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Easy Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

This pineapple dump cake is an easy recipe for those times when you don’t have much time but you want a sweet treat.

You only need a few ingredients to make this delicious dessert that will quickly become a family favorite.

bowl of pineapple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on top

A variation of this delicious treat is a cherry pineapple dump cake. I’ll show how to make this later.

Familiar Sweet Treat

If this recipe seems familiar, that’s because it has some of the same ingredients as another favorite recipe: pineapple upside down cake. And that’s a good thing, right?

You only need a few ingredients to make this easy pineapple dump cake, starting with a dry cake mix and crushed pineapple. A single can of pineapple is fine, but it’s better with two cans of fruit.

I like to include the pineapple juice for a moist dessert, but that’s completely up to you. Also, if you can’t find crushed pineapple, you can use pineapple chunks or rings that you chop or run through your food processor.

Or if you have an extra sweet tooth, choose pineapple in heavy syrup. The best part about this recipe is that you can alter the ingredients with your own creative twists to make it the way you like it. It’s fun to experiment.

Easy Pineapple Dump Cake Ingredients

The first time you make this, I recommend following what’s on the recipe card below. (Scroll down, and you’ll find it with the exact measurements and directions.) 

What makes this pineapple dump cake easy is the limited number of ingredients. You can also swap out other flavors of similar ingredients to make it your own.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this simple dessert recipe:

  • Cans of crushed pineapple
  • Yellow cake mix – either regular or gluten-free
  • Pecan pieces – or other chopped nuts
  • Melted butter
  • Brown sugar
butter, pecan pieces, brown sugar, cans of crushed pineapple, and yellow cake mix

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

If you have a white cake mix or angel food cake mix, go ahead and use that. It won’t change the flavor much.

The texture won’t change much if you make this dump cake with yellow cake mix or white cake mix. However, the angel food cake mix will give it more of a spongy texture.

For an extra tart taste, you might want to try making this with lemon cake mix. You’ll love the complexity of flavors as they blend so well.

Or if you have vanilla wafers, you can use them instead of a cake mix. Just make sure to crush them in a food processor first.

You can also make this a cherry pineapple dump cake recipe by substituting a can of cherry pie filling for one of the cans of pineapple. This is super easy, and the payoff is tremendous.

Or you can make a blueberry pineapple dump cake the same way. Simply swap out a can of blueberry pie filling for one of the cans of pineapple.

How to Make a Pineapple Dump Cake

This pineapple dump cake is such an easy but impressive dessert you might feel guilty. But don’t. Some of my all time favorites are the easiest desserts.  

Here is how you make this yummy dessert:

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350˚ F. Spray the bottom of a baking pan, cake pan, or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.

You can also make pineapple dump cake in a dutch oven. That’s especially good when you double or triple the recipe for a larger crowd.

Pour both cans of crushed pineapple (with juice) into the baking dish.

pineapple in a baking pan

Next, pour the dry cake mix over the top of the pineapple.

Make sure the cake mix is evenly distributed.

cake mix poured over the pineapple

Scatter the pecan pieces over the top of the cake mix.

Now sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over everything.

The last thing to add is the melted butter.

Drizzle the melted butter evenly over all of the ingredients in the pan.

Put the cake in your preheated oven and bake for approximately 55 minutes or until the pineapple starts to bubble up around the edges. The heat intensifies the pineapple flavor as it cooks.

Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for about half an hour before serving. It’s good when it’s slightly warmer than room temperature.

pan of pineapple dump cake fresh out of the oven

This pineapple dump cake with brown sugar topping is absolutely delicious. So much so that you’d better make enough for people to have seconds.

We enjoy eating it with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

We prefer vanilla ice cream.

I’ve heard this called a pineapple upside down dump cake. Call it whatever you want, it’s delicious enough to serve for all special occasions … or no occasion at all.

What to Serve with Your Delicious Dump Cake

If this is for an afternoon party, you might want to offer a variety of appetizers or snacks. We enjoy this delicious Chex party mix.

Another yummy treat to serve with this dessert is a bowl of roasted pecans.

Ranch flavored air fryer chickpeas are yummy at any get-together. They’re super easy to make, but they are quite impressive.

Try these amazing grilled pimento cheese portobello caps from Julia’s Simply Southern. This is an appetizer you’ll also want to keep on your potluck go-to list.

If you have access to fresh blueberries or strawberries, you can have a bowl of them next to the cake. They make a delicious and beautiful garnish to sprinkle over the whipped cream or ice cream.

This delightful pineapple dump cake is good after a meal of chicken and gravy with mashed potatoes. Everything is easy to make, but it tastes like you worked hard all day.

Another slow cooker meal is this yummy chicken pepper pot. Just toss the ingredients into the Crock Pot, walk away, and dinner will be ready in a few hours.

It’s also a delicious dessert after eating this beef and bean enchilada casserole. The sweetness offsets the spicy main part of the meal.

Serve a pineapple dump cake after a meal of smothered potatoes and sausage. You, your family, and your guests will all leave the table satisfied and smiling.

If you like easy recipes, you’ll love this 3-ingredient Ro-Tel chili. All you need to add is a basket of chips, and you have a delicious meal that doesn’t take much time.

pan and bowl of pineapple dump cake

Whether you serve it after a family dinner or save it for special occasions, this will quickly become one of your favorite treats.

If I had room in my kitchen, I’d love to set up a fun baking station like this one. Maybe one of these days!

bowl of pineapple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on top

Easy Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This delicious pineapple dump cake is perfect for a family dessert, afternoon snack, or potluck. You'll love how easy it is to make.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) of crushed pineapple
  • 1 yellow cake mix (regular or gluten free)
  • 1 cup of pecan pieces
  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚ F. 
  2. Spray the bottom of a 13” x 9” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Pour both cans of crushed pineapple into the baking dish, juice and all.
  4. Evenly pour the cake mix over the pineapple.
  5. Scatter the pecan pieces over the cake mix.
  6. Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the pecans.
  7. Drizzle the melted butter over the top.
  8. Bake for approximately 55 minutes or until the pineapple bubbles up around the edges.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool for approximately 30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes

You can swap out ingredients if you want a different flavor. For example, substitute a can of cherry pie filling for one can of pineapple.

Use whatever type of nut you just happen to have. It will still be delicious!

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 413Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 41mgSodium 442mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 2gSugar 33gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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WeldersWife

Monday 29th of November 2021

This was so super easy and so yummy! I made it with one can of crushed pineapple and one can of pineapple tidbits both with the juice and the pecans was to die for!!!

southernhomeexpress

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. This is one of our favorite desserts! In fact, when I make it, I force myself not to have seconds.

Miz Helen

Saturday 3rd of July 2021

We will love your pineapple dump cake! We are featuring this awesome post on Full Plate Thursday,543 and we have pinned it to our Features board. Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you have a fantastic 4th of July celebration! Miz Helen

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