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Delicious Dump Cake - A Family Favorite!

Susan has been sharing recipes online since 2006. She specializes in simple, delicious, family-friendly recipes that everyone loves.

Delicious Dump Cake

Delicious Dump Cake

Enjoy this quick and easy dump cake recipe!

Did you say Dump Cake? Yes I did, and this recipe is a family favorite! Just to clarify, "dump" in the case of this dump cake recipe is used as a verb, as in "dump the ingredients into the pan." Sound messy? Not really. Sound simple? That's because it is simple, simple but oh, so tasty!

While there are some dump cake recipe variations (mentioned below), the version I make most often (pictured here) uses cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple. Sometimes we top it with pecans or walnuts, sometimes we don't. Sometimes I make a smaller version; if you cook for a small family, look for that variation below. Another version that's one of my favorites uses blueberries in place of the cherry pie filling. I've provided step-by-step pictures of the blueberry version down the page a ways and the basic recipe below.

Dump cake is a great cake to take to a potluck or serve for a special occasion. Top a warm serving with a scoop of good vanilla ice cream for an extra-special treat. Oh, my, I'm making my mouth water! Let's get on with the recipe . . .

But first . . . Going camping? Scroll down the page to read how to make Dutch Oven Dump Cake. Plus, don't miss the BONUS RECIPE at the bottom of the page, Mom's Pumpkin Crunch. It's fantastic, sort of a dump cake version of pumpkin pie.

POLL: Have you tried dump cake? - Have you heard of it?

Dump Cake Recipe

This recipe uses yellow cake mix with cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple. Look for variations of the recipe below.

Dump Cake Recipe

Dump Cake Recipe


  • 1 can crushed pineapple
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 to 2 sticks butter or margarine
  • small bag chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Open and dump the can of pineapple into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Use a spoon to even it out in the pan. Open the can of cherry pie filling and gently use the spoon to dump it evenly on top of the pineapple. Open the box of cake mix and gently distribute the dry mix evenly on top of the fruit. Do not stir.
  3. Now, either melt the butter and pour it evenly over the dry cake mix, or you can do as I do and cut the butter into little chunks and place the little chunks of butter evenly on top of the cake mix. (I use about 1 1/2 sticks of butter). If using, sprinkle the nuts on top.
  4. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to one hour or until the cake is bubbly and golden brown. Serve warm (not hot) or at room temperature with or without a scoop of ice cream on top.
  5. I store the leftover dump cake at room temperature. No need to refrigerate.

Dump Cake Recipe Variations

Prefer blueberries? peaches? How about a chocolate dump cake?

- Substitute a can of blueberry pie filling for the crushed pineapple for a patriotic dump cake.

- Substitute blueberry pie filling - or 2 to 3 cups fresh or frozen (rinse in a colander to thaw) blueberries - for the cherry pie filling for a blueberry-pineapple combination. Delicious!

- Substitute peach pie filling for the cherry pie filling for a peach-pineapple combination.

- Try a peach/cherry combination, suggested by lens visitor M. Porterfield. It's one of her favorites.

- For a Black Forest version, use two cans of cherry pie filling, eliminate the crushed pineapple, and use chocolate cake mix instead of yellow.

- One very kind reader suggests coconut on top, along with the nuts. I tried it and it adds a fabulous crunch. Recommended!

- Another reader recommends using raspberry pie filling. Check the comments for the rest of the recipe. Yum!

Do you have variations that we haven't thought of? We hope you'll share them with us in your comments in our guestbook.

BONUS: For a pumpkin variation similar to dump cake, check out Mom's Pumpkin Crunch below.

Awesome Dump Cake Cookbook - Thirty - count 'em - variations of the dump cake recipe in one inexpensive little ebook!

This book is in the Kindle store on Amazon but if you don't have a Kindle, no problem! Simply check out the free Kindle reading apps for your phone, your PC or Mac, your tablet, or your other favorite electronic device. (You'll see the link on the book's product page.)

Unexpected Company?

