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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Strawberry Ginger Beer Dump Cake

Nothing beats a cake that only requires four ingredients.
This Strawberry Ginger Beer Dump Cake is perfect for summer!

strawberry ginger beer dump cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Ginger Beer, not to be confused with Ginger Ale, is a naturally sweetened and carbonated non-alcoholic beverage {although you can now find it's alcoholic cousin as well}.  It has recently become popular again due to the wave of people again drinking Moscow Mule's and the Dark 'N Stormy.

I'd like to say I've been helping this movement.

I'm guessing it just runs in the family.

Although, it has beer in the title, there is no beer in it, so please don't get all excited and nervous and wacky on me thinking you'll be putting BEER in a dessert.  Even I don't do that.  Relax.

It is the carbonated sweetness from this drink that makes this dessert top notch.  Only four ingredients gives you dessert here.  I love that.  Nothing makes me happier than a simple, easy, sweet treat.  

And when strawberries are involved?  Even better.

strawberry ginger beer dump cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Yesterday happened to be the day I was assigned to bring a meal to our dear friends.  This friend of mine, was my VERY FIRST FRIEND in a brand spanking new town close to 7 years ago. Her in-laws happen to live two doors down from us.  They have three kids {one set of twins} that are great friends with my kids.  This friend introduced me to a whole slew of other friends and for that alone I will be forever grateful.

So when this friend was diagnosed with cancer last month I was a bit devastated.  For her. For her kids.  For her husband.  For me.

But you know what?  Cancer picked the wrong person to mess with.  I've never met a more determined, stubborn and feisty woman in my life.  She's got this mess of a disease and we are all backing her.  She will be fine and we will all be stronger because of her.

So on top of my Crock Pot Mac-n-Cheese, a kale and poppy seed dressing salad and a homemade dip and veggies, I made this cake.

Because let's face it, each day needs to be celebrated.

strawberry ginger beer dump cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Minus the ginger beer, the remaining three ingredients to this cake are probably lurking around your house somewhere {hopefully in your kitchen}.  I currently have oodles of berries on hand {any berry will do} and since I'm a baker at heart I am never without a cake mix and a pudding mix in my pantry.

See?  This is SIMPLE!

Oh wait, I forgot the whipped cream.  You don't have to top with whipped cream, but in my opinion any fresh berry in the summer needs to have whipped cream go along with it.  It's like peas and carrots.  Spaghetti and meatballs.  Chips and salsa.  You get the picture.

Put this recipe on your summer-to-do-list.  Now.  You will not be disappointed!

Strawberry Ginger Beer Dump Cake

*I doubled this recipe giving us a 9x13 pan and our friends a 9x13 pan.  This way, you aren't stuck with a half box of yellow cake mix and pudding mix lingering around.  Just an idea.  Also, you will find Ginger Beer in the liquor section of any grocery store.  Or you can purchase via Amazon.

1/2 box yellow cake mix
1/2 box instant vanilla pudding mix
3 c. fresh or frozen strawberries
12 oz. Ginger Beer
whipping topping, for garnish

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
2.  Place the strawberries in a single layer at the bottom of the pan.
3.  In a bowl combine the cake mix, pudding mix and ginger beer.  This mixture will be a bit lumpy.
4.  Pour the batter over the strawberries.
5.  Cover the pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes.
6.  Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes or until golden brown.
7.  Serve at room temperature with whipped topping.
8.  It can be refrigerated or kept at room temperature for storage.

strawberry ginger beer dump cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm completely 100% a cake person.  I enjoy pie here and there, but hands down cake is my weakness.  Here are some other family favorites that we enjoy.

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