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 and ready for the oven in just five minutes.
- 4-Ingredients: All you need is cake mix, pineapple, cherry filling, and BUTTER.
- Minimal Prep: Ready for the oven in 5 minutes!
- Party Perfect: This makes a 9×13 pan which makes it perfect for potlucks and parties.
This cherry pineapple dump cake 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 dessert recipe really 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.
What You Need
There isn’t much to this cherry cobbler with cake mix. All you need are a few basic ingredients and about five minutes of active work! Here’s what you will need:
- Cake Mix: We stick with either white cake or yellow cake for this recipe and find it adds the perfect flavor.
- Cherry Pie Filling: I’ve used name brand and off brand. They all work! Use your favorite.
- Crushed Pineapple: My secret ingredient. It adds just the perfect zip of tang to the mix.
- Butter: 1 stick of butter that is cut into smaller pieces. I recommend unsalted butter for this recipe.
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.
How to Make Cherry Pie Filling Dump Cake
- PREP: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mist a 9×13 pan with baking spray.
- POUR: Spread the undrained crushed pineapple into the bottom of the pan. Spoon the cherry filling over the top and gently spread to cover the pineapple.
- SPRINKLE: Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the fruit. Dot with butter over the top of the dry mix. No need to mix
- BAKE: Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the top of your cake is golden brown.
- 9×13 Pan: I LOVE my 9×13 pan with a lid (affiliate). This single pan is one of my most used. I love that I can top any leftovers with the lid and pop it straight into the refrigerator. It’s also handy when traveling with a recipe.
- Paring Knife: Nothing fancy, but a sharp small knife comes in handy when slicing the butter.
Tips and FAQs
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Easy Cherry Dump Cake
- 1 20oz can crushed pineapple
- 1 21oz can cherry pie filling
- 15.25 oz cake mix- white or yellow dry
- 1/2 cup butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and mist a 9×13 pan with baking spray.
- Spread the undrained crushed pineapple into the bottom of the pan.
- Spoon the cherry filling over the top and gently spread to cover the pineapple.
- Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the fruit.
- Dot the top with butter.
- Bake for 45 minutes to one hour, or until the top of your cake is golden brown.
- 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.