Pear Dump Cake



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This pear dump cake with fresh sliced pears baked with brown sugar and cinnamon is the perfect dessert. The cake is then covered with a cake mix and butter to give it a delicious crispy topping. Add pecans for additional fall flavor!

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Dump cakes always make an appearance at this time of the year for my family. This is the first one I’ve ever put together, but my mom is famous for them. I guess because they’re so simple to throw together. I can’t deny it, it’s really nice to only take 10-15 minutes to throw an amazing pear dump cake together.

I’ve learned quickly that a dump cake can be incredibly versatile. If you don’t have pears, but have a bag of apples, use the apples! Berries or canned pie fillings also work in this recipe, my mom even does a variation of the cake with pumpkin puree. Seriously. So versatile.

This is an awesome way to make a cake. My very favorite thing about these cakes is the topping. Bits of the topping will be crispy and buttery and other parts will be crumbly and soft. The bottom will soak up any of the juices and become soft and flavorful. I think I could go on for days talking about the topping.

How to Make Pear Dump Cake

Here is a brief overview of how this simple dump cake comes together. For the full recipe including all measurements, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Prepare your pears. Peel, core, and slice your pears. Stir together the pear slices, brown sugar, and cinnamon, and put them in the bottom of your baking dish.
  2. Dump the other ingredients. Pour the cake mix on top of the filling. Pour the melted butter over the top of the cake mix. Make sure to cover the entire top.
  3. Bake the cake. Put in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
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Adding Pecans

Pecans are a great addition to this dump cake recipe! They can be added to the pear filling or the top of the cake, either one will work. You can add them on top of the cake mix and pour the butter over them so they brown up and become super toasty. If you throw them in with the pears, the combination of brown sugar and cinnamon would have mingled well with the pecans. Have I sold you on the pecan idea yet?

Pear Dump Cake Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t mix it. This cake works because of how the ingredients are layered or “dumped” into the pan. Do not mix anything.
  • Add pecans: You can add them just before the butter or mix them in with the pears. Either way is delicious!
  • Use apples: if fresh pears aren’t available or you’ve got apples to use up, use them in this recipe! You could also make my Caramel Apple Dump Cake which has the gooeyest most delicious caramel sauce!
Can I use canned pears?

Yes! If fresh pears aren’t available, you can use canned. I recommend draining them before adding them to the pan so you don’t get too much moisture which will make your cake soggy.

Serving and Storing Leftovers

This cake is amazing as is, or can be topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Store any leftover pear dump cake in an airtight container and eat it within three days of making it.

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Pear Dump Cake

This pear dump cake with fresh sliced pears baked with brown sugar and cinnamon is the perfect dessert! Add pecans for the best topping.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 8 pears peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 boxed yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, stir together the pear slices, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Place the pear slices into an 8×8 square pan.
  • Pour the cake mix on top of the filling.
  • Pour the melted butter over the top of the cake mix. Make sure to cover the entire top.
  • Place in the oven and bake for about 50 minutes until the top is golden brown.
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