Dump Cake

by Heather on August 31, 2010

Good morning everyone!  Make sure you check out Val’s amazing story over at Faces of Beauty…and submit your own if you haven’t already!

We should call this post “how to get all of your friends to propose to you cake” because this classic dump cake will certainly do just that. At first I was a little wary of the power of dump cake (and the name?!), but after going camping this weekend and making this sans pineapple for all of our friends…well, let’s just say it could get ugly if you have to share.

When I was growing up all of my friends wanted pink Barbie cakes, My Little Pony cakes, and princess cakes for their birthdays.  I wanted dump cake. My parents couldn’t believe it!  A kid’s birthday cake for less than $5?!  It’s simple, and you only need 4 (MAYBE 5) ingredients.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

First things first I had to line up some of the ingredients for their mug shot:

Now guys, don’t get nervous here; this really IS that simple!  Preheat the oven to 350.

Hey, I can do that!

In a bowl (or in the 9×13 dish) mix together the pineapple (don’t drain) and the cherry pie filling.

There must be some kind of trick here…

Next combine the yellow cake mix with the softened stick of butter til crumbly.  This would be the time to add the chopped nuts if you use them.

Yep, definitely a trick involved…

Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top of the pie filling/pineapple mixture.  Bake for 45-55 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.

Hold the phone…that’s it?!

I remember going to town on the leftover dump cake in the mornings…just one more spoonful to even it out, you know?  And then all of a sudden it would all be gone!  Oops…  Mom, I swear it was Salah…!

I promise, this will help win you friends, reconcile with enemies, and meet your dream man (or woman).  But none of that matters since you probably won’t want to share anyway. :)

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