Dump Cake: As good as I remember?

The answer is both “Yes!” and “Uh, not really.”  The ingredients and process is ridiculously easy and simple.  A monkey could make this.  A stupid monkey could make this.  Cake mix, a can of crushed pineapple, a can of cherry pie filling and a stick of butter.  


Dump it all in a 9×13 pan and…bake.  Crazy easy.  Sorry about this picture!  I was having fun with photoshop.

I took a little corner of the cake and ate it plain and it was tasty.  Then I made myself a plate with a scoop of dump cake and a scoop of Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream.  A yummy and nostaligic dessert, but probably not something I will make very often in the future.  Dump cake is a good dessert for a crowd since it is cheap, easy, quick and I can’t really think of anyone who wouldn’t like it, unless they don’t like pineapple.  I thought about adding coconut and pecans to the topping, but I wanted to make the simple dump cake that I remember having when I was younger.  I found a lot of variations for this recipe…different fruits, different types of cake mix, and various toppings.  I may try those sometime.

The verdict on dump cake…fine.  A 7 out of 10.  I think my tastebuds prefer from scratch baked goods more than a dessert which uses cake mix as one of its main ingredients.  I will always like cake mixes, but when given the option I will go for a homemade dessert.

Dump Cake

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 stick of butter cut into slices
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Pour pineapple and pie filling in a 9 x13 pan and mix together
  3. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the top
  4. Place butter on top of the cake mix
  5. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes