Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

This easy cherry pineapple dump cake recipe is so scrumptiously sweet and moist, thanks to the cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple. Family and friends will LOVE it!

Scoop of cherry pineapple dump cake.

I am a big fan of dump cake recipes because they are the easiest dessert to bake. It takes just 5 minutes to prep this delicious pineapple cherry dump cake. All you have to do is “dump” the juicy crushed pineapple pieces, cherry pie filling, yellow cake mix, and chopped pecans in a baking dish. Top with pieces of butter and then bake for around 45 minutes. The melted butter gives the dump cake a deliciously buttery and golden brown topping. Once you have a bite of this mouthwateringly moist and crowd-pleasing cake, I know you’ll be going back for seconds (and thirds, I won’t tell). Don’t forget a scoop of ice cream!

Like cobblers, dump cakes are the perfect dessert recipe for beginner bakers, as they’re quick and easy to make using simple ingredients. The canned ingredients also mean you can enjoy this pineapple cherry dump cake year-round.

If you’re in the mood to try other pineapple treats, check out these other delicious dessert recipes: pineapple cobbler, vanilla wafer pudding with pineapple, super moist pineapple upside-down cake, and pineapple poke cake.

Cherry pineapple dump cake recipe ingredients.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • * Optional* 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Add crushed pineapples to baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350º degrees F.

Dump one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice in a 9×13 baking dish.

Spread cherry pie filling evenly over pineapple in baking dish.

Dump one 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling over canned pineapple and spread evenly.

Cake mix spread evenly over fruit in baking dish.

Take one box of white cake mix and evening spread the vanilla cake mix over the fruit filling.

Place butter pieces evenly over cake mix in baking dish.

Chop up one stick of butter into small squares and spread sliced butter evenly across the dry cake mix. This will create a nice crust.

Sprinkle pecans on top.

Sprinkle the chopped pecan pieces on top of butter before baking.

Bake until golden brown.

Place the baking dish in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the topping is slightly browned.

Spatula lifting serve of dump cake out of baking dish.

Wait till it cools and dive in.

Cherry pineapple dump cake in bowl with ice cream.

Serve your pineapple cherry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream (bonus points for the addition of one or two maraschino cherries on top).

Storage

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.
  • Alternatively, store leftover dump cake in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat either in the microwave or in a 350-degree oven.

Recipe Notes

  • If you’re not a fan of pecan pieces, you can substitute for chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, or shaved almonds, or omit completely.
  • When you add the pecans, you can also add 1 cup of shredded coconut. This will toast nicely in the oven and give your dish a lovely flavor.
  • Serve your dump cake warm or at room temperature.
  • You can use unsalted or salted butter for this recipe.
  • To check if your cake is done, gently move the pan to see if the center jiggles. If there’s no movement, your cake is done and ready to eat.
  • If you’d prefer a dump cake that resembles a crisp rather than a cobbler, you can mix 1/2 cup of oats into the cake mix before distributing it in the baking dish.
  • Another option is you simply pour melted butter over the cake mix, rather than slicing the cold butter.
  • You can substitute the cherry filling for another canned fruit of your choice.

Close up of dump cake and ice cream in bowl.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this cherry pineapple dump cake recipe ahead of time?

While it does only take 5 minutes to prep this recipe, if you did want to make it in advance, you can store it covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat single servings in the microwave or the entire cake in a 350-degree oven.

Can I make this dump cake with other fruit?

Yes, you can substitute the cherry and pineapple for a variety of canned fruit, like apples (check out my amazing caramel apple dump cake), blueberries, blackberries, peaches, or strawberries.

Can I make my cherry pineapple dump cake in the crockpot?

Yes, you can make this dump cake in the slow cooker. Just layer it as you would in a baking dish, with the fruit on the bottom. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.

Check out these other comforting cherry recipes:

Easy Crescent Cherry Cream Cheese Cobbler

Ooey Gooey Cherry Bars

Cherry Cream Cheese Pie From Grandmama’s Kitchen

No-Churn Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream

Cherry Crisp Recipe: An Easy One From Mama

Cherry Cheesecake Bites

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

This easy cherry pineapple dump cake recipe is so scrumptiously sweet and moist, thanks to the cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, cherry, pineapple

Ingredients

  • 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • 1 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º degrees F.
  • Dump one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice in a 9×13 baking dish.
    1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple with juice
  • Dump one 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling over pineapple and spread evenly.
    1 21 oz. can of cherry pie filling
  • Take one box of white cake mix and evenly spread the boxed cake mix over the cherry pie filling.
    1 box of yellow cake mix
  • Chop up one stick of butter into small squares and spread evenly across the cake mix. This will create a nice crust. Then sprinkle pecan pieces over the top before baking.
    1 stick unsalted butter, 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Place the baking dish in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the topping is slightly browned. Wait till it cools and dive in.

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133 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this amazing dump cake just this seek for my husband’s birthday gathering with friends. Followed the recipe as described and topped with French vanilla ice cream and a bit of fresh chopped pineapple I had left over from making jam the day before. It was a great hit!

  2. I have a very similar dump cake recipe that involves pineapple, cherries, grapes, mandarin oranges, and peach pie filling. Heaven in a bowl!

  3. Dump cakes are so easy and delicious! The Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake is our favorite. The next time I make it, I will add shredded coconut to this recipe for a delicious variation of the regular recipe.

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