Dump Cake

I have actually been meaning to make and post about dump cake for some time now. I finally got around to making it yesterday, and naturally I waited long enough that Pioneer Woman posted about it a little while back. That’ll teach me to procrastinate. Yeah, right. Sure it will. LOL It doesn’t matter anyways… this dump cake was the first thing I’ve made in a really long time that I haven’t already posted about, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to let that stop me from posting it now!

I invited Mom and Harold over for lunch yesterday because I was making Chili Mac, and I wanted their help eating it (and to send them home with most of the leftovers). I also wanted to make something for dessert. It had to be easy, and something I hadn’t posted about before. So dump cake it was.

Dump Cake Ingredients
Super simple, no mixing bowl required! You need a box of yellow cake mix, a can of cherry pie filling, a can of crushed pineapple, and anywhere between 1 and 2 sticks of margarine or butter depending on which recipe you follow.

In a 13×9 inch pan…

Cherry Pie Filling

DUMP one can of cherry pie filling.

Crushed Pineapple

On top of that DUMP one can of crushed pineapple.

Mixed Fruit

You can leave it in layers, or mix them up for good measure like I did.

Cake Mix

On top of that, DUMP your package of dry cake mix. (Is the somewhat unappealing name of this dessert making sense yet? :)) To make it easy, I snipped off one corner of the bag and poured it on top that way. Then I used a fork to spread the mix a little more evenly.

Margarine on top

Slice up your butter or margarine, however much you decided to use, and distribute it evenly on top. Then you get to slide it into the oven and bake it at 350 degrees for about an hour. You’re just waiting for the cake mix on top to become all golden brown.

Finished Cake

Or you can be like me and accidentally cook it a little TOO long because you were stubbornly waiting for that one patch in the middle to be the same color as the rest of it. Ah well, we served it up still warm with some vanilla ice cream on top and it was delicious!


(This picture is a perfect example of why I wish my kitchen had better lighting!)

42 Comments so far

  1. CrAzY Working Mom on May 5th, 2008

    We LOVE dump cake. It’s so yummy and EASY to make.

    Great post with mouthwatering pictures. Glad Entracard brought me here.

  2. Ellen on May 6th, 2008

    This looks yummy and when I get my stove fixed I will make it. In the meantime I just eat more peanut butter and pickle sandwiches!:)I just had another one today.

  3. Sue on May 6th, 2008

    Hey I make this all the time! It’s so easy and yummy. I have a slight variation, I put chopped walnuts on top of it and use apple pie filling.

  4. Sherxr on May 7th, 2008

    Wow… that is the simplest cake I’ve ever seen.. besides those microwaveable ones.

  5. Nessa on May 7th, 2008

    I swear i’m gonna strt blindfolding myself when i come here. i keep thinking ” DIET DIET DIET!!!!” Looks great though.

  6. Bethany James on May 8th, 2008

    I’ve never seen or eaten this before, and I seem to be seeing it lots of places in the last few weeks. I definitely need to try it sometime, I think.

  7. Mrs. Mecomber on May 8th, 2008


    arteries clogging as I read this….

    lol. It looks SOOOO good, but if I ate that, I wouldn’t be able to eat anything more all month and still keep my current weight! ugh!

    I just KNOW you have broccoli and watercress recipes around here somewhere…. lol…

  8. Ada on May 10th, 2008

    That looks like something my my kids would have fun making, glad to have you back.

  9. Lady Banana on May 11th, 2008

    That’s amazing, I’d never have thought it would come out so good without mixing. I’m so tempted to try this – my hips wont like it but I will do it in the name of experimentation! lol

  10. Christine on May 13th, 2008

    I LOVE dump cake!! A friend of mine just made a dump cake for a pot luck I went to with blue berries and coconut – THAT was yummy also! :) I need to make some dump cake :)

  11. Shannon on May 14th, 2008

    I have never had dump cake before, but this site makes it look so delicious that I just HAVE to try it! Your pictures are absolutely making my mouth water! YUMMY! Please feel free to find other recipes to make at http://www.ravingrecipes.com

    I really enjoyed your blog! I am addicted to jenncooks now!

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  13. Michelle on May 18th, 2008

    YUMMMMY. Looks so good!!

  14. bbrian017 on May 23rd, 2008

    omg this looks so good and it’s close to my lunch time…

    Thanks… haha!

  15. Pauline on May 23rd, 2008

    Your dump cake turned out a lot better than mine did.

  16. HotMomma on May 24th, 2008

    Oh! so that’s why it looked familiar – i also saw Pioneer Woman’s post about this. Anyway, it sure looks delicious. Hope I can bake it this weekend.

    I have not been here for a long time and now I will be here more often again. Bye!

  17. Elizabeth on May 26th, 2008

    It’s been so long since I made Dump Cake! Yours looks REALLY yummy!!

  18. beeker on May 27th, 2008

    My mom makes this cake. I love it. She also puts in coconut and pecans.

