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4 Ingredient Gingerbread Dump Cake

This gingerbread dump cake is moist and delicious with all the Christmas flavors you crave! Serve an easy gingerbread cake for brunch or dessert this year. Great recipe loved by all.

gingerbread dump cake recipe

I thought this gingerbread dump cake should be added to our easy dump cake recipes list on The Typical Mom blog. Now that the holidays are rolling around we’re all about treats. (originally published 11/19, affiliate links present)

You’ll have to let us know what you think but I’d say it’s a great Christmas dessert that only requires 4 basic ingredients and you can whip up together fast!!

Gingerbread dump cake

Easy right??!!

christmas Dump Cake

Unlike our homemade zucchini gingerbread loaf, this is super easy. It only requires a little bit of layering and dumping everything in. NO mixing is even required. Seriously.

Why I love dump cakes

  1. They can be whipped together at a moments notice, great when guests arrive unexpectedly
  2. Dump cakes only require a few ingredients
  3. You can use whichever type of pie filling you like traditionally in just about any dump cake recipe
  4. Dump cake recipes always come out moist
  5. There’s no need to cut a pretty slice, you just scoop out and serve
    1. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top or whipped cream if you’re feeling really naughty

They’re just so good!!

Comfort food to the max let’s say.

Here’s a quick peek at the process of making this easy gingerbread cake with apples.

Gingerbread Cake

Like I said, dump cakes traditionally just use butter or layering of a can of pie filling + crushed pineapple. That is my go to method.

I have made the traditional 3 ingredient dump cake recipe before where you just use cake mix, egg and a lot of butter but it isn’t my preference.

That way comes out well…..very buttery and heavy to me, so most of my easy dump cakes have fruit and ie filling.

I thought apple and pineapple would compliment our gingerbread cake pretty well and my family agreed…but you could swap out the pie filling if you preferred.

What if you don’t care for pineapple or cannot eat it?

  • I have had a few people ask me this and my only suggestion would be to replace the can of crushed pineapple with another can of apple pie filling.
    • Note – this will probably make the cake take a bit longer to cook

It may be more dense because of the weight of the top layer of apple pie filling

christmas dessert

This is what it looked like when it was done.

I waited until the very edges of the cake peeking out looked done and was pulling away from the sides and then allowed it to cool on a cooling rack so the whole cake can solidify a bit more before scooping out.

By all means if you are anxious and need dessert right when it looks like this and you pull your gingerbread cake out then scoop out immediately and serve!! It will just be a bit looser that way, that is all….but still delish!!

Looking for more Christmas desserts we have a few!

Pumpkin angel food cake and pineapple angel food cake are 2 ingredient dump cakes that are great for the Fall

Pumpkin Angel Food Cake

Here are a few other quick easy dessert recipes you should try too:

We have a bunch of cake mix recipes to make things really easy. You can make things like our 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins, all the way to these cake mix gingerbread cookies.

gingerbread men cookies

Let us explain step by step how simple this one is to throw together though. There is a printable recipe card too below:

Time needed: 40 minutes.

Gingerbread Dump Cake

  1. Prepare

    Spray 13×9 pan with non stick spray. Pour apple pie filling into pan and spread evenly across bottom. Sprinkle dry gingerbread cake mix on top of that, spread evenly across pan.

    Dump crushed pineapple on top of mix, spread evenly across pan.
    Melt butter and pour on top, evenly. Sprinkle nuts on very top if you want to add those.

  2. Bake

    Put into preheated oven at 350 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes or until edges are light brown, cake-like, and no longer wet. Allow to cool on a cooling rack to firm up a bit. Scoop out and serve.

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Gingerbread Dump Cake

This gingerbread dump cake is moist and delicious with all the Christmas flavors you crave! Serve an easy gingerbread cake for brunch or dessert this year.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, dessert, dump cake, gingerbread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 352kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray 13×9 pan with non stick spray. Pour apple pie filling into pan and spread evenly across bottom.
  • Sprinkle dry gingerbread cake mix on top of that, spread evenly across pan.
  • Dump crushed pineapple on top of mix, spread evenly across pan.
  • Melt butter and pour on top, evenly. Sprinkle nuts on very top if you want to add those.
  • Put into preheated oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until edges are light brown, cake-like, and no longer wet.
  • Allow to cool on a cooling rack to firm up a bit.
  • Scoop out and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Gingerbread Dump Cake
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 352 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 358mg16%
Potassium 263mg8%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Stefanie

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I'm having a hard time finding the gingerbread cake mix. Would spice cake mix work?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Yes, it just won't have as strong of a flavor

June

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Not crazy about apples what to substitute?

Susan Lang

Sunday 18th of November 2018

I made this last week for a luncheon at work. I did not make it before to taste it, so I just crossed my fingers. Then the only gingerbread cake/cookie mix I could find was Hodgson Mills, which was a whole wheat mixture and possibly too heavy. Amazingly, this cake was delicious and perfect. Great recipe!!!

The Typical Mom

Sunday 18th of November 2018

So glad everyone loved it!!

Marci

Thursday 15th of November 2018

I am wondering also about what to replace the pinapple with- it is a areflux trigger in our family. Thank you!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 15th of November 2018

My initial thought would be to use 2 cans of apple pie filling, it will be a big heavier and may take a bit longer to cook because of the weight on top but if I were to make without that is what I would try.

Michele S

Thursday 15th of November 2018

Can you replace/omit the pineapple? My daughter doesn’t like pineapple. Thank you.

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