E-Z Cakes

Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

2 cans (15 ounces each) sliced peaches in extra-light syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
3/4 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup cold butter


Preheat oven to 350°. Place one can of peaches in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Drain remaining can of peaches and add to baking dish; sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle with cake mix and almonds.
Cut butter into very thin slices; arrange over top, spacing evenly. Bake until golden brown and fruit is bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 15 servings.

Pineapple Orange Cake

1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, undrained
4 large egg whites
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
TOPPING:
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
1 carton (8 ounces) reduced-fat whipped topping



In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, oranges, egg whites and applesauce on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
In a bowl, combine the pineapple and pudding mix. Fold in whipped topping just until blended. Spread over cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Yield: 15 servings.

Pear Bundt Cake

1 can (15 ounces) reduced-sugar sliced pears
1 package white cake mix (regular size)
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar



Drain pears, reserving the syrup; chop pears. Place pears and syrup in a large bowl; add the cake mix, egg whites and egg. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 4 minutes.
Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour. Add batter.
Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 16 servings.

Root Beer Float Cake

1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1-3/4 cups cold root beer, divided
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 envelope whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)



In a large bowl, combine cake mix, 1-1/4 cups root beer, oil and eggs. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes or stir by hand for 3 minutes.
Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
In a small bowl, combine the whipped topping mix and remaining root beer. Beat until soft peaks form. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Cherry Dream Cake

1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1 package (3 ounces) cherry gelatin
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups whipped topping
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling



Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Cool cake on a wire rack for 3-5 minutes. Poke holes in cake with a meat fork or wooden skewer; gradually pour gelatin over cake. Cool for 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Fold in whipped topping. Carefully spread over cake. Top with the pie filling. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Yield: 20 servings.

Chocolate Bavarian Torte

1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
2 tablespoons grated semisweet chocolate


Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two 9-in. round baking pans. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and salt until smooth. Fold in cream.
Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; top with a fourth of the cream mixture. Sprinkle with a fourth of the chocolate. Repeat layers three times. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. Yield: 12 servings.

Caramel-Fudge Chocolate Cake

1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 jar (12-1/4 ounces) caramel ice cream topping, warmed
1 jar (11-3/4 ounces) hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup English toffee bits or almond brickle chips



Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips.
Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Immediately poke holes in the cake with a meat fork or skewer. Spread caramel and fudge toppings over cake. Cool on a wire rack.
Frost with whipped topping. Sprinkle with toffee bits and remaining chocolate chips. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Carrot Dump Cake

1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
1 cup shredded carrots (2 medium carrots)
1 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
Whipped cream, optional



Preheat oven to 350°. Mix pineapple, carrots and walnuts; spread into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix; drizzle with butter.
Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, serve with whipped cream. Yield: 12 servings.

Chocolate Pudding Cake

1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
4 large eggs
1 cup water
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Whipped cream or ice cream, optional



In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs. Serve in bowls with whipped cream or ice cream if desired. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Apple-Spice Angel Food Cake

1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
1 cup water
2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
Reduced-fat whipped topping and/or apple slices, optional



In a large bowl, combine cake mix and water. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Fold in the applesauce, pecans and pie spice.
Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack at 350° for 35-45 minutes or until lightly browned and entire top appears dry. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Garnish with whipped topping and/or apple slices if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Apple Snickerdoodle Dump Cake

6 cups sliced, peeled tart apple (about 8 medium)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 package (17.9 ounces) snickerdoodle cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts



Preheat oven to 350°. Toss apples with sugars and fruit juices; spread into a greased 11x7-in. baking dish.
Place cookie mix in a bowl; stir in contents of cinnamon-sugar packet. Sprinkle over apples. Drizzle with butter. Top with pecans.
Bake until golden brown and apples are tender, 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 10 servings.

