Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake (With Variations)

Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake (With Variations)

The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 70 mins
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
261 Calories
16g Fat
30g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 89mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 6mg 31%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 119mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A dump cake is very similar to a fruit cobbler in that it is made up of a fruit filling topped with a cake-like batter. The recipe is named after the technique you use to make it, which is basically dumping everything into a pan before baking. A dump cake is an ideal recipe for kids since there is no mixing or difficult techniques involved. Canned fruits are dumped into a baking pan, topped with cake mix, butter, and nuts, and then baked. The result is something in between a cake and a cobbler, and amazingly delicious. It may be perfect for kids but adults will also love this recipe.


  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple (undrained)

  • 1 (21-ounce) can prepared cherry pie filling

  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) box yellow cake mix

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup nuts (walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, chopped), optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake (With Variations) ingredients

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  2. Preheat oven to 350 F (or 325 F for a glass baking dish). Have a 9- x 13-inch baking pan ready.

    baking dish

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  3. Pour pineapple into baking dish and spread evenly.

    pineapple in a baking dish

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  4. Using a spoon, evenly spread cherry pie filling over pineapple.

    cherry filling on top of the pineapple filling in the baking dish

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  5. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over cherry and pineapple layers.

    Sprinkle cake mixed evenly over cherry and pineapple layers

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  6. Cut butter into slices and place evenly over cake mix.

    butter pieces of on top of the cake mix in a baking dish

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  7. Sprinkle nuts on top, if using.

    nuts on top of the butter and cake mix in the baking dish

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  8. Bake for 1 hour.

    Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake (With Variations) on a cooling rack

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  • This cake can be served warm or cold. If you prefer to eat the dump cake cold, place in the refrigerator after it has cooled until chilled.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or frozen up to 3 months. Thaw a frozen dump cake in the refrigerator and slowly reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds and then in 10-second intervals until warm.

Recipe Variations

  • This combination of pineapple and cherry may be a big hit with the kids, but there are plenty of other dump cake versions to try from peach, pear, apple, pumpkin, and blueberry.
  • For a twist, consider adding coconut or nuts as well.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or topped with whipped cream.

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