The Dookie Cake

Dump Cake. That’s the official, albeit unflattering, name of one of my favorite recipes. It’s not as bad, however, as what Brother calls it — Dookie Cake. Ain’t that a little brother for you?

But let me tell you what, his teasing doesn’t stop him from gobbling up a big ole bowl of it!

Despite the awful name, despite how basic and easy it is, despite how culinary snobs may look down their noses at you, this is one of the best cobbler recipes you’ll ever find. You’ll make it time and time again when you have too many peaches on hand and they are going bad faster than you can eat them up. You’ll whip this up at the absolute last minute to take to that church supper. If somebody dies, you can be at their house in an hour with warm cobbler to soothe the bereaved and their guests.

That’s because, just like the official name says, all you do is dump the ingredients into a dish and pop it in the oven. Easy greasy. And here’s a bonus — because it’s made all in one dish,  there’s not a lot of cleanup.

I normally use peaches, but you could use pears, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or any other fruit you have on hand. A note about blueberries, they do tend to turn the crust an unpleasantly greenish gray color, but it tastes just fine.

Audrey’s Dookie Cake


  • 3 or 4 nice, ripe peaches, peeled and cut up into slices or bite-sized pieces (You can even use canned peaches in a pinch!)
  • 1 cup of sugar, plus a couple of Tbs more
  • 1 stick of butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of self-rising flour
  • Cinnamon, mace, vanilla or whatever flavorings you like to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Put your peach pieces in a bowl and mix them up with the 2 Tbs of sugar. Set it aside to macerate.
  3. While the peaches are working, get out a 9×13 Pyrex baking dish, put the butter pieces in it, and put it in the oven to melt the butter.
  4. When the butter has melted, take the dish out of the oven and add in the remaining cup of sugar, the flour, the milk and the spices. Stir it all together with a whisk. Don’t worry if it’s lumpy and looks like something the cat yakked up. It will all work out in the end.
  5. Put the peaches in by the tablespoonful making sure that the fruit is all evenly distributed.
  6. Pop the whole thing back into the oven and bake it until the top is golden brown and the juices are bubbling up. You know, until it looks right!
  7. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top.


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