Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Berry Easy Dessert

We don't make too many desserts normally, but since we've had a full house all summer, I have made more sweets than usual. I made this dessert last week because I had everything—all 3 ingredients—on hand. Plus, I was curious to see if it worked. It did.

While giving Baby Girl her bottle one night, I watched the red-headed lady on TV selling her "dump cake cookbook." "It's only $10, BUT WAIT......" I think by the end of the infomercial, there was another cookbook and a frying pan thrown into the deal. I surely don't need another cookbook or a frying pan.

So the next day I googled dump cake recipes. I remembered the dump cake everyone made years ago that had cherries, crushed pineapple, dry cake mix and a stick of butter. It was good. But this was different. No butter. I used a recipe I found online, then I made it with what I had on hand.

This is not a fancy dessert, but it didn't last long around here. Might be a recipe to keep handy for those times when you forgot you promised to take dessert to the covered dish dinner. Or, maybe...SUPRISE!...guests are on the way to your house.


1 box yellow cake mix (no pudding in the mix)
2 (12 oz.) or 1(16-oz.) bag of frozen berries (I used blueberries. Mixed berries would be good, too.)
12 oz. Sprite, 7-Up, or ginger ale (that's 1-1/2 cups)

Spray a 9x13-inch pan with PAM. Pour frozen berries into bottom on pan. (I used a 12-oz bag, plus part of another bag that I wanted to use up. Just make sure there is enough fruit  to cover the bottom of the pan.)

Break up any big lumps of cake mix. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the berries. Slowly, pour the soda over the cake mix, trying to cover all of the cake mix. You might gently tilt the pan to make sure the soda covers all of the cake mix if you see dry spots. Any mix that doesn't have soda on top will still be powdery when baked. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown.

I know. I know. This is not going to win any healthy eating contest. I gave up drinking diet soda a year ago, but we do keep ginger ale on hand for tummy upsets. And while I don't use much cake mix, there is usually a box on my shelf for dessert emergencies. (Yes. There is such a thing as a "dessert emergency.") And the frozen berries.....well.....they were supposed to go into a smoothie. But that TV lady sold me on the idea, even if she didn't sell me the book!

I promise that Little Sister still thinks sliced apples are a good dessert, so we haven't ruined her completely.

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  1. I think you and I have the same kind of square pan. I just posted a photo of mine today . . . not to show the pan, but because I actually posted a recipe. Enamelware, right?

    1. Had to go get mine out and look. Mine is just a Wilton pan. Guess they both cook well!


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