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Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe [Video]

Pineapple Dump Cake requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time. It is loaded with sweet pineapple chunks and juicy cherries in each bite. This is one of the easiest cake recipes you will ever make. You don’t always need perfectly layered cakes or elaborate and time-consuming desserts. Sometimes, the simplest things taste the best, and this is one of them!

If you have some cake mix and pineapples, you can make this scrumptious pineapple dump cake in minutes. It is one of the easiest desserts I have ever made, and everyone who tries it absolutely loves it. This is the perfect dessert to make when you are in a hurry, but still want something delicious. It is great for potluck get-togethers and for bbq parties. The minimal prep work will save you lots of time.

The taste reminds me of pineapple upside-down cake but even juicier. With the pineapples and cherries at the bottom, the cake bakes up soft and almost gooey. The light tropical flavor goes great with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a summer dessert.

Now, the most important (and unusual) step in this recipe is not really a step you have to do. It is something you should NOT do. That is mixing or stirring. You are not going to do that with this recipe. There is no stirring, just dumping the ingredients. It’s so easy, anyone can do it! This cake and this strawberry crisp are on repeat all summer long.

Why you will love this recipe

  • You cannot mess it up: No matter how you make this cake, it will be the same. It has fruit on the bottom, and it is coated with a sweet and gooey layer of buttery brown sugar, pineapple juice cake crust on top.
  • No stirring: You must not stir anything or ensure your cake looks perfect. The whole point is that your cake looks like you dumped it in the dish and cooked it. Because those are the instructions.
  • It was very inexpensive: I used a box of cake mix, canned pineapples, cherries, and brown sugar. The whole thing cost me just a few dollars to make.
  • Any way you like it: Mix it up. Use a different flavor cake, another fruit, or add some extras like chocolate chips or sprinkles.

What you’ll need to make pineapple dump cake

Special Items

  • Cake pan – I use a 9×13-inch cake pan.
  • Aluminum foil – To cover the cake. 
  • Offset spatula – For leveling out the fruit.


  • Pineapple tidbits – I prefer Del Monte in the can, but you can use whatever brand you like.
  • Maraschino cherries – Get the ones in the jar without the stems.
  • Cake mix—Get a high-quality cake mix for this since it is one of the few ingredients you need. I like yellow cake for mine because it pairs well with the fruit.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted. Melted butter to coat the top of the cake crumbs for browning and crispiness.
  • Brown sugar – I use light brown sugar because it is so mild, and I don’t want it to cover any of the other flavors. Dark brown sugar is very deep and reach, sometimes overpowering.

How to make pineapple dump cake from scratch?

  1. Preheat: To begin, set your oven to 350 degrees F to preheat and coat a 9×13-inch baking pan or cake pan with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray. 
  2. Prepare the bottom: In the meantime, pour the two cans of drained pineapple tidbits and spread them evenly in the baking dish with an offset spatula or wooden spoon. 
  3. Prep the cake: Next, In the bottom of your prepared pan, add the two cans of drained pineapple tidbits and add cherries.
  4. Add cake mix layer: Then, sprinkle dry cake mix all over the pineapple, making it as even as possible. Pour the reserved pineapple juice on top of the cake mix carefully. Try not to pour too much in one spot.
  5. Add sugar and butter: After, add the brown sugar over the cake mix layer before you drizzle butter all over the top of the cake mixture.
  6. Bake: Finally, bake for 45 minutes or until the pineapple is bubbly and golden brown around the edges. 
  7. Cool and serve: Last, let the cake cool for 20 minutes before you flip it over onto a serving dish. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Expert tip

The importance of not stirring

Stirring is a big mistake with a dump cake. The ingredients are not made to be combined in that way. You want layers of individual kinds of fruit covered with a coating of cakey goodness. You are not going to be frosting or slicing this cake. Like a crisp or crumble, you serve this with a spoon or scoop. Mixing it up would take away from the texture of the topping.

With layers, your topping will be more like a cobbler than a cake, so you should not expect to spread frosting and add candles to this one. For many who have been baking for a long time, not stirring may be difficult. Mixing ingredients by stirring has always been a step in recipes from soups and stews to cakes and brownies.

You will also have to fight that urge to follow the directions on the back of the cake box. Just ignore them because they are not part of this recipe. In fact, this is one of those recipes that can be changed in many ways, from this yellow pineapple version to a chocolate strawberry dump cake.

Pineapple Dump Cake

Pineapple Dump Cake requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time. It is loaded with sweet pineapple chunks and juicy cherries in each bite.

  • Prep Time5 MIN
  • Cook Time1H
  • Servings 8 servings


  • 40 oz pineapple tidbits or use a combo tidbits and crushed pineapple – reserve the juice from one can
  • 1 cup maraschino cherries without tail
  • 15.25 oz yellow cake mix or white
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Position a rack in the center of the oven.
  • Butter or spray with baking spray on a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Add the two cans of drained pineapple tidbits to the bottom of the pan and spread it evenly.
  • Add the cherries and spread them evenly.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top of the pineapple and cherries.
  • Drizzle the reserved pineapple juice from one can over the cake mix.
  • Then, drizzle the melted butter. Cover the cake mix layer with liquid as much as you can.
  • Sprinkle the light brown sugar over the top of the cake mix.
  • Cover the baking dish with a sheet of aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes, then remove the aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes. The top of the cake should be golden browned and slightly crunchy.
  • Remove from the oven, and serve warm or cold.

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Easy and tasty! Love that pineapple flavor!



Why is the pineapple juice marked out in the recipe?

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

Erin | Dinners, Dishes and Dessert

This dessert looks amazingly delicious! Can't wait to try it!



I just love pineapple so this is the cake for me! I really need to give this recipe a try!

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