When it came to Sunday Supper or last-minute visitors, cherry pineapple dump cake was my mom’s top pick from all her many cake recipes! Dump cake has been around for generations and for good reason!
These simple fruit cake recipes are made all in one pan, take a handful of minutes to make, and turn out picture-perfect every time- despite their less than an attractive name! Let’s head to the kitchen and get started!
- 4 ingredients
- SO simple to make
- One-pan wonder
- The golden cake topping
How To Make Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe
Layer the pineapple followed by the cherry pie filling in the bottom of the pan. Spread the cake mix evenly over the top and press it down slightly. Layer slices of butter on top of the cake mix. Bake until the cake is done, and the filling is bubbly.
This cake with cherries really couldn’t be simpler to make, but here are a few extra tips to help you out!
Press down the cake mix- Where the cake mix meets the fruit is the most delicious, moist, fruity cake. Pressing down the filling into the fruit a bit creates more of that yummy layer.
Tips For Making The Perfect Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
Layer the butter- I don’t like the drizzle method of melted butter over the top of the cake. Instead, chill the butter and cut it into even slices. Layer the slices in rows over the top of the cake mix so you don’t get pools of butter or pockets of dry cake mix. It also gives the top a nice crunch and golden finish!
Cherry Dump Cake Ingredient Notes
Butter- Use real butter in this cherry dump cake. Margarine can have greasy, unpleasant results. Very cold butter cuts the best. You can also run your knife under hot water to make cutting even easier.
This cake stores more like a cobbler. Make sure it is well-sealed, and I prefer to store it in the fridge.
Can You Freeze This?
This cake assembles so quickly and is best served fresh, so I don’t recommend freezing it as a rule. The texture after a trip through the freezer won’t be the same. For leftovers, try freezing in individual portions and reheating in the microwave for a quick treat!
Pineapple Dump Cake Make Ahead Tips
This pineapple dump cake can be in the oven in literally less than 10 minutes. It’s best fresh, so there isn’t a ton of make-ahead prep to do!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
According to food handling directions, this will store for about 2-3 days in the fridge. It’s best for the first two days!
Tools to Make
The best part of this recipe is its simplicity! Other than a can opener, you only need a spatula for spreading, a knife for cutting the butter, and a 9×13 cake pan to bake in!
The fantastic part of dump cakes is the endless variations! Here are some ideas!
- Blueberry dump cake would be fantastic. If you’re looking for something a little more traditional cake, try blueberry coffee cake or blueberry boy bait, the cake that no boy (or girl!) can refuse!
- Pineapple brings great flavor to cakes like a pineapple sheet cake and pineapple casserole. You can even use it to give a classic a fresh twist in pineapple sunshine cake!
- If you’ve got cherries that need using, I suggest a basic cherry cake or cherry coffee cake. For something with a little more pizzazz, try a chocolate cherry cake. It’s sure to impress!
Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
- 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple
- 1 (21-ounce) Can cherry pie filling
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 12 tablespoons butter, cut into 24 slices
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X13 inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray.
- Spread the crushed pineapple with the juice into the prepared baking dish.
- Spread cherry pie filling on top of the crushed pineapple.
- Evenly spread cake mix over top of the layers of pineapple and cherry and press down firmly. Arrange butter slices evenly over top of cake mix.
- Bake in the preheated oven, 50-60 minutes, or until top is deep golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm
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You can’t beat a dump and bake cake! Here are some other great versions!
- Rhubarb Dump Cake– tangy, tart rhubarb complements the sweet cake
- Pumpkin Dump Cake– ultra moist and decadent
- Peach Cobbler Dump Cake– a cross of the classic dessert with the ease of a dump cake
- Blueberry Dump Cake– bursting with blueberry flavors
This cherry pineapple dump cake is hands down my favorite dump cake! I just love the bubbly fruit filling and crunchy, golden top! I’m sure it’ll be at the top of your list too!
Be sure to comment and let me know what you think!