Keep a can of cherry pie filling and one of crushed pineapple, as well as a cake mix in your pantry at all times. You probably already have butter, so anytime you get a call that company's on the way over, just preheat the oven, dump the ingredients into a pan, and shove it into the oven. By the time your guests arrive, the house will smell fabulous and dessert will be almost ready!

The Perfect Cake Pan for a Dump Cake

Ever need to carry a dessert to a church potluck, family picnic, or party? I love the lid on this cake pan which makes it so convenient to transport.

Click the picture to read the reviews for this pan. Its sturdiness and quality make it a great choice for beginning and experienced bakers alike. Just dump in the ingredients, bake the cake, cool briefly, then pop on the lid and go!

Dump Cake in a Dutch Oven - Ever make cobbler in a dutch oven? Dump cake is the perfect camping recipe!

If you're a camper, you know that a great meal cooked over a campfire is not complete without dessert. A dump cake cooked in a dutch oven is so simple and bakes up as fast as, or faster than, it does at home. Put it on the coals as your troop or family or group of friends is downing their dinner and the dump cake will be ready when they're ready for something hot, fruity, and sweet.

For a crowd, use a bigger dutch oven and double the recipe. Remember that when you bake in a dutch oven you'll need to place coals on top of the lid as well as underneath. Prepare the dump cake as in the recipe above - just open the cans and dump them in (so nice that there's nothing to measure!), followed by the cake mix, then top with chunks of butter or margarine from the cooler. The technique and timing of dutch oven cooking and baking may take some experience, but I'd start checking at 30 minutes just to be sure the dump cake doesn't get too done and burn.

Dump cake straight from the dutch oven will be hot, so warn the troops to take it slow and easy. Have fun!

Prefer a smaller cake?

When 9 x 13 is more than I need, I make a smaller version by using just the pie filling and a one-layer cake mix in a 9 x 9 inch pan, more or less converting the recipe to cherry cobbler.

Another great recipe variation, perfect if you're cooking for two or a few.

Watch This Cat Make a Dump Cake! - It's that easy. Really, if the cat can do it, you can do it.

Note that the cat used pineapple chunks. We've always used crushed, but if chunks are what you have on hand, go for it!

BONUS RECIPE: Mom's Pumpkin Crunch

This recipe is almost a dump cake! Use the prepared pumpkin mixture in the place of the canned pie fillings above. It's a perfect substitute for pumpkin pie, simple to make, and no need to fuss with a crust! Make it for Thanksgiving or anytime!


1 can (15 ounces) solid pack pumpkin

1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

1 box yellow cake mix

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1 cup butter

whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350. Grease bottom of a 9x13 inch pan (or spray with cooking spray). Combine pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Pour into the prepared pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture. Top with pecans. Drizzle melted butter over pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Serve chilled, topped with whipped topping.

See a picture and learn more about this almost-a-dump-cake recipe here.

© 2008 Susan Deppner

Before you go, please say hello! We'd love to read your comments about this recipe, suggested recipe variations, or just say hi!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 08, 2015:

Thank you, Ali!

ali on May 07, 2015:


Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 02, 2015:

Yes, Yvette, that's exactly why! The juice from the crushed pineapple bubbles up through the dry cake mix to work its magic on the final product. Some versions don't use pineapple so if you choose one of those alternate methods, make sure you use plenty of juicy fruit. For instance, for black forest dump cake omit the pineapple but use two cans of cherry pie filling to provide more "juice." Thanks so much for the visit and your great question!

Yvette Carpenter on March 01, 2015:

Why do I keep seeing can pineapple in most of these dump cake recipes? Does it make it moister or something?

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 14, 2014:

@GrammieOlivia: Enjoy, Grammieo!

GrammieOlivia on August 14, 2014:

Thanks for this recipe, I'm always on the look out for something easy and tasty. This fits the bill on both counts. Can't wait to try it!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 01, 2014:

@DanceMomOnline: Mmm, that sounds so good, both getting the kiddos involved and choosing blueberry. Enjoy!

