Parrot Cake

I wanted to try a dump cake in the crockpot, so I checked the pantry and all I could find is a box mix for carrot cake and some canned pears.  Hey, why not?  I checked around online for a generic dump cake recipe to follow, and this is what I came up with.  The result was a VERY rich spice cake with pears underneath.  It was a bit heavy, probably because I didn’t add much liquid to the cake mix.  We served it warm with ice cream on top, which really helped balance the richness of the cake.

I made this dessert in my largest crockpot so that I had maximum surface area for the cake to cook.  It seemed to work well, and there were no ‘doughy’ spots in the middle.  And although our family aren’t huge fans of pecans, I added them anyway and was pleasantly surprised at the nice texture they added.  The next time I make this, I will add more pecans.

I encourage you to try this recipe, and if you only have a different kind of cake in your pantry, try it and see what happens.  Hey, even if it doesn’t turn out “pretty,” you still get to eat your mistakes.

Parrot Cake

1 box carrot cake mix

1 large can pears, reserve juice

1 stick of butter, melted

handful of chopped pecans

Drain pears, reserving the juice, and chop them into chunks.  Place pear chunks into the crockpot.

Mix together the cake mix, melted butter, and about 2/3 cup pear juice.  Pour mixture over pears.  Top with pecans.

Cook on low for a few hours.  I think mine cooked for about 4 hours.  Serve warm with ice cream — enjoy!