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Easy Banana Dump Cake

If you’re looking for an amazing cobbler-like banana cake, have I got a treat for you! This luscious banana bread dump cake is gooey-gooey, loaded with rich banana flavor, and simple to whip up!

Banana Dump Cake? Is that a Thing? 

I’ll be honest with you, my friends. I feel like I spend half of my life trying to figure out what to do with overripe bananas. I buy them every week and rarely eat them all. 

Tonight I knew that I needed to use my latest bunch of bananas in a baking project before they reached the unusable point. 

Oh, I’ve baked a lot of banana recipes in the past. You name it, I’ve baked it: Cakes ( ), cookies ( ), and muffins. 

Tonight, though? I had this random idea that I’d like to make a dump cake using bananas. 

What is a dump cake? 

A dump cake is cobbler-like in taste and texture. Usually you start with a can or pie filling (or canned fruit, like peaches) and dump them into a 9 x 13-inch pan. 

Then, to form the cobbler top, you take a yellow cake mix or white cake mix and dump it on top (dry mix only). After that, you top the whole thing off with slices of butter and bake until it’s golden and luscious. 

Because I wasn’t starting with a can of pie filling or fruit this time I knew I would need some additional liquid. 

I toyed with the idea of using sweetened condensed milk but ultimately decided that would make the dump cake too sweet and sticky. 

I settled on evaporated milk. I used a fully cup of it. I also decided to throw in some cinnamon-sugar and pecans. I wanted this dump cake to taste like my Banana Bread recipe. 

I feel sure you’re going to love this one, so let’s get going! 

Banana Dump Cake Ingredients

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  • overripe bananas (sliced)
  • evaporated milk
  • cinnamon-sugar mixture
  • chopped pecans
  • white cake mix (any brand)
  • cold butter, sliced

How to Make Easy Banana Dump Cake with Pecans

This was so easy-breezy to make, y’all! You can whip it up in no time at all. 

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Butter a 9 x 13-inch pan (or use a bit of cooking spray). I used my favorite new Pioneer Woman baking dish. I like it because it has handles to grip, something that really comes in handy. 

Slice the ripe bananas and spread them across the bottom of the buttered dish. 

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Sprinkle a cup of chopped pecans over the sliced bananas. 

Easy Banana Dump Cake from Out of the Box Baking.com

Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar mixture over the pecan and banana layer.

Easy Banana Dump Cake from Out of the Box Baking.com

Pour a cup of evaporated milk over the ingredients. 

Easy Banana Dump Cake from Out of the Box Baking.com

Sprinkle the full box of white cake mix over the other ingredients. 

Easy Banana Dump Cake from Out of the Box Baking.com

Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the cake mix. 

Add cold (not room temperature) butter slices. 

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Place in preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. 

Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 

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Scoop into individual bowls with a large spoon. 

Easy Banana Dump Cake from Out of the Box Baking.com

If you like, you can serve with ice cream or whipped cream. I drizzled mine with caramel sauce for even more flavor. (Yum!) 

Easy Banana Dump Cake from Out of the Box Baking.com

Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to three days. I do not recommend freezing this dessert. 

What to Expect from this Banana Pudding Dump Cake Recipe

This one’s going to be an instant crowd pleaser. Everyone loves a traditional dump cake! (Talk about an easy and great dessert.)

I can’t believe I’ve never thought of this before today! I’ve always loved dump cake and I’ve always loved banana bread. 

This was the perfect blend of the two. 

The warm banana mixture at the bottom, the crunchy cinnamon-sugar pecans in the middle, and the rich cake on top? Well, let’s just say it was the absolute perfect blend. 

I can’t wait to make this one for my family. They’re going to love it! This is an easy dessert I plan to make again and again! It’s guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Variations on this Easy Dessert Recipes

This is one of those easy dump cake recipes you can whip up in a hurry. I loved this recipe just as I made it, but you guys know I can’t leave good enough alone. I’m already thinking of ways to mix things up next time. 

