ISO help with box cake mix/ canned fruit?

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giggler

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Could I, make box mix cake batter per instructions, then add lg. can pie filling, stir and bake in 13x9 pan for a cake with fruit in it? Will the cake set or be too runny? Perhaps cook longer or back off other wet ingredients?
Thanks, Eric.
 

GotGarlic

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You would be making a sort of dump cake and it should work. Don't use any of the ingredients you normally would for the cake, but top it with a stick of cold butter spread out evenly before baking, like this.
 

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Has anyone made dump cake? I'm wondering how the cake mix gets wet enough. Does the butter melting into the cake mix do that?
 

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Yup, the butter and fruit are enough wet...but it isn't really a "cake", in the end. It is more like a cobbler. They are great for pot luck at camping...and some added ice cream doesn't hurt!
 

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Yup, the butter and fruit are enough wet...but it isn't really a "cake", in the end. It is more like a cobbler. They are great for pot luck at camping...and some added ice cream doesn't hurt!
I can see that there is enough liquid. I'm wondering how the dry cake mix gets wet enough, while sitting on top. Doesn't some of it just dry out?
 

GotGarlic

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I can see that there is enough liquid. I'm wondering how the dry cake mix gets wet enough, while sitting on top. Doesn't some of it just dry out?
I imagine as the liquid in the pie filling boils during cooking, it bubbles and steams enough to mix with the butter and moisten the dry mix. I doubt people would still make it if it didn't work.
 

cookiecrafter

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Cake mix box instructions call for eggs, oil. & water. These ingredients are in the mix except for the water. I find it necessary to sift lumpy cake mix.

I do melt a can of frosting and drizzle it over the dry cake mix.
 

medtran49

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I remember my mother making fruit cocktail cake and making a coconut based glaze. I think she used a cake mix but won't swear to it.
 
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