This easy cherry pineapple dump cake recipe turns out amazing! A fruit dessert with only 4 main ingredients and you can add to it like coconut and nuts too.
Ok so I have been making a lot of easy dump cake recipes lately just because they’re so easy and all 5 of us love them, this cherry pineapple dump cake recipe is our latest creation and boy was it delicious! I was lucky enough to find pineapple cake mix and started thinking from there. I thought cherries would be a great pair but if you prefer blueberries you could easily make that switch. Either way it’s seriously addicting.
This is what I used.
I didn’t have a can of crushed pineapple (which is what I would typically use) and like to use what I have on hand so I used these pineapple slices and just cut them into smaller tidbits which worked just fine.
That is what I mean when I say that dump cakes are so versatile!
Seriously….use what is in your cupboard.
This is what you’ll need to get out or get at the store to make this cherry pineapple dump cake recipe
- Can of cherry pie filling
- Can of pineapple – tidbits were great
- Cake mix – we used pineapple cake mix, white or yellow would work fine too
- Coconut – optional
- Nuts – optional, we used honey roasted chopped pecans
There are many methods of making a dump cake and I have used them all, you can:
- Use egg instead of butter to make it rise more – like in this cherry pie filling dump cake recipe
- Layer the ingredients and not mix – like I did with this cherry pineapple dump cake recipe
- Mix ingredients and then bake – like when I made blueberry pie filling dump cake cupcakes
- Chocolate cherry dump cake uses cherry pie filling like this one does
It really depends on your preference and what you’re used to I guess but for this one I thought layering worked well.
Many people put the cake mix on the top with just the butter drizzled on top and any small toppings you want to add but I really don’t like any dry mix left over so I sandwich the cake mix in between the pie filling and the can of pineapple and it works out really well. No dry mix left, though it has a tendency to not rise as much because of the weight of the pineapple….BUT….
Let me tell you this is probably one of our favorite easy dump cake recipes!
Like I said you could use blueberry pie filling instead of cherry with this one, and if you can’t find pineapple cake mix you can order it online here or use a box of yellow or white.
Use pineapple tidbits for a chunkier version like you see here (I prefer this), or crushed pineapple in a can works well too but has a different texture entirely.
I wouldn’t use pineapple chunks because they’re going to be quite heavy on top, though if all you have is a can of slices like I did then just cut it right in the can into tidbits using a knife going around the entire thing.
Once you’ve tried this bit of heaven, try these other dump cakes too:
- Pineapple angel food cake recipe
- Dump peach cobbler
- Gingerbread dump cake is great during the holidays
- Banana dump cake – 2 versions, 1 is egg free
- Pressure cooker chocolate lava cake and Instant Pot dump cake are great if you have one of these multi cookers
- Pumpkin pie dump cake
Here’s the printable cherry pineapple dump cake recipe so you can get started!
Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe
- 1 box cake mix we used pineapple cake mix
- 1 can pineapple tidbits or crushed is best, 20 oz.
- 1 can cherry pie filling 21 oz
- 1/2 c coconut shredded, optional
- 1/2 c nuts chopped, optional
- 1 stick butter melted
- In a 13x9 pan dump your can of pie filling on the bottom and spread out evenly, we used cherry. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Sprinkle your cake mix on top of that evenly, we used pineapple cake mix but if you can't find that yellow or white would be just fine.
- Pour your can of crushed or pineapple tidbits on top of that evenly, include the juice.
- Melt your stick of butter and pour that evenly on top of that.
- Sprinkle your sweetened shredded coconut over that, then sprinkle with nuts. We used crushed honey roasted pecans.
- Put into your oven at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until the middle of your pineapple dump cake is lightly browned and looks like it is stiffening up.
- Allow to cool a bit and then scoop out, could put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
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