Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake an easy 5 ingredient classic with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, and white cake mix. This cherry dump cake is sure to be your new favorite dessert!
A dump cake is very similar to a fruit cobbler in that it is made up of a fruit filling topped with a cake-like batter. The recipe is named after the technique you use to make it, which is basically dumping everything into a pan before baking. A dump cake is an ideal recipe for kids since there is no mixing or difficult techniques involved. Canned fruits are dumped into a baking pan, topped with cake mix, butter, and nuts, and then baked. The result is something in between a cake and a cobbler, and amazingly delicious. It may be perfect for kids but adults will also love this recipe.

This Pineapple Cherry “Dump” Cake has just 5 ingredients and is probably one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. I admit the name isn’t all too appealing, but you literally just “dump” the ingredients into the pan. There’s no stirring, beating, or prep involved that you’d normally expect when baking a dessert. It’s easy peasy. Pair this dump cake with vanilla ice cream and you have yourself one super tasty, crowd-pleasing cake.


  • 20 oz crushed pineapple, undrained (we used Dole)
  • 21 oz cherry pie filling (we used Duncan Hines)
  • 1 pkg moist yellow cake mix (we used Betty Crocker)
  • ½ – 1 cup shaved almonds or chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350˚. Butter bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Dump pineapple with juice and spread into the bottom of the pan. Top with cherry pie filling.
  • Sprinkle the top evenly with dry cake mix, add nuts if using then drizzle the top with melted butter. Bake uncovered at 350˚F for 55-60 min or until bubbly and browned.