Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

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Discover the epitome of easy yet decadent dessert indulgence with our latest recipe for Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake. Perfect for satisfying those sweet cravings with minimal effort, this delightful treat combines the zesty brightness of lemon with the creamy richness of cream cheese, all in a convenient dump cake format. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, our Lemon Dump Cake promises to deliver a burst of citrusy flavor and creamy goodness in every bite. Join us as we guide you through the simple steps to create this irresistible dessert that’s sure to become a new favorite. Say goodbye to complicated baking techniques and hello to the simplicity and deliciousness of lemon dump cake perfection!

In addition to its irresistible taste, our Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake recipe offers the ultimate convenience for busy lifestyles. With just a few pantry staples and minimal prep time, you can whip up this crowd-pleasing dessert in no time. Simply layer the ingredients in a baking dish, pop it in the oven, and let the magic happen as the flavors meld together to create a luscious lemony delight. Whether you’re hosting a last-minute gathering or craving a sweet treat for yourself, this Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake is the perfect solution. Stay tuned as we walk you through the effortless process of baking up a slice of lemon dump cake heaven.

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Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

I have now become the queen of dump cakes, they are so easy to make, you don’t have to be a baker, and they mak the perfect toss in the oven dessert for unexpected guests. I make this lemon dump cake for potlucks, family reunions, weeknight desserts, summer cookouts, and more. If you are looking for another crowd pleasure for lemon lovers, try out this delicious Lemon Cake.

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What Is A Dump Cake

A dump cake is a type of dessert that’s incredibly easy to make, typically requiring just a few basic ingredients and minimal effort. The name “dump cake” comes from the method of preparing it, which involves “dumping” the ingredients into a baking dish and then baking them together.

Typically, a dump cake consists of a fruit filling (such as canned fruit or pie filling) layered on the bottom of a baking dish, followed by a dry cake mix spread evenly over the fruit. Melted butter is then poured over the cake mix, allowing it to soak in and create a crispy, golden topping as it bakes.

The beauty of a dump cake lies in its simplicity and versatility. You can customize the flavors by using different types of fruit filling or cake mix, allowing you to create a wide variety of delicious desserts with minimal effort. From classic apple or cherry dump cakes to more creative variations like pumpkin or peach, the possibilities are endless when it comes to this easy and satisfying dessert.

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What You Will Love About Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

  1. Flavorful combination: Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake offers a delightful blend of tangy lemon flavor and creamy richness from the cream cheese. This combination creates a deliciously balanced taste that’s both refreshing and indulgent.

  2. Easy to make: This dump cake recipe is incredibly easy to prepare, making it perfect for busy days or last-minute dessert cravings. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, you can have a delicious homemade dessert ready in no time.

  3. Minimal cleanup: Since the ingredients are simply “dumped” into a baking dish and baked together, cleanup is a breeze. There’s no need for multiple mixing bowls or utensils, making this recipe a convenient option for busy households.

  4. Versatile: While Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake is delicious on its own, you can easily customize it to suit your preferences. Add a sprinkle of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra touch of sweetness, or serve it alongside fresh berries for a burst of freshness.

  5. Crowd-pleaser: Whether you’re serving it at a family gathering, potluck, or casual dinner party, Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake is sure to be a hit with everyone. Its irresistible flavor and easy preparation make it a favorite dessert for any occasion.

Can I Swap A Yellow Cake Mix for A Different Flavor

Of course! You are welcome to use a white cake mix or even a lemon mix for a more intense lemon flavor. I love the way the yellow cake mix pairs with the lemon but you can switch it up.

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Does Dump Cake Have To Be Refrigerated?

Yes, Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake should be refrigerated if there are any leftovers. Since it contains cream cheese, it’s important to store it in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth and ensure food safety. Once the cake has cooled completely, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator. It can be kept refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Before serving leftover cake, you can warm individual slices in the microwave for a few seconds if desired.

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What Ingredients Do You Need For A Dump Cake

For this dump cake, you need just one extra ingredient compared to other recipes. Pie filling, cake mix, cream cheese, and butter are all you need for a lemon cream cheese dump cake.

What Are Some Toppings To Add To A Dump Cake

  • A dusting of Powdered Sugar
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Fresh lemon zest

I prefer this lemon cream cheese dump cake as is, but you are welcome to add on some toppings if you prefer a little more flavor.

You will find hundreds of variations to dump cake recipes online. Make one or more and see how you like them. I know for me, they are quick, easy, and minimal cleanup and those are all things I can for sure get on board for.

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Tips & Tricks For Making A Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

  1. Evenly distribute the cream cheese mixture: After spreading the cake mix over the fruit filling, dollop the cream cheese mixture evenly on top. 

  2. Customize the toppings: Feel free to customize the toppings to your liking. You can sprinkle chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or additional lemon zest over the cake before baking for extra flavor and texture.

  3. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream: For an extra special treat, serve slices of Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy topping pairs perfectly with the tangy lemon flavor of the cake.

  4. Store leftovers properly: If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Enjoy them chilled or gently warmed in the microwave before serving.

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Have you tried the lemon cream cheese dump cake yet?

Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Use this video to help guide you along.


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Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Lemon cream cheese dump cake is any lemon lovers dream. This dump cake is creamy, lemon-y, and absolutely delicious. But to make this lemon cake even better, is it is a dump cake recipe. That means you literally dump ingredients into a baking dish, and toss in the oven. Then it magically bakes into one delightful dessert.


  • 1 Can, 16 ounces lemon pie filling
  • 1 Package, 15 ounces yellow cake mix
  • 4 Ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 620mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 1gSugar: 37gProtein: 4g


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  1. 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. 🙂

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

    1. I love love love lemon! Our daughter’s family comes for dinner every Thursday for dinner. Our youngest grandson eats enough for 3 adults. I made this for desert tonight (it looks and smells yummy) and am hopefull there will be enough for everyone. I made with a Pillsbury sugar free cake mix and will serve with frozen vanilla yogurt.

        1. If you are putting it into a longer dish, you can definitely double it. I would not go deeper with this or else it will not cook properly.

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

    1. 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

  8. 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?

    1. 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

        1. Did you use the cooked Jello lemon pudding or the instant. I was afraid if I use the instant that it won’t come out correctly since it’s cold and thickens from the cold milk. Thanks for any help.

          1. I used the lemon pie filling. I am pretty sure you could use either lemon pudding and get the same delicious results.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

    1. @Rachel, I wasn’t happy with the cream cheese….never melted, just stayed in chunks…..I want to make it again but what can I do about the Chunks of cream cheese. Could I spread some sour cream on? Also could I heat the butter up and drizzle it on top?

  11. 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

    1. 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.

  12. Are you positive the carb count is right? 16 carbs in a serving of lemon filling and 36 grams per serving in the cake mix is much more than 6 grams. Curious to hear your thoughts.

    1. No I am so sorry, I suspect it is incorrect. Unfortunately the software I use and the user inputting the information can easily lead to some incorrect measurements. If it seems completely incorrect, sadly it probably is. One day I will get the perfect solution for this.

    1. I love lemon, so I think it sounds delicious. 🙂 If it is a bit too lemony, I bet some vanilla ice cream would be the perfect solution. 🙂

  13. Love your lemon cream cheese idea, sounds great. Looking forward to trying it. I’ve been making dump cakes since I first heard of them when my second child was a baby in 1977. It’s been fun coming up with different flavor combinations, but never thought of lemon. Though I did win a prize for one I made with spice cake, apricots, and pecans.

  14. This looks lovely! Would this be good served cold as well? I’m looking for a cool dessert to serve and lemon is a crowd pleaser!

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