Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Talk about a cake so simple it practically makes itself. But don’t let that fool you, this cherry dump cake with pineapple is absolutely divine. Don’t miss this delicious dessert!

cherry pineapple dump cake in a baking dish and a serving in a bowl.

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What is a Dump Cake?

Dump cake recipes are some of my favorites. There is little to no effort needed when you make the cake, yet you get the best dessert.

Generally speaking, these recipes are called dump cake because you literally dump all of the ingredients in the cake pan, in layers, and no stirring is required.

Just dump the ingredients in the baking dish and pop it in the oven and you are good to go! It does not get much easier than that.

What Makes Pineapple Dump Cake So Good

The simplicity of this recipe and the taste are unbeatable. You can make this cherry pineapple dump cake recipe in a matter of minutes, throw it in the oven, and come out with an absolutely delicious dump cake.

Why This is the Best Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

This is an uncomplicated recipe. You can use ingredients from your pantry, a can opener, and you will have a cake that people will rave about.

When the combination of cherry pie filling mix and crushed pineapple, you get a wonderful balance of sweet and tart. The tangy, sweet fruit combo and flavors blend perfectly into a rich, buttery cake.

Ingredients for Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

You may want to always keep the ingredients needed for this recipe in the pantry. It will be your go-to recipe since it is simple, quick, and scrumptious. Plus most of the ingredients are shelf-stable so they are ready when you need them. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Cherry pie filling
  • Canned crushed pineapple
  • Yellow cake mix – my preferred cake mix is the Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake Mix
  • Butter – you can use salted or unsalted butter
  • Pecans – you can swap pecans for almonds or walnuts
cherry pineapple dump cake ingredients on a tray.

Variations for Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

Instead of using pre-made cherry pie filling, you are always able to use your own homemade fresh or canned cherry pie filling. This would also taste good with strawberry pie filling as well!

If you aren’t a fan of pecans, try using walnuts instead, or just leave the nuts off completely.

White cake mix can be used in place of yellow cake mix as well if needed, but it might change the taste ever so slightly.

You can even make up a sweet cherry syrup or white chocolate sauce to serve with this or even drizzle over top of the cake along with the nuts.

How to Make Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

It doesn’t get easier than this to prepare a cake!

  1. Dump a can of cherry pie filling into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. Dump a can of pineapple on top of the cherry pie filling.
cherry and pineapple layers for a dump cake in a baking dish.
  1. Sprinkle 1 box of dry cake mix over the pineapple.
  2. Pour melted butter on top of the cake mix.
  3. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top if desired.
cherry pineapple dump cake before baking.
  1. Bake at 325°F for an hour.
  2. Let the cake cool to room temperature.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
cherry pineapple dump cake in a baking dish and on a plate.

How to Serve Dump Cake

Once the cherry pineapple dump cake has cooled down all that’s left to do is serve up this amazing cake.

Just spoon it out and dump it into a bowl. How appropriate for this fruity cake! You may want to serve your cake with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

Or you can slice it with a clean, straight edge knife, picking your favorite size based on how many people you need to serve. It will be tricky getting the slices out of the pan because it will want to fall apart. Use a spatula to lift up the slices from the pan.

What Goes Well With Dump Cake

A cake is frequently served “a la mode” in restaurants and they do that for a reason, it’s delicious.

Serve this dump cake with whipped cream or ice cream, a little bit of cherry or white chocolate drizzle, and don’t forget the coffee! Here are some suggestions:

How to Store Dump Cake

After the cake has been made and cooled down, place either the lid to the baking dish or aluminum foil on top and store it in the fridge.

If it is not stored in the fridge the fruit in the cake will spoil quickly. By keeping it in the fridge it will last up to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Cherry Dump Cake?

Yes! Make sure the cake has been made in a freezer-safe dish before placing it in the freezer. Also make sure to wrap the cake in plastic wrap, and then aluminum foil as well.

Store the dump cake in the freezer for up to 3 months.

closeup of a serving of cherry pineapple dump cake.

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cherry pineapple dump cake in a baking dish and a serving in a bowl.

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

It doesn't get any easier than this to bake a cake.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cakes, Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake, Dump Cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 416kcal


  • 20 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 20 ounces canned crushed pineapple can
  • 15.25 ounces yellow cake mix (1 box)
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup pecans or walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 325°F and lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13-inch cake pan.
  • Place the cherry pie filling on the bottom of the cake pan.
  • Dump the pineapple with its juice on top.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the pineapple. Do not mix!
  • Melt the butter and drizzle it over the cake mix.
  • Top with pecans.
  • Bake for about 1 hour.



Serve with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.


Calories: 416kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 392mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 6.3mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 1.2mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Bethel miller

    If you mix the butter and cake mix together in a bowl until crumbly it works better. You don’t have dry spots on top.

    • Stephanie Manley

      I think you really need to use canned fruit for this recipe. It really needs the liquid that comes in the can.

    • stephanie manley

      I have no tried this with anything other than cherry, I am going to guess that if you keep the size of the can the same of the new fruit it should work.

  2. Michelle Lewis

    seriously?!!! I love this cake. when i was a kid my dads girlfriend made it about once a month and it would be gone in 2 days.

  3. Michelle

    Tried this recipe with great hopes! It turned out fine, but, I was the only person who liked it. I just tossed it into the composter!

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