Tuesday, March 27, 2012

{Did I Pin a Win?} Peach Crunch Cake from Bakerella

Did I Pin a Win?
This week, we are going to do a series of posts called "Did I Pin a Win?" You know you have hundreds of pins that you wonder -- ok, it looks great, but does it work?? Well, we have those too. So this week, we're putting a few to the test.

I'm starting off with a recipe. My mom makes a cherry/pineapple dump cake that is well-loved, but I gotta be honest -- I'm not a cherry pie filling fan. I love fresh cherries, but can't take the texture of cooked berries. Anyway, I looooooooove (x 1,000,000) any dessert with peaches, so when I saw this on Pinterest, I immediately saved it. It looks very similar to my mom's cherry dump cake, just with peaches. :D  It's from bakerella, so it's sure to be good!

I modified things just slightly (pecans instead of walnuts), but mostly stuck with the recipe. First, take a 13x9 inch pan and line it with Reynold's non-stick foil. Seriously, this is not optional. (What?? You haven't tried this stuff?? Get the hence to the store now! And don't ever make brownies without it again!)

I took 2 15-oz. cans of peaches in extra light syrup and cut them up, then dumped them in the pan, syrup and all.

Pour the entire box of a yellow cake mix on top of the peaches.

Cut up a stick of butter and distribute across the top.

At this point, you may need to call in reinforcements.

The recipe called for one cup of brown sugar, but I was afraid of that much, so I just sprinkled it on the top. I then added about a cup of chopped pecans.

After 40 minutes in a 350 oven, here's what you get!

The Verdict:

I'm afraid this version of the dump cake just isn't for us. It has potential, but as is, it's waaaay too sweet. I'm sure this is because of the cake mix (it's not intended to be this concentrated). The sweetness of the cake mix way overpowered the peaches so they were barely discernible (I can't imagine it with a whole cup of sugar!) I do love peaches though, so I may play around with this some and see what I can come up with. I might try this again with some sort of oatmeal/brown sugar topping, like an apple crunch, instead. All in all though, a good experiment and not a bad dessert! It's definitely highly edible ;-)

1 comment:

  1. Can't wait to read more "Did I Pin a Win". What a great idea!