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Dump Cake--An Easy and Inexpensive Dessert Recipe

Updated on August 18, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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Growing up my mother would tell me any day of the week that she really did not like to cook and would go out of her way to make sure that whatever she did cook was quite simple and wouldn't take too much prep or cleanup time to boot.

So when I was getting married, I remember her telling me I can give you tons of easy recipes just let me know. I, on the other hand, loved to cook, especially bake and went out of my way to try new recipes all the time before we were getting married and as a newlywed as well. I even was given as a gift at my bridal shower the KitchenAid Artisan Mixer (love this machine by the way), to help mix all the cookies and cakes I loved to make.

Then, I had a baby, one who had colic nonetheless and time really did go right out the window for me. I needed to bake something for one of the holidays right after having my daughter and guess what I turned to dear, old mom and she gave me the recipe that I am about to share with you.

Dump Cake is truly so easy to prepare (about 5 minutes give or take). If you can open a can and a box of cake mix than you really are in good shape.

My mom actually told me me she found this one in an old magazine way back in the day and the author was Heloise. For those of you who don't know Heloise, I will give a quick bio for her. She was born on April 15, 1951 in Waco, Texas and writes a syndicated newspaper column called, Hints From Heloise, which runs seven days a week in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and internationally. She also is the Contributing Editor of Good Housekeeping magazine and has a monthly column for the magazine called Ask Heloise. Heloise gives advice on all sorts of topics and even has her own Facebook and Twitter accounts. Seriously, she is the original DIY lady.

This recipe originally called for cherry pie filling, but I love strawberries even more so I tried it with strawberries instead and loved it. Either way, it again is a quick easy fix for dessert. Try it and you will be amazed!!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 50 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 8-10 Servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 (20 ozs) Can Crushed Pineapple in Heavy Syrup
  • 1 (21 ozs) Can Strawberry Pie Filling
  • 1 (2-layer size) Package Yellow Cake Mix, Duncan Hines Classic Butter Golden Cake Mix if possible
  • 1 (3 ozs) can or 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup (1 stick) Butter or magarine, chilled
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  3. Spread the pineapple with the Syrup evenly in the prepared pan.
  4. Spoon the pie filling evenly over the pineapple.
  5. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the fruits then sprinkle the chopped nuts over all.
  6. Slice the butter into thin slices, then put the pieces evenly over the top.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden.
  8. Serve warm and enjoy!!!

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    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Becky, I love how your mom called this 'Instant Heartburn' and got a good laugh from that. Thanks for sharing. I know there are some other versions out there, but my mom told me hers was indeed taken from Heloise. I honestly do appreciate you stopping by and commenting, too :)

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Stayalivemoma, thank you and wasn't aware that Miss Olive did have a dump cake on here, but do agree with all do share recipes on here nicely and I love that. Seriously can't keep track of how many of these recipes I have pinned and tried now too. HAppy to share and thank you for voting, pinning and tweeting, too!!

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, seriously thank you so much for all your kind words here and for sharing this all over, too :)

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      Becky Katz 

      5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      My mom called this 'Instant Heartburn' and would buy a roll of Tums whenever she got the ingredients for it. She did not take it off her make list though. It is just too good. I don't know where she got it but it is the same recipe. We have been making it since the early '60s though, so probably not Heloise. She would have been too young.

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      Valerie Washington 

      5 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Janine, it's so fun to see all the different dump cake variations on here! I love strawberries, but never would have thought to use them in a dump cake, but that's the beauty of dump cake - anything goes!! If you have time, check out my dump cake hub, I use peaches and apples- yummy!! Miss Olive also has a great dump cake recipe on here as well. We love sharing recipes on here and I truly appreciate the history behind the recipe.

      voted up and, of course, pinned to my pinterest and tweeted. Keep cooking! :)

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      Joseph De Cross 

      5 years ago from New York

      I don't need to ask Heloise for this Dump Cake. So timely needed for these times and our economy. I see being a mom of two can make you think of stupendous ideas. Now that hubby is the only provider, you come up with awesome tips for everyone. This recipe is so easy, even I could bake it blindfolded; well would peek every now and them... I hate getting burn, like when I have a writer's block.

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Rema and do hope you will be able to find most of the ingredients to try try this Dump Cake Recipe. Very much appreciate it though and thank you :)

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      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Looks very tempting Janine. Am not sure how many of these ingredients I'll be able to get here but I'll try. Wonderful recipe. Cheers, Rema.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, I truly can't say thank you enough and you truly are too kind and good to me. Thank you sincerely from my heart for everything here and always :)

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Ok, another recipe for me to pin!! You've got me on a dessert spree, Mrs. Huldie!! Shared, tweeted and pinned!

