Pour pie filling into a 9 x 13 dish.
I didn't actually “dump” it.. I sort of poured it all over the top of the fruit as evenly as I could but I figure you can probably take as little pains as you like with this part.
As you can see it certainly was not even but then, it doesn't have to be;-)
Press it down firmly all over.. I opted to use a potato masher for this and it worked perfectly!
Cut a stick of butter into a bunch of smaller pieces. I ended up with 16 pieces but don't count them or you're missing the whole point of the dump cake.
Lay the pieces all over the top of the pressed down cake mix.
I forced myself to NOT make even rows.. that was difficult but I persevered!
I poured what looked like ½ teaspoon each of all spice and cinnamon into my hand, mixed the two together and sprinkled the mixture all over the top of the cake mix and butter.
Preheat the pellet smoker to 375°F using whatever pellets you have available.
This preheating step should probably be done before you even start putting the ingredients into the dish.. depends on how efficient you want to be.
Place the dump cake into the smoker and let it begin it's 45-60 minute vacation in the smoke and heat.
I was using a Pyrex dish and, based on past experiences, I opted to NOT lay the cold dish directly onto the very hot grates.
When I was ready to insert the cake, I placed a pan with a Bradley rack on the grates and sat the Pyrex dish on top of that. In this way it could heat up more slowly and evenly and no exploding glass.
In case you haven't figured it out, I've had bad experiences with glass dishes changing temperature too quickly!
Unlike meat, we are not looking for a certain temperature but rather a pleasing golden brown color.
Check it at 30 minutes, then again at 45 minutes and sort of go from there.
Mine took 60 minutes but depending on your smoker and perhaps the type of pan or dish that you use, this could vary for you.
Set it on the counter and let it cool for a few minutes before serving, or serve it right away if you insist.
I served myself a piece and, in that moment, there was nothing more perfect!