Monday Recipe : Dump Cake

Submitted by Janet W

Here’s a super-easy recipe that can be made in an oven or a dutch oven or even in a crock-pot!

Dump Cake

  • Crushed pineapple – 1 20-oz can (undrained)
  • Cherry pie filling – 1 21-oz can (undrained)
  • Yellow cake mix – 1 box
  • Butter – 2 sticks, cut into 12 slices each

Spray a 9×13” baking pan (or any pan really) with Pam (if you don’t have any, it’ll still be fine without it). Dump the can of pineapple into the pan, covering the bottom evenly. Dump the can of cherry pie filling on top of the pineapple. Sprinkle all the cake mix evenly over the top. Place the 24 slices of butter on top.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour (depending on your oven) at 350 degrees. If using a crockpot, I cook it on high for about ½ hour and then keep checking it until it’s done. This can also be made in a dutch oven over a fire or grill. I haven’t personally done this so I don’t know the timing on it, but my ex-DH used to make it all the time when we went camping and it was fab!

The main thing to remember about cooking it is to keep an eye on the crust (the cake mix part of it). It should be golden-brown and have the consistency of a baked pie crust. Once it’s there, it’s done.

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  1. This looks interesting. I’ve heard of Dump Cakes, but have never tried to make one. Thanks for sharing.

  2. tommy2rs says:

    Dump cake is good stuff and any fruit pie filling works. I prefer blueberry myself, but I’ve made it with peach, apple, strawberry rhubarb, raisin, even tried it with mince. I liked the mince but no one else did. I find fewer and fewer folk who do like mince pie as time goes on but it’s one way to get a whole pie for myself…lol

  3. This is the one I learned to make in high school home ec. Now I usually make one using my home canned butternut squash. Yummy with ice cream or whipped topping.

  4. Donna in MN says:

    I do this with my wild picked blue berry, June berry, wild red cherry, raspberry, blackberry, and wild strawberry from my property I make into a pie filling. I also found a wild patch of rhubarb at a remote boat landing.

    The cost to make it is about $.96 or 16 cents a (1/6th) slice serving in a 9″ round pan if you gather the fruit without cost. Part of my $60 a month plan for my food, actually.

  5. dump cakes are EZ EZ EZ…..1 may use dinner rolls (from cold section of mkt) in place of boxed flour…..reg flour iffy, it won’t rise unless ‘treated’ (yeast, or baking powder or soda or sourdough)- baking experience essential to use flour. If u do it w/a grill (Weber Smokey Joe type is excellent)include a tripod w/chain-keep pan just above coals, wood, etc) . Place some coals on top of dutch oven lid for baking/heat surround effect. A campfire good also, but wood reduced/burned to ember is better than flame. I once had another scout dad ask for where he could get a toothpick to test if batter done, I rolled my eyes, picked up a stick whittled it & voila-we both laughed heartily! Homemade ice cream possible there 2, but ice is necy………

  6. Redwood Mama says:

    We used to make it with regular canned peaches(including the juice) on the bottom, sprinkle some cinnamon, then boxed yellow cake mix and one stick of butter(sliced up) on top in a dutch oven with a few coals below and double that on top for about 45 mins. to an hour. I think the extra juice gave some wiggle room on the cooking. Have fun! It is all science anyway!

  7. I call that campfire cobbler because we made a similar one when I was a Boy Scout in the Dutch oven.

  8. mom of three says:

    Campfire cobbler, sounds way better then dump cake . I made one for Thanksgiving, one year everyone loved it again dump, in my food just sounds un pleasant to me. I’ll change the name 🙂

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