it!


  20. Trying soon !

  21. Way too sweet. I would maybe use a tarter fruit next time, like cherries and cut back on the brown sugar.

  22. Looks yummy! Nice pictures.

  23. a very very easy and double DELISH version of a peach cobbler/peach crisp. YUM YUM!!!!

  24. I made this for Father’s Day dinner yesterday and it was delicious and very easy to make. Will make it again!

  25. Perfect dessert for our family week at a lake house—while i got dinner I enlisted the help of my 8 and 10 yr old grandkids to “help Tutu by making dessert!” They were thrilled to help make the dessert and WE ALL were thrilled to eat it!!
    Signed, One Happy Tutu

  26. I have an old recipe for this using butter pecan cake mix. Sadly they don’t make it any more. It was fabulous! Thanks for the reminder of the yummy peach dessert. Your photos are very wonderful work.

  27. I just made this and although it does taste good the cake doesn’t mix really well and when I took it out of the oven after 40-45 min there were still patches of cake mix that didn’t cook in :(

  28. I also make this but take 1/2 cake mix add oatmeal , brown sugar and pecans and top.
    Peaches 1lg, and 1sm can
    1/2 cake mix
    Second 1/2 mixed w/ oats , b sugar, nuts
    Top with 3/4 c melted butter
    Bake @350 tell browned 11x 15 baking dish
    I don’t measure oats bs or nuts maybe close to 2/3 c oats 1/2 c bs , and small bag of chopped pecans.

  29. I made this with triple berries frozen blend and yellow cake mix and almonds. It’s so good. This recipe is versatile, there are many combinations. Apples and pecans, cherries and almond, blueberries and apricots with walnuts, etc. You can dress it up however you like from this easy concept. Thanks so much for sharing!

  30. I made this with peaches packed in water… a few calories saved… it worked great! Also if you are counting calories, use cinammon and brown sugar and skip the nuts. Its still good… add some cool whip and you are good to go.

  31. I want to surprise my fiance by making this….I am not a baker but you say its easy lol. I just had one question. Can I pre make this and put it in the fridge before baking it so it will be warm when its time to eat it?

  32. This just came out of our oven and it was soooooooooo good. The whole family loved it! Definitely making this again!

  33. I grew up on a version of this but my mom always used butter pecan cake mix and pecans instead of walnuts. She also sprinkled a little coconut on top before baking

  34. Well, I guess it wouldn’t turn out if I FORGOT the butter!!!! Can’t believe I did that!!!!

  35. I tried this supposedly easy dessert & it didn’t turn out AT ALL! The cake mix stayed as a powder & the top got too well done & almost burned. I didn’t mix anything just like it said & used the ingredients exactly as directed. Did I do something wrong?

  36. I made this gluten free. I used fresh sliced peaches and added a little brown sugar, water, cinnamon and clove powder to them. Topped it with Betty Crocker Gluten free yellow cake mix, amish butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and raw crushed almond slivers. Delish!!!!

  37. I made 2 of these one for work and one for home…I did make a change instead of yellow cake mix I used a Spice cake mix and the other one I used Caramel cake mix – both were awesome! Also I used pecans instead of walnuts

  38. I have done this using apple pie filling, with graham cracker crumbs instead of brown sugar, and chopped walnuts and cinnamon. …..otherwise the same recipe, and it is absolutely yummy!

  39. I`m Big fan of this kind Of cake and Peach Crunch Cake looks Delicious and you give me the secret key how to make delicious Cake and Thank you so much For this Yummy FOr my Hubby Recipes my hubby with me enjoy to read this post…and we are waiting for more recipes and Happy Valentine…

  40. SUPER duper Delicious recipe i love this kind off recipes and next week my hubbies birthday so this recipe is best celebration recipe Ridiculously Easy Sound really Easy to make and Yuummm,..

  41. I make a similar version of this with strawberries and rhubarb pie filling and yellow cake mix…love the tartness of it. I have also made it with chocolate cake mix and cherries and orange slices..yum!!!

  42. It is really amazing yum yum yum ………delicious recipe i am going to try this soon ..thanks for the recipe

  43. I already comment on your post give books this holiday now i read this delicious recipe post now decide to feel free after complete my work so must be visit and read your all recipes with simple ingredient article thanks…i am glad to find this easy make recipe.

