Dump Cakes is a recipe book that takes the measuring and mixing out of dessert making by showing you how to dump things into a pan and baking them to create allegedly delicious desserts in minutes. In the promotional video, spokeswoman Cathy Mitchell shows you how to make s’mores cake, sticky buns and raspberry and peach cake all by just dumping things into a pan or skillet. A TeleBrands product, the Dump Cakes recipe book is sold under the As Seen on TV brand.
Dump Cakes Features
The main features of the Dump Cakes recipe book is the time it supposedly saves you. These recipes are all supposed to be done in two steps (dumping and baking) and take minutes to prepare, saving you from having to measure out ingredients and mix them together in a time consuming fashion like traditional baking. Additionally, these “mistake-proof” desserts are all supposed to taste delicious and be “five-star” desserts. Making them this way also saves you from having to deal with the mess of traditional baking.
Dump Cakes Pricing, Shipping & Return Policies
The Dump Cakes recipe book sells for $10, plus $7.99 shipping and handling for a total of $17.99. You’ll also receive the Dump Dinners recipe book (which shows you how to make entire dinners by dumping things into a pan and cooking them). And, for an additional $9.99 in shipping and handling, you also get a non-stick Orgreenic 8" Fry Pan, which is supposedly perfect for some of the Dump Cakes recipes. This would bring the total to $27.98. It’s not clear whether you are forced to get the frying pan or not.
The Dump Cakes recipe book is covered by TeleBrands’ generic 30-day money back guarantee. This will see you get your purchase price back, but not your shipping and handling fees. You will also have to pay to ship the item back to the company. To do that, follow the return instructions that come with the product. If you have questions, you can call TeleBrands at 1-855-668-1655.
Bottom Line – Do you need the Dump Cakes?
Another thing to consider is that the Dump Cakes is not a physical product that needs to "perform" nor will it "fall apart" like a lot of As Seen on TV Products are claimed to do. Instead it is a booklet that contains content. There actually are desserts that are known as dump cakes, so whether the recipes in this book are exclusive to the book or not is hard to tell, as there are no consumer reviews for it online just yet. If you really want a s’mores dump cake or any other kind of dump cake, you can easily do an internet search for it and you’ll likely find it. If you absolutely want the recipe books, and are willing to pay $17.99 for them (and possibly $27.98 if you are forced to get the frying pan), then they might be a good purchase for you.
Wish I had read these reviews before going to the website. Well I saw the infomercial and thought that sounds good - 2 books and a pan for $10 plus shipping. Well the website never gives you an accurate total until AFTER the order is placed. When filling out the form it showed my total to be 17.99, after placing the order it shows a total of $27.99. I was charged an extra $10 for the pan and dump dinners book which they say is free.
I went online to order "dump cakes", the website is designed to keep you confused. It has stuff flashing saying you can get free shipping and a whole bunch of other lies. Once you start the order process you click through a series of screens asking if you would like to add dump dinner and green cookware. Beware, the price they tell you is NOT the price you'll pay. If it says "would you like to add this for $9.99, your actual billing for that item will be $19.99 with additional shipping and handling. You say yes or no and it clicks through to next screen. Along the top you can see the progress of your order process, the last being the confirmation section. Normally on any other website I have been to once you get to confirmation page you have a chance to review your order and make changes before submitting. NOT HERE! Next thing I know, the screen says Thank you for your $60 order! WHAT???
The site says it will take 24-48 hours for your online order tracking to be available. Their website says you can cancel your order if it has not shipped yet. So, I call to cancel the order. The guy makes me give him all my contact info including my credit card details again, gives me a cancellation confirmation # and I thought this was over. NOT!
3 days later I received an email saying my order has been shipped and sure enough my credit card was charged 2 days after I cancelled the order. So, I call again. The "customer service" rep tries to get me to give him all my information again including my CC info so he can find my order. I said no, and miraculously he was able to find my order by my name in 10 seconds. He tells me, "we can manually cancel your order but that doesn't mean it's cancelled." Now that it's shipped my only option is to refuse the package and they will credit my account in 5-7 days. After 5 minutes on hold he gives me a disconnected number to Fed-ex to refuse the package before it's delivered. I find a real number to Fed-ex but, they ship this via Fed-ex Smart Post aka USPS! I then called my local post office to refuse the package. They did tell me if it does get delivered, do not open package, write refuse on it and leave it for the postman or drop it back off to the post office.