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  20. Joy on June 2nd, 2008

    It totally makes me laugh that you were waiting for the one patch in the center to brown like the rest of the cake. Seriously hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Michael Aulia on June 3rd, 2008

    Ugh..too fruity for me O_x

  22. waterrose on June 3rd, 2008

    I love those cakes…it’s been a long time since I made one..thanks for the reminder!

  23. Heather on June 3rd, 2008

    Your Dump cake looks wonderful and so simple to make…I think even I can make this…which I’m going to do when desert is required…:0)

    I don’t enjoy cooking so I don’t usually read recipes but this one caught my eye…thank you for sharing…


  24. Janet on June 7th, 2008

    Wow that looks great! I have heard about these but never seen one or made one so thanks for the post! I enjoyed looking at your blog!

  25. Pam Hoffman on June 7th, 2008

    I’ve never heard of this and it looks delicious and, I think I have all of that stuff and I’ve been wondering what to do with them.

    Think it will work in a toaster oven? I moved in with my boyfriend a few years ago and he never had an oven.

    It works… usually. :)

    I can see what I’m going to do with the cherry & pineapple sitting around, cake mixes too.

    I’m wondering – how does the cake part turn out without the usual eggs, milk, oil or whatever they have you add?

    Thanks for the inspiration, I’ll check that out!

    Pam Hoffman

  26. Pam Hoffman on June 28th, 2008

    I actually made this for a potluck & crop I went to right around the time of my previous comment.

    It was so delicious and VERY well received.

    I think I cooked up two things that morning to take to the crop. You can’t believe how impressed some people get when you cook!

    Oh, I know. I made deviled eggs too. Both were so very simple tho I added too much maynaise to the egg yolks (that’s what i had – usually it’s ‘miracle whip’ like Jenn – i just boobood last time i was at the store).

    Thanks Jenn. I’ll probably try it with some chocolate cake mix I have hanging around.

    BTW, all the goods I used had long ago expired tho the cans/containers were in very good shape. It still turned out so yummy!

    I’ll be doing that again,

    Pam Hoffman

  27. Elizabeth on June 28th, 2008

    Now I want chicken salad AND deviled eggs (thanks to Pam’s comment) AND this dump cake! I’m hungry! lol

  28. Inette Libolt on July 3rd, 2008

    Dump in a crockpot on low for 1-1/2 hours works also – even easier

  29. Kait on August 27th, 2008

    A co-worker and I were just talking about this cake on the way home today. She had never heard of it before. We used to have these all the back in the day of pot luck dinners. She wanted the recipe and your site is absolutely perfect!! Thanks!!

  30. Ashleigh on November 26th, 2008

    My great-grandmother used to make it with melted butter instead of slices, and coconut shavings and walnut pieces on top.

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  32. Elizabeth on February 17th, 2009

    WOW… I need to make this! Thank you!

  33. Melissa G. on July 27th, 2009

    Hi, I’m using your recipe right now! I can’t wait for it to come out of the oven. It looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  34. bg on August 6th, 2009

    have to go to a fish fry this weekend…will be taking this cake!

  35. shelly wilson on October 15th, 2009

    it is also good with pecans and coconut cooked on top

  36. Yvonne on December 10th, 2009

    Dump cake is awsome try adding 1/2 cup chopped pecans on top of the cake mix then add butter oh so good.

  37. Rosebud on January 13th, 2011

    This version looks really good. My sis made one similar putting 2 cans of cherry pie filling in the pan bottom, then a chocolate powdered cake mix spread evenly over the top of this and like above, cut 2 sticks of butter (margarine) into 12 pieces each and spread over the top evenly. On top of that spread chopped pecans. Bake at 350 for about 40 to 45 minutes. I just took this to a funeral luncheon at our church. Goes over really well.

  38. Polly on May 30th, 2011

    I was recently amazed that my sister-in-law didn’t know about dump cake, since my mom often made that recipe “a hundred years ago”. Nuts were not part of the original recipe. It’s good with chocolate cake mix. This morning I made half the recipe in 8″ square with peach, a little cinnamon & walnuts. Used only a 1/2 stick of butter but poured a little 1/2 and 1/2 over the top to increase the moisture. I’m not sure you can mess this up :-)

  39. pat warrenfeltz on January 2nd, 2012

    i have made the dump cake for years but after reading the above receipe i stirred it up but the family and i didnt like it as well as just dumping it

  40. kaki on April 14th, 2012

    use sugar free cake mixes from pillsbury and sugar free pie mixes from comstock and it will not be TOO bad for diabetics!!

  41. angela on April 6th, 2014

    my family have been making dump cakes for over 40 years, i remember as a lil girl about 6 years old making one with my aunt rose for my birthday……i love these cakes

  42. Bonnie on July 8th, 2014

    It’s a great recipe I hope to make in a near future. I like finding easy recipes

    It’s an easy recipe I will enjoy marking when I can get ingredients.

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