How to Make a Buttery and Delicious Pineapple Dump Cake

With just four ingredients and a few minutes of prep time, you'll have a sweet and succulent pineapple dump cake on your hands. (Or rather, in your bowl.)

Dump cake recipes are one of the easiest recipes to follow. Gather a few ingredients, layer them in a 13×9-inch pan and voila! You’ve got a cake that doesn’t even need to be frosted. This pineapple dump cake recipe isn’t any different. Pineapple lovers will love every bite of this juicy treat.

How to Make Pineapple Dump Cake


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  • 2 cans (20 ounces each) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger, optional
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, frozen and shredded
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Editor’s Tip: Toss the stick of butter in the freezer the night before making the pineapple dump cake.


Step 1: Prep

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Gather the ingredients and grease your 13×9-inch baking dish. Shred the frozen butter stick now so you can sprinkle the butter on top of the cake a few minutes later.

Step 2: Pour in the pineapple

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Pour the canned pineapple, with the juice, into the greased baking dish.

Step 3: Sprinkle the brown sugar

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Evenly spread the brown sugar on top of the pineapple. If you want to include it, now would be the time to add the crystallized ginger.

Step 4: Add the cake mix

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Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the pineapple and brown sugar.

Step 5: Add the butter on top

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Spread the frozen, shredded butter evenly over the cake mix.

Step 6: Bake the pineapple dump cake

Bake until the top of the dump cake is golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes. Cool slightly on a wire rack.

Step 7: Serve

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Serve warm with ice cream, if desired!

Tips for Making Pineapple Dump Cake

How can you make pineapple dump cake your own?

You can make this pineapple dump cake recipe your own in many ways. Add extra richness to the original recipe by using browned butter instead of regular. Give this recipe a little pina colada flavor by using a coconut cake mix instead of the yellow, adding some coconut extract to the whipped cream and putting a cherry on top.

Otherwise, use your choice of cake mix, like white cake or spice cake, if that’s what you have available. Change the flavor directions by swapping the pineapple for your favorite fruity pie filling, like cherry or blueberry. Find inspiration from other trendy dump cake recipes.

What can you serve with pineapple dump cake?

Pineapple dump cake fresh from the oven would pair perfectly with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream and a dollop of homemade whipped cream.

How long will pineapple dump cake last?

Since this dump cake recipe is a bit juicy in places, you should try to eat and serve it the day you make it. The texture is best when served right out of the oven!

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Lauren Pahmeier
Lauren is an associate editor at Taste of Home, focusing on search engine optimization. When she’s not making sure readers can find TOH’s recipes on Google, she’s practicing her food photography, consistently finding new recipes to try and hunting down the most indulgent treats in the Twin Cities.