Pineapple Dump Cake contains tangy pineapples topped with a yellow, buttery cake crust. Pairs very well with cold vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream. This the #1 recipe on this blog.
EDITOR’S NOTE (June 14, 2020): To watch video demonstration, see link in Recipe Notes. PIN here on Pinterest.
DISCLOSURE: General Mills provided the Betty Crocker Yellow Cake Mix used to make this recipe. I emailed a request to the company for complimentary boxes of cake mix. Products arrived a few days later.
Pineapple Dump Cake is my creative twist on Betty Crocker’s famous dump cake.
Although I love homemade from scratch cakes, I also love desserts made with a cake mix because they’re quick and easy to make with a few ingredients.
What is a dump cake?
A dump cake is made by dumping fruit or pie filling into a buttered pan and dumping cake mix on top. Dots of cold butter are scattered over the top before baking. Usually served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Perfect dessert for holiday dinners, potlucks and family gatherings.
A boxed cake mix combined with fruit is easy to make and soooo good!
Sprinkling lemon juice over the pineapples decreases sweetness and adds a pleasant tang.
Who invented dump cake?
A dump cake is made with simple pantry ingredients.
The earliest dump cake reference is from a Duncan Hines holiday baking brochure published in 1980.
In August 2018, I photographed this Pinterest page which is only visible to me. Photo confirms recipe received 164,000 impressions! It is the most popular (#1) recipe in my collection.
I love creating and sharing recipes. Ingredients do cost money. It’s a blessing to receive complimentary products.
How To Read & Follow A Recipe
Reading a recipe is an important life skill. It starts with knowing how to read a recipe’s ingredients, follow the instructions, prep ingredients, and knowing what equipment to use.
The following tips and strategies will help beginners or experienced cooks create a delicious dish as intended in the recipe.
Start with clean hands and organized kitchen. Wash hands thoroughly. Make sure kitchen and countertops are clean before making a recipe.
Create a relaxing environment. Play favorite music while in the kitchen. I love listening to classical or gospel music.
Read the recipe. Don’t just quickly skim it. Thoroughly read from start to finish. Visualize doing each step which will help you avoid missing a step.
If you see ingredient that you and your family don’t use for whatever reason, use a substitutions or omit the ingredient.
My recipes are packed with helpful tips like shortcuts and serving sizes which save time and help with meal planning.
Pay attention to the order in which ingredients are prepped. For example, 1 cup of chopped pecans is not the same as pecans, chopped (measure whole pecans and then chop).
Know the assumptions. For example, when my recipe calls for “sugar,” use granulated sugar. If brown sugar is an ingredient, it will be written as such in the recipe.
Figure out the timing. Check the listed “prep time” and “total time” to be sure you have enough time to complete the recipe.
Look for hints, such as the words “meanwhile” or “at the same time,” which indicate two or more steps can happen simultaneously.
For example, my prep time doesn’t include bringing cold butter up to room temperature. Be sure to include in your timetable.
Watch Recipe Videos. If you’re a visual learner (like me), watch recipe videos. Perfect for when you’re learning a new skill or just want to see how a recipe is made.
Mise en place is a super time saver. This French cooking term translates as “putting in place.” It means prepping/measuring ingredients and chopping food before you start cooking. It’s the perfect way to get organized and avoid missing an ingredient or missing a step in the instructions.
Organize your tools and kitchen equipment. Mise en place isn’t just for ingredients. Before starting, make sure you have parchment paper, aluminum foil, measuring cups, measuring spoons, the right pans, mixing bowls, and other equipment.
Make notes in your recipe. Note any special prep instructions and highlight cooking times. Make note of ingredients omitted, favorite substitutions and creative twists. The notes will be very helpful the next time you make this recipe.