Pineapple Dump Cake

EDITOR’S NOTE (July 28, 2018).  Recipe updated.  Use  3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks)  softened or cold unsalted butter.  The difference is the baked cake crust’s texture.  Softened butter will make a soft buttery cake crust.   Cold butter will make a crumbly cake crust.  Both are equally delicious!  Options are good to have.

This dessert contains tangy pineapples topped with a soft buttery yellow cake.  Excellent served with vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream.

This recipe calls for 3/4 cup (1-1/5 sticks) of unsalted butter. Only 1 stick is shown.

This is a variation of Betty Crocker’s famous dump cakes.  Homemade from scratch cakes are fabulous.  I also love boxed mixes  combined with various fruit fillings.   They’re quick and easy to make.   For this recipe, use either pineapple tidbits (in juice) or crushed pineapples (in juice).

Pineapple Dump Cake made with pineapple tidbits.

Most dump cakes have a crumbled cake topping which is obtained by sprinkling dry cake mix over fruit filling.  Dotting with pieces of cold butter before baking.  This popular method is quick, easy, and tastes very good!

I prefer  a softer texture.  Back in the day, I discovered how to make it while rushing to prepare dinner.  My last stick of unsalted butter was in a bowl on the kitchen counter.  It melted in the hot kitchen.  I had planned to use softened butter.  A trip to the grocery store was not an option.  So, I combined cake mix with melted butter.  Spread evenly over fruit in baking dish.   The top cake crust is tender and buttery.  Excellent results!

This dessert is also very good chilled 2 hours up to overnight.  The texture is similar to a pudding with crunchy bits of cake.

Pineapple Dump Cake made with crushed pineapples.

Enjoy this easy recipe!

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Pineapple Dump Cake
This dessert contains tangy pineapples topped with a soft buttery yellow cake crust. Excellent served with vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream. Easy to make. Recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Dump pineapples and juice into a 9x13 buttered baking dish. Stir in vanilla extract and lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle cake mix evenly over fruit mixture in baking dish. Dot all over with pieces of cold butter.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until cake crust is golden brown and cake crust is bubbly.
  5. If desired, serve with vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream.
  6. This dessert is also very good chilled 2 hours up to overnight. The texture is similar to a pudding with crunchy bits of cake.
Recipe Notes

How to use softened butter to make a tender/buttery cake crust...

In medium-sized mixing bowl, use a fork to thoroughly combine cake mix with  softened butter until ALL cake mix is moistened.  Batter will get crumbly and slightly sticky.  After 3-4 minutes of stirring, it will become smooth/non-sticky.

Drop by tablespoon all over fruit mixture.

Bake 20 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Use back of a large spoon to smooth cake batter evenly over fruit.  Continue  baking  20-25 minutes or until cake crust is golden brown and fruit is bubbly.

2 Replies to “Pineapple Dump Cake”

  1. I am making this pineapple cake recipe now. My cake mix and melted butter is crumbly not sticky. Is that how its suppose to look. You said sticky in recipe. Well going with recipe exactly hope this is right.

    1. Hi Marie! Melted butter should make it sticky. Here’s a great tip: Sprinkle crumbly batter evenly over fruit mixture in baking dish. Place in oven. It will bake nicely into a crumbly texture which is GOOD! To obtain a soft texture with “crumbly batter” simply remove from oven after 20 minutes. Smooth top crust with back of spoon. Return to oven and finish baking. Top crust will be soft (similar to a very tender cake). Thanks for asking! Enjoy your dessert.

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