Best Easy Dump Cake Ever

Best Easy Dump Cake Ever

Best Easy Dump Cake Ever

If you're looking for the perfect dump cake recipe to prepare for party guests or your family, this recipe for the Best Easy Dump Cake Ever is just what you need. This easy cake recipe has cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, coconut and nuts, making it a deliciously-tropical tasting treat that's wonderful to indulge in no matter the time of year. Recipes using cake mix, like this one, are perfect when you need to prepare something quick and delicious at the last minute.

Cooking Time1 hr


  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple
  • 1 package yellow cake mix, plus ingredients needed to make the cake
  • 2 sticks butter
  • shredded coconut
  • 1 cup nuts


  1. Spread out cherry pie filling in bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish, then spread canned pineapple over cherries.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Prepare cake mix batter and pour over on top. Melt butter and pour over cake mix.
  4. Top with coconut and nuts.
  5. Bake for 1 hour, let cool about 10 minutes, then serve.

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So, it is not a traditional dump cake, per se. It is still delicious. It's sweet and buttery and has a surprising addition of cherry pie filling and pineapple. I did not add coconut because my family doesn't like it as much as I do. We enjoyed this cake with milk and coffee with our families.

I agree with others - this to me is not a dump cake since you have to make the cake batter as per the box - would be more of an upside down cherry/pineapple cake. To me a dump cake is u put the wet (fruit, etc) in the pan, sprinkle the dry cake mix over that, and bake. (ie dumped into the pan and baked - no mixing involved) same as putting in a dry mix and pouring a can of soda over it - ingredients just dumped into the pan with out having to mix before baking - thats a dump cake.

As written, this is not a dump cake. The editors probably haven't tried it. If you pour 1/2 pound of melted butter user a cake batter, it is not going to turn out well.

not made this yet.

What do they mean a can of coconut? I've never seen one. Do they mean coconut milk?

yeah most likely... if the recipe really needs coconut you should add a whole one.

Hi the Best Easy Dump imply that you mix the cake mix into a batter and "pour" over the fruit in the pan...this would really be a must use the cake mix dry...thus the butter...thank you

jmklem68 is correct on the conversions. Eight TBSP equal 1/2 cup, not four TBSP as msauer said. Enjoy the cake.

Hi cken - For step 3, you will need to prepare the cake mix batter as directed on the cake mix box, using whatever ingredients are called for (oil, eggs, water, etc.). You then use that batter as a layer to make your cake. We hope this helps! -Editors of RecipeLion

So how do I REALLY make this?? Follow the directions on the cake mix box or add the cake mix dry???

DRY cake mix (this is why it is called 'dump' cake.)

I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!

Has anyone tried this with a Gulten Free cake mix.

To the person in Canada who needed the conversations. 1stick equals one half a cup which also equals eight tablespoons. I also make this with the dry cake mix.

Actually one half cup only equal 4 tablespoons

Recipe calls for 1 can coconut. I never saw coconut that came in a can. Do you mean coconut milk?

beachsquirrel -- No don't add coconut milk .... they are wanting you to use flaked coconut. I would say not knowing the ounces on the can they are talking about 1 cup (237 ml -- I think that's the right metric conversion). If it comes in a box or bag, just measure about this amount and lightly cover the top of the cake.

Sounds Yummy and I am going to try this. I think I will try it like gwennbuz 2383251 suggested. I have done a dump cake like this only angel food mix and it was delicious. No dry stuff.

I've allways used the cake mix dry and never had dry spots. Just don't drain the fruit Used tomake this all the time for breakfast pot lucks when I was working there were never any" leftovers" for me to take home to my family.

This is same way I use to make it...recipe was from our church ladies....been looking for it for long time...thanks for letting people know the cake mix is added dry....only way to make it...and don't drain have the correct version...tyvm

Thank you so much for this information haroiasg... I shall proceed with confidence to make these cakes...quite excited to taste the results!!

1 stick of butter = 1/4 pound 1 stick of butter = 1/2 cup 1 stick of butter = 8 tablespoons 1 stick of butter = 4 ounces 1 stick of butter = 113 grams

I think this is an amazing sounding cake.... great for pot lucks, however my question is, how much butter is in '1 stick??' ... 1/2 C or 1Cup per stick?? we don't have these in Canada so can someone help me out here?? Thanks, I am anxious to try this out. Also, just to be clear it is one can of pie filling and one can of fruit correct? Can I just use fruit and maybe add some minit tapioca to help thicken like the pie filling?? Just wondering... Thanks for any help...

i have been making dump cakes since the late 50's to the early the early 60's. i have never made the cake mix into batter i have always sprinkled over the top of the fruit and then coconut and pecans. i usually melt the butter and pour it over the top of the pecans but now i use parkay so i just dab a tablespoon over the cake mixture. i usually use about a cupful of parkay. and it turns out great. i have many friends that i have introduced the dump cake too and now we have so much fun making dump cakes for get=togethers.

The Dump cake is EASY. 2 cans of fruit 15oz size do not drain, 1 cake mix any flavor, butter cut into pats across the top. Bake 350 for 45 min. Take fruit & juice dump into cake pan , sprinkle dry cake mix on top of fruit, cut pats of butter and lay on top of cake mix about 2 sticks, place in oven at 350 for about 45 min. Taste best when still warm. YUM and I have beed making this cake for years and get request from my neighbors for a Dump Cake. ANY 2 Cans of fruit, Any Cake mix. Mix it up and get baking.

