Easy Dump Cake

This easy 5-ingredient dump cake recipe is always a hit, plus this recipe has a simple but pretty garnish. It's always a hit for a dessert or potluck. #cherry #pineapple #dessertrecipes #easyrecipes

Janelle from Comfy in the Kitchen is back with a delicious recipe for us!  This one is easy peasy and tasty – just don’t count the calories people lol!!

Janelle writes: This recipe is so easy, a 4 and 6 year old can make it! I am not typically a pineapple lover..but I have to say this recipe is deeeeeelicious! It is one of “those” recipes that if left on the counter, covered, you get a fork..lift the foil… and take a bite before you leave the kitchen…over and over….agh! This is a keeper!

This easy 5-ingredient dump cake recipe is always a hit, plus this recipe has a simple but pretty garnish. It's always a hit for a dessert or potluck. #cherry #pineapple #dessertrecipes #easyrecipes

5 Ingredients. 1 box yellow cake mix, 1 21 oz can cherry pie filling, 1 15 oz can crushed pineapple, 8 oz chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup butter. I’m serious…that’s it

This easy 5-ingredient dump cake recipe is always a hit, plus this recipe has a simple but pretty garnish. It's always a hit for a dessert or potluck. #cherry #pineapple #dessertrecipes #easyrecipes

Pour the cherries and the pineapple in a pan-( I used a throwaway pan because I was cooking for a family on this night.)

Stir together

This easy 5-ingredient dump cake recipe is always a hit, plus this recipe has a simple but pretty garnish. It's always a hit for a dessert or potluck. #cherry #pineapple #dessertrecipes #easyrecipes

“Dump” dry cake mix over top

Stir until just combined (you may also leave it just like this-whatever you prefer)

This is what it looks like just combined

Add nuts to top

This easy 5-ingredient dump cake recipe is always a hit, plus this recipe has a simple but pretty garnish. It's always a hit for a dessert or potluck. #cherry #pineapple #dessertrecipes #easyrecipes

Ladle on the butter

Bake for 35-40 mins in a 350 oven

Dump Cake
1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling
1 (15 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 box of Cake Mix
8 oz chopped walnuts
1/2 cup butter

In 9×13 pan mix cherries and pineapple. Sprinkle with dry cake mix over top and stir until just combined. Sprinkle walnuts on top and drizzle with butter. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 mins.



 I’ve never had this with nuts, but it looks so good! Thank you once again Janelle for another great dessert recipe!

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  1. Oh, this was such a staple at church potlucks when I was growing up. We did two things slightly differently… we didn’t mix the fruit (just spread the pineapple, then the cherries over that), and we didn’t melt the butter (just sliced it into “pats” and laid them evenly across the top).

    I know some folks will say you can use any fruit, but cherries and pineapple make the perfect combination (although I have had a pumpkin version that is pretty doggone good)!

    Here’s another recipe that is just as easy and good: http://willowhousewelcome.blogspot.com/2010/11/make-gift-mix-triple-chocolate-cake.html

    Thanks for reminding me of a good-n-easy dessert!

    1. I use it with peaches (two to three cans or quarts) all the time. Most fruits will work. And we don’t put the nuts on top.

    1. We’ve made it for years and don’t swirl it. Looks more like a yellow cake if u don’t swirl. Apple pie filling with pineapple works nicely.

  2. No Southern church dinner would be complete without dump cake!! We don’t mix our stuff either. Just dump it, pour over the melted butter and that’s it.
    I haven’t had this in a really long time…maybe it’s time to introduce the kids..

  3. This is so yummy! Especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Thanks for the reminder, I’d forgotten about this easy treat. I like that you can keep all the stuff stocked and always have ingredients for a quick dessert if company stops by!

  4. I love Dump Cake! I don’t stir anything. My butter is in pats on top. I don’t put in nuts hoping my kids will eat more of it than I do. The last 20 minutes of baking I add shredded coconut on top. I’ve tried putting it on earlier but it just burns and the kids won’t come within 10 feet of it. Then I’m forced to eat it myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. No, no, no – don’t mix anything! That’s why it’s called dump cake, you just dump the cherries, then the pineapple, then cake mix and we’ve always melted the butter & poured on top. I love nuts, but usually omit because I’m the only on in my house who does – which means I’d eat the whole cake (I could too, ya know)! This was at every family gathering & church dinner growing up. I’m glad you posted it, I haven’t made it in a while.

    1. Hi Sheila! You certainly do not have to mix anything if you don’t want to…this is simply my preference because I personally do not like the texture of cake mix not mixed? Most of it does get absorbed by the moisture of the fruit juices, however there is some that doesn’t and for some reason, I just don’t like it that way. Please do what pleases you! Thanks Sheila!

      1. I don’t know why I never thought to mix it up and melt the butter! I didn’t like the texture either when there were dry patches! Time to make it again. That is why I love “Comfy in The Kitchen” Janelle. Right now I’m just Clunky in the Kitchen…. Blessings! 😀

  6. My mom made this recipe all of the time years & years ago in the crockpot.
    She added 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes & 1 c oats to it. It was one of
    our favorites. She dumped it all in & set the crockpot for low & let it cook for 3
    hours. It was always perfect even though it started out as a mess.

  7. Went to the store and got all the stuff to make one for supper tonight we r going to my parents. Doing sphegetti garlic cheese biscuits. Corn and dump cake for desert yum. I left out the walnuts them things are expensive lol

  8. I used to make this using canned sliced peaches and omitting the nuts. I never stirred everything together either. Just layer it in the pan and bake. That way the cake mix and butter make a cobbler kind of topping on the fruit. Yummy! Time to make this again. So easy and delicious.

    1. Mary, I totally agree with you….do not mix the ingredients! I made this for Easter and followed the recipe as it is written. It turned out mushy and did not look appetizing..

  9. would like to make this for a crowd… do I just double the receipe ? how long would I bake the double batch ? I would bake it till the knife comes out clean ? could I use cherry pie filling, fruit cocktail, crushed pineapple all together for the double batch ? I think the coconut and nuts would make this a tropical delight… I think using 2 cups of nuts and 2 cups of coconut..since I need to double the receipe..
    thank you

  10. I love this! I have not made it in years. I never used the pineapple just cherries. I will try with pineapple for sure! Sounds DELISH!! Thanks!!

  11. I listen to the “comments” and did NOT swirl / mix it all together before baking…That is WRONG !!!…PLEASE MIX IT TOGETHER as recipe instructs !!!…After 45 min. in the oven @350…I had to mix it all together and put back in oven…I’m eating a bowl of oatmeal consistency Dump Cake…. FOLLOW org. recipe instructions !!!

    1. I followed the recipe and mixed it together. It turned out to be a mushy consistency which really looked very unappealing when it was cut into and served. I was very disappointed.

  12. Do you need to refrigerate going camping and taking it for a pot luck?Want be eating it until 2 days. Donna

  13. Is there any other fruit you can use with the pie mix other than pineapple? Want to try different things and don’t know if it needs the pineapple to make it work.

  14. You can use 2 cans of apple pie filling (no pineapples) and add a teaspoon of apple pie spice (or cinnamon + nutmeg). After pouring on the butter, I’d put a light sprinkling of cinnamon sugar too.

    You could use also use 2 cans of peach pie filling (no pineapples) plus a teaspoon of nutmeg. Add a light sprinkling of allspice or nutmeg over the melted butter.

  15. Just got this out of the oven and it looks and smells great! I used pineapple and peaches and followed your recipe . Can’t wait to try it!

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