Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

cherry pineapple dump cake recipeYeah.  You read that right.  This is called a dump cake.  Here is a delicious Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake recipe.  You literally just dump things in a baking dish and pop it in the oven.  And it is insanely good.  It is one of those things that you serve or even describe to someone and they are like, “yeah, none of that sounds amazing.”  But I know my desserts.  And this one is SO GOOD.  Full disclosure, I ate this whole batch in two days.  Pretty much by myself.  It’s pretty great warm and, in my opinion, even better cold.  And although it is technically a dessert, it also works well for breakfast, lunch and snacks…

cherry pineapple dump cake recipe ingredientsIt only take a few ingredients to make a cherry pineapple dump cake.  You could use margarine instead of the butter but it is NOT as good.  Like, not even close.  But it can be done if you are dealing with food allergies or you are crazy and think margarine is better than butter (but it is just not.  Agree to disagree).  I choose to use salted butter because I love salty and sweet together.  And I don’t add salt to anything else I eat (aside from normal seasoning in the pan like real chefs) except for avocados and cherry tomatoes.  So I figure my sodium  levels can take it.

cherry and pineapple for dump cake recipeAre you ready for the amazing dump cake recipe?  Hold on to your hats and glasses…

Pour a can of crushed pineapple in your baking dish.  Spread it out so it covers most of the pan (seriously there is no wrong way to do this and you should not spend much time on it.  Just dump it.)  Then pour a can of cherry pie filling over the top.

sprinkle on cake mixSprinkle the dry cake mix over the whole thing.  Yes, the dry cake mix.  Try to cover the fruit fillings as evenly as you can.

dry cake mix on filling for dump cakeIt will look like this when you are done.  And even at this stage, it will smell SO yummy.

add melted butterThe hardest part of this recipe is melting the butter.  Why can’t I get it to melt all nice and mellow?  It always pops and blows up all over my microwave.  Melting butter is super aggressive.  But I still love it.  All you do is pour it over the top of the dry cake mix.  And that will smell even better than it did a minute ago.

easy dump cake recipeYou bake it for an hour and it gets all goldeny brown and bubbly.  And smells EVEN BETTER!  The edges get all crusty and the butter soaks in to the dry cake batter…yum.

cherry and pineapple dump cake recipeTo serve, spoon a heaping portion in to a bowl.  It is mostly made up of fruit after all…While it doesn’t immediately look like something you would make when having guests over due to it’s somewhat sloppy demeanor, the taste is a total crowd pleaser.  And your kids and male guests will get a good laugh when you call it a dump cake.


1 can Crushed Pineapple (normal sized can, not a small one – do not drain)

1 can Cherry Pie Filling (Comstock brand is always a good choice.  I went with an alternative last time and was disappointed)

1 box Cake Mix (Yellow or White)

1 cup butter (margarine only if you have to for allergy reasons – otherwise only use butter!)

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with Pam or other spray oil.  Pour in the crushed pineapple and juice and spread out on the bottom of the pan.  Pour the cherry pie filling on top (it will not spread out evenly).  Sprinkle cake mix over the cherries.  Melt butter and spoon over mixture.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

You will not be disappointed!!  Have you ever made a dump cake before?

*For the most part, I do not create recipes but share the ones I grew up with in my family.  I’m certain some fantastic chef came up with this many moons ago but no sources are listed in my homemade cookbook from my mom.  She didn’t anticipate blogging.

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  1. Roger Kvistad says

    I found placing a paper towel over a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup to melt the butter keeps it from splattering the microwave.

  2. Terry says

    I can’t believe someone else knows about this recipe!! It is amazing. Absolutely for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! Two things: I thinly slice the butter (use a paring knife) and lay it all over the “dumped” cake mix instead of melting. And it tastes even better with a scoop of ice cream when warm. But cold is great too!!!

    • Cheryl Searcy says

      I made the cherry, pineapple with some peaches Dump Cake last week for our Mah Jongg group. We served vanilla ice cream on top. They ate it up like there was no tomorrow. LOL…It was beyond delicious.
      I have to thank the Pastor’s wife of Grace Church in Maryland Heights, Mo, Mrs Debbie Tucker, she gave me the recipe the week before at a Repass at church.

    • Darien says

      I have been making this since the 1970’s when my moms friend shared the recipe. This is the first cake I could make on my own. Everyone use to love it and we still do. I use the sliced butter technique also. Everyone just loves it!!!

  3. shelly says

    i make this almost every week for our church potluck lunch- people actually sneak back to get theirs and set aside (hide it somewhere) before lunch to be sure they get some of it!!

    btw its not necessary to spray or oil the pan since your bottom layer is very juicy.

    For mine, I use Butter Recipe cake mix (better than yellow), 1 1/2 sticks margarine (I prefer the flavor/texture! lol), & sprinkle chopped pecans all over the top before baking. :)

    also, put a paper plate over the butter to melt it in the microwave in 30 sec increments and you won’t have a disaster. ;)

  4. Cindy says

    This is so easy and you can keep everything on hand for a quick dessert. I put coconut on top of the cake mix before the melted butter. I’ve made it several different ways and it’s always good. GREAT warm with vanilla icecream.

  5. Carole Shumpert says

    You don’t have to melt the butter….. Just slice it into little slivers and place all over the top- works just fine & I use less butter… 1 1/2 sticks

  6. Samantha says

    Grew up eating this cake, always a favorite. We always just sliced the butter and placed it around the top. Came out great every time.

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