Reading Holly's entry on holiday eating -- in fact, I've read it over many times, the term "dump cake" fascinated me. So I did Internet searches and found recipes. I had an aging sweet potato and apple just screaming to be dumped on. Confirmed with Tricia whether sweet potato and apple dump cake was kosher to the southern tradition, got official approval.
First I peeled and boiled the sweet potatoes. Mashed them with milk (didn't have cream around), butter, brown sugar and a bit of cinnamon.
My oven doesn't fit a big cake pan so I lined muffin my pan and poured in the sweet potato. Next I put raw apple slices on top. Finally I sprinkled some of my precious white cake mix that costed a fortune to be sent over... Poured melted butter.
Hubby freaked out at the unmixed batter just seating there on the top. Made me do the two bigger ones mixing with the butter. Because we have the two styles, it becomes obvious that by mixing, the batter rises and becomes cakelike, whereas without mixing, it is more like a biscuit or crumble.
When you make this with canned fruits, the syrup provides enough moisture for the cake mix. The way I made it, the apples barely moistened the mix.
The verdict: Reina won't eat it because she won't even eat mashed sweet potatoes. Rio liked it but said it was a bit sweet! Hiroshi enjoyed it with a cup of non-sweeten (bitter) darjeeling tea. Truth is I think I prefer making a crumble mix from flour.... But will serve the rest to guests tomorrow. But just thrilled to have made a dump cake. I feel so American. LOL