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!
If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
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.
INGREDIENTS FOR CHERRY DUMP CAKE
- crushed pineapple
- cherry pie filling
- box of yellow cake mix (or white)
- nuts (I like walnuts for this recipe)
Cherry Pie Filling – You can use homemade cherry pie filling or buy your favorite brand at the store.
Crushed Pineapple – For the pineapple, it needs to be 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 A CHERRY DUMP CAKE?
ONE: 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.
TWO: 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.
THREE: 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.
DOES CHERRY DUMP CAKE NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED?
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!
CAN YOU MAKE IT IN THE CROCKPOT?
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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These are some fun ways to change up the cherry pineapple dump cake recipe. You can make it as it is in the recipe card or alter it a bit to fit your preference.
MORE EASY RECIPES
- Lemonade Cake
- No-Bake Dessert Lasagna
- Cake Mix Cookies
- Peach Dump Cake
- Crockpot Pineapple Chicken
- Puff Pastry Cherry Turnovers
CHERRY DUMP CAKE RECIPE
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