Cranberry Spice Dump Cake

cranberry spice dump cake

First, let’s get a bit of background on dump cake. Today I’m sharing cranberry spice dump cake.

Why is it Called Dump Cake?

Why the Name Dump Cake?

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While Dump cakes may not have the most appealing name these are amazingly delicious and a huge time-saver for bakers.

So rather than measure, mix, and bake cakes from scratch using all types of measuring utensils and bowls. Not to mention measuring spoons, and measuring cups with this recipe you simply spread basic ingredients in a 9×13-inch pan and throw it into the oven. Then a miracle happens.

How Long, Does it Take to Bake?

How Much Does it Take to Bake?

It takes about 30-40 minutes and you have an impressive dessert that tastes as if it took hours to make.

Should This Need to be Refrigerated?

Do I need to Refrigerate This Dessert?

The answer, Yes! Dump cake needs to be refrigerated once it has been baked and cooled. Some of the fruit used will spoil quickly so storing it in the fridge for 5 days is recommended.

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Is This Recipe Only Made Using Fruit?

Are Dump Cakes Only Fruit Based?

The answer is no. There are also chocolate dump cakes and these involve a different process however these are just as easy. These start with a chocolate instant pudding mix, which is stirred together with milk. Then chocolate cake mix is stirred into the pudding to create a thick chocolate cake batter. This is then spread in the pan and can be topped with a variety of toppings.

These can be nuts, chocolate chips, or other toppings, and baked until set. The best part is chocolate dump cakes have a fudgy, rich texture that is a cross between a brownie and a cake.

cranberry spice dump cake

Cranberry Spice

This is a delicious combination of classic fall flavors of cranberries, and spice cake. The cinnamon in the spice cake brings out the tartness and sweetness of the cranberries.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
0 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 323 kcal


  • 1 9 x 13 pan greased
  • 1 spatula to spread the cranberries and cake mix
  • 1 spoon to remove cranberries from can


  • 3 14 ounce cans whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, sliced into 12 slices


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
  • Spread the cranberry sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the fruit.
  • Evenly place the butter slices on top of the cake mix
  • Bake the cake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is golden and the fruit is bubbling


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
Spread the cranberry sauce on the bottom of the pan.  I used the rubber spatula to spread the cranberries evenly on the bottom of the pan.
cranberry spice dump cake
the ingredients needed to make this cake
cranberry spice cake
breaking up the cranberry sauce
spice dump cake
smoothing the cranberry sauce on the bottom of the 9 x 13 pan
pouring the cake mix
pouring the cake mix
Evenly place the butter slices on top.
butter slices added to the top evenly
slices of butter evenly added to the top 
Bake the dump cake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is golden and the fruit is bubbling.
the finished dump cake
the finished recipe in a teacup
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cranberry spice dump cake finished served in a teacup with  lit votive on a tray

I hope you enjoyed this recipe for cranberry spice dump cake. This is delicious!

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10 thoughts on “Cranberry Spice Dump Cake

  1. Cindy, this cake sounds scrumptious and perfect for fall. I have made a similar cake with cherry pie filling and pineapple, but not cranberries. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Losing it in the best possible way over this dump cake. I JUST got off the phone with my Mom and we were trying to think up recipes for a Thanksgiving dessert buffet. This is going to be the best addition. I would have never though to do this and I’m so excited to try it. Hugs, CoCo

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