Almond Chocolate Cake

1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate fudge pudding mix
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
3 teaspoons almond extract
2-3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
6 tablespoons refrigerated regular or amaretto-flavored nondairy creamer
1 tablespoon sliced almonds


In a large bowl, combine the cake, pudding mix, water, oil, eggs and extract; beat until combined. Stir in 2 cups chocolate chips.
Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small saucepan, combine the creamer and remaining chocolate chips. Cook over low heat until chips are melted; stir until smooth. Cool for 45 minutes. Drizzle over cake. Garnish with almonds. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Pina Colada Bundt Cake

1 package white cake mix (regular size)
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant coconut cream pudding mix
1 cup canola oil
3/4 cup water
2 large eggs
1/4 cup rum
1 cup drained crushed pineapple
GLAZE:
2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
2 tablespoons unsweetened pineapple juice
1/4 cup cream of coconut
1 tablespoon rum
1/4 cup flaked coconut




Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, oil, water, eggs and rum; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Stir in pineapple. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
In a small bowl, mix 1 cup confectioners' sugar and pineapple juice; brush over warm cake. Cool cake completely.
In another bowl, mix cream of coconut, rum and remaining confectioners' sugar; drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with coconut. Yield: 12 servings.

Black Forest Dump Cake

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 can (15 ounces) pitted dark sweet cherries, undrained
1 chocolate cake mix (regular size)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3/4 cup butter, cubed



Preheat oven to 375°. Spread pie filling into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; top with undrained cherries. Sprinkle with cake mix and almonds. Top with cubed butter.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until topping is set. Serve warm or at room temperature. Yield: 12 servings.

Easy Pistachio Bundt Cake

1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
4 large eggs
1-1/2 cups water
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Confectioners' sugar
Finely chopped pistachios, optional



Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan.
In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients; beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Dust with confectioners' sugar. If desired, sprinkle with pistachios. Yield: 12 servings.

Blueberry-Lemon Upside-Down Cake

4 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened blueberries, thawed
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Whipped topping


Preheat oven to 350°. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, layer blueberries, sugar and marshmallows. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding lemon peel before mixing batter; pour over marshmallows.
Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm with whipped topping. Yield: 12 servings.

Chocolate Espresso Lava Cake

1 package chocolate fudge cake mix (regular size)
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
3 cups 2% milk
1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white baking chips



Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding espresso powder before mixing. Transfer to a greased 4-qt. slow cooker.
In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix 2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes or until soft-set. Pour over batter. Cook, covered, on low 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out with moist crumbs.
Sprinkle top with chocolate chips and baking chips. Turn off slow cooker; remove insert. Let stand, uncovered, 15-30 minutes or until chips are softened. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings.

Chocolate-Covered-Cherry Dump Cake

1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
3/4 cup pecan halves
1 cup unsalted butter, melted



Preheat oven to 350°. Mix pie filling, chocolate chips and extract; spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix and pecans; drizzle with melted butter.
Bake until top is set and filling is bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 15 servings.

Elvis’ Pudding Cake

3 cups cold 2% milk
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant banana cream pudding mix
1 package banana cake mix (regular size)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups peanut butter chips
1 cup chopped dried banana chips


In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding peanut butter before mixing. Pour over pudding. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out with moist crumbs.
Sprinkle with peanut butter chips; cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes or until partially melted. Top with banana chips. Yield: 12 servings.

Lemon Berry Dump Cake

6 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup butter, melted, divided
1 package lemon cake mix (regular size)
TOPPING:
2 containers (6 ounces each) lemon yogurt
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup marshmallow creme
1/3 cup lemon curd
Additional blueberries, optional



Preheat oven to 350°. Toss blueberries with cinnamon; spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with half of the melted butter. Sprinkle with cake mix; drizzle with remaining butter.
Bake until golden brown and fruit is bubbly, 45-55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
Beat together yogurt, whipped topping, marshmallow creme and lemon curd. Serve dump cake with yogurt mixture and, if desired, additional blueberries. Yield: 15 servings (3 cups lemon topping).