The BEST Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake recipe is an easy 5 ingredient classic! Made with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple and yellow cake mix, it’s a simple dessert recipe that hits all the right notes.

Servings of Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake on plates with decorative wildflowers

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of dump cake. I like to say it’s not healthy but it’s DEFINITELY joyful. And we all need a little joyful right!? I am a strong believer in “everything is okay, in moderation.”

What is a Dump Cake?

It’s a combination of cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple and white box cake mix. Where does the “dump” come in? Well, you literally just dump all the ingredients into a baking pan, put it in the oven and complete awesomeness awaits you!  Now, I know that Dump Cake is not the “healthiest” thing to make. But a little indulgence now and then is good for the soul!

close up of pineapple cherry dump cake

This dump cake recipe has been in our family for years.

How to Make the BEST Dump Cake

A lot of love and minimal ingredients. Like I said early, this recipe is crazy easy because all you do is dump everything in the pan. However, even though it is just dumping, use a spatula and make sure that the pineapple, cherry pie filling and cake mix are spread evenly and go all the way to the edges. This ensures you have the “best bite” every time. The pads of butter on top give it that nice crispy top, which is my favorite part of this cake!

Four servings of Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake on plates with decorative wildflowers

My mom use to make it all the time growing up and I can remember fighting with my dad over the last piece. We were the two that had the sweet tooth’s in the family… still do!

When I moved down to Texas, I started leading a women’s bible study on Monday nights and would make this dessert on occasion. The first time I made it the girls fell in love with it and decided to give it their own name.  The called it “Cherry Jubilee” because the cherries made a jubilee celebration in their mouths. haha:)

casserole dish with pineapple cherry dump cake with a scoop taken out

I recently just made it for my son. He kinda looked at it like. “Ugh.. what is that? I don’t know if I’ll like it.”

And like most things I told him, “give it a try.” Then I smirked, because I knew he’d love it, and gave him a portion. Of course, I was right. The kid devoured this cake in 3 seconds flat, put his plate in the sink and said “mommy that was so good.. I LOVE that cake.”

haha.. He’s definitely my son!

Ok, now for the important part.

close up of plate filled with pineapple cherry dump cake

How to Store Dump Cake

Store it at room temperature, covered with plastic wrap or if your baking dish has a cover use that.

I guarantee this cherry dump cake will be a favorite. It’s the easiest dessert recipe you’ll ever make and OH MY GOSH so stinking good. Bon Appetit friends!

four plates with pineapple cherry dump cake

Here are the items I used in this recipe!

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Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 45 minutes
  • yield Yield: 10-12 1x
  • category Category: Cake
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

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This Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake recipe is an easy 5 ingredient classic! Made with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple and white cake mix, it’s a simple dessert recipe that hits all the right notes.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º degrees F.
  2. Dump one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice in a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Dump one 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling over pineapple and spread evenly.
  4. Take one box of yellow cake mix and evening spread cake mix over the cherry pie filling.
  5. Chop up on stick of butter into small squares and spread evenly across cake mix. This will create a nice crust.
  6. Add chopped pecans to the top and spread over the rest of the cake.
  7. Place baking dish in oven for 35-45 minutes or until topping is slightly browned.
  8. Wait till it cools and dive in.

Keywords: Dump Cake, Pineapple Dump Cake, Cherry Dump Cake, How to make a dump cake, easy dump cake

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53 Responses
  1. Tracy Woody

    Always a crowd favorite! Wonderful for holiday celebrations, like Christmas or July 4th! We have cooked this recipe for years in my family! My mother passed the recipe on to my sister & me. In fact, my sister just had the cherry-pineapple for Christmas dinner. The red cherry is very fitting for Christmas. My personal favorite is actually the blueberry-pineapple. What’s even better is if you can, to use fresh NC grown blueberries (with sugar) instead of canned or frozen berries!!
    Whether you use blueberries or cherries, this dessert is super easy, no fail, economical and always delicious! The best part about it, there is no way you can possibly mess it up!

  2. Coralyn P Stransky

    This dump cake is going to be my contribution to the desserts for Thanksgiving. One of my granddaughters is allergic to nuts. Any suggestion for an alternative of should I just leave them out. I have tried this before; with cherries it is great for the holidays.

  3. Nancy Couch

    I absolutely adore all the different Dump Cakes but have never tried this one yet. I bought all of the ingredients but I have 2 quick questions.
    1. At the very top it says to use a White cake mix but in the pictures as well as the ingredients list it says Yellow Cake Mix. Which one should I use? I want to try to make mine look like yours.
    2. Should I use the Crushed Pineapple in Heavy Syrup or the one with just juice?

    I love your website and am so inspired by everything you say and do. Looking forward to making this delicious cake for my family.

    1. Krista

      OH goodness that top one was a typo. I just updated it. Use yellow cake mix and the crushed pineapple in juice for sure! Thank you so much for the sweet comment, totally made my day! 🙂

  4. Tahne

    I made this for guests. I changed it slightly as I didn’t have pecans. I added 1.5 tsp almond extract and mixed it into the pineapple. Then sprinkled almonds on top. It was really good.

  5. Cyndi Dawson

    This is my go to for my birthday desert. But I like it best cold. Puts a whole new spin on it.

  6. Andrea Spoehrer

    Love this. Been making it since the 80s and always a winner.
    I use two sticks of butter for a really crunchy and buttery crust.
    And a few more pecans.

    I also make a variation with peaches and pineapple instead of cherry. Then top the cake mix and butter with a cup of brown sugar and some coconut and then pecans if you liken it’s really tropical and another winner! Thanks for your post!

  7. Donald E Benesh

    I forgot about this recipe. My mother always made it in the 60’s. I took it recently to a work pot luck and everyone wanted the recipe. I was sort of embarassed because it’s so easy to make….they were amazed!!! I’m making it tonight and adding the coconut.

    1. Krista

      I know right! My mom made this all the time and it was my favorite! It’s so easy, that’s my favorite part!

  8. The Better Baker

    SUCH an amazing recipe. It looks absolutely mouth-watering. Doncha just love it when a group of friends discover one of your recipes and request it again and again? (Especially when it’s so simple!=) Thanks so very much for sharing at Weekend Potluck. We would really love it if you would link back to the party. Enjoy a super weekend.

    1. Krista

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Did you not see a link back on my site? I have one under the Link Parties section of my blog.. it is under Sunflower Supper Club. 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend!

      1. Cindy Bowdon

        Scrumptious dessert. I’ve made this many many times. The only difference with mine is addition of 1 cup grated coconut on top. Woweee! It’s delicious!

  9. Cindy Eikenberg

    Krista, this looks SOOO delicious! Can you believe I’ve never made a dump cake? I think I’ve definitely been missing out, so I need to try this one! Thanks for sharing, pinning and have an awesome week! 🙂

    1. Krista

      REally! That’s crazy, then you will love it. {not only for the taste but for the ease of it} Thanks for sharing and for stopping by.. always love seeing your sweet comments.

    1. Tasha

      Trying this out tonight 🤗 can’t wait! I am using strawberries and pineapple so we’ll see? Thank you for sharing:)

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