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      I hope you do get to try KoffeKlatch Gals and enjoy it. Thank you for the share too :)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I absolutely have to try this. I had heard about dump cakes but didn't have a recipe. Now I do. Sharing.

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Meldz, thank you for your comment and for the votes too. Very much appreciated!!

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, I know Dump Cake might not sound appetizing just by the name alone, but believe it is named that because you literally just dump the ingredients together and that it is that easy of a recipe. I hope you do get to try and enjoy it too. Thanks for stopping by and your comment too :)

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      ignugent17 

      6 years ago

      Delicious hub Janine! Voted up and more.

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      Jools99 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Janine, I have never heard of dump cake - it sounds like it might not taste nice(why 'dump' cake?) but your photos just made me want to give it a try and wow, that's a lot of cake from such a simple recipe and so few ingredients. Like you, I love strawberries so I will just copy your recipe :o)

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, happy to put a smile on your face and thanks to my mom I got to know Heloise a bit. Bt from looking a ther website she really does seem to the jack of all trades and so not shocked that she would have her own pamphlet on household tips too. Hpe you do get to try the dump cake and enjoy too!! Thank you for commenting and voting up too!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I remember Heloise and have an old paperback phamplet of her that I use for household tips. Funny you should mention her here, you have made me smile! Love dump cakes and yours is no exception. It seems very simple to make so I may just do this next week. Vote up, interesting and useful.

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Lipnancy, my mom also makes her with cherries and it is very tasty, but I am more a strawberry person so that is why I usually make it with strawberries when I bake it. But everyone seems to have their own preferences on the fruit they like and that is the beauty of this cake. Not only is it easy, but so very versatile that you can interchange the fruit filling when making. Thanks for stopping by and commenting too!!

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      Nancy Yager 

      6 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I make mine with cherries. It is so sweet but quick and easy for a party.

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, I do know a bit about Celiac disease, because my cousin's mom has this and know all too well the dietary restrictions. So I can understand you not wanting to bake cakes and so forth if you cannot eat them yourself. Happy to be able to provide you with a quick recipe to hopefully satisfy your family's sweet tooth though.. Also, since I didn't create this one myself per say I felt I owned Heloise her due and wanted to give the reader as much background information too!! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comment here too :)

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You've raised the bar on quick baking! Wow, great hub, great recipe. Your background information makes everything so interesting (I remember Heloise very well).

      I have Celiac Disease and can't eat cake so (selfish being that I am) I don't make it as often as I used to, but this is nice and easy. I'm sure my family will thank you ;)

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, lol I can see where the title could invoke the images of a food fight. For some reason now you have me thinking about the classic food fight scene in Animal House with John Belushi, but nevermind that!! Glad you enjoyed my recipe and thank you so much for continuing to support me too!!

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Carter, I totally agree that you could use just about any canned or tinned fruit for this one, it is truly up to you and your preference here. I prefer strawberry, but the original called for cherry and have also heard others used Blueberries and blackberries too. Hope you do get to try once you are off your diet and thank you fo rthe comment, votes and share too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've never heard of a Dump Cake until now. I saw the title and my mind was thinking food fight, but I like your recipe! :)

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      Mary 

      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      I love the sound of this cake, easy & quick & well able to keep Josh from starving:)

      I'm going to try this but not yet trying to stick to a diet for a couple months:) I guess you could nearly use any tinned fruit yeah? Lots of votes on this one Janine & shared...

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, blackberries sounds delicious too and thank you for sharing that. I appreciate you stopping by and your comment too!!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      My Mom used to make a dump cake with blackberries! This is a great recipe. Thanks.

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Glimmer Twin Fan, I literally was just reading and commenting on your quilt article and here you are commenting on mine too. Thank you so much and might take you up on your suggestion of Blueberry filling the next time I make this one. Totally agree that is such an easy recipe and hope you do get to make it again tonight. Enjoy and thank you so much again for commenting :)

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Dump cake is the best! It's so easy and quick and I always keep the ingredients in my pantry. I've never tried it with strawberry filling. If you ever want to change it up try blueberry pie filling. Good hub. Thanks. Might be our dessert tonight!

    • Janine Huldie profile imageAUTHOR

      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, no you are totally not beating a dead horse. First I do love to bake (so thanks for the dessert recipe queen label) and I hate just sharing a recipe without giving the story behind it, because 9 times out of 10, I got the recipe from someone else (and change it up a bit for my liking), so I feel the story gives the recipe character and a bit more detail of where it originated from. Thank you again for always commenting on my articles and for being so supportive. I can begin to say how much that truly means to me :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      I hope I am not beating a dead horse here, but I love when you share your stories! It adds a cool element to your recipes! Another easy recipe for my roommates and myself! Thanks Janine for sharing! I am dubbing you desert recipe queen! :)

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