Looking for an easy summer dessert idea? Wait until you try this simple dump cake pineapple recipe!
If there’s one thing I love, it’s an easy throw-it-all into a pan type dish.
Whether it’s an appetizer, meal or dessert, that’s the recipe for me.
But what is a dump cake and how to do you make one?
While there are lots of different versions, a dump cake is a delicious dessert made from a cake batter that has been poured over a layer of crushed pineapple.
It’s also known as pineapple upside down cake.
Learn how to make this super easy and delicious dessert today!
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What Is Dump Cake?
Dump cakes are a fun way to use cake batter.
This recipe uses a simple cake mix with fresh or canned crushed pineapple for a sweet treat that’s perfect for summertime.
Different versions use slightly different ingredients, but this dump cake pineapple recipe is my favorite!
Why is Dump Cake Called Dump Cake?
It is called dump cake because you literally dump all of the ingredients into a cake pan without mixing.
There are dump cake versions where the cake mix is pre-mixed then poured over the top, but this recipe uses it dry to make more of a crumb-like topping.
Dump cakes are very similar to cobbler recipes but is not a cobbler.
Both recipes include a delicious fruit filling.
So What Is the Difference Between a Cobbler and Dump Cake?
While dump cake is similar to a cobbler, they are different because dump cake recipes use a cake mix.
Whereas cobbler recipes use pie crust or biscuit to top off the fruit filling.
Either way, both or delicious ways to enjoy fruit filling. But I think I prefer dump cakes.
Which team are you on?
Does Pineapple Dump Cake Need to Be Refrigerated?
The answer is yes.
Dump cake with pineapple needs to be refrigerated after baking so the fruit doesn’t spoil.
I recommend refrigerating all cakes or pies made with fruit for this very reason.
How Long Is Dump Cake Good For?
It is recommended to finish consuming dump cake recipes within 5 days.
Beyond that, the fruit will start to get old and grow bacteria.
To maintain freshness, keep it covered tightly in plastic in the refrigerator.
How to Make Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe
There are many versions of a dump cake, but this dump cake pineapple recipe uses only 5 ingredients.
I mean how easy is that?
It is literally a dump-and-bake recipe that is perfectly paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a warm summer day.
Wait until you try this one!
Ingredients Needed to Make this Dump Cake Pineapple Recipe
What I love most about this particular pineapple upside-down cake recipe, is the minimal ingredients and quick prep time.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- yellow cake mix (or other flavor)
- crushed pineapple
- cherry pie filling
- fresh blueberries
- butter cut into slices
Directions to Make Dump Cake Pineapple Recipe
This recipe could not be quicker or easier to make. The most time-consuming part is baking.
To make this upside-down pineapple cake recipe, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Then add the first layer of crushed pineapples and spread it out evenly on the bottom of the baking dish. If you have fresh pineapple and want to shred it, that is fine too.
As an aside, you can really taste the difference between fresh versus canned, so if you happen to have fresh pineapple on hand, use it!
Add the next layer of cherry pie filling and smooth it out over the pineapple so it’s a nice even layer.
Then top the cherries off with some fresh blueberries.
Add the yellow cake mix dry. That’s right – you read that right. Top it off dry.
And then top off the dry cake mix layer with slices of butter.
Try to evenly distribute the butter over the cake mix layer so it even melts and cooks down the cake mix.
It will form a soft crumb-like topping.
If you prefer a thicker cake topping, then premix the yellow cake batter according to package directions to pour on top of the blueberries and omit the butter step.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 50 minutes.
Allow to cool and serve this pineapple upside-down cake with vanilla ice cream.
It is super delish and makes the perfect summer treat! Wait until you try it!
The Best Dump Cake Pineapple Recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease baking dish.
- Dump fresh or cans of crushed pineapple into bottom of baking pan. Spread evenly to form a base.
- Dump cans of cherry pie filling on top of pineapple layer and spread evenly.
- Then top off with fresh blueberries.
- Top it off with the dried cake mix.
- And then add slices of butter on top but be sure to distribute them evenly so it melts and bakes into the cake mix.
- Bake for 50 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
- Serve over vanilla ice-cream and enjoy!
- As an alternative, you can make pre-mix the cake mix according to package directions and pour on top of blueberries and omit the butter step.
More About This Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe
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