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Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

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You'll love the layers of juicy fruit and cake mix in this decadent, perfect cherry pineapple dump cake!
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Table of Contents
  1. Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This cherry pineapple dump cake is as simple as it is delicious; you literally dump all the ingredients in a pan, bake, and voilà! Layers of crushed pineapple, cherry pie filling, cake mix, and melted butter create the best dessert you’ve ever tasted.

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Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 1 (20-ounce) can of crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (21-ounce) can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box of yellow cake mix
  • 12 tablespoons butter, sliced

PRO TIP:

When buying the cake mix, it is best to pick one that doesn’t have pudding mix in it; check the label to make sure.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FILLING: The cherry pie filling can easily be substituted for any other type of fruit filling as a way to change it up the next time you make this cake.

COCONUT: Sprinkle shredded coconut to make this an extra tropical dessert.

NUTS: Sprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top of your cake for a bit of crunch.

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How To Make This Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You’ll want to use a 9×13-inch cake pan so that the texture and consistency are right. I’ve used an 11×7-inch pan before, and it turned out a little too thick, which changed the delicious texture of the dump cake.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

STEP TWO: Pour the crushed pineapple into the bottom of the pan. Then pour the cherry pie filling on top of the pineapple.

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STEP THREE: Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the cherry filling.

STEP FOUR: Finally, put slices of butter evenly across the whole pan.

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake process shot of slices of butter being spread over cake mix in a baking dish

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

STEP FIVE: Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. It will be bubbling and hot when you remove it from the oven.

PRO TIP:

Because dump cakes are so gooey and moist, it can be hard to determine if they’re done. It’s normal to see some wet spots and some spots that are more crisp and done. 

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake process shot after cake is baked in a baking dish

How To Serve

You can serve this delicious dessert hot or cold. It’s amazing fresh from the oven, but I also love the flavor and texture of cold dump cake. It’s perfect served warm on its own or with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.

Want more easy desserts? You’ll fall in love with our chocolate dump cake and peach dump cake.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You should store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap for three or four days.

IN THE FREEZER: If you have leftover dump cake, you can store it in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months. I would suggest thawing in the refrigerator before serving.

REHEATING: You can microwave individual servings or pop them in the oven for a few minutes to warm through.

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It’s amazing how quick and simple it is to bake this easy cherry pineapple dump cake recipe (try our no-bake cherry cheesecake recipe, too!). This decadent dessert is as easy as it is delicious. You’ll think the golden cake topping is spectacular — just the right amount of crunchy to balance the sweet, juicy filling.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is an easy and super moist cake in which the ingredients are simply dumped into the pan and baked. Usually, they use a box of cake mix and a handful of additional simple ingredients to make a quick dessert.

Can you make a dump cake ahead of time?

This is an easy dessert recipe to make ahead. You can make a dump cake up to two days ahead of time. Just store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Can I substitute white cake mix for the yellow cake mix?

You can easily substitute white boxed cake mix for the yellow cake mix for this yummy dessert.

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Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

5 from 7 votes
You'll love the layers of juicy fruit and cake mix in this decadent, perfect cherry pineapple dump cake!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 15.25 ounces yellow cake mix
  • 12 tablespoons butter, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch dish with cooking spray.
  • Pour the crushed pineapples into the bottom of the pan. Top the crushed pineapples with cherry pie filling.
  • Sprinkle yellow cake mix evenly over the cherries.
  • Evenly place slices of butter across the whole pan.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

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Notes

  • When buying the cake mix, it is best to pick one that doesn’t have pudding mix in it; check the label to make sure.
  • You’ll want to use a 9×13-inch cake pan so that the texture and consistency are right. I’ve used an 11x 7-inch pan before, and it turned out a little too thick, which changed the delicious texture of the dump cake.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
  • Because dump cakes are so gooey and moist, it can be hard to determine if they’re done. It’s normal to see some wet spots and some spots that are more crisp and done. 

Nutrition

Sodium: 372mg | Calcium: 92mg | Vitamin C: 6mg | Vitamin A: 475IU | Sugar: 22g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 131mg | Cholesterol: 30mg | Calories: 318kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Fat: 12g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 51g | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Tammy says

    My family has been making this for years, usually with apple pie filling and spice cake mix, yummy! But like to use chunk pineapple in its own juice, I like big bites of hot pineapple, so good! 💕

  2. Gloria says

    5 stars
    This is so yummy and easy! I’ve made it with yellow and chocolate cake mix and both are great! Serve with a scoop of ice cream and it’s perfect.

  3. Gail Austin says

    5 stars
    I used pineapple in its own juice and low sugar cherry pie filling plus a sugar free yellow cake mix. Yum. A dessert diabetics can enjoy in small portions.

  4. Martine says

    5 stars
    I tried a dump cake for the first time with your recipe today. We are not used to this kind of flavors here in France. It was a little difficult to find the cake mix as we are not used to it and we can’t find the cherry pie filling and the crushed pinapple in French grocery stores so I had to make both from scratch. It was delicious so it was quite worth the effort (somewhat ironic for a dump cake) but it was very sugary. I’ve found recipes to make your own cake mix at home so I think I’ll do the cake mix from scratch too to cut down sugar.

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