Cherry Dump Cake

Everyone loves a good Dump Cake recipe! This Cherry Dump cake recipe is filled with cherry pie filling, crushed pineapples and is topped with cake mix, walnuts and butter!

It’s a MUST to have easy dessert recipes on hand, and dump cakes are one of those easy recipes I like to use. If you like this cherry dump cake, you’ll definitely want to try the peach or caramel apple version!

A slice of cherry Dump Cake on a white plate

An Easy fruity dessert

I love me a good dessert recipe, but I especially love me one that is easy to put together and tastes good. Dump Cakes are exactly that! They’re fun because you can be as simple, or as creative as you’d like. Today’s recipe is on the simple side and is SO delicious!!

I’m more of a chocolaty-dessert-type person, but every now and again, I like something fruity. This dump cake was perfect for my tastes buds. I loved that the walnuts added a little crunch to each bite and that the fruits were the perfect combo.

Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake in a casserole dish

There’s a reason it’s called “dump” cake

Whenever we have someone for dinner, I like to find a simple recipe because I’m usually spending more time putting together the actual dinner. Recipes like this one are perfect, because you literally dump everything in the pan – give it a stir and then stick it in the oven. So easy… and definitely a crowd pleaser!

Serve this warm with some delicious vanilla ice cream, and you’ll be getting rave reviews. 😀

Variations. Though this recipe is delicious as is sometimes is fun to try a little twist. Give some these ideas a whirl:

  • Add sliced apples to the bottom.
  • Use sliced almonds instead of or combined with pecans.
  • Replace/combine the nuts with coconut flakes.
  • Add ½ to 1 tsp (depending on your preference) of almond extract when you mix the pineapple and cherries together.
  • Use chunky applesauce instead of butter or use ½ applesauce and ½ butter

Dump Cake on a white plate

Storing and Reheating


  • Countertop: cover and keep at room temperature for up to two days.
  • Refrigerator: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Freezer: Wrap in freezer safe plastic wrap then wrap again with tin foil. Keep frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.
  • Note: do not store cake in a metal baking pan for longer than a day.


  • Microwave: place individual portion in the microwave and heat for 20 sec adding 10 seconds until you’ve reached your desired temperature.
  • Oven: remove any plastic wrap. If your cake is already in a baking pan cover with foil and place in the oven. If your cake doesn’t have a pan wrap the cake in the foil and place in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

I think the fruit lovers in your life will definitely love it too. Try it out and let us know what you think. We can’t wait to try other dump cake versions!

For more cherry treats, check out:

Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Studded with pops of fruit and crunchy walnuts, this easy cherry dump cake is a perfect last-minute dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 346 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 21 oz can cherry pie filling
  • 15 oz can crushed pineapple plus juice
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 8 oz chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Mix cherries and pineapple in a 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix over pineapple and cherry mixture; stir until just combined.
  • Sprinkle walnuts over the top.
  • Cut up the butter into thin slices and place it all over the top.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy warm!


The box of cake mix I use is 15.25 oz. Also, note that you will only be using the dry cake mix powder in the recipe. 

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I’d like the recipe for the snickerdoodle bread that you showed the video
    for. But can’t find it anywhere.

  2. Why is it that you stir to blend in the cake mix with the cherry / pineapple dump cake and not the others such as the blueberry dump cake?