Peach Cobbler Dump Cake Recipe

My husband served a two year mission for our church in the Dominican Republic when he was 19 years old.  While he was there, his dad passed away unexpectedly.  I met my husband right after he got home from his mission, so I never got to meet my sweet father-in-law.  My husband always talks about how his dad was such a fabulous cook.  He remembers trips to the lake and his dad would be out slaving over the fire making delicious meals for everyone.  From what I’ve been told, my father-in-law was amazing at cooking anything in a dutch oven.  One of my husband’s favorite desserts was his Dad’s dutch oven peach cobbler.   Since I don’t know a thing about using a dutch oven, I went the easy route with this version of peach cobbler.  It only takes a few minutes to throw together and tastes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
Peach Cobbler Dump Cake Recipe:

2 (16 ounce) cans peaches in heavy syrup
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Empty peaches into the bottom of one 9×13 inch pan. Cover with the dry cake mix and press down firmly. Cut butter into small pieces and place on top of cake mix. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.

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  1. says

    As I was reading, I totally remembered BBQs at a friend’s house. Her family loved Dutch oven cooking so much they had a pit in their backyard specifically to use them. Basically a sandbox lol. This is the exact recipe they wrote down for me.

  2. says

    Growing up we used a similar version of this recipe, and we called it Poor Man’s Pie. 1 large can of peaches in heavy syrup, 1 box white cake mix and 1 stick of butter sliced in top. Didn’t need to press down, just spread out the cake mix. Pop in the oven at 350 for 45 min. One if our favs! I’ll try cinnamon next time!

    • says

      I prefer a little bakery trick I know.

      Drain the liquid off te peaches into a bowl, mix a few tablespoons of flour and a tsp or two of cinnamon into the juice before pouring over the peaches. Then dump your dry cake mix and top with butter. It gives the bottom layer that creamy, tangy peach cobbler texture.

      An equally awesome twist on this is 2 cans of strawberry pie filling with a chocolate cake mix! We call it chocolate covered strawberry cobbler.

  3. says

    Hello girls!

    I just found your blog through Pinterest. Wow, six girls, how wonderful!! I was blessed with 3, and I was thrilled. No boys, but I have 2 grandsons. All I can say is, you are ALL beautiful, and your parents must be so proud!!! I know I would be!!


  4. says

    We called this Cherry Quick Cake, growing up. You mixed one can of cherry pie filling with 1 small can of pineapple tidbits. Spread that in a buttered pan, and then top that with the yellow cake mix and melted butter. It was so, so rich and sweet. As kids, we loved it. Now, it’s a bit too sweet for me. You can really get by using only 1/2 a cake mix, or, just use one of those small jiffy boxes of yellow cake that make a single layer — perfect amount.

  5. says

    A friend from New Orleans gave me this receipe with apples. it had a brown sugar, butter and oatmeal topping. My Texas born Grandma used to make it with cherries with a crumble topping to. Delicious! I am just in the mood for this tonight after a rough day.Fabulous post, thank you.

  6. says

    This was the best Peach Cobbler recipe ever! My daughter’s boyfriend told me he had a “foodgasim” from eating it…my daughter was in heaven and when I came out the next morning, more than half the pan was gone!

  7. says

    I tried this recipe over the weekend and it was amazing. I strained the peace juice and added corn starch, brown sugar and cinnamon. This made the peaches really flavorful and thick. Highly recommended. And so…so easy!

  8. says

    Another quick one is frozen fruit, cake mix, and sprite. Layer each without mixing and bake. It’s amazing. We’ve done both peaches and blackberries so far. Cool thing is that it’s just three ingredients and you don’t even thaw the fruit first!

  9. says

    Another great ‘tweek’ to this recipe is using 1 pouch of instant cinnamon oatmeal (b/c I was out of plain oats) sprinkled on top of the cake mix and then press down firmly on both. I still sprinkled the top with a little cinnamon after adding the butter. My family loves the added texture that the oatmeal adds, but your basic recipe is amazing all by itself! Thanks a bunch!!!

    • says

      Hi Michelle,

      I have never tried it with fresh peaches so I am not positive how it would turn out. My only concern is that it would be too dry because you pour in the whole can of peaches AND the juice. If you used fresh peaches, I would add some sort of liquid so it wouldn’t come out dry and crumbly. Sorry I am not much help!

  10. says

    Hi y’all — My mother’s mother made this from as long back as I could remember, then my mother made it when she moved from Texas to Bama. Now, I make it for my hubby’s family and they are amazed every time – — We do have a few differences though. Cake mix dumped in pan, sprinkled with coconut, stick of butter cut up on top and bake for about 20 minutes. Add cans of peaches (fresh work if you make enough juice with sugar), 1/2 cup sugar (or not, depending on sweetness level desired), sprinkle with cinnamon, and mixed one egg into 8 ounces sour cream and drizzled over the top. Bake at 350°/375° until bubbly and brown, 30 to 45 minutes or so.

    I will say that the Six sister’s recipe is as close as any I’ve ever come across to what she made! ;o)

  11. clare says

    I just made this and a lot of the cake mix stayed dry. The cake mix I used called for eggs, oil and water to make. Should I have bought a different cake mix? If there such a thing as a complete mix (like the complete pancake batter that only needs water)?

  12. Merry says

    I made this last night for my husband and a couple of friends…..they all said it was the BEST peach cobbler they’d ever had!!! I did add a few more fresh peach slices to fill the bottom of the dish as I couldn’t find the size can called for in the recipe. I followed the rest of the recipe exactly. The bake time was perfect, this was super simple with outstanding results. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Wendy says

    So I did exactly what the instructions said, which are pretty fool proof, and it didn’t turn out at all. It was beyond liquidy still after 45 mins of baking. I eventually just mixed it all together and put it in for an additional 30 mins to get it to be decent and edible. The cake mix was still totally dry and I even did the butter slices over the top. :/

  14. Diane says

    I have read every single comment and can’t wait to try this. I have sugar free/carb free cake mix. Just need a trip to the store for the fruit. I sure hope this works! Thanks!

  15. Elaine says

    Want to try this but why use a DRY cake mix? Can I mix the cake mix as I would normally and place the preaches on top of the batter? I want my cobbler to have cake-like parts with the fruit. I was puzzled why sprinkle DRY cake mix instead of a normal cake batter.

    Someone else had asked this but received no reply. Hope someone can help.

  16. Marion says

    We’ve made this with our Girl Scout troops when camping — using Dutch ovens. Our “timing” is when you smell it, it’s done!
    We’ve used chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling to make “black forest cake” . We all love Dump Cake recipes for fast, easy desserts!

  17. Celina Carlos says

    Would anyone know how I could make this very recipe in a jar (acutally, many jars) without loosing quality – taste, crispy, eye appeal.

    In our Church, we´re always in need to raise funds for homeless children and this is something we could make and sell all year round! Probably easier than our bake sale!

  18. Chelle says

    This was a quick, yummy, dessert! I used three cans of pie filling, drained one, and cut the peaches into smaller pieces (each slice into 1/3rds). I also froze the butter ahead of time, then grated it over the top. This worked beautifully to get an even distribution and makes sure there are no dry spots. Also, make sure you ‘pat down’ the cake mix before adding the butter (I used the back of a measuring cup). This helps make sure you don’t have any dry spots and all the cobbler topping cooks up nice and crumbly. I served with vanilla bean ice cream. My guys are super decadent and added caramel syrup and whipped topping!!

  19. Christina says

    I am making this right now, because my husband loves anything peaches!
    I tried Katie Lee’s recipes off Food Network’s site and it turned out okay (I was expecting better), but I am excited about this one!!!!! :) I’ll let you know how it goes….

  20. Christina says

    Oh my stars. This recipe is so good. It smells amazing when baking and tastes even better once it’s done. I did add one pouch of instant cinnamon apple oatmeal to the top. My picky eater son just inhaled his serving. :) That’s a good day.

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