Why You Will Love Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
- EASY – This is seriously one of the easiest dessert recipes we have on this blog! Why do they call it a dump cake? You literally just dump all the ingredients into a 9X13 baking dish and bake it! It’s a great recipe for beginners or to let the kids help out with.
- INEXPENSIVE – You can probably bake this dessert, which feeds 8 people, for under $10.00! What a deal!
- DELICIOUS – That top layer of cake and butter mixed together is no joke! And layered on top of the sweet, delicious cherry and pineapple filling just puts this dessert over the top!
How To Make Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
These desserts are also sometimes called Cobblers with Cake Mix. They are a super short cut to a classic dessert by using your cake mix. They really couldn’t be simpler to make. For step-by-step instructions, check out the printable recipe card below. But here is what you’ll need to get started.
- PINEAPPLE CHUNKS – We like using canned pineapple chunks for this recipe. But, you can also use Pineapple Tidbits (crushed pineapple) or even the Pineapple Slices if you want to change it up a bit!
- CHERRY PIE FILLING – Just one can of Cherry Pie Filling. Any brand should do!
- VANILLA EXTRACT – You actually don’t NEED to use vanilla extract in this recipe. So, if you don’t happen to have it, no need to run to the store. But it just gives the filling a little more depth of flavor.
- YELLOW CAKE MIX – Any brand of cake mix will do.
- BUTTER – Unsalted butter. Melted. Make sure you are using REAL butter, not margarine or a butter substitute.
Storage, Freezing and Leftovers
You don’t need to store leftovers in your refrigerator. They are fine in an airtight container at room temperature. But I like to store mine in the fridge.
I would advise against freezing a dump cake. That delicious, slightly crispy golden brown top layer will become a little mushy upon thawing. Seriously, this dessert takes just minutes to throw together, why not eat it fresh out of the oven?
Adding Butter To A Dump Cake
There really are 3 ways to introduce the butter to this recipe. And all result in a slightly different topping.
- MELT AND DRIZZLE BUTTER – This is what we did. Pour the melted butter as evenly as possible over the cake mix. This will get you a nice, golden crispy topping and you can do a pretty good job making sure there is no powdery cake left after baking.
- CHILLED PATS OF BUTTER – Alternatively, you can chill your stick of butter, slice the cold butter thin pats and distribute evenly. As it melts while baking, it spreads out into the cake mix. This gets you a nice crispy topping, but has the risk of not evenly spreading and leaving some powdery cake behind.
- STIR MELTED BUTTER INTO CAKE MIX – You can also melt your butter and combine it with cake mix before pouring both onto the fruit filling. This ensures even distribution of butter. But the result is a softer, more cake like topping instead of a crispy golden topping.
Notes, Tips and FAQs
- USE DIFFERENT CAKE MIX – We love Yellow Cake Mix in this recipe. But use White Cake Mix, Funfetti, Butter Pecan or any other Cake Mix that sounds good.
- ADD NUTS – Add sliced almonds, or chopped pecans or walnuts to the top of the cake mix. You can also add maraschino cherries too!
- CHERRY DUMP CAKE – Not a fan of pineapple, simply omit the pineapple and add another can of Cherry Pie Filling.
- SERVE WITH ICE CREAM! – Obviously, you want to serve this warm with some vanilla ice cream! Yum! Add some whipped cream for some extra fun!
This is such an easy, delicious dessert recipe! We hope you enjoy the Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe! Let us know how it turns out in the comment section!
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Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
- 1 can 20 oz, pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 can 21 oz, cherry pie pudding
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 box 15.25 oz, yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup 1 stick, butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 2 quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Dump pineapple into the baking dish.
- Layer Cherry Pie Filling on top of pineapple.
- Add vanilla extract and combine and spread ingredients in the pan.
- Sprinkle cake mix on top of the fruit.
- Drizzle with melted butter, spreading as evenly as possible.
- Bake for 42-45 minutes or until edges are bubbly and top just begins to brown. Remove from oven and let stand to cool until warm. Serve.