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Easy Pineapple Dump Cake

My pineapple dump cake has my kids hooked! I make it with just 4 ingredients, but it packs on the tropical and sweet flavor!

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Dump Cake with pineapple on a plate with vanilla ice cream.

Pineapple Dump Cake with Cake Mix is Easy and Delicious!

I love a good dump and cook dessert and this pineapple dump cake brings the flavor and sweetness.

My daughter loves eating pineapple all year round. While I love to get canned pineapple and just serve it as-is for a fruit with dinner, I figured I would switch it up and make a dessert. And that’s how this recipe was created.

I make it super easy with just 4 ingredients so I can whip it together without much effort and the kids could top it with vanilla ice cream and it would be good to go! Even my daughter, who is now 8, can add all the ingredients into the dish and I just help her get it out of the oven when it’s done baking!

My entire kitchen smells like tropical sweetness and I can’t argue with that!

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And, if you love pineapple and easy desserts, try my pineapple upside down cake, pineapple pound cake, pineapple sauce, cherry dump cake, and peach cobbler dump cake recipes.

ingredients needed to make pineapple dump cake.

Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe ingredients

  • Canned crushed pineapple
  • Yellow cake box mix
  • Brown sugar
  • Butter

How to make Dump Cake with Pineapple

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

STEP TWO: Pour both cans of crushed pineapple with their juices into the prepared baking dish.

STEP THREE: Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the crushed pineapple layer.

STEP FOUR: Sprinkle the dry cake mix powder over the brown sugar layer.

STEP FIVE: Slowly pour the melted butter over the cake mix, making sure to cover all areas with the butter.

pineapple cake mix ingredients in glass pan.

STEP SIX: Place in the oven and bake for 40-55 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the top and edges are golden.

STEP SEVEN: Remove the cake from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes to set before serving.

STEP EIGHT: Serve as-is or with a scoop of good quality vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Pineapple Dump Cake baked in a glass pan.

Pineapple Dump Cake variations

  • Sprinkle shredded coconut on top of the pineapple dump cake with cake mix about halfway through the baking time for a little extra tropical flavor. I love doing this in the summer.
  • Add a layer of chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans into the mix for an added crunch.
  • Scatter a handful of chocolate chips into the mix or on top of the cake. I am a chocoholic and will find any reason to add chocolate to a recipe like this.
  • Swap the yellow cake mix with a white or pineapple-flavored cake mix. I’ve used butter golden and pineapple flavored cake mixes for this.
  • Add some spice to this dessert by mixing a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg into the cake mix.

Storing this Easy Pineapple Dump Cake

Once completely cooled, store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. For longer storage, keep covered or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

homemade cake on serving spoon from glass baking dish.

Recipe for Pineapple Dump Cake FAQs

Is dump cake supposed to be gooey?

My dump cake recipe is gooey and moist from the fruit layer, but the cake should still be fully cooked before eating.

What is the biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake?

If you don’t cover the dry cake mix completely with butter, you can end up with some powdery spots on top. I use melted butter so it can evenly coat the cake mix for the best results.

Pineapple cake served on a white plate with vanilla ice cream.

Why is my dump cake powdery on top?

If some areas of the top of the cake mix aren’t well-covered with butter, it can end up with powdery spots on top. Try to distribute the butter as evenly over the pineapple dump cake as possible before baking. This is why I use melted butter in my recipe and not softened.

Why is it called a dump cake?

It’s called a “dump cake” since there is no other prep needed except dumping the ingredients into a baking dish! They are one of my favorite desserts because while I love baking, sometimes life is busy and I just want a super simple dessert.

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Pineapple Dump Cake on plate with scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Dump Cake with Pineapple

Samantha Erb
This pineapple dump cake is the perfect blend of tangy pineapple, sweet cake mix, and buttery goodness, making it an irresistible dessert for any occasion.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 386 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cans crushed pineapple 20 ounce, undrained
  • 1 box yellow cake mix 15.25 ounce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  • Pour the contents of both cans of crushed pineapple (including their juices) into the prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the crushed pineapple layer.
  • Sprinkle the dry cake mix powder over the brown sugar layer.
  • Slowly pour the melted butter over the cake mix, making sure to cover all areas with the butter.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 40 – 55 minutes or until the fruit is bubbling and the top and edges are golden.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes to set before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Notes

  • As all ovens differ, check the cake after 40 minutes. If the cake top appears runny, bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  • You may want to cover the dish with aluminum foil halfway through the baking time if the top is getting too brown, but the cake is still not done.
  • To test for doneness, insert a toothpick only into the top cake portion (not into the fruit layer). The cake is done if the toothpick comes away with only a few crumbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 319mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 2gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 520IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 118mgIron: 1mg

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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