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Pineapple Dump Cake – This EASY pineapple upside down cake recipe has only 4 ingredients!! Simply dump the ingredients into the pan and bake. The easiest cake recipe EVER and it feeds a crowd!

pineapple cake on white plate with ice cream and cherry

Easy Dessert Recipe: Dump Cake!

This Pineapple Dump Cake is an easy 4 ingredient cake mix recipe that you literally just dump and bake – it’s like a pineapple cake turned into pineapple cobbler and you’re going to love it.

Dump cakes are such an easy way to make cobbler – and this one is like a new way of making a pineapple upside down cake – with cake mix and NO effort!

When I made my Cherry Berry Dump Cake, I got so many comments about all the different flavors people make. Peach, cherry, lemon, chocolate…I want to try every single one. The one that was brought up most was pineapple with cherry pie filling. I thought to myself, of course that’s popular: it’s a Pineapple Upside Down Cake!


4 Ingredient Pineapple Cake

  • Crushed pineapple: Just one can can of it, with the juice
  • Cherry pie filling: Use one can of cherry pie filling or my homemade cherry pie filling
  • Yellow Cake Mix: Yellow or white cake mix, any brand
  • Butter: I used melted unsalted butter for this recipe


  • Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.
  • Sprinkle some brown sugar on top the fruit to give it that caramelized taste.
  • Yellow or white cake mix works, any brand.

How to make Pineapple Dump Cake

  1. Get two cans of something: in this case cherry pie filling and canned pineapple. Dump them in a 9×13-inch pan or baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle the cake mix powder all over the top evenly.
  3. Top with melted butter.
  4. Bake at 350°F until a nice crust forms on top.
  5. Eat ’til you’re sick. (Or wait, is that just me?)
pineapple dump cake in glass pan with slice missing and cherries on top

Tip From Dorothy

Expert tips

  • Use any combination pie filling and fruit.
  • I used melted butter for this but I also recommend freezing your butter and then grating it – it’s easier to sprinkle it all over the top.
  • Dump cake is done when the top is no longer glossy and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Storage: Store leftovers in the fridge. I’ve also frozen it!
  • It’s delicious served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
pineapple cake on white plate with cherry


Do I have to use melted butter?

You can slice the butter and place the slices evenly over the top, or you can grate the butter and sprinkle it evenly over the cake mix if you don’t want to use melted butter.

How to store pineapple dump cake?

Store this in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can you freeze dump cake?

You can freeze it but I don’t recommend it. It’s best fresh.

pineapple cake on white plate with ice cream and cherry

Easy Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

5 from 14 votes
Pineapple Upside Down Dump Cake – This EASY pineapple upside down cake recipe has only 4 ingredients!! Simply dump the recipes into the pan and bake. The easiest cake recipe EVER and it feeds a crowd!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 20 ounce can crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
  • 1 15.25 ounce box yellow or white cake mix
  • 12 tablespoons (170g) unsalted butter (melted)
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2.8L casserole dish or 9×13” pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the crushed pineapple (with the juice) and cherry pie filling in the bottom of the dish. Open the cake mix and sprinkle the power evenly over the top.
  • Pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the cake mix. Make sure to make it even so that it all cooks into the cake mix.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes until the fruit starts to bubble up around the edges and the edges start to turn golden. I baked mine in a casserole dish that was deeper than a 9×13” pan so it took 40 minutes. Different pans will have different baking times, so start checking after 30 minutes.
  • Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Store covered in refrigerator.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 0.003g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.004mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. Easy to make and do. I put brown sugar in the bottom to make it a true pineapple upside down dump cake. Family truly enjoyed the cake. Thanks. I did right after church for dinner. Quick easy and delicious

  2. Call me crazy…(I do all the time). . . I’m not a huge fan of cherries! Ok, I like fresh cherries. But that’s pretty much it. Would it work with an extra can of pineapple maybe? I do love pineapple. 😍 I’m sure this is delicious though as is!!

    1. Yes you can – I’ve done that. I like to place a paper towel between the insert and the lid to catch condensation. It’ll probably take about 2 hours on low, check after an hour.

  3. Hi, I like best, my Upside Down, Pineapple Blueberry Cake w/ Crushed Walnuts, Dump Cake.
    Like the other recipes, dump your washed, fresh blueberries, followed by your crushed pineapple w/ juice. Then dump your white cake mix on top w/ melted butter over the top.
    Then, take some walnuts, and finely chop, then sprinkle over the top.
    Bake at 350 until golden, and fruit juices are bubbling along sides. Approx. 45 min.
    Absolutely to die for, but then, I love blueberries. You should try my Blueberry Cheesecake. Everyone says I could teach The Cheesecake Factory how to make Cheesecake.