Wednesday, October 12, 2016

No-Mix Cake by Cindy Flores Martinez

Now that baking season is almost here, I’ve paid attention to new recipes lately, and I’ve noticed a trend in cakes that don’t require mixing. They’re often called “dump cakes”. The ingredients have a box of cake mix as part of the recipe, but it isn’t blended in with the other ingredients. Instead, it’s sprinkled over the top.

Is it really possible to make a cake that way? That’s what I wondered. I thought it would be fun to try it and share my experience with you since you’ll probably need new recipes, too, for events and family gatherings this holiday season. And finding the extra time for complicated baking is so hard to do!

You can use any filling with this recipe, such as canned fruit or lemon pie filling, but I chose pumpkin because of the season.

No-Mix Pumpkin Cake

Mix together:
2 cans (15-ounce) pumpkin
1 cup sugar (I used half brown sugar / half white sugar)
1 can (12-ounce) evaporated milk
4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
3 eggs

Spread the mixture in a greased baking dish. If you're using a different filling, there's no need to add any of the other ingredients. Just open the can and spread the contents in the pan.

Sprinkle 1 box yellow cake mix over the top (or spice cake mix for the pumpkin cake)

Drizzle 3/4 cup melted butter over the mixture, or just cover it with thin slices

Bake in a 350 degree oven until golden brown.

And here's the final result:

Here's a Key Lime No-Mix Cake using canned key lime pie filling, yellow cake mix, and slices of butter.

What do you think? Are they cakes? As for me, I would say they’re more like cobblers, or even pies with the crust on top instead of the bottom.

Have you made any no-mix “dump cakes” that you liked?

Happy baking this holiday season!

Cindy Flores Martinez is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes sweet, Christian and Spanish romance. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world. You can learn more about her at


  1. I've never made a no-mix cake. I'll have to try it. Thanks for the recipes!

    1. I would recommend the key lime cake, or even lemon, over the pumpkin cake because the flavor of the cake mix went so well with it.

  2. I'll check out that pumpkin dump cake recipe. Thanks! I've also seen recipes for "cake in a mug."

    1. My mom has made a "cake in a mug" before, a blueberry flavor. It was great. They're ideal when you don't have a big family to cook for.

  3. I don't get the concept of 'baking season' – that seems to imply there's a time without baking. Can't be right ...