A Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake is a delicious dessert that’s relatively easy to prepare. Here’s a simple recipe for you:
- 1 box of lemon cake mix
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple, undrained
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Zest of 1 lemon (optional)
- Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (for serving, optional)
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish or pan.
- Prepare the Pineapple Layer: Spread the crushed pineapple, including the juice, evenly on the bottom of the greased baking dish.
- Prepare the Cream Cheese Layer: In a medium-sized bowl, mix the softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon zest (if using) until smooth and well combined.
- Layer the Cream Cheese Mixture: Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the pineapple layer. Gently spread it out as evenly as possible using a spatula or the back of a spoon.
- Add the Cake Mix: Sprinkle the dry lemon cake mix evenly over the cream cheese layer.
- Drizzle with Melted Butter: Evenly pour the melted butter over the cake mix layer. Try to cover as much of the cake mix as possible with the butter. This will help the cake bake up golden and moist.
- Bake the Cake: Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the edges are bubbling. The cake may still be slightly jiggly in the center due to the cream cheese layer.
- Cool and Serve: Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a little while before serving. This will help the cream cheese layer set a bit. You can serve it warm, at room temperature, or even chilled.
- Optional Serving: Serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to balance the flavors and add a creamy touch.
Enjoy your delicious Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake!
Remember, the baking time might vary based on your oven, so keep an eye on the cake as it bakes. It’s also important to note that dump cakes are meant to have a rustic appearance, with a combination of gooey and cakey layers, so don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfectly uniform.