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Oh, Alanis, the irony

December 14, 2011

Celebrating restaurant week at Cafe Fiore 11/9/11

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Thanks to Duncan Hines for sponsoring my writing. There’s no limit to the baking possibilities, so grab your favorite Duncan Hines mix and Comstock or Wilderness fruit fillings and Bake On!
Oh, yes, the irony of being selected to write a post about dessert just after I joined Weight Watchers. I KNOW.

When it comes to dessert, I’m all about the butter. A good shortbread cookie can make me buckle at the knees. One time Angela from Fluid Pudding brought me a Gooey Butter Cake from St. Louis and I ate most of it with my hands in a San Francisco hotel room.

The other day at work was the first time I felt a twinge of regret at trying to lose weight because someone brought in Dump Cake and the delicious smell permeated the office, all buttery and warm and oh my. I love me some dump cake. You know what it is, right? The simplest thing on earth. Powered by massive quantities of butter.

You put a can of crushed pineapple with juice into the bottom of a 9×13 pan, put a can of Comstock cherry pie filling in, spread a box of (of course) Duncan Hines yellow cake mix on top, put two whole sticks of cut up butter on top, toss some chopped pecans or walnuts on if you must, then bake the weird looking mess for an hour at 350 degrees. Voila. Dump Cake. The top gets all crusty and buttery and the pineapple juice bubbles up throughout and caramelizes and it still looks a little lumpy and misshapen.

Is it good? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I’m not just putting this recipe here because it involves both a Comstock product and a Duncan Hines product, even though that works out pretty nicely, doesn’t it?

No. I am putting this recipe here because if you make it for any holiday party you go to – party at a friend’s house, church or work potluck, a little get-together – people will rave. You will be the star of the show.

You invest 10 minutes of work time (if you’re slow), a few bucks in ingredients, and people will love you more than if you brought the strawberry shortcake pictured above (which was a little dry, if you ask me).

It’s all about the butter.

I’m pencilling in a piece of dump cake for Christmas 2012. Until then, I’ll be over there by the vegetable tray, dreaming.

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.

  1. December 14, 2011 13:46

    Firstly, Congrats on being selected, secondly, I want me some Dump Cake..

    • December 15, 2011 14:08

      Oh, I want some too. Mostly for how great it smells.

  2. December 14, 2011 21:58

    Dump cake was SUCH a thing when I was a really little kid. I believe my mom had it at her baby shower.

    • December 15, 2011 14:07

      I have to laugh because my sister Laura used to be so appalled at the name “Dump Cake.” She was against the whole idea. I didn’t eat it for years, but then I tried it and…oh my.

  3. December 15, 2011 08:31

    I have never even heard of that. That is insane. In a delicious way. I’m more than a little shocked my grandmother never made this for us.

    • December 15, 2011 14:07

      One of those potluck foods…popular in the 70s and 80s. This is my attempt at a revival.

  4. December 18, 2011 14:32

    Someone just brought a Gooey Butter Cake to a workplace bake-off, and I sneered when I heard it was made with cake mix.

    Then I tried it…….

    • December 21, 2011 22:21

      I was REALLY going to eat just a little square. Things got out of hand, fast.

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