Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

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I saw a commercial not too long ago about dump cakes.  Dump cakes.. what in the world is a dump cake.  I needed to know! 

Dump cake may not have the most flattering name but it is a dessert that many people rave about. When people are not praising its delicious taste, they’re often celebrating how quick and easy this dessert is to make.

Dump cake is usually a combination of canned fruit, with cherries and pineapples being some of the most preferred.

It’s difficult to find dessert recipes that are easier to make than dump cake. With the exception of stirring the fruit, you really need to do very little to assemble this cake. It’s a great recipe for beginning cooks, especially young ones. Even little kids can make dump cake because they usually don’t have to measure ingredients.



Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake
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  1. 1 Can (16 ounces) lemon pie filling
  2. 1 Package (15 ounces) yellow cake mix
  3. 4 Ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  4. 1/2 Cup butter, cut into thin slices
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9" x 9" pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread lemon pie filling in the pan.
  3. Top with half of the cake mix.
  4. Dot with cream cheese and cover with the remaining cake mix.
  5. Top with butter in a single layer, trying to cover all areas of cake mix leaving none exposed.
  6. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.
Adapted from Quick & Easy Dump Cakes and more
Adapted from Quick & Easy Dump Cakes and more
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  1. says

    This Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake looks amazing! I’ve just learned about dump cakes when my younger sister made 2 for Christmas. I can see my soon-to-be 8 yo making this. She loooves to bake! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • melissakuczera says

      Yes you sure can. As a matter of fact I am posting later today a cherry cheesecake dump cake that is absolutely delish!

  2. says

    We have been enjoying dump cakes lately made with angle food cake mix and Sprite over some sort of fruit, fresh strawberries are wonderful!! I love cream cheese I will have to try it in my next cake.

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  3. Ronee says

    Thanks for sharing the recipe! Question–with having cream cheese in it, does this need refrigerated? I’m making it today, for tomorrow.

    • melissakuczera says

      Yes it would need to be kept in the fridge, I would pop it in the over a bit to warm it up before you serve it… or take it out of the fridge a bit before and let get to room temp

  4. Lea Anne Grabb says

    Do you think if would be possible to make a lemon pudding, either from scratch or from Jello pudding and use it instead of the canned?

    • melissakuczera says

      I think that may be delish!! I would definitely give it a try and see how it comes out. Let me know if you try it, if tomorrow was not Easter I would be tempted to get in the kitchen and try it out. LOL

  5. Monica says

    Well I have a 22oz can of lemon and I don’t have a 9×9 pan so we will try this with my “unmarked but I know it is smaller than a 9×13 pan” and see how it turns out. Part of me really wants to use the entire block of cream cheese. Will try to resist!!!!! Letting my co-workers be guine pigs and i can’t wait to make it for my sister who loves lemon.

  6. Rachel says

    So I tried this last night because I have been leaning toward lemon recipes lately AND this one looked awesome! It actually turned out to be pretty rich. I think I may try subbing applesauce for the butter next time. The cream cheese didn’t really move around much either. It stayed in blobs, so I think I will try adding a small bit of the lemon pie filling with it and whip it. Thank you for the recipe!

  7. Shelley says

    Hi I was wondering if you could double the recipe for a 9×13 or 13×9 Pan? gonna make later today so hope you see the message soon ….Thanks

    • melissakuczera says

      You may not need to fully double it, although I think you will be fine, it may just be a bit thicker. The key is just making sure you have enough slices of butter covering the top completely. So adjust that as needed, even if it requires extra.