Because we are only in the country on the weekends and I am lazy, I have found things that can stay at Star Hill so we can whip something up if guests show up. Who wants to gussy up and run into town just because someone is on their way for supper? Not this girl.
Cake mixes are cheap and easy to keep on hand. My one hint is to keep them in a sealed container to keep out the critters. I keep them in gallon sized ziploc bags. I found out years ago that a cake mix can be turned into other desserts if the need arises. A sort of fancy but super quick dessert is a dump cake. I keep the ingredients on hand at Star Hill because we never know when company is going to show up unexpectedly. We love company so of course I want them to have something yummy to remember their visit. The dessert is served hot, so no prior cooking, cooling and icing required if you need something cooked in a hurry that tastes like you worked hard.

Dump Cake

1 can cherry pie filling
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 yellow cake mix
1/2 to 3/4 stick of butter
1/4 cup pecans if you have them.
Dump the cake mix into a bowl then cut the cold butter into the cake mix. I have a pastry cutter but two knives works fine. Should look like granola crumbles not cookie dough when ready
Spray an 8X 12 glass casserole pan well with Pam
Dump in the cake mix
Spoon the cherry pie filling into the pan in small dollops then cut it into the cake mix, do the same with the pineapple
Bake at 350 degrees until browned and bubbly
Serve with ice cream or cool whip

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