Cranberry Spice Dump Cake: Easy Recipe

cranberry spice dump cake

Are you ready for an easy dessert? Look no further than this delectable Cranberry Spice Dump Cake. This easy recipe combines the flavors of cranberry and spice, making it the perfect treat any time you’re craving something sweet.

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First, let’s get a bit of background on dump cake.

At the end of this post, you will find a great way to enhance this easy dump cake recipe.

Why Is It Called Dump Cake?

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 This Easy Cake?

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

Make This Easy Cake The Night Before

Yes, and the best part is you can make the dump cake the night before and it will be just fine!

Preparing dump cake ahead of time can be convenient, especially if you want to save time on the day you plan to serve it. A dump cake is typically a simple dessert made by “dumping” basic ingredients into a baking dish, such as fruit, a box of dry cake mix, and butter.

By making the dump cake the night before, the flavors will have time to meld together, and it will be easier to manage your time if you’re planning to serve it for an event the next day.

Should This Cake Be Refrigerated?

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.

The perfect cake pan 9×13 from Wilton.

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Are Dump Cakes Only Fruit Based?

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 Dump Cake Easy Dessert

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 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 323 kcal


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


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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
  • Spread the cranberry sauce on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the entire box of cake mix over the fruit to completely cover.
  • Evenly place the slice of butter slices on top of the cake mix
  • Bake the dump cake for 35 to 40 minutes. Until the cake is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling



Cranberry Spice Dump Cake Easy Dessert

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Spread the cranberry sauce on the bottom of the greased baking dish.  Use a rubber spatula to spread the cranberries evenly on the bottom of the baking dish.
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 baking dish
pouring the cake mix
pouring the cake mix
Evenly place the butter slices on top of the spice cake mix.
cranberry spice dump cake
cranberry spice dump cake
Bake the cranberry spice dump cake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
the finished dump cake
the finished recipe in a teacup
Keyword basic ingredients, cranberry spice dump cake, easy dessert

An Idea For This Go-To Dessert

Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Add apple pie filling on top of the cranberry sauce and you can make an apple cranberry dump cake.

Roast walnut to add to the top of the cake for extra crunch and flavor. Imagine this topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!


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11 thoughts on “Cranberry Spice Dump Cake: Easy Recipe

  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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