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This Pineapple Dump Cake recipe combines cake mix, crushed pineapple and butter to make a delicious dessert that’s a family favorite! One of the easiest desserts ever and budget friendly, too!

slice of pineapple dump cake with ice cream, whipped cream and maraschino cherries

If you are looking for easy cake recipes or a simple dessert recipe, you are going to love this easy pineapple dump cake! It’s a 4 ingredient dessert that’s super easy and absolutely delicious!

Dump cakes are some of our favorite desserts. Besides this pineapple dessert, some of our other easy dump cake recipes include peach dump cake, apple pie dump cake, pumpkin dump cake, cherry dump cake and strawberry dump cake.

You can even make slow cooker dump cakes and dump cakes in the Instant Pot!


You only need a few simple ingredients for this easy recipe. You can find them in the grocery store or online if you don’t already have these pantry staples:

  • Crushed pineapple — undrained
  • Brown sugar — adds sweetness
  • Box cake mix — yellow cake mix or white cake mix
  • Butter — thinly sliced
cake mix, brown sugar, butter and crushed pineapple on table

How to Make Pineapple Dump Cake

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees f. Next, grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non stick cooking spray or butter.

Then, pour cans of pineapple into baking dish. Spread the crushed pineapple so that it covers the bottom of the baking dish evenly.

Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the pineapple. I like to smooth the sugar over the pineapple so that it’s nice and even.

crushed pineapple and brown sugar in baking dish

Now, sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pineapple layer. You don’t mix anything into the cake mix. It’s just plain dry cake mix on top of pineapple!

Use a spatula or wooden spoon to spread the cake mix so that it is nice and even. You can push some of it into the pineapple juice if you want.

This helps to make sure that you won’t have any dry spots as the cake bakes.

spread cake mix over crushed pineapple with spatula

Finally, place the pats of butter in even rows on top of cake mix. We got 7 rows of butter, with smaller slices on the end.

If you need more butter, you can cut extra slices to fill in any gaps on the cake.

pats of butter on top of dry cake mix in baking dish

Cooking Time

Bake the pineapple cake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes. When it’s done, the top of the cake should be golden brown and the pineapple should be hot and bubbling.

Check the cake during the baking process. If you see dry spots, you can add a little more butter to those areas. You can also press the dry cake mix into the liquid if you want.

Since all ovens vary, you can bake the cake for up to 1 hour if you need to.

baked pineapple dump cake on the table

Serve this delicious dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry on top. Even the easiest cake recipe can make an impressive dessert!

How to Store and Reheat

Store your pineapple dump cake in an airtight container or in the baking pan covered with plastic wrap.

You can refrigerate the cake or leave it out at room temperature if your kitchen is cool enough, depending on preference.

We usually leave the dump cake at room temperature and just slice and eat whenever. But, if you want to reheat the cake, microwave individual portions at low power for around 30 seconds.

slice of pineapple dump cake with ice cream and maraschino cherries on a plate


There are a few easy ways to customize this delightful pineapple dump cake!

Instead of butter slices, pour melted butter on top of the cake mix before baking the dump cake.

Substitute 1 can of cherry pie filling for 1 can of crushed pineapple, and you’ve got an easy cherry pineapple dump cake recipe!

Another fruit filling that goes great with the pineapple flavor is blueberry. Top this sweet treat with fresh blueberries, or add some blueberries or blueberry pie filling to the crushed pineapple filling.

5 from 15 votes

Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

By: Dee
This Pineapple Dump Cake recipe combines cake mix, crushed pineapple and butter to make a delicious dessert that is sure to be a family favorite! One of the easiest desserts ever and budget friendly, too!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12


  • 2 20 oz cans crushed pineapple undrained
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 15.25 oz box yellow cake mix
  • 1 ½ sticks butter thinly sliced
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  • Preheat oven to 350° f, and grease a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray
  • Pour both cans of crushed pineapple into baking dish, and spread evenly
  • Add brown sugar over pineapple
  • Spread dry cake mix evenly over pineapple layer
  • Place pats of butter in even rows on top of cake mix
  • Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is golden brown and pineapple layer is bubbling
  • Allow to cool slightly and rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving


Bake time may vary with individual ovens and may take from 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Make cake mix layer as even as possible. If some places appear dry during baking, you can add more butter or press cake mix into pineapple layer to moisten.
Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Cake is best served warm.


Calories: 137kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 104mg, Potassium: 16mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 353IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Julia says:

    This cake was amazing!! I am going to make this again for our next potluck on request!5 stars

  2. Kylie says:

    This Pineapple Dump Cake is really good and very easy.5 stars

  3. Evan says:

    Super easy, and I really love the flavors!5 stars

  4. Sallie says:

    Oh, I love how quick and easy this is! Thank you! A new favorite dessert for my family!5 stars