Dump Cake

Dump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsI’ve mentioned Ruth Esry before.  She was a dear co-worker back in the late 1970s at my first job as a bank teller.  I was a newlywed, and we talked about cooking and recipes a lot during our breaks.  Ruth was an amazing friend and cook who shared her delicious talent by bringing goodies to work on a regular basis.  She presented me with a birthday gift that I will treasure forever…a cookbook.  On the inside cover, Ruth wrote…

Happy Birthday Jackie 1-31-1979

May Steve enjoy your gift too, by all the good dishes you’ll fix for him!  

Love, 

Ruth

One of the very first desserts I prepared for my husband, Steve, was this Dump Cake and it quickly became his favorite.  We just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary by going to a tropical island to rest, relax and lay on the beach.  When we got home…I made this cake for him, as I always do on our anniversary and many days throughout the year!  Dump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsHere is the actual page in the cookbook.  Notice the stains and another note Ruth wrote.  She did this throughout the cookbook.

Dump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsLayer 1:  a can of large, crushed pineapple…including  juiceDump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsLayer 2:  can of cherry pie fillingDump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsLayer 3: chopped pecans…reserve 1/4 cup for top (Your choice of nuts…Steve prefers pecans!)Dump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsLayer 4:  box of yellow cake mix (dry)Dump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsLayer 5:  stick of butter cut into small pieces (I use salted for a little taste.)Dump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsLayer 6:  sprinkle with remaining pecansDump Cake|My Kitchen AddictionsTa-da!

 Six layers of sweetness awaits you!

My husband loves this…hope you do too!

Oh…don’t forget the vanilla ice cream on top!

Dump Cake
 
This recipe is adapted and can be found in ABWA's Key of Friendship cookbook (Salisbury, Missouri)
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, with juice
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts (I use pecans.)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (dry)
  • 1 stick butter (I use salted.)
Instructions
  1. Use a 9x12-inch pan, ungreased.
  2. Spread in layers, crushed pineapple, cherry pie filling, chopped pecans (reserving (1/4 cup), dry cake mix, butter (cut-up in small pieces) and remaining pecans
  3. Bake about 25 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown on top.
  4. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

 

 

Comments

  1. Kimberly Allen says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks delicious!!!!

  2. I made this for my family, and they thought it was ok. Said it reminded them of a sweet and sour dessert. So will probably not make it for them again, I like it but was just not what my family was into….I tried

  3. I love this recipe. Great not only with Ice Cream for topping but with Whipped Cream also.
    I love your photography with the accurate depiction of the steps involved in following the recipe. Fabulous. Thanks for putting in the work and effort so that we can enjoy.

  4. I’ve made this and my recipe also had coconut in it. Yummy!

  5. Have you used any other combination of fruit? Not a big fan of cherry or pineapple.

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I have not made this dump cake with any other fruits…my husband would just die! :) I do think you could substitute for any other fruit and I think you would be fine! Let me know if you try…would love to hear about your results! I’m thinking blueberry pie filling would be good!

  6. I have tried this with several different flavors of pie fillings and they are all wonderful. As a matter of fact, I found some apple-cranberry pie filling that I can’t wait to try this with.

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I have never seen apple-cranberry pie filling, but I’m going to look for it. That sounds yummy! Thanks for stopping by and your comment!

  7. angie deck says:

    how can i tell that it’s done?

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      You can tell it’s done when the top starts browning slightly. Cutting up the butter in very, small pieces is the key to obtaining a nice brown crust.

  8. Glad I saw your blog. I love this dump cake, and since Valentine’s Day is Friday, I’m gonna make it for my sweetie. I have made it with blueberry pie filling, and it’s yummy, too.

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I’m so glad you stopped by and so happy you are enjoying this recipe! I’m making it for my husband for Valentine’s Day too! He is going to be very surprised because I normally make it for is birthday!

      • Danielle says:

        So I made this and only the places I put the butter pcs made it cake like the other places that got no butter is just cake mix what did I do wrong

        • Missouri Farm Chick says:

          I should have put a comment about this on my post. When I first started making this cake, I would have the same problem. I learned over the years to cut my butter up in very small pieces. One person told me she melted her butter prior to pouring it over the top. This helped with covering the batter better. I also had someone tell me that she took the cake out of the oven once the butter started melting and swirled it around in the cake batter. I have had success just cutting the butter into VERY SMALL pieces. Give that a try. I hope you liked the taste! I just made this again last week for my husband’s birthday! Thanks for your question! Happy Baking!

