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4 Ingredient Cherry Dump Cake

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This Cherry Dump Cake Recipe is the easiest dessert you will ever make! All you need is a cake mix, cherry pie filling, canned pineapple and BUTTER! No mixing!

easy cherry dump cake in a bowl with vanilla ice cream

Recipe Features

  • 4-Ingredients: All you need is cake mix, pineapple, cherry filling, and BUTTER.
  • Ready for the oven in 5 minutes!
  • Perfect for parties!

This Cherry Dump Cake with Pineapple is a recipe we grew up loving. My grandma would always make it for special occasions and serve it warm with a big scoop of ice cream. It is dreamy. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized just how simple this recipe is.

When it comes to fruit desserts, this one is at the top of my list. All you do is “dump” everything into the pan and bake. No stirring required! Best of all, it is super easy to customize which means you can make this with any canned fruit.

dump cake ingredients

Ingredient List

There isn’t much to this easy cake recipe. All you need are a few pantry staples (or what I think should be pantry staples) and about five minutes of active work!

  • Cake Mix- We stick with either white cake or yellow cake for this recipe and find it adds the perfect flavor.
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Butter

Can you leave out the pineapple?

Yes. We have made this with and without the pineapple. While we happen to love the slight tart flavor added by the fruit, you can always substitute it with a second can of cherry pie filling.

cake ready for the oven

How to Make 4-Ingredient Cherry Dump Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mist a 9×13 pan with baking spray.
  3. Spread the undrained crushed pineapple into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Spoon the cherry filling over the top and gently spread to cover the pineapple.
  5. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the fruit.
  6. Dot with butter.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the top of your cake is golden brown.

Tips and FAQs

  • Looking for more crunch? Add chopped walnuts or almonds on top of your cake during the last 15 minutes of baking.
  • Alternatively, you can melt the butter and drizzle over the top of your cake.
  • Serve your warm cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream for the perfect finish.

Can dump cake be made in a slow cooker?

Yes! This easy cake recipe can be made in the slow cooker! All you need to do is layer the ingredients as stated in the recipe and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.

Can I use any flavor pie filling?

Another great thing about this easy treat is how adaptable it can be. Try almost any canned fruit for a wonderful treat. Some other favorites we enjoy is peaches with a dash of cinnamon, blueberry or apple!

bowl of cake with a spoonful taken out

Does cherry dump cake need to be refrigerated?

Yes. This recipe should be stored covered and in the refrigerator. If stored properly it will last up to five days. However, ours is always devoured within one or two!

How do you know when a dump cake is done?

The best way to tell if your dump cake is ready is to check for a light golden color on the top. This will give you a perfect crisp topping and warm gooey center.

Do you stir a dump cake?

Nope! Dump cakes do not need to be stirred. If you are using two fruit varieties you could technically stir the two together, but that isn’t necessary. Easy as dump and bake!

What’s the difference between a dump cake and cobbler?

My husband calls this recipe “cheat cobbler.” While both taste similar and are made with fruit, cobbler will have much more of a crumb topping that is less cake like.

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Easy Cherry Dump Cake

Easy Cherry Dump Cake

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This Cherry Dump Cake Recipe is the easiest dessert you will ever make! All you need is a cake mix, cherry pie filling, canned pineapple and BUTTER! No mixing!

Ingredients

  • 1 (20oz) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 (21oz) can cherry pie filling
  • 15.25 oz cake mix- white or yellow
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mist a 9×13 pan with baking spray.
  3. Spread the undrained crushed pineapple into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Spoon the cherry filling over the top and gently spread to cover the pineapple.
  5. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the fruit.
  6. Dot with butter.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the top of your cake is golden brown.

Notes

  • Looking for more crunch? Add chopped walnuts or almonds on top of your cake during the last 15 minutes of baking.
  • Alternatively, you can melt the butter and drizzle over the top of your cake.
  • Serve your warm cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream for the perfect finish.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 222Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 324mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g
This Cherry Dump Cake Recipe is the easiest dessert you will ever make! All you need is a cake mix, cherry pie filling, canned pineapple and BUTTER! No mixing!

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