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Pineapple Dump Cake

Pineapple Dump Cake is a classic dessert that is rich, buttery and so delicious. With only 5 ingredients and about 10 minutes of preparation, this is one of the easiest desserts to bake and enjoy any day of the week.

I am obsessed with all things pineapple. Pineapple Upside Down Cake is one of my all time favorites and if I’m in a hurry this No Bake Pineapple Cheesecake is just the ticket.

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We don’t wait for special occasions to make desserts, we enjoy them every day. From cookies to cakes to brownies, there’s always a sweet treat at our house. This Pineapple Dump Cake is one of my go-to desserts when I want something really easy.

Why You Will Love this Easy Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

  • Family Favorite that is an easy recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights and delicious enough for family gatherings
  • It doesn’t take much time to put together and just uses a few pantry ingredients. I often put it together while I am cooking dinner and pop it in the oven. By the time we are done eating, it is ready to serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • This easy dessert bakes up in a 9 x 13 casserole dish or baking pan and doesn’t require any decorating. It’s easy to transport to cookouts and potlucks. 
Dump Cake Ingredients: 2 cans crushed pineapple, yellow cake mix, brown sugar, butter, pecans

Ingredients for Dump Cake

  • Crushed Pineapple ~ You will need 2 cans, undrained. Pineapple Chunks will work if that is what you have on hand.
  • Yellow Cake Mix ~ White cake mix works as well or even a spice mix to change things up.
  • Brown Sugar ~ The brown sugar adds a bit of caramelized flavor to this simple dessert, try it!
  • Pecans ~ Use any nuts that you have on hand, I prefer pecans or walnuts.  Chop fine and they add a delicious crunchy texture to the cake. Of course they are optional.
  • Butter ~ Don’t skimp on the butter and please use real butter, no margarine. I like using melted butter, you can also use butter slices on top of the cake mix.
Pineapple Dump Cake served with vanilla ice cream. Cake pan & ice cream carton above the plate

How to Make Pineapple Dump Cake

cake pan with crushed pineapple
  1. Pour crushed pineapple with juice into a 9 x 13 – inch baking dish. Spread evenly.
pan with dry cake mix over pineapple
  1. Sprinkle cake mix over the top of the pineapple in an even layer. 
dry cake mix topped with chopped pecans
  1. Scatter chopped pecans over the cake mix.
dump cake sprinkled with brown sugar layer
  1. Next, top with the brown sugar.
Dump cake topped with brown sugar, pecans and melted butter
  1. Melt the butter and drizzle evenly all over the cake.
Baked pineapple dump cake with pecans and brown sugar
  1. Bake for one hour or until  top is golden brown and pineapple is bubbly around the edges.
  2. Cool for about 20 minutes before serving.
Pineapple Dump Cake topped with vanilla ice cream
  1. Top with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Recipe Variations

  • Dump cake works with virtually any fruit filling. Our family loves apple dump cake. Cherry pie filling can be mixed in with the pineapple for an easy cherry pineapple dump cake recipe.
  • Use different cake mix flavors for new and different combinations.
  • Nuts are optional.
  • Garnish with maraschino cherries and serve with a scoop of ice cream if desired.
  • Keep it simple and skip the brown sugar and nuts. Just top the pineapple with cake mix and drizzle with butter for a 3-ingredient dessert.

How to Store

  • Pineapple Dump Cake is best warm from the oven. It will keep at room temperature 1 – 2 days covered with plastic wrap.
  • Cover and refrigerate and it will keep about 3 days.
  • Serve at room temperature, chilled or microwave for about 20- 30 seconds to warm it up.

Spoonful of pineapple dump cake

More Easy Dump Cake Desserts to Try

  • Blackberry Dump Cake is made with canned blackberry pie filling and butter cake mix for a quick dessert that takes very little effort. 
  • Peach Dump Cake is another favorite that we make with canned sliced peaches all year long and is like an easy peach cobbler. 
  • Apricot Dump Cake is a delicious dessert that is something out of the ordinary with simple ingredients including pie filling, cake mix and sliced almonds.
Pineapple Dump Cake served with vanilla ice cream

If you are looking for an easy dessert to make, add this Easy Pineapple Dump Cake to your baking list. It comes together really quick with just a few pantry ingredients and it’s so delicious.

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Pineapple Dump Cake

Pineapple Dump Cake is a classic dessert that is rich, buttery and so delicious.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dump cake, dump cake with pecans, easy pineapple dump cake
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 577kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 2 cans 20 oz Crushed Pineapple, do not drain
  • 1 15.25 oz Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter
  • Vanilla Ice Cream for serving if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Pour crushed pineapple with juice into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix over crushed pineapple in an even layer.
  • Top with pecans.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar over the pecans.
  • Melt butter and drizzle all over the top.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until pineapple is bubbly around the edges and the top is golden brown.
  • Cool about 20 minutes before serving.
  • Top with vanilla ice cream if desired.


Store cooled cake, covered with plastic wrap 1 - 2 days. Cake may be refrigerated up to 3 days.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 605mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g


  1. My husband has always loved pineapple upside down cake and I’ve made the Carmel Apple dump cake, so when I saw your pin, I didn’t think twice. I made it once and it was gone in 3 days. Today’s his birthday and has asked for it again. Great flavor, and love the sort of custard that develops. Just delicious.

  2. I sure would like the pineapple and peach dump cake recipes. If you could send them to my email I would appreciate it.

  3. Just made this tonite, I made with pineapple and cherry combo. I used lemon white cake mix and no nuts. Had my daughter over and it was so good I had to show her your recipe. She will make it tomorrow. It was delicious. By the way I am an 88 year old male and just started to learn to cook.

  4. I made your pineapple dump cake this afternoon and it was awesome! I did make a couple of modificafions though. I used one can of crushed pineapple in its own juice. The second can was pineapple pie filling. My husband isn’t fond of nuts so I skipped those, as well as the brown sugar. The main change I made was the use of Duncan Hines/Dolly Parton southern coconut cake mix. So good!

    1. Hi Betty,
      I have never tried it with pineapple pie filling but I think it would work just fine because it works with apple pie filling and blackberry pie filling.

      ~ Milisa

  5. I made this with 2 cans of the pineapple chunks with juice. It was great I like the texture of biting into the pieces of pineapple. Used brown sugar and no nuts. It was great.

  6. Glad to hear Cathy used The Chunks ib this recipe That”s what I am going to use also May even do the cheesecake one also

  7. Out of all the dump cakes I have made this is my favorite one! I do add marichino cherries to the pineapple and toasted coconut to the brown sugar and pecans, so yummy!

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