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Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

With just 5 ingredients, this super easy cherry pineapple 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!

easy cherry pineapple dump cake made with just 5 ingredients

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Cherry Pineapple 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 pineapple dump cake since I was about ten years old…


cherry pineapple dump cake ingredients

Best Cherry Pineapple 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 yellow 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. Still don’t believe me? Just watch the cherry pineapple dump cake video and prepare to be amazed…

cherry dump cake step by step

How Do You Make A Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake?

This pineapple dump cake with cherries 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 dump cake with cherry pie filling and pineapple 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!

cherry dump cake perfect potluck or cookout dessert idea

Cherry And Pineapple Dump Cake For The Win!

So what do you think? TOTAL crowd pleaser — am I right?! This pineapple 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!


cherry dump cake recipe in a white bowl with a black and white towel

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 53 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes

With just 5 ingredients, this super easy cherry pineapple 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!



  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9-inch cake pan or baking dish with butter.
  2. Dump the undrained crushed pineapple into the pan, and spread evenly across the bottom. Dump in the cherry pie filling and spread evenly over the pineapple. Dump the dry cake mix on top of the pineapple and cherry layers, and spread evenly.
  3. Dot the squares of butter all over the cake mix layer. Then sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 48-53 minutes, until bubbly and golden brown around the edges. Serve hot, warm, or cold, with or without a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 servings Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 18.5gSaturated Fat: 7.9gCholesterol: 31.0mgSodium: 114.8mgCarbohydrates: 31.6gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 14.1gProtein: 2.1g

How much did you LOVE this recipe?

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pumpkin dump cake topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice

Want a dump cake recipe that’s a little more fitting for fall? Look no further than this pumpkin dump cake recipe. With its layers of pumpkin pie filling, tender vanilla middle, and crunchy buttery pecan topping, it’s sure to become a family favorite fall dessert!

pineapple cherry dump cake made with just 5 ingredients

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:

  • Chocolate Brownie Cookies — This quick & easy brownie mix cookies recipe turns out deliciously fudgy and chewy brownie cookies from a boxed mix in just about 15 minutes!
  • 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!

I’d love to see how your cherry pineapple dump cake turns out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!

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Sunday 19th of July 2020

Very easy and very, very tasty! This is definitely going in my save file! When figuring calories my count was 392 per serving (12 total servings).

Tara Kuczykowski

Monday 20th of July 2020

Thanks, Mary — so glad you enjoyed it!!

Angel Wilson

Friday 18th of October 2019

I make the cherry pineapple dump cake but use the sour tart cherries either canned or frozen due to the fact I'm allergic to the high sulfite content in the maraschino cherries. It is very good and I top mine with homemade cinnamon whipped cream. I use the sour tart cherries in anything I would have used the maraschino cherries in. Except my moms fruitcake cookies which is a beloved Christmas gift to her many friends every year. I use the dried sour cherries for these. I actually use some of the canned tart cherries in my cranberry salad along with the usual list of ingredients that mirror yours. And the sour tart cherries are very healthy for you. Especially if you have a tendency towards gout like some men in my family. They actually sell an organic tart cherry juice just for that.

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 19th of October 2019

Thanks so much for this info, Angel -- it might help another reader down the line! The cinnamon whipped cream sounds lovely. I'll have to try that!


Saturday 25th of May 2019

Do you refrigerate this after not

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 25th of May 2019

Hi Melissa! I never have — it has plenty of sugar in it, which is a natural preservative.


Tuesday 7th of August 2018

Yummmm I absolutely can't wait to make this!

Allyson Zea

Friday 3rd of August 2018

Pineapple is my favorite during the summer! this looks fantastic!