We'll see this happened today. I hold little hope that I will actually receive a credit on my credit card. I will have to dispute it. Of course you do not get anything in writing about cancellation...all over the phone. This is a scam! I wish I had read all these posts before I placed an order. I'm now a victim too.
NOTE: I received a order confirmation number when the order was placed. Then the rep gives me a new order number when I called to cancel and a third number was sent in my shipping confirmation email. I asked the rep what the heck is this about. He tells me we give temporary numbers. I bet they do...so you can't track any number! That's why each rep had to asking me for all my personal info again because their order numbers mean nothing. Your credit card is all they want!
I thought I would be doing my grand daughter a big favor by buying her this dump cake book. I read it and I said to myself oh My God such Sh-t. Then I said I would save it for her when she came for fathers day. She said grandma it is nice of you to think of me, but I can make this mess already, and you threw away that money on that crap. The pan won't even hold my eggs in the morning. My grand daughter has only been out a year on her own and even she knows it is no good!
There are some "dump" recipes in the book, but many of them use the term "dump" for putting batter in a pan. A regular recipe is as easy to prepare as many in the book. If you have to put all your ingredients into a bowl and use a mixer then put it in a 9 by 13--how is that more convenient that any other recipe?
I can give you a complex recipe with tons of ingredients to mix together and then tell you to "dump" it into a 9 by 13--does that make it a dump recipe?
I would say the ad on TV is a misrepresentation.
The book "Dump Casseroles" is very short with few recipes in it and most of those require multiple steps as in any regular recipe.
I am quite sorry I wasted the money on this and waited about 8 weeks for it to arrive, along with the very tiny Orgreenic pan.
I went on to the dump cake site and began to go though the process. When I saw how much this was really going to cost, I never submitted it. Well, they already had my credit card information and charged me a month later. Lesson learned. Scam!
I agree with the other negative reviews. It's not the same as what's on TV. The pan it shows on the commercial is much bigger than what you receive. All you get is this kid size one and the recipes are the same as any other recipes you can get free on the internet. They have the quick ones they demonstrate on TV, in a bigger skillet of course. Don't bother with this product!
Don't buy from this woman.
Anything this woman sells is junk. I purchased an item from her last year and it was a piece of garbage, and the cost for shipping back the pie thing was ridiculous. It was suppose to cook cook omelets, pies, other foods in it and it was junk and ended up in the garbage within a weeks time.
Do not trust this lady that sells any of these products. Her company is nothing more than a scam that rips off the consumer, and consumer affairs should be all over this woman and these infomercials that are robbing the consumers with inferior product.
It was nothing what I saw on TV At First. It's a complete joke book of recipes. Most of the recipes and ingredients consist of just using a mixer. It's not dump, it's using a mixer.
Technical difficulty with website, or a way to get more money?
I tried to place my order and it would not go through and sent me a message that it was having problems, so I did it three more times. Well, I never got a confirmation page, saying the order was complete, so I just gave up. They didn't though and charged me for every single time I tried to order.
I have been really ill and was waiting on surgery, so it was low on my priority list to sit and wait on the phone to straighten it out and become frustrated with their system of having "technical difficulties" which resulted in costing me a great deal of money. Finally had the surgery, two weeks ago, so I thought I would at least warn people about how this thing works, or doesn't work.
I bought the dump cake for my husband since he is not a gourmet chef and thought it might be helpful. Now, I have Christmas presents and hope that my daughter-in-laws do not think their mother-in-law does not love them, but they will only be stocking stuffers, nothing more and perhaps I will just place them in my son's stockings, instead. Besides, that, I could have printed out a book for my husband with simple recipes which would have done far more than this book did. Plus, this little green skillet sticks, guys, so you do have to use some spray on it. I cooked some cornbread in the small green skillet for my husband and myself and it stuck to the skillet badly and I had actually used a light shortening (after it had been seasoned as instructed) but it still stuck to the pan. Lots of money down the drain but the stress of undoing their scam was not worth my health getting any worse. Just a shame because you really could put a cookbook together what would be helpful to people who are not in the kitchen much and it would be helpful to them. But this book is not it, nor the Dump Meals book. I do not recommend it at all.
Overpriced, garbage recipes. No customer service. Cathy Mitchell should be thrown in prison. Complete and total scam. Buyer beware!
The order was for 4 books, and I was charged three separate S&H charges. $7.99, $9.99, and then $17.99! The total should have been under $50 dollars for 4 books, the bill was $97.94! I have had NO luck reaching any manner of representative.