Pineapple Dump Cake (Cobbler)

This easy Pineapple Dump Cake recipe is a quick dessert made with only four ingredients. This is the easiest cake recipe you will ever make! It’s the perfect sweet treat with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and maraschino cherries on top!

Once you’ve tried this recipe, try my Cherry Pineapple Dump cake, 3-Ingredient Cherry Dump Cake, and this easy Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake next!

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If this is your first introduction to ‘dump cakes‘ the concept is just that – ‘dump’ the ingredients into a baking dish and bake!

Dump cake recipes are quick and easy to make and all you need is a cake mix, butter, fresh fruit or pie filling and perhaps another add-in or two such as nuts.

This is an impressive dessert to make when you have company – impressive in that you will knock their socks off when you have it in the oven in less than 10 minutes! This delicious dump cake recipe is such a great dessert to make when you’re in a hurry.

Once you’ve tried this one, don’t miss out on my lemon cream cheese dump cake, chocolate cherry dump cake and in the fall, this apple spice dump cake is delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

What I Love About This Recipe

  • it’s quick, easy and requires simple ingredients. Some, you may already have on hand in the pantry.
  • this pineapple dump cake is a crowd-pleaser. Show up to a potluck with this popular dessert and it will be first to be scooped up and everyone will want the recipe.
  • it’s a family favorite. This is one of my go-to recipes followed closely by my lemon blueberry dump cake made with fresh blueberries.

Ingredients for Pineapple Dump Cake

This easy recipe has simple ingredients and is one of the easiest desserts you will ever make!

Labelled ingredients for pineapple dump cake on white marble counter.
  • canned crushed pineapples – You can use any fruit filling for a dump cake recipe. Cherry pie filling, apple, canned peaches.
  • vanilla cake mix or yellow cake mix – you can use either flavor and choose your favorite. This is also delicious with Butter Pecan cake mix. The pineapple flavor will combine beautifully wth all thee cake mixes.
  • brown sugar
  • butter – it won’t matter if your butter is cool or at room temperature for this recipe since it will be melted.

Step by Step Instructions

You will need a 9×13-inch baking pan for this recipe. Other than that, no fancy equipment is needed! This simple dessert recipe takes about 10 minutes to mix up and then you can relax while it’s baking!

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Crushed pineapples in 9x13-inch baking dish.

In a 9×13-inch baking dish, evenly spread out 2 cans (20 oz. each) crushed pineapples. (with juice)

Cake mix is spread on top of crushed pineapples as well as brown sugar.

Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of the crushed pineapple, followed by brown sugar on top of the cake mix.

Pour melted butter over cake mix/brown sugar.

Bake in 350°F oven for 55 to 60 minutes until top is golden brown and filling is bubbly at the sides of the baking dish.

Allow dump cake at least 15 minutes to cool before serving with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. You might also enjoy a cherry on top!

If you love this dump cake, try the cherry dump cake too!

Storage Instructions

Cover this delightful pineapple dump cake in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for up to three days.


Why do they call it a dump cake?

Dump cakes are made by dumping three to four simple ingredients into a baking dish. Since the ingredient to not require stirring, this easy dessert is referred to as a dump cake. They are similar to a cobbler with a cake mix topping.

Can you reheat dump cake?

Yes. You can place the baking dish back into the oven at 350°F for 15 minutes to heat it up again. You can also scoop a single helping onto a microwave-safe plate and warm it up 30 seconds at a time until heated through.

Can I stir a dump cake?

The simple answer to this is ‘no’. A dump cake is so named because all you need to do is dump in the fresh fruit or pie filling, followed by the dry cake mix and either melted or cut up butter place on top. No stirring needed!

How long does a dump cake last?

Cover the cooled dump cake with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for three to four days.


Change up the flavors and use any of your favorite pie fillings such as apple, blueberry, cherry, strawberry or strawberry rhubarb.

Sprinkle the top of the dump cake with chopped pecans, slivered almonds or chopped walnuts for a delicious crunch in every bite. Maraschino cheerries are another great addition to compliment the pineapple flavor.

Switch up the flavor of cake mix by using white cake mix instead of yellow cake mix.

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Pineapple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on white plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Pineapple dump cake on white plate with vanilla ice cream.

Pineapple Dump Cake (Cobbler)

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 servings


This easy Pineapple Dump Cake recipe is a quick dessert made with only four ingredients. This is the easiest cake recipe you will ever make! It’s the perfect sweet treat with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and maraschino cherries on top!


2 cans (2o oz.) crushed pineapple

1 yellow cake mix – 15.25 oz.(or white cake mix)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Spread crushed pineapple, with juice in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly on top of the crushed pineapple. 
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar over the cake mix. 
  5. Melt 1 cup of butter and pour evenly over top. 
  6. Bake in 350°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes until light golden brown on top and bubbling at the edges with pineapple. 
  7. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. 


