This delicious, easy Peach Dump Cake recipe is simply one of the best easy desserts. And it's a great idea for a midweek dessert treat the whole family is going to love.
It combines sweet, juicy peaches, buttery vanilla and cinnamon cake, and crunchy walnuts.
And of course, if you want to serve, take it to the next level, you'll have to serve it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Your whole family is going to love it!
About This Peach Cobbler Dump Cake
You would not believe how incredibly delicious and flavorful this dessert is. Especially for something so easy to make!
When I had my very first dump cake on a visit to my friend’s house, I was amazed at how something so sweet, moist and tender is made by “dumping” a few ingredients on a baking pan-hence the name.
So, I tried making my own Blueberry Dump Cake, and I was hooked!
I was recently at Trader Joe’s and came across their Peach Halves in glass jars. They looked so good I was not able to resist buying some!
Of course, when I visited the baking aisle and saw Trader Joe’s Cake Vanilla Cake Mix boxes, I immediately knew I had to make this special peach version!
To take this amazing recipe to the next level, I added a little bit of cinnamon to the cake mixture. The result is sheer perfection.
Walnuts and peaches are an awesome flavor combination. Plus, it adds that little bit of extra crunch that makes this easy dessert recipe so memorable.
It's such a great summer dessert, but of course, you can make it any time of the year!
Why We Love This Simple Recipe
We love easy and delicious dessert recipes and this is one of the best. Essentially, it's an easy version of a peach cobbler recipe using ready-made cake mix.
It's perfect when you need to make something amazing last minute.
You layer all the ingredients in a baking pan or a casserole dish and slide it into the oven.
It’s a no-fuss, hands-off recipe, so while your dessert is baking, you can start making your lunch or dinner! Clean-up is a breeze, with no additional pots, skillets, or bowls waiting on the kitchen sink for you.
This baked fruit dessert is also a nifty treat to bring to potlucks, picnics, and parties.
For printable ingredient checklist and step-by-step instructions, please use the recipe card below.
This is one of those amazing recipes with simple ingredients but an abundance of delicious flavors. As the name suggests, it's also one of the easiest desserts. Perfect when your schedule is jam-packed, but you still want to make that special sweet treat.
Peaches - these summer stone fruits are super juicy and sweet! Because this is a simple dessert, we are NOT using fresh peaches. While I often advocate for using fresh fruit, we'll use a can of peaches for this dessert. I used peaches that are soaking in heavy syrup. It's all part of the magic!
Vanilla Cake Mix - I used Trader Joe's Vanilla Cake Mix. I think it is the nicest dry cake mix on the market. But if you don't have Trader Joe’s nearby, don't worry. Just grab any vanilla cake mix that you can find at your local supermarket. And if you have a box of yellow cake mix or white cake mix, you can use that as well.
Butter - make sure to use unsalted butter for this recipe. The key is to slice the butter into really thin slices. You'll want to cover your entire cake with a thin layer of butter. I've also tested this recipe with melted butter and didn't like the results at all. It was just too hard to evenly coat every inch of the cake when I used melted butter. I find this to be the case for all dump cake recipes.
Cinnamon - the warm flavor of cinnamon naturally pairs well with vanilla.
Walnuts - I love combining walnuts with peaches. The walnuts create a crunchy topping that adds both flavor and texture.
Variations and Additions
Nutmeg - this aromatic spice is just made to go together with cinnamon. Together they add a festive flavor to any dessert.
Ice Cream - Although ice cream technically isn't part of the recipe, you should definitely try to serve your dump cake with your favorite ice cream. Adding a scoop is simply heavenly!
Whipped Cream - And if you want to really take it to the next level, you can also add a big dollop of whipped cream. The contrast of the warm cake and cool cream takes this dish to another level.
Other nut combinations – Aside from walnuts, you can also use pistachio, almond, macadamia, or chopped pecans.
How To Make This Delicious Dessert Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
- Pour the peaches and heavy syrup of the first jar into a 9x9 inch glass baking dish.
Drain the second jar and add only the peaches. Disregard the juice.
- Combine cinnamon and cake mix and sprinkle on top of the peaches.
- Top with chopped walnuts. Finsh with a layer of thinly sliced butter.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Success Tips
Baking time may vary depending on the pan and oven used.
Check if your Peach Dump Cake is baked through by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready to be pulled out from the oven.
Use cold, unsalted butter that is sliced very thinly and make sure that the surface of the cake is evenly covered.
How To Serve and Store This Recipe
This dessert should be served warm.
And it's best if you also add a scoop of ice cream. In my opinion vanilla ice cream works best. But feel free to experiment with other flavors such as butter pecan ice cream.
I also like to add a dollop of whipped cream. When I don't feel like making whipped cream from scratch, I love to use this canned whipped cream. It almost tastes like it's homemade.
You can also easily turn this recipe into an on-the-go snack. Simply portion the dump cake into single-serve mason jars like these! Add a lid and you've got a delicious homemade dessert for on the go.
This cake does not need to be refrigerated. Simply cover the baking dish with a lid or transfer it into an airtight container like this one.
Make sure to allow the cake to cool down completely before refrigerating. Cover the entire peach dump cake with aluminum foil, saran, or cling wrap. It should stay good for a week at most. You can reheat portions in a microwave.
More Summer Desserts
- Strawberry Crisp - easy and delicious summer dessert
- German Bee Sting Cake - easy version of a classic, light and airy German dessert
- Banana Cake - light and sweet cake with a tasty sour cream frosting
- Blueberry Crisp - a made from scratch dessert that takes no time to prepare
Peach Dump Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
- Place peaches in a 9x9 glass baking dish. Add the juice of one jar. Discard the juice of the second jar.
- Combine vanilla cake mix and cinnamon and sprinkle over the peaches. Sprinkle chopped walnuts.
- Top with thinly sliced butter and bake for 50-55 minutes. Use a toothpick to check for doneness.
- Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.