Making a cake has never been easier than this easy dump cake recipe with no mixing required. Just dump, spread, and bake for a fantastic and fast dessert. Try our variations for a completely different dump cake each time.
Our easy dump cake recipe uses pie fillings and cake mix to create a delicious, gooey cake that everyone loves. Plus there is something really fun about knowing you just dumped everything into a pan and it turned out amazing.
What is a Dump Cake?
Exactly what it sounds like! For this recipe, you literally dump the ingredients in one at a time and layer them before baking. Nothing could be easier.
How Does a Dump Cake Recipe Work?
The magic of this cake is that the liquids absorb into the cake mix from the bottom up and create an amazing crust on top. It’s almost like an upside-down pie, but with cake instead of pie crust. It’s also very similar to a cobbler, but a little bit different.
All of the ingredients for this dump cake recipe are store-bought and easy to find. Keep these on hand to use for a quick easy cake any time. I love cakes like this because they come together so fast! No beating the eggs no mixing, no stirring, and no fuss. Hint: I also highly recommend you grab some ice cream.
Crushed Pineapple, Canned. I love having a can of crushed pineapple in my pantry at all times, because pineapple is a tasty addition to a huge variety of recipes.
Cherry Pie Filling, Canned. Just regular store-bought cans of pie filling will work.
Apple Pie Filling, Canned. You can also use home-canned pie filling as long as you have the right amount of ounces.
Yellow Cake Mix. Any brand of cake mix will work. You can also experiment with different flavors.
Chopped Nuts. Try chopped walnuts or pecans.
Butter or Margarine. This adds flavor and fat to the recipe as it melts down into the cake layers.
How to Make a Dump Cake
Important: Do not mix this cake! It’s called a dump cake because you dump each ingredient in one at a time and layer them in the pan. This is how it works.
First, preheat your oven and grease your pan. Next, layer the undrained pineapple in the bottom of your 9 x 13 pan. Repeat this step with each of the pie fillings. After the pie fillings are both spread out, dump the cake mix in and spread it evenly across the pan. Sprinkle crushed walnuts or pecans on top. Finally, slice and spread out the butter all over the cake as evenly as possible.
How Long to Bake Dump Cake
Bake for about one hour until it’s a nice golden brown on top.
You don’t need any frosting, but ice cream or a drizzled caramel sauce would be tasty.
Can Dump Cake Be Made Ahead?
While you can save dump cake leftovers, it is best hot and fresh. It’s also really good with ice cream! Just plan to stick it in the oven one hour before you need it, because layering the six ingredients hardly takes any time at all.
Keep your leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days. Freeze individual slices of dump cake in freezer quality zipper bags for up to one month. Make sure to remove the excess air from each bag. Thaw at room temperature for about one hour before serving from frozen.
Dump Cake Recipe Variations
Use lemon, strawberry or spice cake mixes instead.
Replace the 2 cans of pie filling with 1 can blueberry pie filling, 1 cup coconut and 1 cup pecans.
Try something new! Play around with a variety of pie fillings and cake mixes to find a new flavor you love.
Other Cake Recipes
I’m confident you are going to love our dump cake recipe, but if you are looking for more desserts to try, here are some other great cake recipes.
Easy Pound Cake. The perfect cake to serve with macerated (softened in sugar) strawberries and whipped cream in Spring.
Easy Coffee Cake. A delightful cake for breakfast or tea.
Homemade White Cake Recipe. When you crave white cake this homemade one does not disappoint.
Italian Cream Cake Recipe. Creamy and tasty and also very impressive for serving company.
Apple Spice Cake Recipe. A Fall recipe using cake mix to keep it easy.
This Dump Cake Recipe is from our Dining On a Dime Cookbook, Volume 2.
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Dump Cake with Variations
- 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
- 1 (21 oz.) can cherry pie filling
- 1 (21 oz.) can apple pie filling
- 1 (15 oz.) pkg. yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup nuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine, cut into 16–20 slices
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Grease a 9×13 inch cake pan.
- Dump in the undrained pineapple and spread over the entire pan.
- Do the same with the pie fillings.
- Next, dump the cake mix and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle nuts on top.
- Place the butter or margarine on top of everything in a single layer so as much of the cake mix as possible is covered.
- DO NOT MIX.
- Bake 1 hour or until golden on top.
- You can use lemon, strawberry, or spice cake mixes.
- You could also replace the 2 cans of pie filling with 1 can of blueberry pie filling, 1 cup coconut, and 1 cup pecans.