With just 5 ingredients, this super easy cherry dump cake recipe is sure to become your go-to dessert for cookouts, potlucks, and every other occasion… Just dump, spread, sprinkle, dot, and bake!
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Cherry Dump Cake
Right now you might be wondering, “What is a dump cake”? Well, hold on to your butts (as my 10-year-old would say), because I’m about to rock your world with what is genuinely one of the simplest desserts on the planet.
Okay, so I’ll admit dump cake is not the most appetizing name, and it’s true they’re probably not going to win any awards for beauty.
But what they’re lacking in name and appearance, they totally make up for in ease of preparation and FLAVOR! How easy? Let’s just say I’ve been making this cherry dump cake since I was about ten years old…
Dump Cake Ingredients
At their most basic, dump cakes are nothing more than a box of cake mix with some fruit filling. In fact, this particular cherry pineapple dump cake recipe only calls for 5 ingredients: boxed cake mix, a can of cherry pie filling, a can of crushed pineapple, butter, and chopped pecans. In fact, you may even have all of these ingredients in your pantry right now!
Really, the most thought you’ll have to put into this recipe is in choosing which cake mix to use. My recommendation? Pillsbury™ Moist Supreme Yellow Premium Cake Mix — you can find it easily in the baking aisle of just about every grocery store (picked mine up at Kroger!), and I know I can count on it for consistent results in all of my dump cake recipes.
Beyond that, you just dump the ingredients into a pan, spread, and bake. Can it get any easier than that?! I mean, the oven does all of the work for you.
How Do You Make A Dump Cake?
This pineapple cherry dump cake just might be the very first cake I ever made on my own. My grandma brought the recipe home from her “club” and walked me through it once. From then on, I made it pretty much weekly when we stayed at her house on Friday nights. And don’t ask me what her club was all about, because I have absolutely no idea what they did there, LOL. Played cards maybe?
Anyhow, because it’s SO simple, this cherry dump cake recipe is perfect for making with your kids…
Start by buttering your cake pan or baking dish. Then dump the crushed pineapple in and spread. Next dump the cherry pie filling in and spread. Finally, dump the boxed cake mix over the top and spread. Are you sensing a theme here? DUMP cake!
Dot slices of butter all over the top, sprinkle on the chopped pecans, and bake, bake baby. Expect your house to smell AMAZING and that, one by one (if they didn’t help), your kids will come out of hibernation in their rooms to ask what you’re making. At least that’s what went down here yesterday!
Dump Cakes For The Win!
So what do you think? TOTAL crowd pleaser — am I right?! This cherry dump cake has everything going for it: it’s easy-peasy, delicious, and it travels well, which makes it ideal for summer cookouts and potlucks. Serve it hot, warm, cold, or with a scoop of ice cream even.
The one constant? The dish will most definitely be scraped clean… So don’t plan on leftovers!
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More Box Cake Mix Recipes To Try
If you love box cake mix recipes for their ease of preparation, check out these other tried and true favorites:
- Birthday Cake Cookies — These festive and fun sandwich cookies start with yellow cake mix and a whole lotta sprinkles!
- Boston Cream Pie Cake — This angel food cake layered with vanilla pudding and covered in chocolate ganache is always a HUGE crowd pleaser!
- Banana Split Cake — Cover a classic strawberry poke cake with vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and a cherry on top for a delicious take on the always popular ice cream dessert!
Find more inspiration for “out-of-the-box” ways to use Pillsbury cake mixes on Myxxrecipes.com!23