Could it be as sweet?
Years ago I stumbled across a recipe for “Dump Cake.” Now, awful name aside, the recipe itself looked really weird to me. Take a look for yourself . . .
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 large can cherry pie filling
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup chopped nuts
1 stick butter in 1/4 in slices
Apparently, this is where it got it’s name: All you do is dump the above ingredients semi-evenly into a 9×13 pan, in the order given, and bake for about an hour at 350 degrees.
Told you it was weird.
One day, though, I took the plunge and made it. Oh. My. Stars. Yumm-o!!! Tastes like yummy fruit cobbler. Not really cake-y. Heavenly with ice cream. ABSOLUTELY perfect cold day, comfort food. Kids love it. They can even make it themselves!
So now I’m off on a mission to give this fabulous cake a better name. Because I just can’t bring myself to serve my beloved family “Dump Cake.” I thought you’d get a kick out of the options I ran across on the online thesaurus at thesaurus.com .
dump: (noun) ash heap, cesspool, depot, dumping ground, garbage lot, junk pile, magazine (??), refuse heap, rubbish pile, swamp.
Hmmm. Perhaps we should choose a different part of speech . . .
dump: (verb) cast, chuck, clear out, deep-six, deposit, discard, discharge, dispose of, ditch, drain, eject, empty, evacuate, expel, exude, fling, fling down, get rid of, jettison, junk, leave, let fall, scrap, throw down, throw out, throw overboard, tip, unload, unpack
Okay. Well, I’m pretty sure what’s NOT going to become the replacement for “dump:” DISCHARGE. Nope. Not a good name for cake. But there is one word in there that I think is just perfect! Gives the same idea as “dump” without the blechy overtones. Ready? The much-maligned “Dump Cake” will hereafter be referred to as FLING CAKE.
Sounds much more fun, doesn’t it?