Cooktop Cove: Sprinkle cake mix over strawberries and whip up this effortless recipe
By Matt Jenner
When the weather gets warm and strawberries are in season, this strawberry-vanilla dump cake is a great way to embrace fruit-flavored desserts instead of relying on chocolate. You layer crumbly vanilla cake mix on top of sweet strawberry pie filling, and cook it all in the Crock-Pot until the cake is moist, fluffy and rich with strawberry flavor. As a garnish, you can top the cake with fresh, sliced strawberries.
Most baked desserts require many different ingredients and long baking times. However, the recipe below uses fewer than five ingredients, and nearly all of the preparation takes place in the slow cooker, making cleanup simple. This cake is a delicious way to celebrate the changing of the seasons or to serve anytime at all. It will have anyone who enjoys fruit-flavored desserts asking for more.
Strawberry-vanilla dump cake
6-8
10 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 10 mins
Two 21-ounce cans strawberry pie filling
One 16-ounce package white cake mix
½ cup salted butter, melted
½ cup sliced strawberries, to garnish (optional)
Fresh whipped cream, to garnish (optional)
Lightly grease the inside of your Crock-Pot with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the strawberry pie filling in an even layer in the bottom of the Crock-Pot.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix and melted butter. Stir until the butter is absorbed and the cake mix becomes crumbly.
Transfer the crumb mixture to the Crock-Pot, spreading it in an even layer over the strawberry filling.
Cover with lid and cook on high power for 1 hour 45 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Turn on low for an additional 15 minutes.
Remove the lid, and cover the cake with sliced strawberries (optional). Scoop the cake out of the Crock-Pot using a large serving spoon, and serve in individual bowls. Garnish with whipped cream, and serve warm alongside a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
Pro-tip: You can add any fresh berries on top of this cake if strawberries aren't available, such as blueberries, raspberries or blackberries.
Pro-tip: Place two paper towels between the lid and the Crock-Pot before cooking, as this will help eliminate condensation in the slow cooker while the cake is baking.
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