This recipe for dump cake is more like a cobbler type dessert than it is a cake. I serve it in a bowl with whipped cream, ice cream, or frozen whipped topping. It is quick to prepare and it is delicious.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
18 servings
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

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  • In the prepared dish, layer the cherry pie filling and the drained pineapple. Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top, covering evenly. Pour the melted margarine over the cake mix, and sprinkle the top with the coconut and chopped walnuts.

  • Bake 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, until browned and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts

310 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 39.3g 13% DV; fat 16.6g 26% DV; cholesterol 0.6mg; sodium 323.6mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2003
this is a WONDERFUL and easy dessert! Definitely more like a cobbler, so it needs to be served with vanilla ice cream! If you sprinkle the coconut and nuts under the cake mix (as one other reviewer suggested), it eliminates the burning and elminates the need of having to remember to add the coconut towards the end of baking. A good variation on this is to use apple pie filling and a spice cake mix!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2011
Didn't melt the butter, used the butter pats on top like suggested by others but still had dry spots where the cake mix didn't get wet. May try again and will mix the melted butter with the cake mix. It was OK for me but hubby LOVED it. Read More
(9)
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  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2003
this is a WONDERFUL and easy dessert! Definitely more like a cobbler, so it needs to be served with vanilla ice cream! If you sprinkle the coconut and nuts under the cake mix (as one other reviewer suggested), it eliminates the burning and elminates the need of having to remember to add the coconut towards the end of baking. A good variation on this is to use apple pie filling and a spice cake mix!!! Read More
(113)
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2003
Delicious & easy! I used only 1/2 cup of melted butter & 1/2 cup of the drained pineapple juice so it wouldn't have so much fat from the butter. I used light cherry pie filling too. Made mine with the coconut & pecans under the cake layer so they wouldn't burn (thanks to the reviewer that added that line a while ago!). Turned out quite tasty & served warm from the oven with vanilla fat-free frozen yogurt. Reheated well too! Yum! Read More
(94)
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2007
Great recipe! Also made it with blueberry pie filling in place of the cherries and strawberry pie filling minus the pineapple. So easy and yummy. I also make it the night before so it has time to set. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/04/2003
I love dump cake--but I use a can of tart pie cherries instead of the cherry pie filling. It gets rid of that artificial pre-made pie-filling taste, and cuts down on the sweetness. It's still *plenty* sweet, don't worry. Read More
(45)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2003
I tripled the recipe and brought it to work for a co-worker's birthday. We served it topped with vanilla ice cream. It was a big success and I've even had a request for the recipe (I would have probably had more except that 99% of my co-workers are men - they like to eat goodies not make them!). Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2005
I substituted devil's food cake mix for the yellow and distributed the melted butter evenly with a spatula. I omitted nuts and coconut. The top came out like brownies. The dessert was delicious with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2005
I had this at a barbeque this summer and loved it! I use tart cherry filling instead of pie filling (so much better) and I used PINEAPPLE cake mix instead of yellow! It gives it more flavor!!! Used pecans instead of walnuts and doubled the nuts. Awesome!!!!! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2010
There are many versions of dump cake. Other recipes call for only a 1/2 cup of butter/margarine instead of the full cup. I have made it both ways and I think that the crust is firmer and crisper with a whole cup of butter/margarine. Many recipes call for the butter/margarine to be cut up on the top of the cake mix. I have melted the butter and I have patted it on and I can't tell the difference. So now I just melt the butter because it is easier. I do make one major substitution. I switched to white cake mix. I don't know what is put in cake mix to make it yellow but to me it gives the final product a little bit of a cotton candy taste which is still amazingly good don't get me wrong. I just prefer the lighter taste of the white mix. A classic upside down cake uses white cake, and Dump Cake is like a Right Side Up / Upside Down cake as strange as that sounds. It is rich and to quote Steel Magnolia's, "I serve it with ice cream to cut the sweetness." Read More
(27)
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2009
Left out the coconut and walnuts, and used butter instead of margarine. Instead of melting the butter, I just thinly slice it and cover the the top of the cake mix. I also tried someone's recommendation to reduce the butter by half and add juice as a substitute. While it may cut down on the calories, it doesn't turn out nearly as good. The topping doesn't get very crunchy. Some recipes can be reduced fat, this is not one of them. Read More
(23)
Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2011
Didn't melt the butter, used the butter pats on top like suggested by others but still had dry spots where the cake mix didn't get wet. May try again and will mix the melted butter with the cake mix. It was OK for me but hubby LOVED it. Read More
(9)
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