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When it comes to holiday parties, is your go-to move buying dessert? What if we told you that making any of these cake recipes is just as easy? Here, Cathy Mitchell, author of "Dump Cakes" shares her desserts that require only a cake mix, a handful of additional ingredients and a pan. 

Sweet hot apple dump cake

  • 2 cans (21 ounces each) apple pie filling
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons hot cinnamon candies, divided
  • 1 package (about 15 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into thin slices

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13x9 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray

2. Spread apple pie filling in prepared pan.

3. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cinnamon candies. 

4. Top with cake mix, spreading evenly.

5. Top with butter in single layer, covering cake mix as much as possible.

6. Bake 45 – 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

7. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cinnamon candies during last 10 minutes of baking.

8. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Granola caramel carrot cake

  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 package (about 15 ounces) carrot cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into thin slices
  • 1 cup granola
  • 3 tablespoons caramel topping, warmed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13x9 baking pan with nonstick cooking spray

2. Spread pineapple in prepared pan.

3. Top with cake mix, spreading evenly.

4. Top with butter in single layer, covering cake mix as much as possible.

5. Sprinkle with granola.

6. Drizzle with caramel topping.

7. Take 50 – 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

8. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

  • 1 tube (about 16 ounces) jumbo buttermilk biscuit dough (8 biscuits)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup pancake syrup, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted, divided

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and almonds in small bowl.

3. Pour half of syrup and half of butter into prepared pan; sprinkle with half of brown sugar mixture.

4. Place biscuits over brown sugar mixture, overlapping to form ring.

5. Top with remaining syrup, butter and brown sugar mixture.

6. Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 1 minute; invert onto serving platter.

7. Decorate with white frosting and holiday sprinkles.