Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

This is such a simple recipe, but “oh-so-yummy”. It took my daughter and I about 10 minutes to put together. The hardest part was waiting for the cake to finish baking. About 10 minutes into the hour bake-time the house started to smell amazing. We had planned to make this for dessert after dinner, but ended up sampling it as soon as it came out of the oven. Careful if you do that … it is piping hot.

Here’s what we did (the full recipes is at the end):

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.

Pour a can of cherry pie filling in the baking dish.

Cherry Pie Filling

Open a can of crushed pineapple and pour it on top of the cherries.


Sprinkle a yellow cake mix on top and smooth it out. Cut a stick of butter into slices and put them on top of the cake. I used 1 stick of butter and it wasn’t quite enough. I think next time I’ll use a stick and a half.


Bake for 60 minutes or until the cake is golden-brown on the top. Don’t be alarmed if it bubbles and the crust moves during the baking process. It only looks like it’s going to explode. Be warned … this smells amazing. We couldn’t wait for it to be done.

Here’s what ours looked like out of the oven.

Baked Dump Cake

Last but not least, here it is in the bowl… it looks so foggy because it was still piping hot which made for a nice photo effect.

Dump Cake In A Bowl

As promised, here’s the full recipe:

Basic Dump Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 60 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • 21 ounces pineapple, crushed
  • 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 sticks of butter
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 9×13 cake pan.
  3. Pour the cherry pie filling in the cake pan and spread it out.
  4. Pour the pineapples (juice and all) in the pan and spread them out as well.
  5. Sprinkle (or dump) the cake mix over everything. Use a spoon to spread it out evenly.
  6. Slice your butter and lay the pats (in neat little rows) on top of the cake.
  7. Bake for 60 minutes.

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Chocolate Duncan Hines Dump Cake
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Sherry Baldovino - March 6, 2013

In our house, we call this Pineapple-Cherry Delight. Instead of putting the sliced butter on the top, we melt it in the pan. We sprinkle the cake mix on top with out mixing. Then evenly pour out the cherry filling on top of the cake mix. Then a layer of the crushed pineapple and a sprinkle of pecans. Bake at 350 for 45-50 min. Cool, then top with whipped cream. A delicious and easy recipes for special occasions. Too dangerous for a regular day dessert!!

Janet - May 23, 2013

My mom used to make something similar to this, but she used canned fruit cocktail and tossed it into the microwave. It wasnt too terrible for a cake baked in the microwave from the 80’s before convection ovens were available and microwave ovens were not reliable for things such as baking.

HAPPYINHARNED - May 23, 2013


Mary - May 23, 2013

I make this recipe a lot but I find that if you keep the stick of butter cold and grate it over the top it tends to cover the whole dessert. And it is more even that way.

Libby - May 23, 2013

Love dump cakes -current favorite is peach with a crunchy topping made with a cup of brown sugar and a cup of chopped walnuts sprinkled on top before baking! Very popular at church potluck

Rise Isom - June 3, 2013

I use a little water to fill in where the butter does not cover, that way you are not adding more calories.

helen - July 17, 2013

has anyone tried a cake mix other than a yellow cake mix? i really love this recipe.

Mary Jane - November 10, 2015

This looks so good.

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