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Cranberry Dump Cake: Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Thanksgiving is filled with food traditions and cultures that are passed down through generations, but what I love most about living in diverse and multicultural environments is learning about new ones! As I was thinking about how to use our Thanksgiving leftover, my sister-in-law (who is also Latina), told me about this amazing Cranberry Dump Cake that was made by a co-worker of her’s. She said the recipe had been passed down to her co-worker through her own family’s generations and was super easy to make, with minimal ingredients needed.

What on earth is a Dump Cake, you ask? I asked the same thing! Dump Cake is a fruit filled cake using boxed cake mix and pie filling. That’s it! You can use whatever fruit you want, but this woman said traditional dump cake used apple and/or cherry pie filling and pineapple chunks. So, on my regular shopping trip to Walmart last week, I picked up the few items I needed to make this after Thanksgiving.


How To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers: Cranberry Dump Cake

Making a dump cake is SO easy to make. Here’s all you need to make this Cranberry Dump Cake:

1 (14 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce (or roughly the same amount of homemade sauce)

9 ounces of yellow cake mix

1 (14 ounce) can pineapple chunks, chopped into bit sized pieces, liquid reserved

1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

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How to Make a Dump Cake

Essentially, the liquid from the fruit sauces will cook the dry cake mix, so be sure to keep the liquid consistency. Because my homemade cranberry sauce was fairly thick, I mix in a bit of the pineapple juice along with the chunks and mixed it all together before dumping into my cake pan.

Dump cranberry sauce and pineapple chunks into bottom of a cake pan.

Sprinkle dry cake mix on top. Spread evenly with wooden spoon.

Drop pieces of butter all over.

Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour at 350 degrees, or until the top of your dump cake is golden brown.


I’ll be honest, although this recipe is actually made with cake mix, we’ve eaten it for breakfast too! It was so easy to make, my 4 year old practically made it on her own. Next time you’re wondering what to do with your Thanksgiving leftover cranberry sauce, give this dump cake recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed.

*Disclosure: As participant of the Walmart moms program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All opinions are my own.

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