Easy 4 Ingredient Pineapple Dump Cake (+ Video)

This pineapple dump cake recipe is a delicious and easy dessert that only requires 4 ingredients, including cake mix and crushed pineapple. Make this fruity and flavorful dessert in no time!

bowl of pineapple dump cake with ice cream.

The credit for introducing me to dump cakes goes to my mother-in-law. I had just heard of dump cakes when I started dating my husband. That's when I was introduced to the magic. It's such an easy dessert that you'll make it time and time again!

What's a dump cake?

A dump cake is an easy dessert recipe you make by "dumping" ingredients into a baking dish. You don't even have to mix! By layering a juicier fruit, a dry cake mix, and a fat, they'll all mix together to make a crispy, bubbly, sweet cake that's absolutely loaded with rich flavor. I also like to add a crunchy element, like nuts or oatmeal. This is totally optional, though.

The best part about dump cakes is that they're so easy! It takes maybe 5 minutes to prep one of these desserts. The ingredients are shelf-stable too, meaning you can keep a couple of cans of fruit and a boxed cake mix around for a quick, easy dessert that tastes homemade.

What's the difference in a cobbler and a dump cake?

Crispiness. I like to keep a cobbler nice and creamy, with almost dumpling-like layers of cakey goodness throughout. A dump cake is crispy on top, contrasting with the ooey-gooey warm fruit on the bottom layer.

baking dish and bowl of pineapple dump cake.

If you look closely, you'll notice that the ingredients from my peach cobbler recipe and today's recipe are almost identical. The difference is in the preparation! These desserts have the same general feel, just a different texture.

How to Make Pineapple Dump Cake

Ingredients

ingredients for pineapple dump cake.

To make pineapple dump cake, you only need 4 basic ingredients...

  • 40 oz canned crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 sticks butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Other Supplies You'll Need

  • Cutting board & knife
  • 9x13" glass baking dish
  • Cooking spray
  • Oven

Step-by-Step Directions

Spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

pineapple in a baking dish.

Pour pineapple in a single layer in the baking dish.

cake mix in a baking pan.

On top of the pineapple, sprinkle the cake mix. Don't mix it into the pineapple!

butter over cake mix.

Slice butter into ¼" slices. Layer over the top of the cake mix.

pecans over top of unbaked pineapple dump cake.

Sprinkle pecans on top of the cake mix and butter.

glass baking dish of pineapple dump cake.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbly. Serve warm, topped with ice cream.

How To Video

Variations & Substitutions

One of the great things about dump cake recipes is the endless variety! If you can dream it up, you can make it into a dump cake.

Tip

A dump cake only needs a few essential elements: a fruit, a dry cake mix, and some kind of fat on top.

  • Almost any pie filling works well in a dump cake; you can go with 40oz of apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, or raspberry for a delicious dessert.
  • Crushed or canned fruits also work well as the fruit element. Either use fruit packed in heavy syrup or mix 1 cup brown sugar into your fruit packed in juice.
  • You can use a chocolate, strawberry, spice, lemon, or white cake mix as your dry cake element.
  • Pair complementary cake & fruit flavors, like chocolate cake and raspberry, strawberry cake & blueberry, spice cake & pumpkin...yum! There are so many different possibilities.
  • If you're not a big fan of nuts, you can absolutely leave out the pecans on top of the cake. You can also use chopped walnuts or oatmeal as a crunchy element on top of a dump cake. If using oatmeal, sprinkle ½ cup on top and lightly mix dry oatmeal and cake mix with your fingers.
  • Can't find crushed pineapple? No problem. Use 40oz pineapple tidbits packed in heavy syrup or mixed with 1 cup of brown sugar.
  • Add a jar of maraschino cherries to the pineapple to make a pineapple upside-down cake variety of dump cake!

How to Serve

I like serving my pineapple dump cake with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It adds a cool, creamy element that pairs perfectly with the warm fruit filling in the cake! Whipped cream is also a great option.

bowl of dump cake and ice cream.

The recipe you'll see below serves roughly 12-16 people. Serving sizes will be around ⅔ cups.

Leftover Storage & Reheating

Leftovers of this cake recipe can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days after baking. Cover the baking dish with an airtight lid or plastic wrap to prevent outside odors from seeping in. When you're ready to enjoy again, reheat a serving in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Pro Tips & Recipe Notes

  • Don't mix the layers...trust me on this one! This keeps the cake distinct from the fruit layer, creating a great texture and flavor combination. Everything will bake together, I promise.
  • Bake your cake uncovered to make sure the top gets nice and crispy.
  • This recipe can be made in a slow cooker...just know that the top won't be as crispy. You can see my Crock Pot Tropical Dump Cake as an example. Layer the ingredients as instructed and cook on high heat for 2-3 hours.
  • Stick with the 9x13" baking dish. This makes sure the ingredients spread properly and cook to the right consistency.

Recipe FAQs

Once you make it, you'll understand; you dump and go! There is no mixing or blending involved in this recipe.

As the cake bakes, the pineapple juice and the melted butter blend with the cake mix to make a crispy cake layer. It pairs so well with the gooey, warm fruit filling!

Yes, I recommend refrigerating any dump cake leftovers after baking. It can stay out for an hour or two after baking, cooling to room temperature. After that, refrigerate in an airtight container for 3-4 days after baking.

So glad you stopped by today! Check out more fruity desserts below.

xo, Leslie - signature at the end of blog post.
bowl of pineapple dump cake with ice cream.

4 Ingredient Pineapple Dump Cake

This incredibly easy pineapple dump cake recipe only uses 4 ingredients, including cake mix & crushed pineapple. Make a super tasty dessert with a bright, fruity flavor!
5 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 284 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 40 oz canned crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1.5 sticks butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Pour pineapple in a single layer in the baking dish.
  • On top of the pineapple, sprinkle the cake mix. Don't mix into the pineapple!
  • Slice butter into ¼" slices. Layer over the top of the cake mix.
  • Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mix and butter.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and fruit is bubbly. Serve warm, topped with ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 2gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 304mgPotassium: 134mgFiber: 2gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 304IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 1mg
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