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Four simple ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time are all you need to create this mouthwatering BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE. It’s a perfect summer dessert very similar to a fruit cobbler made with a vanilla cake mix!

Blueberry dump cake on plate with vanilla ice cream
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Why this recipe works:

Does this qualify as a cake recipe or a cobbler recipe? I suppose you can consider it both.

  • Only four ingredients needed: blueberries, vanilla cake mix, butter, and lemon juice.
  • A dump cake is one of the most simple dessert recipes you’ll ever find.
  • You don’t even need to measure out any ingredients!
  • Because you can use frozen blueberries, you can enjoy this summer inspired dessert any time of year.

What is a dump cake, you may be wondering? Well, you basically dump a box of cake mix on your fruit of choice, cover it with melted butter, cook it to golden perfection, and then try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

This recipe tastes as good as a fresh blueberry pie, but it’s easier to make.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven and grease your baking dish. I prefer to use a large cast iron skillet.
  2. Add the blueberries and lemon juice, top with the dry vanilla cake mix, and cover with melted butter. You don’t even need to dirty a spoon to stir it!
  3. Then, bake it it until its golden brown on top and the blueberries start to pop. 
step by step process photos for a blueberry dump cake

Cooking tips:

  • You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this dump cake recipe. Just keep in mind that if you use frozen berries, it might increase the baking time.
  • I highly recommend using Trader Joe’s Vanilla Cake Mix if that’s an option for you.
  • Don’t hold back – serve this blueberry dump cake with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top and then try to eat it all before the ice cream completely melts. Oh yes.
scooping blueberry cobbler made with cake mix out of pan

Since dump cakes are so similar to fruit cobblers, I’ll provide some examples of both for you to try!

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Blueberry Dump Cake

Prep20 minutes
Cook40 minutes
Total1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Four simple ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time are all you need to create this mouthwatering BLUEBERRY DUMP CAKE. It's a perfect summer dessert!

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries or 32 ounces frozen
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 (16 ounce box) vanilla cake mix*
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 inch round oven safe skillet or baking dish.
  • Add berries to prepared dish and cover with lemon juice.
  • Dump contents of cake mix onto blueberries and shake pan to evenly distribute. Cover with melted butter.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, 35-45 minutes.

Notes

*Weight of cake mixes depends of brands. Its okay if the weight is a little off from the recommended 16 ounces.
  • You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this dump cake recipe. Just keep in mind that if you use frozen berries, it might increase the baking time.
  • I highly recommend using Trader Joe’s Vanilla Cake Mix if that’s an option for you.
  • Don’t hold back – serve this blueberry dump cake with a big ol’ scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top and then try to eat it all before the ice cream completely melts. Oh yes.

Nutrition

Calories: 438kcal, Carbohydrates: 66g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 668mg, Potassium: 217mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 1745IU, Vitamin C: 10.5mg, Calcium: 243mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I used to be a contributor. I originally posted this recipe on my blog in July 2016 and have since updated it with additional photos and more helpful information. Don’t worry – I didn’t change anything about the recipe!

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  1. 5 stars
    It’s so hard to believe that this super simple technique works! This is a recipe for the kiddos so they can help me bake a lovely cake without any chance of failure. 🙂