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!

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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.

dumping can of pineapple in bottom of 9x12 making dish to make dump cake pineapple recipe

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?

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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.

Added 3rd layer of fresh blueberries on top of cherries and pineapples in white baking dish on granite countertop to make best dump cake pineapple recipe

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.

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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!

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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
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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.

I used some of the leftover pineapples from my centerpiece idea that I made for a Hawaiian theme dinner party.

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!

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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.

close up of dump cake pineapple recipe on top of vanilla ice cream in a bowl on a white and black farmhouse dish towel

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!

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The Best Dump Cake Pineapple Recipe

Stacy Ling
Looking for an easy summer dessert idea? Wait until you try this simple dump cake pineapple recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 976 kcal

Instructions
 

  • 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.
    dumping can of pineapple in bottom of 9x12 making dish to make dump cake pineapple recipe
  • Dump cans of cherry pie filling on top of pineapple layer and spread evenly.
    spreading layer of canned cherries on top of crushed pineapple in baking dish on granite counter top to make dump cake pineapple recipe
  • Then top off with fresh blueberries.
    Added 3rd layer of fresh blueberries on top of cherries and pineapples in white baking dish on granite countertop to make best dump cake pineapple recipe
  • Top it off with the dried cake mix.
    pouring yellow cake mix on top of layers in dump cake pineapple recipe in white baking dish
  • And then add slices of butter on top but be sure to distribute them evenly so it melts and bakes into the cake mix.
    add layer of pats of salted butter on top of dried yellow cake mixture to top off dump cake pineapple recipe
  • Bake for 50 minutes.
    Putting dump cake pineapple recipe in white baking dish in the oven
  • Allow to cool.
    close up of dump cake pineapple recipe in baking dish after baking on stove
  • Serve over vanilla ice-cream and enjoy!
    close up of dump cake pineapple recipe on top of vanilla ice cream in a bowl on a white and black farmhouse dish towel

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 976kcalCarbohydrates: 166gProtein: 6gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 878mgPotassium: 564mgFiber: 6gSugar: 71gVitamin A: 1483IUVitamin C: 32mgCalcium: 254mgIron: 3mg
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29 Comments

  1. Believe it or not, I have never heard of a dump cake! It looks and sounds delicious, though! I love to make blueberry cobbler in the summer when the wild Maine blueberries are in season. It is not quite as easy to make as this, but still pretty darn easy!

    1. Oh that sounds good. I love cobbler. We don’t have any berry bushes here like I grew at my old house, I need to get them in the ground stat so I can make a fresh cobbler like that! I bet its amazing!

  2. Yummy! I used to make a fresh raspberry dump cake. It was always my daughters favorite.
    Hugs to you.

    1. That sounds delish! I considered making this one with strawberries – berries are in season now so it’s the perfect time!

  3. I should not have read this while I was hungry! This looks amazing and I’m know my family will love it!

  4. Brings back memories of Mom’s cakes. And church pot lucks. Think I will have ot make one now. PInned the recipe for later

  5. This sounds so good! I love how easy it is to make a dump cake. Pinned for later. Aloha from North Carolina!

  6. I make almost the same dump cake, but I omit the blueberries ( I’ll have to try that next time!) and I use a French vanilla cake mix and put coconut on top and chopped up walnuts. I think the cake mix has a better taste.

  7. This looks so yummy Stacy! I haven’t made dump cake in years and this combination of fruits is such a great idea! Definitely trying it!

  8. Oh my gosh, Stacy. I am drooling over this dump cake recipe. It looks so amazing. I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

  9. Yum! This sounds fantastic! I definitely need to try this. I loved pineapple upside down cake as a child.

  10. Good Morning. This recipe sounds wonderful. What size cans of cherry filling and pineapple do you use, and do you drain the pineapple? Thank you for sharing this, and I enjoy your emails each morning.

    Happy Summer

    Cathie from PA

    1. I don’t drain the crushed pineapple but you can if you want! They are the 15 oz cans. Thanks for asking I’ll add that to the recipe.

    1. I don’t think so – I believe it will bake the cake then on top instead of making it crumbly. If you try it, let me know I’d love to hear! xo