Storage Instructions: Cover in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for up to three days.

Variations: sprinkle 1 cup of chopped pecans following the brown sugar mixture before baking.

Ingredients Substitutions: you can use yellow, white or lemon cake mix for this recipe.  Even butter pecan tastes delicious!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 generous helping
  • Calories: 195
  • Sugar: 12.7 g
  • Sodium: 28.9 mg
  • Fat: 15.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.6 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.3 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.7 mg


  1. I’ve made Peach Cobbler with Cake Mix and Apple Cobbler with Cake Mix but never thought about using Pineapple. This is simply one of the most delicious and easiest cobblers I’ve EVER made. There are 2 things that are done in this recipe that aren’t in my normal cobblers with cake mix and that is the brown sugar and melted butter. I’ve always dotted my cake mix with butter but never poured a whole cup over it. That has now become a must do for all of my cake cobblers from now on.
    Thank you!

    1. I’ve tried sorting my stuff with butter. I found it just melted where I put it. I like pouring it so much better. Covers more area! Lol

      1. I used fresh crushed pineapple versus can, added a few cherries and sprinkled brown sugar over the pineapple and top of cake mix. Delish warm with a scoop of ice-cream. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. How would it work with sprinkling the brown sugar on top of the pineapple instead of on top of the cake mix similar to a pineapple upside down cake?

      1. I made this cobbler. It was delicious. Gave the recipe to my son. They made it and loved it. And it is so easy to make .

  3. This was such a win at our house! My kiddo loves pineapple, so he raved about it and has already asked for me to make it again 🙂

  4. not sure why I haven’t thought of making a pineapple dump cake. the peach version is really good, and pineapple would be so good too! yum!

  5. These dump cakes are so amazing and another different one to try is now the pineapple! Hope mine looks as good as yours!!

  6. This was so easy and a huge crowd pleaser at our pre-Easter dinner with family. They all fought over what was left in the pan. I added chopped walnuts and fresh blueberries. I also sprinkled 1/2 of the brown sugar on the bottom with the balance on top with the cake mix. Perfect and delish!! Wow!!

  7. I haven’t made this recipe..do you drain the pineapple or not…I
    know in most cobblers you do not drain…just wanted to know.thanks

  8. I made this over the weekend and it did NOT last! It was so easy and SOOO delicious!! Will DEFINITELY be making it again!

  9. This looks absolutely delicious! I’m thinking of “adulting” it up and substituting some of the juice for rum and adding coconut on top.

  10. This is really good. I did sprinkle brown sugar on top of the pineapple as well as the top. I made two separate cakes one for a funeral dinner and one for us. So it calls for two crushed pineapple and I had one crushed and one tidbit for each cake, so that’s what I used. It was really good. My Hubby wouldn’t even wait till it cooled he dug into it straight out of the oven, still bubbling hot. I will definitely make exactly the same way again. A MUST TRY. Anyone can make this easy easy.

  11. I made using the lemon cake mix flavor and sprinkled chopped pecans on top of the brown sugar. It was delicious!

  12. I used 1 can pineapple & 1 can cherries then added toasted pecans on top. Used it for potluck at the office & it was gone so fast I didn’t even get any! I did get a request for 2 pans at next month’s gathering!! 😆😉

  13. I’m a pineapple lover so I was smitten with this recipe. The brown sugar and butter make a yummy crunchy crust on top. It was delightful with vanilla ice cream. Next time, I’ll add some pecans to the top before baking, but it was really great as is. I followed directions and baked it for 1 hour to ensure the middle was no longer jiggly.

  14. Was very simple and came out great.. was not dry and tasted delish perfect for Holiday get togethers!!👍

  15. Enjoyed this dump cake! The melted butter on top is a permanent way to do dump cakes instead of pats of butter. I did add 1/4 cup of brown sugar on top of the pineapple, and then added a light sprinkle of shredded coconut on top of the brown sugar. Put on the cake mix and then added another light layer of shredded coconut on that. Melted butter last. I did bake it 60 minutes as I was distracted so likely a bit darker on the top but tasted absolutely awesome. Thanks for sharing with us and hello from Vancouver, Canada.

  16. This recipe was a hit at a family get together! It was super simple to make and I had all the ingredients on hand! Yay! The dump cake smelled so good while baking and it was killing me to have to wait to try it. lol! Pineapple upside cake has always been a fav since I was a kid and I think this recipe tops that because of the texture of the top! Thank you so much for sharing, it will definitely be in my go to recipes. ❤️

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