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Best Ever Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe


If you’ve never tried this Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake recipe, you need to put it on your to-do list. Immediately. This classic dump cake is one of my all-time favorite easy desserts! It’s ridiculously simple to make and tastes crazy good.

A serving of the best every Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake in a footed glass dessert bowl.
This Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake recipe is seriously my favorite dessert!

Why you’ll love pineapple cherry dump cake

This Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake is insanely good. It’s one of those things that when you try to explain it to someone they are like, “yeah, none of that sounds amazing.”

Cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple create the perfect environment to support a buttery, yellow cake mix crust. These 4 ingredients make a scrumptious dessert for a crowd.

Delicious dump cake recipes are the best thing to serve no matter what the occasion. And these flavors together are like a party in your mouth.

Related: Crockpot Cherry Dump Cake – a cherry dump cake without pineapple!

What is a Dump Cake

Yeah. You read that right. This is called a dump cake. Dump cakes are my favorite because they require hardly any work on your part but taste like pure magic.

It’s a classic open-and-pour situation. So quick. So simple. And I think this is the original dump cake recipe. The one that has delighted families for YEARS!

You literally just dump and layer things in a baking dish and pop it in the oven. You don’t even need to mix. It’s perfect for when you have company over and such a popular potluck idea.

It only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to make a Pineapple and Cherry Dump CakeDump Cake recipes are the best last-minute dessert to make when you’re having people over.


4 Ingredients to make an easy Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake recipe on a table.
What you need to make a pineapple cherry dump cake

You can find a printable recipe card for this yummy dessert further down in the post.

I used salted butter but you can use unsalted if you prefer.

Some dump cake recipes call for just one stick of butter. But I prefer two. I like my cake mix crust to be buttery and delicious. And I think 2 sticks is able to give the dry mix a little more moisture.

How to Make a Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

It’s as easy as dumping everything into your cake pan or baking dish. But here are step-by-step instructions if you need them.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grab a 9 x 13 pan. Use a cooking spray to lighting grease it. This cake doesn’t stick all that much but using a prepared baking pan will help to make clean up a little easier.

A glass dish with crushed pineapple and a girl pouring a can of cherry pie filling over it to make our favorite easy homemade Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake recipe.

Step 1

Pour a can of crushed pineapple in your baking dish. Make sure that you didn’t drain it. You need that pineapple juice liquid to mix with the melting butter to create crust magic.

Spread the pineapple 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.)

A glass baking dish layered with crushed pineapple and cherry pie filling with a girl's hand pouring dry yellow cake mix over the fruit.

Step 2

Then pour a can of cherry filling over the top. Seriously, this fruit filling adds SO much flavor.

A glass baking dish with dry yellow cake mix.

Step 3

Sprinkle the dry yellow cake mix over the fruit. Yes, the DRY cake mix. Do not add any of the other ingredients listed on the back of the cake mix box.

A glass baking dish with dry cake mix topped with melted butter.

Step 4

Try to cover the fruit fillings as evenly as you can. It will look like this when you are done. And even at this stage, it will smell SO yummy.

Step 5

Pour the melted butter over the top of the cake mix. And your cherry and pineapple dump cake will smell even better than it did a minute ago.

The 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.

A glass baking dish with homemade Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake.

Step 6

Bake the Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake for an hour and it gets evenly golden brown and bubbly. And smells EVEN BETTER than you thought it could.

The edges get all crusty and the butter soaks into the dry cake batter…yum.

A serving of our favorite Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake in a footed glass dessert bowl.

This is the perfect dump cake to start with as it’s a classic flavor combo and always gets rave reviews. But then get creative and try out some other easy cake recipes.

How to Serve Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

To serve the dump cake, spoon a heaping portion into a bowl. It is mostly made up of fruit after all…

While I prefer to eat my dump cakes plain, many people like to serve them with a topping of whipped cream and maraschino cherries. Or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

While it doesn’t immediately look like a dessert you would make when having guests over due to its somewhat sloppy demeanor, the taste of this delicious dessert is a total crowd-pleaser.

And your kids and male guests will get a good laugh when you call it a dump cake. So there’s that.


My son had a whole bunch of food allergies when he was younger so in order to make this pineapple cherry dump cake so he could have it, we had to swap out the butter and use margarine. It’s not as delicious but a good option if you need it!

Instead of spreading melted butter before baking, you can lay out slices of butter evenly, over the top of the dry yellow cake mix layer. The butter melts in the oven and it will evenly cover the cake mix so it can create its pretty golden crust.

A reader shared that she grates the butter over the top and that helps it spread a little evenly as it melts once it’s in the oven! 

If you find you have areas of dry cake mix once you’ve baked it, you can spritz a little water over it to moisten it. I personally don’t mind the powder because it mixes in as you eat it.

Add some chopped pecans or macadamia nuts on top next time for an added crunch.


  • You can make this a cherry dump cake with pecans by sprinkling some chopped nuts (almonds are delicious too) on top of the melted butter before baking.
  • Make this a cherry pineapple coconut dump cake by sprinkling on coconut before baking.
  • White I used yellow cake mix, you can try it also with pineapple cake mix for even more flavor.
  • If you have time, this post has tons of comments and many other variations that you can browse.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know when dump cake is done?

