The easiest of all cake recipes has to be the dump cake, and this peach dump cake is one of the best of these 3 ingredient wonders! Whether you’re looking for Easter recipes or a quick weeknight treat, this recipe comes together in literally 5 minutes. Fruit cake recipes are great for all occasions.
I love dump cakes because just about everyone enjoys them, and they take so very little effort, which frees me up to deal with more elaborate recipes or just spending time with family. Plus, if I’ve got kids around they’re a great kid-friendly recipe for a young assistant.
If you love good dump cakes, try my: cherry pineapple dump cake, pumpkin dump cake, lemon dump cake, and apple dump cake. All of them are dump cake-o-licious! Easy-Peasy wonderfully yummy.
Let’s bake this!
What I Love About This Recipe
- It can’t get any easier
- 3 simple ingredients
- Use what’s on hand
- Assembles in minutes
How To Make Peach Dump Cake Recipe
Begin by prepping your 9×13 pan and turning on the oven. Dump two of the cans of peaches with their juice into the pan. Drain the 3rd can and add the peaches to the pan.
Sprinkle the cake mix over the fruit and press down slightly. Cut the butter in thin slices and arrange it evenly over the cake mix. Bake until the filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown.
Peach Dump Cake Ingredients
- Real butter- you have to use real deal butter- no margarine!
- Heavy Syrup Peaches- This is important to maintain the sweetness and moisture content for the cake. If you use light syrup, there’s typically a bit more liquid. It might affect the baking time.
Press down the cake mix: Don’t skip this! You want good contact between the cake mix and the fruit juice to create a moist cake and avoid dry pockets.
Adding Spices: I love this recipe best as it is written below. However, you can spice it up with cinnamon and/or nutmeg to increase the warmth of flavor. I’d recommend no more than 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg and no more than 1 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Butter: Chill the Butter- Slicing butter is easiest if it is very cold or even frozen. You want 24 even slices. You can also grate frozen butter with a cheese grater and sprinkle it evenly over the cake mix. This helps get crunchy top crust with no dry spots or pools of butter!
- Melted Butter? Some people like to use melted butter instead of the slices. For some reason, when I’ve made this with melted butter it doesn’t seem to cover the top as well, so I stick with the sliced method.
Peaches: Make sure you follow the instructions carefully and only drain one of the cans. You’ll need the syrup from the other two to mingle with the cake mix for the perfect cake texture.
- Fresh Peaches – If your neighbor dropped off a big basket of peaches or you went a little overboard at the farmer’s market, you can substitute fresh fruit. Make your fresh peach cobbler with cake mix by using about 12 sliced peaches, mixing 1 c. of water with 1 c. of sugar, then pour that over the peaches before adding the cake mix and butter.
- Peach Pie Filling – Make your peach dump cake with peach pie filling instead of canned peaches to crank up the sweetness. This will change the liquid ratio a bit, as you probably wouldn’t want the hassle of draining the third can, so I’d recommend trading out the third can for plain peaches and draining those.
Storing + Freezing + Make-Ahead
- How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge? This cake stores great in a well-sealed container in a cool spot or the fridge. Be sure to allow it to cool before covering. This will keep for 3-4 days in the fridge, though the texture will start to break down after about 2 days.
- Can You Freeze This? This cake doesn’t hold it’s texture well if you freeze it. I wouldn’t suggest it as a make-ahead option, but if you want to freeze the leftovers (if there are any!), I suggest freezing individual portions. Pop one in the microwave for a warm fruity dessert and top it with ice cream! You won’t even notice the texture!
- Make Ahead Tips: This cake assembles in less than 5 minutes, and there isn’t anything that you can prep ahead of time. It’s best served fresh.
There are lots of ways you can enjoy this recipe with…Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream with cherries. Hot coffee or tea and you’ve got something just about perfect!
More Peach Recipes You’ll Love!
- Peach Crumb Bars
- Peach Cobbler
- Peach Pound Cake
- Peach Crisp
- Peach Moonshine
- Peach Bread
- Bisquick Peach Cobbler
Peach Dump Cake
- 2 (15-ounces) can sliced peaches, in a heavy syrup, undrained
- 1 (15-ounces) can sliced peaches, in a heavy syrup, DRAINED
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into 24 slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X13 inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
- Pour 2 cans of peaches in baking dish. Drain the 3rd can of peaches, then add to the baking dish.
- Evenly spread cake mix over top of peaches and press down firmly. Arrange butter slices evenly over top of cake mix.
- Bake in the preheated oven, 50-60 minutes, or until the top is deep golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm
Fans Also Made:
This recipe was easy to make an absolutely delicious to serve.
Thanks, Muriel! 🙂
Could you use fresh peaches, they are so sweet and juicy this time of year?
Hi, Jan. You can substitute fresh fruit. Make this by using about 12 sliced peaches, mixing 1 c. of water with 1 c. of sugar, then pour that over the peaches before adding the cake mix and butter.
This was a hit!
Woot! Glad to hear it turned out great, Quaid!
More of a Question than a comment!
Can you use other fruits? I love Peach but might want to change up :))
If so does recipe remain the same except for fruit ?
Thanks so much 🙂
Hi Sandy! Yes, you can swap the fruits and just follow the recipe 😀 Here are my other cake dump recipes for inspo: Apple Dump Cake and Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
Georgia Murphy says
Do you add cake mix dry or prepare it with cake directions?
Hi Georgia. You add the cake mix dry. <3
Shelley J Singleton says
Do you mean adding EITHER nutmeg or cinnamon? Or do you mean adding both to the recipe?
Hi Shelley. As a variation to the recipe, you can add either or both depending on how much you typically like. The recipe is also fabulous without any spices. 🙂
It’s the pandemic. I was lucky to find peaches in light juice and one in only fruit juice. Can I use these, and does the recipe have to be modified? Thanks for your help!
Phyllis Ringstad says
I’m confused!! The recipe says to add the peaches in heavy syrup UNDRAINED. Yet when you responded to Brenda you said that since she was using peaches in light syrup to make sure that the peaches were well drained, because you don’t want to add more liquid to the batter? Drained or undrained?? Thank you, this recipe looks yummy and I’m anxious to give it a try.
Phyllis. I’m really sorry. There was an error. In this recipe, I use 2 cans of undrained peaches and 1 can of drained! Thank you very much for bring this to my attention. I’ve amended the post so hopefully, it will be much easier to understand. Again, my apologies <3
I loved this cake. My daughter and I made this today and loved how easy, but mostly how yummy this was to eat! Thanks!
Your so welcome Bev! I love that you made it with your daughter! <3
what size can of peaches???
15-ounces can of peaches.
Donna B Oliphint says
I love dump cakes! One of my favorites: Melt 1 stick butter and pour into an 8×8 or small casserole. Pour 1 can of peaches (undrained) over the butter (do not mix into the butter). mix together 1 cup self rising flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk and pour somewhat evenly over peaches. (DO NOT STIR INTO THE PEACHES!) Bake for 1 hour on 350 degrees. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream or just by itself.
Hey Donna! Thanks for sharing your recipe. It sounds delicious <3
Love the composition ! Thank you for the refreshing idea !