DanceMomOnline on August 01, 2014:

Sounds yummy! And easy for the kiddos to do too. I think we'll try the blueberry version.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 28, 2014:

@DawnRae64: Great to know! We had a cool-ish day recently so I took advantage of that to bake a dump cake. Love it year-round!

Dawn from Maryland, USA on July 28, 2014:

I'm back again just to heck the temperature This has become our family favorite too!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on July 17, 2014:

@jackiemoorewagner: You're welcome! Enjoy!

jackiemoorewagner on July 17, 2014:

I have made dump cake camping but love your recipes. You inspired me to try it again. Thank you for all the great information!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 19, 2014:

@Merrci: Let me know how you like it!

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on June 19, 2014:

I have to try this! Looks so easy and SO good! Thanks for sharing it Susan52.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 17, 2014:

@Maggie42: Ah! I had no idea! So now I know that 113 grams is also a quarter of a pound. Couldn't cook without Google. Thanks, MaggieMoo12!

Maggie42 on June 16, 2014:

I've never heard of a dump cake before. This sounds great and so easy - I was puzzled by the "stick" of butter but Google came through - so for any Aussies reading this a stick of butter is 113 grams.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 08, 2014:

@Susan Zutautas: I'm really surprised you haven't made a dump cake - you're such a terrific cook. Do try it. It's so quick and easy to put together and it's delicious!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 08, 2014:

I've heard of dump cake now I have to try it.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 04, 2014:

@Coffeebreaker: You know, as much as I love chocolate I haven't tried that variation since my husband loves the original version the best. If you make it, do let me know how you like it! (Gosh, now I want to make one.)

Coffeebreaker on June 04, 2014:

I have just been hearing about dump cakes...but I think now I will try it..especially with the black forest version you offer above!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 02, 2014:

@donna-dunham-94: Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by!

donna-dunham-94 on June 01, 2014:

Love this recipe perfect for summer BBQ,s

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 01, 2014:

@DawnRae64: Can't wait to hear how you like it!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 01, 2014:

@DawnRae64: Awesome! Thanks so much!

Dawn from Maryland, USA on June 01, 2014:

And I've pinned that I don't lose track of the recipe.

Dawn from Maryland, USA on June 01, 2014:

Finally giving this a try today. Can't wait for it to come out of the oven.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 30, 2014:

@esmonaco: Do try it. Bet you'll like it!

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on May 30, 2014:

I've heard of this but have never tried it. I saw a commercial just last week about a cookbook for these recipes, they not only had cakes but all kinds of other recipes. Thanks for the reminder. Looks delicious!!!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 29, 2014:

@DavidMoses1986: Thank you! I hope you try it and enjoy it!

DavidMoses1986 on May 29, 2014:

dump cake looks so great, makes me mouth-watering, nice lens :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 29, 2014:

@DLeighAlexander: My pleasure! I hope you give that pumpkin crunch version a try!

DLeighAlexander on May 28, 2014:

The pumpkin crunch sounds delicious; and I'm always up for something that is so easy. Thanks for sharing your dessert cake ideas :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 28, 2014:

@BodyHairRemoval: Trust me - it really is!

BodyHairRemoval on May 28, 2014:

This does look very delicious!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 25, 2014:

@marsha32: Me too! I've never found a combination I didn't like! Thanks for stopping by, Marsha. Enjoy dessert!

marsha32 on May 25, 2014:

give me any flavor in a dump cake and I'm happy

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 16, 2014:

@Arachnea: Thanks! Feel free to share your favorite combination. The other day I made a small dump cake with just pineapple - turned out great!

Tanya Jones from Texas USA on May 16, 2014:

I used to make dump cake a lot. It's so flexible with regard to ingredients. Love the bonus recipe too.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 13, 2014:

@Andromachi: Yes, this is a great recipe to choose to get the kids involved in the kitchen. I hope your family loves their dump cake!

