When you’re a kid, baking looks like a fun, sugary, messy process: You throw everything together in a big bowl and pop it in the oven. Flour gets everywhere, but that’s half the fun. As an adult who has to clean up and do some of the heavy lifting involved with baking, that aspect is much less appealing.
But just because you have to clean up doesn’t mean baking has to lose all of its child-like attractions. The fun, sugary side of baking is back thanks to dump cakes and “kitchen sink” recipes. For both, you throw together what you have lying around the kitchen to create whichever dessert you want. Scrounge up your favorite ingredients, because these eight recipes will have you acting out your inner kid in the kitchen, with minimal cleanup.
1. Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
Dine and Dash says this cake is best served hot and fresh out of the oven — especially if you top it with vanilla ice cream or even whipped cream.
- 2 (20-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
- 1 (18.5-ounce) box Devil’s Food Cake Mix, unprepared
- ¾ cup butter, melted
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Dump cherry pie filling into a 13×9 inch cake pan. Spread evenly out in pan. Top cherry pie filling with unprepared cake mix. Make sure it is evenly spread out. Drizzle melted butter over the top.
Bake for 1 hour. Serve topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.