Ridiculously Easy Peach Crumble

This incredibly, addictively delicious dessert was SO easy in so many ways, it almost doesn’t seem fair. The recipe itself almost doesn’t require a bowl, a mixer or even a spoon. The lovely picture above was definitely the easiest one I’ve ever posted (more on that later). And here’s how scrumptious it is: the Southern husband, who is usually not a big dessert person and pretty much the only one I know who can eat ONE fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie at time took a bite of this as it was cooling on the counter. And another. And another. By the time it actually came time to serve the thing as an official dessert, I would say about a third of it had been nibbled away.

Yep, it’s that good. No exaggeration. Now get ready for how easy it is.

You take one of those big 28 ounce jars of sliced peaches in light syrup. Dump the whole thing in a 13×9 inch pan, syrup and all. Now take a box of yellow cake mix. Pour the mix evenly over the peaches. Yes, the dry mix, you don’t make it into cake batter first…dry mix only. Trust me.

Now take a stick of butter. (I said this was easy, I didn’t say it was slenderizing.). Slice it up into about 16 pats and arranged them evenly on the top of the cake mix. Next, pour a cup of brown sugar on top, and a half cup of walnuts on top of that.

Bake it for 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Let it cool just long enough to not burn your tongue when you take that first spoonful, and then enjoy it plain or with vanilla ice cream…that is, if you can keep the hungry masses at bay long enough to have a reasonable amount left in the pan to actually HAVE it for dessert. I know, you are thinking where is the liquid, and why won’t I just have hot dry cake mix at the end of the baking time, but I guess there is something about the butter and the peach syrup that somehow magically blends with the cake mix to produce peach heaven. I’m not going to think too hard about it so I don’t jinx it.

Now about that picture. Two things happened to produce that delicious shot up there. First of all, I actually split this dessert into two 8×8 pans, since I knew my friend and photography teacher was coming to visit on the day I made it, and so I sent the other half home with him. I fully intended to photograph a piece of MY portion of the cake after dinner, but see above regarding the cake nibbling that went on before dessert…I didn’t have any left.

Then inspiration hit, and I sent an urgent message to my friend, who had the restraint not to eat all of his portion in one sitting. Voila! The easiest picture I have ever created for this blog – it only took one quick email! It all seems too good to be true…but I’ll take it!

So there you have it, the easiest dessert you will ever make!  Just don’t tell anyone how crazily easy it is…let’s keep it our secret.

Ridiculously Easy Peach Crumble
  • One 25 ounce jar of peaches in light syrup
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Layer ingredients in 13/9 inch pan in the order listed above.
  3. Bake for 40 minutes
  4. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Or eat it with a spoon right out of the baking dish.


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  1. Cathy says

    It's amazing that these ingredients can go into a dish, unmixed, and make such a delicious looking dessert. I'm going to have to try it. The photo got me.

  2. Oklahoma Granny says

    This dish was known as a Dump Cake back in the day. Personally the updated name sounds much more appetizing! I'd suggest cutting the sliced peaches in thirds and spread them out a bit. Other fruits work equally well as does fruit fillings like cherry or apple. Incredible photo!

    • sharon lewis says

      @Oklahoma Granny, you are exactly correct! I have been making this dessert for 25 years, that is how old my daughter is; and was just a 10 month old baby when I attended a family reunion, and they were serving it. They served the Peach, and then the Cherry and both were amazing. My recipe doesn’t call for the brown sugar, and I add a bit of vanilla extract to the peaches, and sometimes add coconut or pecans to my family’s dish.

  3. Sara Sarver says

    My mom always made something similar, but she used cherry pie filling instead of peaches. Just dumped the yellow cake mix on top, drizzled the butter, baked it… then waited to hear me yell about burning my tongue because I couldn't wait long enough for it to cool before sneaking a bite! :)

  4. grace says

    who knew a box of cake mix could be so wonderful? i haven't fully appreciated it all these years. what a treat, kate.

  5. Liesl says

    It looks incredible! I do the cake mix trick for a pumpkin dump cake in the fall! I love the flavor it adds! I can't wait to try this recipe out!

  6. LynnieBNC says

    This was VERY GOOD, sweet, and crunchy. My down home Ohio husband was very skeptical, but he LOVED it, and my Italian father LOVED it, esp with the ice cream. What a great recipe for me, the non-baker!!! Thanks!!!!

  7. Windsor Teacher says

    Outstanding! Took this to a choir dinner and everyone was impressed. Especially with how easy it was to make! A keeper for sure!

  8. Anonymous says

    I've done this with canned apple pie filling and cake mix before…only without the brown sugar (yum!)…and I added cinnamon to the mix with the apples. Peach sounds incredible!! Thanks!!

  9. twi-ny says

    this was a huge hit at our friends' annual groundhog day party, so much so that people were fighting to bring home what little there was left over. (we made two trays.)

  10. Generic Viagra says

    first the recipe to prepare coconut shrimp soup and now the perfect dessert after the soup, what do you want? kill me? well at least if I gonna die, I die so happy.

  11. Anonymous says

    I made this last night in a 15×10 pan. I added a second can of peaches (drained) and kept the rest the same. It was FANTASTIC !!! Recipe is going in my recipe favorites journal !!

  12. Merle says

    Saw this on “Welcome Home”. I’m retired, living alone, any easy recipe is a wonderful thing! I need all the help I can get in the cooking dep’t. I think I can do this one! I’m gonna’ try. Thanx.

  13. Debara says

    Welcome Home was a first-visit for me and I saw this recipe there and popped on over here. I think I’ll be back often.

  14. megan says

    can I try this with fresh (very ripe) peaches? anyone ever done it? if so, should I add anything in to substitute for it not having the syrup canned peaches come with?

    thanks!! cannot wait to try!

    • Kate says

      I’ve never tried it with fresh peaches – you would definitely need some liquid to make it work. Let’s see if any of my readers have tried it – anyone out there have a suggestion?

  15. Ashley says

    I am going to try the same thing, I have a bunch of fresh Georgia peaches (last of the season!) that would be amazing in this. I was thinking of cutting the peaches and mixing with cinnamon sugar and letting rest in the fridge overnight before making this the next day. That way the sugar will have drawn out their natural juices. I am hoping it makes enough juice to be sufficient. I will let you know how it turns out.


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