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Easy Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

This Easy Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe comes together in a matter of minutes. It’s of the easiest desserts to make with the help of a boxed cake mix and canned fruit filling! This crowd-pleasing cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.


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I love a simple dessert recipe, don’t you? This easy dessert is perfect for a family gathering and especially for one where you don’t have a lot of time on your hands to fuss in the kitchen.

The tart pineapples combine with the sweet cherry pie filling to create a delicious dessert recipe that is best served up with a big scoop of ice cream.

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is a cross between a cake and a cobbler. They are made by simply dumping the ingredients into a baking dish, with no stirring required. 

Dump cakes can be made with any flavor of cake mix and either fresh fruit or canned pie filling. The sky is the limit with flavor combinations. Cake mix hacks are fun because you can change the flavors to whatever you have in the house.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • easy to make with simple ingredients and no fancy equipment needed
  • this is the perfect dump cake to make for a crowd and family gatherings
  • great dessert for busy weekdays. You can mix up this dessert in five minutes and spend time with the family as it cooks!
  • versatile – dump cakes are perfect for changing up the fruit filling and cake mix flavors.

Ingredients

Labelled ingredients for cherry pineapple dump cake on a white marble board.
  • Crushed pineapple – if you can’t find crushed pineapple, you can use pineapple chunks or tidbits and process the in the food processor (keep the juice)
  • Cherry pie filling – for a nice variation, try blueberry pie filling instead of the cherry for a Blueberry Pineapple Dump Cake variation
  • Vanilla Cake Mix – you can also use yellow cake mix.
  • Butter – only use butter in this recipe. Salted or unsalted will work. I do NOT recommend substituting margarine.

Delicious dump cake recipes to try

Once you’ve tried the cherry pineapple flavor combo, you’re going to want to try these!

Peach Dump Cake – made with fresh peaches, or you could try this peach dump cake made with canned peaches.

Blueberry Lemon Dump Cake – this easy blueberry dump cake is made with fresh blueberries. You could also substitute blueberry pie filling. It’s made with only 3 ingredients!

Pumpkin Dump Cake – don’t wait for fall to try this delicious flavor variation!

Does Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake need to be refrigerated?

Yes, cherry pineapple dump cake should be refrigerated. First, Cool dessert, then cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. This dessert is best servied within the first two days. 

How to make Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake – Step by Step Instructions

Canned pineapple spread in baking dish with spatula.

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2 – Spread both cans of crushed pineapples into the bottom of baking dish. Spread out evenly with spatula.

Tip: Do not drain the canned pineapple.

Dry cake mix is sprinkled on top of the cherry pineapple layers in baking dish.

Step 3 – Spread the cherry pie filling on top of the crushed pineapple.

Step 4 – Sprinkle the dry cake mix on top of the pie filling.

Tip: The cake mix is not mixed with any other ingredients – it is simply sprinkled on top dry, straight from the box!

Square pats of butter are place on top of the dry cake mix.

Step 5 – Cut stick of butter into squares and place them evenly on top of the cake mix. Do not stir the mixture. The butter will melt over the dry cake mix to form a crust as it is cooking.

Step 6 – Bake in 350°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Top should be light golden brown and pie filling will be bubbling at the edges when it is ready.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!

Cherry pineapple dump cake on white plate with a fork.

Storage instructions: Cool dessert, then cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Alternatively, you can carefully transfer the dump cake to an airtight container.

Can you freeze cherry pineapple dump cake?

Although you technically ‘could’ freeze it, I don’t recommend freezing. The freezing results in a very mushy dump cake when thawed.

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Cherry pineapple dump cake on a white plate with a fork.

Easy Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe


  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Description

This Easy Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe comes together in a matter of minutes. It’s of the easiest desserts to make with the help of a boxed cake mix and canned fruit filling! This crowd-pleasing cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. 


Ingredients

1 can (540mL each) cherry pie filling

2 cans (398mL each) crushed pineapple (or 1 20 ounce can)

1 (15.25oz.) white or yellow cake mix

1/2 cup butter


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Spread both cans of crushed pineapples in the bottom of the prepared 9×13-inch baking dish. Spread out evenly with a spatula.
  3. Spread the canned cherry pie filling on top of the crushed pineapple, smoothing out with a spatula.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the dry cake mix on top of the pie filling. 
  5. Cut butter into squares and place evenly on top of the dry cake mix. Do not stir. 
  6. Bake in 350°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes until light golden brown and bubbling at the edges.
  7. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream and enjoy!

Notes

Storage instructions: Cool dessert, then cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. This dessert is best servied within the first two days. 

I do not recommend freezing. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 helping
  • Calories: 158
  • Sugar: 4.7 g
  • Sodium: 16.5 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.9 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 20.3 mg

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