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Easy Pineapple Upside Down Dump Cake

  • Author: Kindly Unspoken
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven, Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Easy Pineapple Upside Down Dump Cake is made simple and delicious with just 5 ingredients including crushed pineapple, maraschino cherries, brown sugar, yellow cake mix, and butter. Just dump the ingredients in the cake pan, bake, and enjoy in just 30 minutes time!


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  • 1 box yellow cake mix (can also use white or pineapple flavored, if desired)
  • 2 cans (20 oz) crushed pineapple, drained well*
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into 12 slices
  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • First spray a 9×13 glass baking dish or cake pan with non stick cooking spray.
  • Next, use a colander to well drain two cans of crushed pineapple and spread evenly in the cake pan.
  • Drain a small jar of maraschino cherries and add on top. (I usually add about 18-20 cherries to my cake, but you can add as many or as little as you want)
  • Next, evenly sprinkle light brown sugar over the pineapple and cherries.
  • Add 3/4 of the DRY cake mix right on top and use your hands to ensure it covers all the pineapples and cherries evenly. If there are any bare spots, add a little bit more cake mix to fill it in, but I typically have a little bit of dry cake mix leftover.
  • Lastly, top with 1 stick of unsalted butter that has been sliced into 12 slices.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the cake is a beautiful golden brown on top.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes on a cooling rack before serving warm. Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, and additional maraschino cherries or pineapple, if desired.
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  • Make sure you drain your pineapple really well to avoid your cake being soggy.
  • Use DRY cake mix for this recipe. DO NOT bake the cake or prepare a wet batter beforehand.
  • Store any leftover cake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, microwave individual servings for 20-30 seconds at a time until warm.

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