Whip up this easy Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake in minutes with pantry staples your family already has at home. Kids can even help. It's so easy to make! This easy dump cake recipe is packed with delicious fruit and a buttery-flavored topping and is ready in under an hour. If you are looking for a fuss-free recipe this is the perfect answer to busy weeknights or weekend treats.
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I love making and eating fruit-based desserts. I have some favorite three and four-ingredient recipes that can be made quickly and easily if I have unexpected guests over. I love peaches and this easy peach cobbler recipe is my most popular recipe on Pinterest. This apple spice cake made with few ingredients is also a family favorite!
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Why I love this recipe
- Easy Weeknight Recipe: Short prep time and pantry staples make this the answer to busy family dinners or unexpected cravings.
- Kid-Pleasing Flavor: Sweet and tangy cherry-pineapple combo is a guaranteed hit, even for picky eaters. Plus, "dumping" ingredients is fun! It's a great recipe for kids to help with.
- No Grocery Run Needed: This recipe uses ingredients most families already have, like canned fruit, cake mix, and butter.
- Warm & Gooey Comfort Food: Golden brown crumble topping and juicy fruit filling creates a delicious flavorful dessert.
- Easy Customization: Get creative! Add nuts, swap the fruit, or serve with your favorite ice cream flavor. The ice cream doesn't have to be vanilla!
Yellow Cake mix - I like using Betty Crocker or Dunkin Hines cake mixes. Stock up when they are on sale! I usually use the two brands mentioned, however if you have a different favorite, use it!
1 ½ sticks of butter - that's ¾ of a pound or 12 teaspoons. I use salted butter, but unsalted will work too.
You'll need to cut them into thin slices, so cut when the butter is still cold.
1 20 oz can of pineapple tidbits - Note that the tidbits are smaller than pineapple chunks. If you buy chunks by mistake, just cut each chunk in half.
1 21 oz of cherry pie filling - Your favorite brand will work.
I use a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Preheat your oven to 350° F
Spray your casserole dish with nonstick baking spray.
Dump the pineapple tidbits into the bottom of the casserole dish.
Spoon the cherry pie cherries over the pineapple, then gently spread them so the pineapples are evenly covered.
I challenge you not to try one of these cherries! Of course, you need to taste test : ).
Add the cake mix on top of the cherries. You want an even thin layer. Just the dry cake mix. Do NOT use the other ingredients listed on the box. Do not stir!
I gently smooth the cake mixture with the back of a spoon. This prevents dry cake mix lumps.
Slice the stick and a half of butter into thin slices. The more slices you have, the better your topping is!
Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes until the topping is golden brown. There are usually spots where the cherry filling bubbles up.
Like in the picture below!
Look at the end result below! Yum!
Spray some baking or cooking spray on the dry spots. Bake an additional 5 minutes and the dry spots will be gone.
Chocolate cake mix with the pineapple tidbits and pie cherries tastes superb together. You'll love the flavor!
To make this recipe, you don't add the ingredients written on the box. You use the dry cake mix straight from the box. Honest.
How to store and reheat
This stores well in the refrigerator for five days if wrapped or in a sealed container.
This easy cobbler recipe can be frozen, but that may affect the texture. Since this is such a quick and easy recipe to make, I would only freeze it if it's because you have leftovers (not because you are trying to make it ahead). Thaw to room temperature and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees before serving.
If reheating individual portions, you can microwave.
Other Easy Cake Mix Recipes
Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake
- 1 cans cherry pie filling 21 oz each pie cherries
- 1 can pineapple tidbits 20 oz can
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1½ sticks butter salted or unsalted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Spray 9 x 13 casserole dish with no-stick spray.
- Dump in the can of pineapple. Then spoon the pie cherries on top of the pineapple
- Spread cake mix evenly over the cherries and pineapple. You are using the dry cake mix with no additional ingredients.
- Thinly slice one and a half sticks of butter (¾ of a cup). The more slices, the better! Spread them on top of the cake mix.
- DO NOT STIR.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes. Watch for the color of the crust to be a delicious golden color.
- If you notice at 30 minutes that there is dry, cake mix, take it out of the oven and spray a bit of non-stick spray on the dry parts. Put it back in the oven for a few minutes (3 to 5 minutes).
- Let stand for 5 - 10 minutes once removed from the oven, then serve with ice cream.
Nutrition information is an estimate only provided as a courtesy using an ingredient database. Garnish and optional ingredients are not included in the calculations.