Yep, it's a dump cake. 

By Margaret Eby
June 18, 2019
Aaron Kirk; Food Styling: Marianne Williams; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Peach cobbler is one of those summer desserts with big dividends for a minimum of work. It's delicious, and it's easy, and you might already have what you need for it in the pantry, minus peaches. You can spice it up with tamarind or chile, or leave as is and throw on a scoop of ice cream. But even the easiest peach cobbler requires flour and sugar and other components that you might not want to buy if you're staying at a condo on vacation, or just in a hurry and can't muster the will to drag out of the cupboard.

For those times, there's this Peach Cobbler Dump Cake, which replaces those items with a box of yellow cake mix, and uses canned peaches, so you don't even have to wait for the fresh ones to be ripe. If you aren't already familiar with the genre of cooking that is dump cakes, well, they get their less-than-elegant name from the simplicity of use. You open a bag and dump it in a dish and you're mostly there. 

In this application, the cake mix is dumped over peaches that have been mixed with cinnamon and and salt. You then sprinkle a few little pats of butter over the whole concoction and add a handful of sliced almonds—toasted if you feel up to it, but plain is just fine too. 

The boxed cake mix does the work that a mixture of flour, sugar, and baking powder would otherwise do here, and forms a nice golden brown topping that soaks up all that peach juice goodness and turns the concoction into something more recognizable as a cobbler. It's a great easy dessert for a social hour or a hungry group, or just a Tuesday when you want something that's sweet and feels homemade.

Get the recipe for Peach Cobbler Dump Cake

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