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Easy Dump Cake Recipe

Updated on April 15, 2013
Simply delicious dump cake, featuring pineapple and cherries.
Simply delicious dump cake, featuring pineapple and cherries. | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Easy Dump Cake

Dump cake is one of my favorite desserts to make—and eat! It only requires a few simple ingredients, and it’s so quick and easy to make that children and first-time cooks can easily prepare it. Despite its simplicity however, dump cake is really a delicious dessert—I suggest keeping the ingredients stocked in your pantry at all times!

The recipe below is the classic version of dump cake, but you can easily experiment with flavors by using different types of fruit and/or different cake mix flavors. For example, you could use apple pie filling with spice cake, canned peaches with yellow cake, raspberry pie filling with chocolate cake, etc.

You can serve dump cake straight out of the oven, just allow it to cool for a few minutes to avoid burned tongues! It is fantastic served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: Serves 8-10

Ingredients

  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
  • 1 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • chopped nuts (optional)
  • sweetened, flaked coconut (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Dump the pineapple into a 9"x13" pan and spread evenly across the bottom.
  3. Spoon the cherry pie filling evenly over the pineapple.
  4. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry pie filling.
  5. Cut the butter into chunks and place evenly over the cake mix.
  6. If desired, sprinkle nuts and flaked coconut evenly over the top.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for about 1 hour, until top is golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

See how easy?

Spread the crushed pineapple evenly along the bottom of the pan.
Spread the crushed pineapple evenly along the bottom of the pan. | Source
Evenly spoon the cherry pie filling over the pineapple.
Evenly spoon the cherry pie filling over the pineapple. | Source
Sprinkle the cake mix over the top.
Sprinkle the cake mix over the top. | Source
Place chunks of butter evenly across the top of the cake mix.
Place chunks of butter evenly across the top of the cake mix. | Source
Sprinkle nuts and flaked coconuts over the top, if desired.  I have made this dump cake half with and half without, as some of my household members are not fond of nuts or coconut.
Sprinkle nuts and flaked coconuts over the top, if desired. I have made this dump cake half with and half without, as some of my household members are not fond of nuts or coconut. | Source
Bake until golden brown.
Bake until golden brown. | Source

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      M.K. Bodo 4 years ago from Virginia

      Nice! I've never thought to make dump cake over a campfire. I will definitely be trying that next time I go camping!

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      lauragee 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Yum, I love dump cake. It's also good for camping, because all the ingredients are packaged and you can just throw it together in a pot over the coals.

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      M.K. Bodo 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks! My mom used to make this for us all the time when I was a kid, I feel it is only right to keep the tradition going!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Dump cake...wow, I haven't thought of this is a while. We used to have these at family get togethers. O sinfully delicious for sure.Thanks for posting this

      Sending Angels to you today :) ps

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      M.K. Bodo 4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi MK,

      thanks for this dump cake recipe

      I like the fact that it is simple easy and quick

      will try in the future

      Voted up