This Christmas Dump Cake is the perfect holiday dessert. You only need 4 ingredients to make cranberry dump cake.

Christmas Dump Cake in a baking dish with a scoop on the spoon
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Christmas Dump Cake Recipe:

We love making dump cake recipes. They only require a few ingredients and the results are a easy dessert that everyone loves. There is no need for a mixing bowl in this recipe. All the ingredients get layered in a baking dish and baked for the best dessert.

Cranberry sauce is layered in a baking dish with a spice cake mix. Topped with melted butter and pecans then baked golden brown. We love to top with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Impress your family and friends this holiday season with this Christmas Dump Cake. They will think you spent all day making it.

Christmas Dump Cake on a plate with a scoop of ice cream

What is a Dump Cake?

It is a type of dessert that involves simple ingredients and very little preparation. It is a cake similar to cobbler and normally prepared with a cake mix, fruit, butter and other pantry staples.

The process is simple and involves dumping the fruit or filling in a pan. Then topping with cake mix and more. If you can toss a few ingredients into a pan, you can make this cake.

Ingredients needed - spice cake mix, cranberry sauce, chopped pecans, butter

Ingredients:

  • Spice Cake Mix 15.25 oz
  • Cranberry Sauce 14 oz cans, whole berry sauce
  • Chopped Pecans
  • Butter melted

How to Make Christmas Dump Cake:

  • Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Step 2 – Prepare Baking Dish – Spray a 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Step 3 – Layer Cranberry Sauce – Spread out the cranberry sauce evenly on the bottom of the pan.
  • Step 4 – Top with Cake Mix – Sprinkle the cake mix on top. Then sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly on top of the cake mix.
Layering the ingredients in the baking dish
  • Step 5 – Pour Melted Butter – Slowly pour the melted butter evenly on top of the cake. You do not have to stir.
  • Step 6 – Bake Dump Cake – Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top of the cake is golden brown.
Pouring the melted butter and baking the dump cake
  • Step 7 – Serve and Enjoy – Let the cake cool slightly. Then serve the cake warm topped with whipped topping or ice cream. 
Christmas Dump Cake on a plate with a scoop of ice cream

Recipe Tips:

  • Layer Ingredients – When making a dump cake, everything gets layered in the baking dish. There is no need to combine the ingredients once layered in the pan.
  • Prepare Baking Dish – Make sure to prepare the baking dish by spraying cooking spray. This helps to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan when serving.
  • Spreading the Ingredients – Layer the ingredients in the baking dish. Make sure that the entire bottom of the pan is covered.
  • Butter – In this dump cake recipes, we melted the butter instead of topping with butter slices.

Can I Make in a Slow Cooker?

Yes, you can make this Dump Cake recipe in the slow cooker. Layer the dump cake ingredients in the slow cooker as you do in the baking dish. Make sure to spray crock pot before adding ingredients.

Allow the dump cake to cook on low for about 3 to 4 hours. You can also cook on high for about 2 hours.

Christmas Dump Cake on a plate with a scoop of ice cream

Topping Ideas:

We love to serve this dump cake when it has slightly warmed. Add one of these delicious toppings to add more flavor.

  • More Chopped Nuts – We love the extra crunch it gives to the dump cake.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream – When the dump cake is warm, we love to top with vanilla ice cream. It melts perfectly on the cake and it pairs perfectly with the cake.
  • Whipped Cream – This is the perfect rich and creamy option. Add a scoop before serving for a delicious option.

Cranberry Sauce Dump Cake Variation Ideas:

  • Change the Fruit – Instead of layering the dump cake with cranberry sauce, use apple pie filling. I have even made a peach dump cake and this one is my husbands favorite.
  • Change the Cake Mix – Feel free to use different cake mix to make this recipe. You can use a white cake mix or a yellow cake mix.
  • Cranberry Sauce – We used canned cranberry sauce in this recipe. You can try it with homemade cranberry sauce for a delicious option.

How to Store Leftovers:

If you have leftover, store in an air tight container. You can also just wrap the baking dish with plastic wrap and store in the fridge. The leftovers will last about 5 days.

When you are ready to serve again, I like to reheat an individual serving in the microwave for about 20 seconds. This gives it the perfect temperature and then topped with vanilla ice cream.

Print Recipe for Christmas Dump Cake:

Christmas Dump Cake

5 from 1 vote
This Christmas Dump Cake is the perfect holiday dessert. You only need 4 ingredients to make cranberry dump cake.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 458

Ingredients

  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix 15.25 oz
  • 2 cans Cranberry Sauce 14 oz cans whole berry sauce
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 3/4 cup Butter melted
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9X13 baking pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spread out the cranberry sauce evenly on the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix on top and sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly on top of the cake mix.
  • Slowly pour the melted butter evenly on top of the cake. You do not have to stir.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes until the top of the cake is golden brown.
  • Let the cake cool slightly and then serve the cake warm topped with whipped topping or ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 458kcal, Carbohydrates 60g, Protein 3g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 31mg, Sodium 378mg, Potassium 206mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 41g, Vitamin A 389IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 52mg, Iron 3mg

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