  44. We make this with a can of apple pie filling instead of the peaches (add a bit of water on top of everything before it goes in oven) & it is AMAZING! Thanks for the super simple recipe!!! :D

  45. I just made this and it was FABULOUS!!!! My family LOVES it!

  46. Delicious!! So glad I found this recipe :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  47. Can you use fresh peaches with this? Looks delish :)

  48. Wow!!! it’ looks delicious!!!
    I want to try it…but I need some help… Im’m from Argentina and I don’t know what is a “yellow cake mix”? …do you mean the preparation you use to make a common cake?? the one tha comes in a box and normally you should add eggs and milk???
    thanks a lot in advanced!!!!!

  49. I just made this today, and we have a foreign exchange student from Estonia here at our place tonight, and he LOVED it! He thought it was so good he almost ate the entire thing, along with my husband! I really loved it too! I will definitely make this again!!! ? Thank you for sharing! God bless you in your baking endeavors!

  50. its n the oven right now,! will let you know what hubby thinks. very easy! and im in a wheelchair

  51. Hi, my friend Terry served this at a recent party, I fell in love, she gave me the recipe, I Google’d it and found you! Today on my blog I shared my own picture of Peach Cobbler (as we call it) and gave a link to you here. I also pinned it to Pinterest with a link (including web addy) to you. Thanks for sharing the most delicious and easy of recipes in this!!!


  52. I made this exact recipe in Girl Scout camp. It was really easy and delicious. We called it a dump cake, but that did nothing to hinder me and my troop from eating it all in one sitting! :-)

  53. Instead of brown sugar, try Graham cracker crumbs. They provide the crunch if you don’t want nuts & just enough sweetness without adding sugar. Use these ingredients on any dump cake of your choice!!

  54. Peggy–We talked on the phone a few years ago. Your marriage sounded like everyone’s should be. I’m happy you had so many years together. Few people ever find the love of their life. I did, but it didn’t last nearly as long as yours. My sympathy to you and your 7 daughters. Donna

  55. Made this today for a family gathering and it was a huge hit. Everyone wants the recipe. We all thought it should be called peach pecan crunch. :-)
    It was AMAZING!

  56. Found this via Pinterest and OMG!!! I had to stop myself from eating the whole pan. Thank you so much for this post. My house smelled like summer and I couldn’t wait to taste it while I watched it bubbling in the oven. Thanks again!!

  57. woot woot woot. im making this 2nite for one of my grandkid’s birthday (along with shepards pie, her favorite).

    i love this site. im so simple i need the step by step instructions :)

    my gkids are gonna rave over this.

    thank you.

  58. Going to try this today,sounds sooo good & easy!!

  59. Try this with Butter Pecan Cake mix and add some coconut with the nuts…..yummmm!!

  60. I make this all the time without the brown sugar and it is still good. Too sweet for a diabetic.

  61. We used to make it with pineapples and maraschino cherries :)

  62. Just finished eating a big bowl of this with some vanilla ice cream.. Looked just like your picture :-) It was soo good..heavenly. I must say, I did use one and a half sticks of butter and melted them first to be sure all the cake mix was covered…. just delicious! Thanks for an awesome recipe. I will definitely be making this again!

  63. I didn’t particularly care for this recipe. It’s super sweet and the cake mix doesn’t totally work for me. I

  64. This recipe was delicious! The brown sugar added a chewy texture that was so yummy! I made this in a smaller pan only using one can of peaches in light syrup, half a box of yellow cake mix, and half a stick of butter. It tastes AMAZING served warm with a big scoop of ice cream on top! The walnuts add a great texture as well. I’ll be making this again soon, and maybe even experiment with different fruits! My tip would be not to leave ANY of the ingredients out!

  65. Great job showing how easy this GREAT cake is! I started making this cake more than 20 years ago and it is always a hit! I don’t use nuts on mine, but since I usually have a mixture of brown sugar & cinnamon on hand, use that instead of just brown sugar. Easy or not, it is a great tasting cake! thanks for sharing!

  66. Okay just ate it, it makes a lot ,way too much for me and my daughter but it was very good and I will make it again one day.

  67. It’s in the oven! I can’t wait! I added some fresh strawberries and blackberries to it I had some left over from making a fruit salad yesterday.

  68. Oh wow. Perfect for those nights I really want to bake, but am too lazy to spend time on it. YUM!!

  69. I have lost count how many times I have made this in just the past year…Got one bubbling in the oven at this moment!

  70. Just found this recipe.Made it yesterday—wonderful.Thank you for the idea.

  71. Awesome with pineapple as well like a pineapple upside down cake


  72. Please could i knw what exactly is yellow cake mix. I’m not sure if its available in the place i stay. If you could let me know what it contains it will be of great help.

    Many Thanks

  73. i made this tonight & for the butter I used a salted cream butter & it was amazing!!

  74. add whatever fruit you want.

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