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Easy Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake is the easiest cake to make with just 5 ingredients and one dish! Bursting with sweet and tart flavors, this is the perfect desserts for any time of the year!

slice of cherry dump cake

Cherry Dump Cake

Dump cakes are a dessert that has been around for so many years! This cherry dump cake has 5 simple ingredients. A cherry pineapple dump cake that is bursting with fruit flavor.

Canned fruit and cake mix never tasted so good. And the topping gets crispier than a cherry cobbler.

If you have unexpected guests coming, need a quick potluck dessert, or even a dessert to end the nice, this cake is fantastic. I think you guys will enjoy this cherry dump cake recipe.

I love it as much as my Cherry Pie Bars and Cherry Turnovers!

ingredients for cherry dump cake

Ingredients Needed

Cherry Pie Filling – You can use homemade cherry pie filling or buy your favorite brand at the store.

Crushed Pineapple – For the pineapple, make it crushed. You will dump the pineapple and the juice into the pan.

Cake Mix – Yellow cake mix or box of white cake mix will work. Any brand you prefer or what is on sale.

Butter – I recommend a stick of butter over a stick of margarine. Make sure to fully melt butter.

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How do you make Cherry Dump Cake?

First: Turn the oven on and spray the 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Dump in your cherry pie filling and pineapple in the baking dish. stir to mix.

Second: Sprinkle cake mix over the fruit filling. Make sure the cake mix is in an even layer. Melt your butter and then drizzle it over the top of the cake mix. Sprinkle with nuts if desired.

Third: Bake as directed. Once the dessert is done, remove and serve warm or let it cool down to serve up.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

slice of cake

Do I refrigerate it?

The dump cake needs to be refrigerated once it has been baked and cooled. The fruit in the cake will spoil fast if left on the counter. 

You can refrigerate the cherry cake in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

Do you serve dump cake hot or cold?

Dump cake can be served straight from the oven or eaten cold. You will find hot offers a decadent sweet flavor and is delicious served with ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. 

If you prefer the cake warm, you can reheat it in the microwave. I would do 20-30 second intervals until warmed up a bit. 

Why is it called dump cake?

Dump cake got the name because you essentially dump all the ingredients into your pan and bake. This crushed pineapple and cherry pie filling dump cake stands out from others I have made. 

It’s not a cake that you have to whip up a wet batter and pour into your pan. Also, check out my peach dump cake as well; it is loaded with sweet flavor in every bite!

cherry dump cake and ice cream

Can you make it in the crock pot?

You can make dump cake in the crockpot. All you have to do is place the fruit in the bottom of a greased crockpot. Cover with the cake mix and drizzle with the butter.

Cover and cook on low 4 hours or high 2 hours. Once done, sprinkle with chopped walnuts and dish up a delicious cherry pineapple crockpot dump cake! 

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Make sure that you make even layer of the cake mix over the fruit. That way, all the cake has a topping. 
  • I recommend making sure you use butter, not margarine. Melt it and drizzle as evenly as possible to make sure you don’t have unmixed cake powder.
  • You can change up the fruit in this recipe if cherry and pineapple aren’t your thing. Just be sure to have the same volume of fruit as this recipe.
  • If you are feeling lucky, consider using a chocolate cake instead of vanilla or yellow.
  • For a richer flavor, add 2 teaspoons of almonds extract to the fruit mix.
  • If you don’t have a can of cherry pie filling, make it homemade!
  • Nuts are optional, but they do add a lot of delicious flavor to the cake. I like chopped pecans with this too!

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slice of cake with text "cherry dump cake"

These are some fun ways to change up the cherry pineapple dump cake recipe. Make it as it is in the recipe card or alter it a bit to fit your preference.

two plates of pie

Cherry Dump Cake

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Bursting with sweet and tart flavors, this is the perfect desserts for any time of the year!


  • 1 can (21 oz) cherry pie filling
  • 2 cans (15 oz) crushed pineapple, not drained
  • 1 box (15.25 oz) yellow or white cake mix
  • ¾ - 1 cup (1 ½ - 2 sticks) butter
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish. 
    2. Dump cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple into the baking dish. Stir to combine evenly.
    3. Sprinkle cake mix powder over the fruit mixture.
    4. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl. Drizzle over cake mix as evenly as possible to try and cover the entire top. It's ok if a few spots are left uncovered. Sprinkle with chopped nuts.
    5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45- 50 min or until fruit is bubbling and cake is a light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a cooling rack.
    6. Serve warm or room temperature with ice cream or whipping cream.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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