Andromachi Polychroniou from Maurothalassa, Serres, Greece on April 13, 2014:

What a nice surprise you had for us. I can't wait to try your recipes. I haven't heard about this before. My daughter will love them because I can let her do them all by herself.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 09, 2014:

@cocoloco256: My sons were Boy Scouts, so we've done a fair amount of dutch oven cooking in the past. Seems it tastes even better cooked outdoors!

cocoloco256 on April 09, 2014:

Wow Amazing! I love using dutch ovens for cooking!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 08, 2014:

@Iluv2bme: Absolutely! I love it best when it's warm from the oven, just warm enough to start melting the ice cream when we put a scoop on top. Mmmmmm.

Iluv2bme on April 08, 2014:

Yum, how easy and looks like a perfect dessert for a cold night

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 07, 2014:

@AnonymousC831: I'd love to know how you liked it!

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on April 07, 2014:

Looks delicious Susan. I will definitely give this recipe a try.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 12, 2014:

@WriterJanis2: I'd love to share a slice of cake with you!

WriterJanis2 on March 12, 2014:

Please pass me a slice!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 10, 2014:

@savateuse: It's a keeper, savateuse. Let me know if you try it - and how much you enjoy it!

savateuse on March 09, 2014:

This is a recipe I'll have to try! Thanks for sharing it :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 08, 2014:

@Zeross4: It's very different from pineapple upside down cake (another favorite of ours). Hope you like it as much as we do!

Renee Dixon from Kentucky on February 08, 2014:

I've never heard of this, but it looks great. I love pineapple, and a pineapple upside down cake is about as close as I've came to this. I'm gonna give it a try!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 06, 2014:

@PeacefulHeather: I honestly don't know! Bet you could try it and see how it turns out. Just don't stir and watch the timing. Wow, that would make the house smell wonderful for hours!

Peter Badham from England on February 06, 2014:

@SusanDeppner: Hehe, I make almost everything from scratch so there will be a lack of gasping on my behalf. Finding the cherries at this time of year may well be the biggest challenge but I'll be sure to let you know when I do make it!

PeacefulHeather on February 06, 2014:

Is there a version of this that I could make in a crock pot?

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on February 06, 2014:

@peterb6001: Peter, you could try another option/variation if you can find any canned pie filling to use. Or you could (gasp) make your own (I prefer shortcuts). Bet you could google a recipe to see what's in it. Do let me know if you try it!

Peter Badham from England on February 06, 2014:

It looks really tasty, being in England I will have to look into what is actually in the cherry pie filling though and do my own version as I haven't noticed that for sale over here. The concept looks nice though, and nope, I've never heard of a dump cake but always love to learn new foodie stuff :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on January 29, 2014:

@DChance LM: Oooh, do try one - they're so good!

Dawn on January 29, 2014:

I have heard about dump cakes but have never tried them.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on December 31, 2013:

@seahorse60: Yes, "quick and easy" is almost the best part!

seahorse60 on December 30, 2013:

I love that this recipe is so quick and easy and I must say I quite fancy the Black Forest version. I also love the cute video!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 27, 2013:

@DANCING COWGIRL: I don't think I've ever made it with peach - and I love peach pie! I'll keep that one on my "must make soon" list. Thanks!

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on November 27, 2013:

My sister n law makes this with peach or apple filling and it is so yummmmmmmmy! I bet it is good with the cherries also.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on November 03, 2013:

@ikdj lm: So do I - and you're right, it really is simple!

ikdj lm on October 30, 2013:

Looks so simple...I love simple :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 29, 2013:

@CharMarie: I made a dump cake last week - and yes, the house smelled wonderful! Thanks for taking time to comment!

CharMarie on September 29, 2013:

Yes, you made my mouth water! I love Dump Cake and so does my family! The cherry/pineapple is the only one I've ever made or had, but it's so good! I like it with or without any kind of nuts - my Mom uses pecans, but my daughter is not a "nut" person! :) I may just have to go out and get the stuff to make one - haven't had it in a while! And it makes your house smell so good, too! Thanks for the lens!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 26, 2013:

@SarahMay LM: It's both! Glad you stopped by!