This recipe is hardly the "best easy" if you have to prepare the cake mix! My recipe uses whatever pie filling (though cherry makes best color) and can of crushed pineapple about the same size (both are 20-21 oz.), DRY cake mix over them, one and one-half sticks of butter, sliced, laid over cake mix. Lately I've been putting pecan halves on only half of the cake, in case someone doesn't like nuts. I have made this cake for years! My crews, in the Navy, would actually BEG me to make it! It is a HUGE favorite and one feels guilty that it's so easy, and brings such super compliments! J C Ellis, HMC, USN Retired

I agree with you msjimmie. Dump cakes are too easy to have to take the time to have to make the cake batter first. This one sounds more like a upside down cake to me. I think that alot of people that try our version get discouraged because they end up with areas of dry cake mix after it is finished baking. I never understood why until this past Christmas when a disappointed lady friend of mine made it and let me know that she drained her pineapples according to a recipe someone gave her (guess that person doesnt like her!). I set her straight--hopefully she will try it the right way sometime.

I think her receipt is right. All she is saying is to dump the cake mix on top of the cherry/pinapple fillings. Using the words "prepare" and "batter" with through off anyone. There is nothing to prepare.

The directions are definitely wrong. I have made 'dump' cakes for years and you do NOT prepare the cake mix. Apparently this recipe is different in that is says to prepare the batter. If that is the case, I would not call it a dump cake. The Dump cake I make is simply two cans of whatever you of pie filling and the other of a fruit. Usually you make sure the fruit is the same size as the pie filling. Then the dry cake mix gets sprinkled on top and the melted butter drizzled over all. Nuts and coconut are optional. I have even made a black forest dump cake with two cans of cherry pie filling, chocolate cake mix and butter.

One of my old favorite recipes. I have been guessing lately (age) I'm glad to see the ingredients written down again. I agree with all the other posts.

As soon as I seen the recipe I was excited because my mother and I made one when I was a teenager. Now I'm 44.. long story short thank you to the people who confirmed using dry cake mix. thats how I "thought" I rememberd it. "LET THE MOTHER DAUGHTER BONDING BEGIN AGAIN."

Dump cake is just that -- dump the ingredients. You should not prepare the cake mix. Just dump the dry mix on top and then top that with the butter. Coconut and nuts are optional. The cake tastes great without them too.

That's how I've always made it, too, and it turns out awesome. You can use any kind of pie mix.

As Leslie says, do NOT "prepare cake mix batter" as stated in the recipe. Pour the pie filling in the bottom of the pan, then the pineapple on top. Pour the dry cake mix on top of that and smooth the top with the back of a spoon. Pour melted butter (I use less than 1 stick) over the top. Then top with nuts and coconut and bake about an hour. After about 50 minutes, look at it and if you see any dry cake spots, put a small amount of butter on just that spot and continue to bake. Needs to be somewhat brown when done.

When making a dump cake you do NOT add eggs and oil. You pour dry cake mix over the pie fillings and then pour the melted butter over the cake mix. As with the coconut, a can is about 8 oz. I can't really tell you where its sold, because the can is more expensive than a bag, so I buy the bag.

Can somebody tell me what store sells coconut in a can? In Ontario, Canada it's sold by the bag. Also is that sweented or unsweetened coconut or do you you mean coconut milk or coconut cream?

I have made this for years. I do not use coconut, it is unnecessary, as is mixing the cake mix! This is SUPER easy: simply DUMP the canned fruits (pie filling, crushed pineapple) into 9X13 pan. Heat oven to 350. After dumping the fruits (about the same size cans), dump the dry cake mix over, then lay 1&1/2 sticks of sliced butter over, and place some pecan halves over that. I have lately been leaving about half the cake without nuts, for those who don't like them. Bake for one hour, till golden brown. NO draining, NO mixing, no fuss! The pie filling and crushed pineapple are 20 to 21 oz. cans. Again, the coconut is unnecessary. So simple and so good, you'll feel guilty getting all the compliments! Jimmie Ellis

You do NOT mix the cake mix to the box directions. Pour the powder mix over the top-the juices and the butter make it become a nice crunchy texture that is delicious. I use frozen strawberries and diced pineapple-the juices is what cooks it to perfection.

Do you actually mix up the cake mix as it says on the box or do you use the dry cake mix as it comes from the box?

Hi there I haven't made it yet but what I think is with the pineapple you can use either of the big pineapple or of the small one but not enough to power out the cherrys As for the cake mix I think to make the cake mix as directed on the box as you would if you were just making the cake For the juice in the pineapple I would reserve it and use it for the cake mix and use it with the water to give the cake a little flavor I would mix a little of each at a time and taste it because you don't want it too tangy with the pineapple taste give it just enough taste to give the cake mix a little tastier thats all but use the right amount on the recipe I hope that helped everyone on anykind of cake mix IRead More make I use juice or anykind of flavor to the cake to give it a little flavor

I, too, would like to know what size can of pineapple and if the juice is drained. As for preparing the cake mix, sounds to me like you mix all the indred. as if you were making the cake.

Hi kburke7537 4557433. Thanks for asking! We recommend you use an 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple. Hope this helps! -- Editors of RecipeLion

I bet this cake makes just like the one I make. The only difference is mine has no coconut. If so you spread the dry cake mix over the fruit mixture, then add the butter. I put pats of butter, instead of melting it. Maybe this will be some help to you.

I had the exact same questions as you! Need more info on preparation please!!!

When the directions say to "prepare" cake mix, do they mean to prepare according to directions and mix with egg, oil, water, etc or do you just break up clumps and dump over pineapple? Do you drain crushed pineapple? What size can of crushed pineapple? (I have 2 sizes in pantry now). Am I the only person who has no clue how to make a dump cake?

I agree; there needs to be more clarity, especially in regards to which size can to use. Canned pineapple comes in many different sizes. Also, it would be helpful to know if you just use the dry cake mix or if you add the usual egg, oil, water, etc.


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