Dump Cake Recipe

by agalova

Our family makes this dessert for a special treat. We all love it, and it never lasts long. It is super easy to make and only requires four ingredients. Bon Appetit!

What is Dump Cake?

While the name may not be all that appetizing, Dump Cake is often requested for dessert by my family members and friends. This dessert gets its name from the preparation method, as you pretty much just dump all of the ingredients into a 9in. by 13in. dish. While this dessert does have fruit, it is by no means healthy. Since my family and I have a hard time eating Dump Cake in moderation, we save this Dessert for special occasions. What we define as special occasions is rather broad, especially in winter, when we don't have to worry about heating the house up with the oven.

Boxed cake mix makes this dessert so easy to make!

You can stock up online, so you will always be ready when guests stop by unexpectedly.
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Before you start...

1) Preheat the oven to the temperature suggested on the cake mix box. 

2) Melt the butter in a measuring cup in the microwave. This is the easiest method to pour the butter later in the recipe.

3) Get out your 9 x 13 glass baking dish. I have used other sizes, but this is the best.

The Ingredients!

1 box Yellow Cake Mix (two layer size)

1 can Crushed Pineapple

1 Can Cherry Pie Filling

1 Stick Butter, melted

Some Assembly Required

But not much.

First drain the juice from the crushed pineapple. Spread the pineapple over the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish. Next, spread the cherry pie filling over the pineapple. This doesn't need to be perfectly even. Remember that it is called Dump Cake, after all. Next comes the cake mix. And last, but not least, the melted butter is drizzled over the cake mix. Throw it in the oven. You will bake the Dump Cake for the amount of time listed on the cake mix box. My husband prefers his a little more browned and he adds an extra ten minutes to the suggested time. It is done when the sides are bubbly and the top is golden. You can serve it hot or cold. My favorite way to eat this dessert is hot with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Enjoy!

Have you had Dump Cake before?

Variations for Dump Cake

Although the classic combination of Yellow Cake Mix, Cherries and Pineapple is my favorite, I occasionally mix it up by using differant fruit and cake mix combos. Here are a few of the combos I've tried in the past.


Chocolate Cake Mix and Strawberry Pie Filling

White Cake Mix and Peach Pie Filling

Chocolate Cake Mix with Fresh Raspberries and Raspberry Syrup

Updated: 04/14/2012, agalova
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loveandquiches on 04/16/2015

I will try this

barbarab on 08/25/2011

you had me at the pic of the baby and yourself..pinch that little head for me...but have to admit I love this stuff (the dump cake) so much hubby and I had to take a holiday from it...it was starting to show lol literally!!! but hey, its been a while...2 days is a while isnt it?....so I think I will do it again...I havent done the pineapple and cherries actually...dont know how I missed that one :)

sheilamarie on 07/26/2011

It does sound sweet, but yummy, too.

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