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Do Dump Cakes Need to Be Refrigerated?

Last Updated on February 23, 2024 by Lauren Beck

If you are a fan of dump cakes like me, then you know they are a crowd pleaser and simple to whip up. However, a common inquiry I receive is whether or not it is necessary to refrigerate these cakes.

The answer is, it depends. If you are using fresh fruit in your dump cake, then it is best to refrigerate it. This will help to keep the fruit from going bad. However, if you are using canned fruit, then you do not need to refrigerate the cake.

So, there you have it. If you’re ever wondering whether or not your dump cake needs to be refrigerated, just remember to ask yourself what kind of fruit you’re using. If it’s fresh, refrigerate it. If it’s canned, don’t worry about it!

Why Is It Called Dump Cake?

The name “dump cake” comes from the fact that all of the ingredients are literally dumped into a pan before being baked. There is no need to mix or measure anything, you simply dump it all in and let the oven do its work.

Dump cakes got their name because they were so easy to make that even someone who was not very skilled in the kitchen could make one.

How Long Can a Dump Cake Sit Out Unrefrigerated?

If you are using fresh fruit in your dump cake, then it is best to refrigerate it. This will help to keep the fruit from going bad. However, if you are using canned fruit, then you do not need to refrigerate the cake.

Can Dump Cake Sit Out?

Dump cake can sit out at room temperature for up to two days. After that, it is best to refrigerate the cake to help keep the fruit from going bad.

Can Dump Cake Be Frozen?

Yes, dump cake can be frozen. Simply wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store in the freezer for up to six months. When you’re ready to enjoy, thaw the cake overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat in a 350 degree oven until warm.

Is Dump Cake Good the Next Day?

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Dump cake is best served the same day it is made. However, you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to four days. If you do refrigerate your dump cake, be sure to reheat it before serving.

How Do You Store Dump Cakes?

Here are a few tips for storing your dump cake:

  • Wrap the pan tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
  • Place the cake in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready to enjoy your cake again, remove it from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Then, reheat it in the oven until it’s warm throughout.
  • Enjoy!

What Is the Difference Between Cobbler and Dump Cake?

Cobbler is a fruit dessert that is made by spooning fruit and a sweet batter or dough into a baking dish. The batter or dough rises to the top during baking, resulting in a cake-like topping. Dump cake, on the other hand, is made by dumping fruit and a dry cake mix into a pan. The cake mix is then moistened with water, butter, and/or other liquids before baking. As a result, dump cake has a denser, doughier texture than cobbler.

How Do You Know When Dump Cake Is Done? 

Dump cake is done when the fruit is bubbly and the topping is golden brown. To check if your dump cake is done, insert a toothpick or cake tester into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is finished baking. If not, give it a few more minutes in the oven.

How to Make Cherry Dump Cake?

Here is a quick and easy recipe for cherry dump cake [1]:

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 1 box (15.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with butter.
  2. 2. Pour cherry pie filling into the greased pan.
  3. 3. Sprinkle cake mix over cherry pie filling.
  4. 4. Pour melted butter over cake mix.
  5. 5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly.
  6. 6. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Enjoy!

How to Serve Dump Cakes?

Dump cakes can be served hot or cold, with or without ice cream or whipped cream. If you’re serving your cake cold, be sure to let it come to room temperature first. For a hot dessert, reheat your cake in the oven until it’s warm throughout. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, and enjoy!

Can Dump Cake Be Made Ahead?

Dump cake can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to four days. Be sure to wrap the pan tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing. When you’re ready to enjoy your cake again, remove it from the fridge and let it come to room temperature. Then, reheat it in the oven until it’s warm throughout. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream, and enjoy!

Conclusion

Dump cake is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that can be enjoyed the same day it is made. However, if you need to store your cake, it can be refrigerated for up to four days. Be sure to wrap the pan tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing, and reheat your cake before serving.

Reference:

  1. https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/dump-cake-recipes/
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