SarahMay LM on September 26, 2013:

This looks so yummy! And fun!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 22, 2013:

@donna-dunham-94: Thanks! Baking a dump cake happens to be on my agenda for today. Yum!

donna-dunham-94 on September 22, 2013:

Love all of these easy recipes.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 15, 2013:

@Stuwaha: Ooh, smart to stock up on pumpkin!

Stuwaha on September 14, 2013:

The blueberry cake looked wonderful and the pumpkin recipe is also tempting! I have 6 cans of Libby's in my pantry and have no idea how I might use them all, this may be a solution for one at least!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on September 09, 2013:

@smine27: Ha! Share it with a group and consider it health food - lots of good fruit!

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on September 08, 2013:

What a great idea! I didn't know you could use cake mix like that. Will definitely make this, eat this and then go on a lemon juice fast for three days! haha.

sandi13 on September 02, 2013:

Sounds delicious, must give it a try. Love the name of it.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 29, 2013:

@jimporsche86: Makes it easy to remember, jim! I hope you'll give it a try.

jimporsche86 on August 29, 2013:

It sounds and looks good, I did laugh at the name though. I have never heard of dump cake, lol. :)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on August 25, 2013:

@sybil watson: Oh, tell me about it! Lately the diet gets in the way far too often! I figure a dump cake is pretty healthy, though, with all that fruit. Right? :D

sybil watson on August 25, 2013:

I'm so happy to find this recipe - it's one of my kids' favorites but I'd lost my recipe! You're right, it smells heavenly. I love the idea of a pumpkin version - there goes the diet again!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on June 08, 2013:

@jeskasight: LOL I like your reasoning! Enjoy!

jeskasight on June 07, 2013:

I'm going to try your recipe as it contains items that are actually well known and because it is called dump cake! Thanks:)

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 22, 2013:

@anonymous: Definitely!

anonymous on May 21, 2013:

Great recipe when you need something in a hurry.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 21, 2013:

@Michey LM: It's always nice to be prepared!

Michey LM on May 21, 2013:

This is a great idea for unexpected company... I have some dear friends who used to call and say, "we come to see you, we are 15 min far away"... so I need "15 min" recipes, usually I have sausages and "hors d'oeuvre" frozen in freezer, but this one is good as well... I'll pin it to have it handy... Thanks for sharing.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on May 13, 2013:

@hntrssthmpsn: Love the attitude comment! Maybe that's why I like this recipe so much, too - hadn't thought about it that way. Thanks!

hntrssthmpsn on May 13, 2013:

I love the "anything goes" attitude of this recipe. I'm whimsical in the kitchen (okay, I'm frequently out of things and I'm missing some important measuring cups) and the ability to make substitutions and alter portions on the fly is a good part of why I usually limit my baking to yeast breads. This cake sounds right up my alley, and looks delicious!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 29, 2013:

@webgirl256: Trust me - it is good!

webgirl256 on April 29, 2013:

This looks so good!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 17, 2013:

@mommateaches: Hope you love it!

mommateaches on April 17, 2013:

I was hungry before I read this lens, now I'm practically drooling on my desk. Can't wait to make some dump cake!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 13, 2013:

@Cynthia Haltom: Very easy. Recommended!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on April 13, 2013:

I've eaten dump cake but never had the opportunity to make one myself. Sounds like it's easy to make.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on April 06, 2013:

@pickyshopper: You're welcome! I'd love to hear how you like the pumpkin crunch!

pickyshopper on April 06, 2013:

LOVED your dump cake video - toooo cute!!

I've eaten dump cake before but never made one; am thinking of trying out your pumpkin crunch recipe; it sounds soooo good! Thanks for a great lens with so much info!!!!!

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 06, 2013:

@kellywilson1: Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

kellywilson1 on March 06, 2013:

I never heard of dump cake before. I will have to try to make this sometime.

Susan Deppner (author) from Arkansas USA on March 04, 2013:

@priscillab: Let me know how you like it!

priscillab on March 03, 2013:

So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing this easy recipe..gotta go bake now!

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