Nothing really needs to cook on this cake, mostly you care heating the dump cake ingredients through. The melted butter mixes with the dry cake mix to create a crust. When there are no pools of butter and the crust looks golden brown, the dump cake is ready.

What does dump cake taste like?

Dump cakes can come in all kinds of flavor combination. But I love this classic Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake so much! The pineapple adds texture and sweetness but I wouldn’t say that the pineapple flavor is very strong. The cherry pie filling is a dominate flavor and when paired with that buttery, cake mix crust, it’s like the most amazing fruit cobbler you’re ever tasted.

When did dump cakes come out?

Per this article, dump cakes were first mentioned in 1980. Obviously, the name comes from dumping the ingredients into a dish, no stirring required!

How do you store dump cake?

Dump Cakes will keep for several days in the refrigerator. I like to store them in their baking dish, covered in plastic wrap if I’m not ready to serve it.

If it’s already been served, I’ll transfer the fruity cake to an airtight container, like Tupperware, for storage.

It’s a pretty hearty dessert so if you aren’t planning to serve this cherry and pineapple dump cake for a few hours, you can leave it out on the counter until it’s time.

Is This Really the Best Recipe

I know my desserts. And this one is SO sweet and wonderful. I think this is the best-ever recipe for Cherry Dump Cake with Pineapple specifically. The balance of flavors is spot on.

The tart cherry pie filling mixes perfectly with the sweet, crushed pineapple. Topped with a cake-batter-tasting crust, this buttery treat is everything a dessert should be.

It’s so good, in fact, I also made it into Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Cupcakes and made a Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake in the Microwave.

Full disclosure, I can eat a whole pan in two days. Pretty much by myself. It’s awesome warm out of the oven and, in my opinion, even better served cold.

And although it is technically a dessert, it also works well for breakfast. And lunch. And snack time…Don’t judge me.

More easy dump cake recipes

I’m kind of a dump cake connoisseur.

A close up of a serving of cherry dump cake.

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

This quick, 4 ingredient dessert is a classic recipe and what I always make when I need to treat a crowd. Easy Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake uses cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, butter and yellow cake mix to bake a golden, fruity masterpiece. Topped with whipped cream or eaten plain, this simple cake is the best way to end a meal.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Calories: 354kcal
Servings: 12 servings



  • 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 but you can use a spatula to spread it out).
  • Sprinkle dry yellow cake mix over the cherries.
  • Melt butter and spoon over mixture, as evenly as possible.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.



Comstock brand is always a good choice for cherry pie filling. I went with an alternative brand last time and was disappointed. I like there to be nice chunks of cherry mixed in with the crushed pineapple.
In my opinion, the yellow cake mix gives this simple dump cake the best buttery flavor. But white will work too.
You can swap out the butter for margarine in case you have certain dietary restrictions. The flavor won’t be quite as buttery but will still taste amazing.
A reader shared that she grates room temperature butter over the top and that helps it spread a little evenly as it melts once it’s in the oven! Or, you can lay out slices of butter evenly, over the top of the dry yellow cake mix layer. As the butter melts in the oven, it will evenly cover the cake mix so it can create its pretty golden crust.
Add some chopped pecans or macadamia nuts on top next time for an added crunch.


Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 598IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally posted March 20, 2013. I’ve updated the post to include more tips since dump cakes are my favorite recipes and I’ve made them more than any other simple dessert recipe over the years.

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  1. I LOVE this cake & easy to make! I have made this several times & even COMBINED two fruits & pecans on top! I tried apple & cherry & I used the slivered BUTTER placed right on top of cake mix! I takes a/b 16 pieces of butter placed all over & around sides- but who counts- right? Served with ice cream & the group LOVED it & came back for seconds!!! Oh, if you want nuts just put them on top b/f baking- enjoy!

    1. Sounds delicious!!! I’ve never had it with ice cream but I think I will next time for sure!

  2. April Stehle says:

    I want to try this recipe but I am gluten free, did anyone try it with a gluten free cake mix??

    1. Yes, I’ve used a regular store-bought gluten free cake mix and it turned out great!

      1. That’s great to hear!!! I love that you can make that change and still enjoy this delicious dessert!

  3. 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.

    1. Linda Fairchild says:

      I use the butter wrapper placed over the cubes in my 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup. No splatters at all.

  4. 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!!!

    1. I’ve never tried it with ice cream but that sounds fantastic! I’ll have to try your butter technique next time too! Thanks for sharing!

    2. 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.

    3. 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!!!

  5. 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. ;)

  6. i love this! I add chopped walnuts or pecans to the top and slice the butter.

  7. 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.

  8. I do it all in crockpot on high for 2hours,yummy

  9. We had this served at church the other night and it was AMAZING! Definitely a keeper!

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. Rose Martinez says:

    I added coconut then chopped pecans on top of the butter then baked the cake.

  13. My step grandmother shared this recipe with me years ago. I love it. The yellow Jiffy cake mix is much better though.

    1. Thank you for the tip! Jiffy, like the brand that makes the blueberry muffin mixes? I don’t think I’ve ever seen cake mix by them! I’ll be on the lookout!

  14. looks super duper delish! Totally making it this weekend.

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