  9. This is also great using fresh or frozen blueberries with the pineapple. My grandchildren “fight” to get the first piece. I always have to make two at a time!!

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      Good ideas! My grandchildren also love this dessert! Thanks for your comment Brenda!

  10. Someone said that it is not very rich, just what I need. I don’t like really sweet dessert.
    I will try it I will be making it with gluten free cake mix. Will let you know how it turns out.
    Thanks

  11. I wonder if anyone has ever tried to freeze the butter and grate it over the top for a more even distribution to obtain the golden brown appearance?

  12. Carolyn says:

    My mom made this dessert while was growing up. Although she used frozen berries and pineapple, and I think she mixed them together. She also melted the butter and poured it over the top. I LOVE it and so did all my siblings growing up. Just thought I would pass on that thawed frozen berries works great too!

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      Thank you for sharing this tip! I’m so glad this recipe brought back some memories for you!

  13. WOW! I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT THIS ONE.I WAS MARRIED AT 16 AND DID NOT KNOW HOW TO COOK.I TOLD AN OLDER FRIEND WHO HAD 6 KIDS THAT I WANTED TO MAKE A CAKE FOR OUR 1ST ANIVERSARY BUT DID NOT KNOW WHERE TO START.SHE WROTE DOWN THE RECIPE FOR DUMP CAKE.THIS IS IT! WE BOTH LOVED IT AND HE WAS SHOCKED WHEN I SAID I HAD MADE IT.LOL THANKS SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS.BY THE WAY,I HAD TRIED IT USING BLUEBERRY PIE FILLING AND IT TOO WAS REALLY GOOD.

  14. I FORGOT TO MENTION THIS WAS 1966.

  15. Do you have any suggestions in making this if you can’t eat nuts? Anything else to add, like chocolate chips or white chocoloate chips? Or just not add anything?

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I actually think you would be okay without adding nuts. The first thing that came to mind is adding some coconut. Whatever you decide, please let me know about your results! You question makes me want to do some experimenting with this
      recipe.

      • Thank you for your response. I’m making the dump cake this evening, so we’ll see how it turns out and let you know. Thanks, again!
        Marianne

  16. Just to tell you that I have used all pie fillings except pumpkin. They are all GOOD!! I guess my favorite is apricot an yes it’s tart but with Whipped cream it’s soooooooo good.

  17. Shirley Sweet says:

    How about using really cold butter and using a course grater to spread it over the cake mix?

  18. So can I find the cookbook that your friend gave you? I would like to see the other recipes too. I would like to buy it also!

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I’m sorry I’m just seeing your comment. The cookbook my friend gave me is one of those fundraiser cookbooks a local organization produced and sold back in the 70s. Sorry…doubt you could find it unless you happened upon it at a garage sale or flea market.

  19. Linda Ann says:

    Each time I have made the dump cake all the cake mix does not cook , WHY Linda Ann

    • Missouri Farm Chick says:

      I had that problem at times. Once the butter begins melting, I open the oven door and move the butter around on top to spread it out. I have read some suggestions of freezing the butter and grating over the cake mix. That’s a good idea that I plan to try. Hope you have success!

  20. Vickie says:

    I’ve made this dump cake for years and have taken it to pot luck dinners. The dish always comes home “clean”. I’ve given the recipe out so many times, I’ve almost stopped taking it because now many others take it too!

  21. I often cook and serve at our men’s homeless shelter, and the guys would love this! Only thing is, I’ll have to make one extra for us.

  22. I have been making this recipe for over 40 years. I always keep the ingredients in my cupboard for when the mood strikes. Which is at least once a month. The cake never makes it through till the next day. Another name for the recipe is PIKE, half pie and half cake!!!! Recently there has been a resurgence for the dump cake recipes. There are several cookbooks with many variations of this recipe and infomercials promoting the recipe. I saw the lady on the Today show last week.

  23. Loved the dump cake!!

  24. i wonder if using a pastry blender and cut butter into cake mix would work …making the cake cook evenly…just wondering if this has been tried?

  25. Had the melt butter and I put it back in looked much better when I took it out so my cooking time was 30 minutes.

  26. I have made this dump cake several times.. For me it works best when I melt the butter and pour over the top. I have also made the cake per package ingredients as a cake batter and poured over the top, this works really well also. Gives it a different texture more cakey with the delicious fruit on the bottom. I always add coconut to this one its so good..

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