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Dump Cake Recipe

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (31 Reviews)


Dump cake
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This recipe is designed for kids to bake. It's incredibly easy with no mixing involved. Canned fruits are dumped into a baking pan, topped with cake mix, butter, and nuts, then baked. The result is something in between a cake and a cobbler, and amazingly delicious. Adults will also love this recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 10 to 12 servings


  • 1 (20 ounces) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 (21 ounces) can prepared more fruit cherry pie filling
  • 1 (18.25 ounces) box yellow cake mix
  • 2 sticks (1 cup or 16 Tablespoons) of butter or margarine, each cut into 12 slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, peanuts, etc., your choice)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 for glass baking dish). Have a 9 by 13-inch baking pan ready.

Dump undrained pineapple baking dish or pan and spread it out evenly.

Using a spoon, dump globs of cherry pie filling evenly on top of the pineapple.

Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the cherry and pineapple layers.

Cut butter into slices with a butter knife and place slices evenly over cake mix.

Sprinkle nuts on top if you're using them.

Bake for one hour. Use heavy oven mitts to remove the dump cake from oven or let your older helper do it.

To serve, scoop cake out with a large spoon like a cobbler, and dump it on a nice plate. A scoop of vanilla ice cream is delicious with dump cake. Serve warm or cold.

Yield: about 10 to 12 servings
Dump Cake Recipe Photo © 2011 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Dump Cake, Member nosurndr

When I make this I use 2 cans of cherries to 1 can of pineapple tidbits. Crushed pineapple seems overly sweet and you can't taste a good mouthful of pineapple. Or double same if I want more filling than topping. Keeps it from being oversweet. Also I use lemon cake mix, again to cut down on the sweetness. I just cut the butter into slices and lay them in rows on top of the cake mix. I like the mixture of softer cake (without or very little butter) and the crunchier parts with more butter. I definitely cook this around an hour until the top is very crunchy and brown. First recipe to teach to kids. Couldn't be easier and always comes out delicious. Serve with whipped cream.

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