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Easy 3 Ingredient Dump Cake

This 3 ingredient dump cake with canned pears turned out great! A coffee cake breakfast or dessert I threw together & was surprised how well it turned out.

3 ingredient dump cake

This 3 ingredient dump cake is easier than ever to throw together! Using a can of fruit, coffee cake mix and an egg you too can have dessert ready in no time. Then try one of our other easy dump cake recipes and enjoy.

  • When it comes to easy desserts, it doesn’t get any more simple than this one. It happened quite by accident too which are the best creations if you ask me.

I was craving something sweet so I went to mixing. A friend said she once made a blueberry loaf with muffin mix and canned pears so I started with that idea.

Pear Coffee Cake

pear dump cake

I didn’t have that, but coffee cake mix seemed like a good substitute. After mixing the liquid in the can, that didn’t seem like enough moisture so I added an egg. “We will see what happens” I said……

25 minutes later I checked it and it looked pretty darn good, then it came to the taste test. My husband is by far the pickiest one when it comes to new creations but he said “it’s pretty darn amazing” so that was a huge win!

  • You could make a sort of dump peach cobbler too if you wanted to swap out the type of fruit.
  • I like using what I have on hand at the time. If I had fruit cocktail I might try that sometime too!
dump cake
How do dump cakes work?

There are a ton of varieties out there. Most use a box of cake mix, fruit or pie filling and stick of butter poured over the top.

Many like our pineapple cherry dump cake use yellow cake mix with cherry pie filling or apple pie filling. This one is easier!

This one has no butter and uses canned fruit instead. I haven’t used anything other than coffee cake mix for this method, but may work with other mixes too.

Do you stir a dump cake?

Typically, no. This would probably be an exception to the rule. Traditionally the filling is on the bottom with cake mix on top, not stirred.

For this coffee cake dump cake, the ingredients need to be well incorporated.

Does a dump cake have to be refrigerated?

I never do. Warm is how it is typically served, with or without ice cream or whipped cream on top. Many times it is not even sliced, a scoop served warm with vanilla ice cream is perfect.

This could easily be served as a Christmas brunch item rather than a dessert. We had some leftovers and enjoyed them the next morning ourselves.

pear coffee cake recipe

Dump Cake Ingredients

  • Coffee cake mix – I always use Krusteaz
    • hasn’t been tested with any other brand or type of dry cake mix yet
  • Egg
  • Can of pears – peaches would work just as well
  • 8×8 baking dish

Time needed: 30 minutes.

Dump Coffee Cake

  1. Mix ingredients

    In a bowl mix the coffee cake mix (in white bag), 1 egg, 1/2 bag of brown sugar mix (in box) and liquid from canned fruit. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F now.

  2. Cut fruit

    With a knife, slice the sliced fruit in the can into smaller bite size pieces. Dump contents in the bowl and gently fold together.

  3. Bake

    Spray non stick spray into an 8×8 pan and pour batter in. Smooth out so it’s the same thickness across the pan. Pour remaining brown sugar mixture on top of the cake. (could add nuts too)

    Bake for 25 minutes and then cool on a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

The middle may sink a bit but that is okay, that is because it’s so moist. Unlike other dump cake recipes it does stay in tact more than others.

3 ingredient dump cake recipe

No matter which one you choose, they’re all easy and take less than 45 minutes to prep and bake. Here are a few others you’re going to love:

  • Our chocolate cherry dump cake is incredibly good. All you need is chocolate cake mix and pie filling really.
  • We have made a Crock pot dump cake too. Apple and chocolate are great but come out a lot more moist than in the oven and don’t really rise.

For a really quick idea, make this no bake cake that’s like an eclair!

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3 Ingredient Dump Cake

This 3 ingredient dump cake with canned pears turned out great! A coffee cake breakfast or dessert I threw together & was surprised how well it turned out.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon, coffee cake, dump cake, pear
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 218kcal
Author The Typical Mom


  • 1 box coffee cake mix 21 oz, Krusteaz
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can pears sliced, cut again into diced pieces with juice in can


  • In a bowl mix coffee cake mix (not brown sugar bag, set aside for now), egg and liquid from can of pears.
  • Then add 1/2 of the contents of the brown sugar bag included in your boxed coffee cake and mix in.
  • Use a knife to dice diced pears in can smaller, then pour into your bowl and gently fold together.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray the inside of a 8×8 pan with non stick spray.
  • Pour mixture inside pan and smooth so it's an even thickness across the pan.
  • Sprinkle remaining brown sugar mixture on the top and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove and put on cooling rack for at least 15 minutes to solidify before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
3 Ingredient Dump Cake
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 425mg18%
Potassium 34mg1%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 26IU1%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Catrese Turner

Sunday 6th of June 2021

Can you use pears in syrup or it has to be in juice.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 8th of June 2021

Should work the same either way


Monday 17th of May 2021

What size of can is the pears used

The Typical Mom

Sunday 23rd of May 2021

REgular, 15 oz

Patricia Kay

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Can this be cooked in my Ninja Foodi? It's so hot here in Texas that I try not to use the oven during the day.

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 18th of August 2020

Search Instant Pot dump cake in the search bar, that one will work

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