Here are some things I’m hoping to try: 

Coconut: Bananas and coconut just go together! Next time I’ll swap out a cup of cream of coconut (or coconut milk) for the evaporated milk. I’ll add a cup of coconut on top of the bananas and another half cup on top of the butter slices (to toast as the cake bakes). 

Peanut Butter: In place of caramel, melt some peanut butter and drizzle it over the top of your dessert.

Berries: I love banana berry. If I add berries (blueberries or blackberries) I’ll probably put them in place of the pecans. I’ll leave out the cinnamon-sugar mixture if I add berries. 

Chocolate chips: Yum. I think chocolate chips would be wonderful along with the pecans. I would probably skip the cinnamon-sugar if I add chocolate. 

Chocolate Cake Mix: Why not? Use chocolate cake instead of white. Just skip the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Vanilla Pudding: You can make up a box of vanilla pudding and use it in place of the evaporated milk. Then you’ll truly have a Banana Pudding Dump Cake.

Favorite Banana Split Toppings: Add strawberry puree, chocolate syrup, or crushed pineapple to top off this luscious dessert. You’ll feel like you’re having a banana split. Don’t forget to add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! Talk about an ice cream sundae-inspired dessert!

Strawberry Cake Mix: Skip the cinnamon sugar mixture and swap out the white cake with a box of strawberry cake mix. (You can add chocolate syrup and pineapple on top.)

Use your imagination and make this recipe your own. It’s a great foundation for a variety of different flavors! 

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Cherry Cobbler Bars: If you’re looking for a bar with a soft sugar cookie crust, cake-like in texture, with a rich almond and cherry flavor, have I got a treat for you! These Simple Cherry Pie Bars (Cherry Cobbler Bars) are gooey, soft, and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! 

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That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoyed this delicious Banana Dump Cake recipe. 

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Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.

Easy Banana Dump Cake

Easy Banana Dump Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

If you’re looking for an amazing cobbler-like banana cake, have I got a treat for you! This luscious banana bread dump cake is gooey-gooey, loaded with rich banana flavor, and simple to whip up!

Ingredients

  • 4 overripe bananas (sliced)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar mixture
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (21-oz) box white cake mix (any brand)
  • 3/4 cup cold butter, sliced

Instructions

    How to Make Easy Banana Dump Cake with Pecans
    This was so easy-breezy to make, y’all! You can whip it up in no time at all.

    Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    Butter a 9 x 13-inch pan. I used my favorite new Pioneer Woman baking dish. I like it because it has handles to grip, something that really comes in handy.

    Slice the bananas and spread them across the bottom of the buttered dish.

    Sprinkle a cup of chopped pecans over the bananas.

    Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons cinnamon-sugar mixture.

    Pour a cup of evaporated milk over the ingredients.

    Sprinkle the full box of white cake mix over the other ingredients.

    Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of cinnamon-sugar mixture.

    Add butter slices.

    Place in preheated 350 degree oven and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

    Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

    Scoop into individual bowls with a large spoon.

    If you like, you can serve with ice cream or whipped cream. I drizzled mine with caramel sauce for even more flavor. (Yum!)

    Store leftovers in refrigerator for up to three days. I do not recommend freezing this dessert.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 294Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 3gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Theresa Allen

Sunday 18th of June 2023

This was fantastic! Had several over ripe bananas and wanted something easy and different. Tossed this together (used gluten free cake mix) cooked it while we had lunch. The whole family minus one granddaughter was around the table. Took it out of the oven expecting everyone to want to wait! Left the kitchen for a few minutes came back to an almost empty dish! Quickly grabbed a bowl and discovered why! It was soooo good. Definitely a do over.

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Sunday 18th of June 2023

Wonderful! I'm so glad this worked out with the gluten free mix! Thanks for letting me know!

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