Quick and Easy Dessert Recipe: Dump Cake…Trust Me, It Tastes Better Than It Sounds!

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Okay, so you read the title of my post and thought Who in a million years would want to eat something called Dump Cake? Well let me tell you, once you try this cake, you will want to make it and take it with you anytime you have a meal and dessert with friends and family. And not only that, they’ll want you to bring it too!

Having young children makes it difficult to schedule time to hang out with our friends but without all of the kids. Jason and I are lucky enough to have a handful of close friends who are in the same boat as we are, with children about the same age. Sure we’d all love to go to dinner and out for the evening without the kids, but the stars don’t align nearly often enough for all of us to make that happen. So we end up spending a lot of evenings entertaining at home – having dinner together with the kids.

We have a blast and the kids have a blast, and why we’d love to prepare gourmet meals and decadent desserts for us adults to enjoy, the kids are more into hot dogs, fries and chicken nuggets, with cupcakes or candy for dessert. So we adjust and make our meals yummy, yet kid friendly…which is why this Dump Cake is so perfect for those nights!

This cake gets its name because you literally just dump everything in a pan. With just four ingredients and about zero effort on your part, you can create a dessert that your friends and family will love so much they’ll be begging to get the recipe from you! I happen to have these ingredients on hand because I’m making a Dump Cake to take to a Christmas party on Saturday. This is one people always ask me to bring (much like my Upside Down Pumpkin Cake recipe).

Natalie’s (Almost) World Famous Dump Cake

The Ingredients…

  • 1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple with juice, undrained
  • 1 can (21 ounces) Comstock Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 package Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • OPTIONAL: 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional…I don’t put them in because my family doesn’t like them)


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 13×9-inch pan.
  • Dump pineapple with juice into pan. Spread evenly. Dump in pie filling. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over cherry layer. Sprinkle pecans over cake mix. Dot with butter.
  • Bake 50 minutes or until top is lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.

See? Couldn’t make an easier dessert if you tried! It’s rich and buttery and yummy and adults will love it just as much as the kids do!

And one of the best things about this recipe is that you can really use any kind of pie filling you’d like. The first time my aunt made it for us, she made it with apple. I’ve also made it with blueberry and it’s just as yummy.

So try this recipe at your next holiday party….you can thank me later!

Remember to check out Duncan Hines’ website www.duncanhines.com to find some great recipes for your holiday get-together! I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective.



  1. Loving the cleaner look of your site. And ya, sophisticated desert? What the hell is that. I'll drink my desert thanks and throw cupcakes at the kids. Poppy recently posted..Aiming Low - Craptastic Christmas Gift EditionMy Profile
  2. Love it! Forgetful Mom recently posted..Missed PaymentsMy Profile
  3. Oooh, I've heard of this cake before. I've always wanted to try it. =) Ahhh, another baking idea. Don't let me forget! Jamie recently posted..Get Instant Feedback When You PublishMy Profile
  4. I am SO making this with the kids, you know this has my name written all over it. And pinning, of course. Jessica recently posted..What to Do When You See A MeltdownMy Profile
  5. I've heard of dump cakes and how good they are, but have yet to make one. I think this is something my kids would love to make! Evonne recently posted..Crack BreadMy Profile
  6. I heard about this for the first time this year, although I have yet to try it! Barbara recently posted..April - June & a very Happy BirthdayMy Profile
  7. I'll thank ya now, missy! I can't wait to make this, with blueberries. And ditto Poppy! Love the site and drinking dessert! Mad Woman behind the Blog recently posted..Setting the scene.My Profile
  8. Feel free to send to me via The Twitter Food Delivery Service -- this seriously looks easy & yummy. Though, like those before me, I much prefer fruited desserts that I can drink, preferably grape based. John recently posted..Where I reveal my #mugswap partnerMy Profile
  9. I'm totally making this. Thanks Natalie :)
  10. This sounds awesome. I love to bake, but I also love shortcuts with boxed mixes, especially with trying to figure out the CO elevation issues. Thanks for linking up to Friday Food on Momtrends.com! Shannon recently posted..Lands’ End SwimMates Twitter EventMy Profile


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