Better Late Than Never

I decided to have my Thanksgiving today. Thursday, there was no one here to recognize my annual traditional dinner with.

I only bought a turkey breast, giblet gravy and some stuffing. Some vegetables will round out the meal. Only three people to eat everything and I don’t want any leftovers.

For dessert, I thought about pumpkin pie. However, I decided it was too much trouble for me to do. I looked in my pantry and saw a cake mix, some cherry pie filling, coconut and nuts and did a search on the Internet for a cake that would use those ingredients and came up with something called dump cake. The only problem was that I had a chocolate cake mix and the recipe called for yellow cake. I thought about it for a few minutes, make that 23 seconds and decided to do it anyway.

It came out of the oven and I had to taste it to see if it was a keeper or was headed for the trash. The verdict is in, it is a keeper. In fact, I think it is probably better than if I had had a yellow cake mix.

If you want to try the cake here is the instructions:

Empty 2 (13oz) cans of cherry pie filling into a 9×13 cake pan.
Evenly spread the dry cake mix over the pie filling.
Then spread 1 cup of coconut over the cake mix.
Spread 1 cup of chopped pecans over the top.
Cover it all with a thinly sliced stick of butter/margarine.
Put it in a 375F/190C degree oven for 50 minutes.

That is it. No mixing, no muss, no fuss – that is my type of dessert.

Now I am waiting for the turkey breast to get done and it then it will be time to give thanks and eat.

3 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never

  1. Ron,

    You didn’t indicate whether the cake mix was prepared according to directions or just put on dry out of the box. Cheers


  2. My cousin sent me a different dump cake recipe, which might have been more appropriate for Thanksgiving.

    Pumpkin Dump Cake

    1-29 oz can of solid pack pumpkin
    12 oz evaporated milk
    3 eggs 1 C. sugar 1 t. salt 3t. cinnamon
    Mix the above ingredients until smooth and pour in the
    bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.

    1 cake mix (yellow or spice)
    2/3 C. melted butter
    1 C. nuts
    Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top evenly. Pour
    the melted butter over the mix and top with chopped
    Bake 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Top with whipped
    cream if desired.

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