Easy Vanilla Dump Cake Recipes

The vanilla dump cake is a simple, easy dessert that has been around for more than 100 years. Most recipes started with a cake mix layered with canned cream of vanilla soup and poured with canned evaporated milk.

This dump cake is as good as you’ll find, but it is far from fancy. This dump cake recipe has been in my family for generations.

I’m proud that I can call myself an author of this recipe and even more proud of being able to pass it on to my children.


How To Prepare Easy Vanilla Dump Cake Recipes?

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cooking Time: 30 min

Total Time: 40 min

Yields: 8 servings

Easy Vanilla Dump Cake Recipes
Easy Vanilla Dump Cake Recipes


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Skillet
  • 8 x 8 baking pan
  • Mixing bowl,
  • large spoon or ladle,
  • large skillet,
  • cake mixes and mixes,
  • mixing bowls with lids,
  • plastic wrap


For cake:

  • 1 package (18 1/4 ounces) of yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of vanilla soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk

For frosting:

  • 1 box (16 ounces) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


Step 1: Into the large mixing bowl, measure 1-3/4 cups water. Add cake mix and stir until moistened. Allow mixture to sit for 2 minutes.

Step 2: Measure and melt butter over medium heat in a large skillet.

Step 3: Add dry cake mix (from step 1) to the melted butter in the skillet; stir until the bottom of the skillet is coated with a layer of batter, about 3 minutes.

Step 4: Add condensed cream of vanilla soup and evaporated milk; stir until combined. Increase heat to medium-high, cook and stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Step 5: Remove from heat; let stand for 10 minutes. Spread cake batter in the baking dish (18×13 inches).

Step 6: Allow the cake to cool for 30 minutes.

To make the frosting:

Step 1: Sift powdered sugar over the cooled cake in the large mixing bowl. With a clean hand, drizzle the melted butter over the iced cake.

Step 2: Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for later use.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 428
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 65 g
  • Total Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 9 mg
  • Sodium: 382 mg

What Is The Difference Between Cobbler And Dump Cake?

Dump cake is a lot more than just a custard-topped dessert. It is the perfect cake to serve with ice cream, and I think it’s even better when served in a mug.

The ingredients of this cake are more traditional than many dessert recipes, so that the dump cake will have a much longer shelf life than others.

The thick vanilla frosting holds up well for hours of enjoyment as it does not melt or soften like many brand-name frostings do when left out at room temperature.

Is Dump Cake Supposed To Be Gooey?

The answer to this question is yes and no. The trend in cake recipes has moved away from gooey cakes, so many dump cakes are more like French toast than custard.

When a cake is made with a vanilla flavour and then applied with frosting, it should not be gooey or wet. The batter, which contains eggs and buttermilk, makes the cake moist and thick.

What Does Adding Sour Cream To Cake Mix Do?

Sour cream is an excellent addition to most cake recipes, but it does more for a dump cake than provide moisture.

When added to a vanilla cake batter, the sour cream creates air pockets that provide a nice fluffy texture.

The sour cream is like adding baking soda and vinegar to the boxed pancake mix when making crepes.

How Do You Store Dump Cakes After Baking?

Place the cake in a large zip lock bag, cover it with plastic wrap, and then place it in the refrigerator. If you do not have a refrigerator, place the cake on a plate and cover it tightly with plastic wrap.

How Long Do You Let A Cake Cool Before Dumping It Out?

The time you allow the cake to cool before dumping it is all about the texture you prefer. If the cake is still warm,

it will be gooier and will spread out over the plate when poured into the oven; if allowed to cool completely, it will not spread out as much but will be a little drier.

Should I Flip The Cake And Put It In The Fridge Or Just Put It In The Fridge?

The original recipe calls for flipping the cake, but I have never been able to flip it without spilling. Every time I flip it to put it in the fridge, the cake becomes a huge mess.

If you do not want to risk a big mess or are pressed for time, place the hot cake in the refrigerator.


There are many ways to enjoy the vanilla dump cake recipe. It is a beautiful warm-weather dessert that is stable enough to take along on a picnic.

It can be used as a base for several custards, puddings, and other desserts. It is also a great addition to making fudge or ice cream sandwiches.

This cake recipe can be easily made ahead of time for large gatherings and will last for two or three days in airtight containers before becoming too stale to enjoy.