Dump Cakes are fabulous-tasting desserts that take about 5 minutes to prepare, under an hour to bake, and soon you will have a dessert your whole family will enjoy. It’s really more of a cobbler than a cake. Dump cakes by their definition are so easy because you don’t have to stir them. You layer the ingredients instead. This delicious recipe includes a couple of cans of cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, chopped walnuts and coconut which makes it extra sweet. A plain box cake mix on top of the ingredients and a couple of sticks of melted butter poured over the top, bake into the cobbler giving it a nice top crust. I’ve called this Cherry Dump Cake Cobbler to more reflect the ingredients.
The first time I tasted a dump cake was in September 1978 for a Labor Day party John and I attended with our church. We were busy playing softball when one of the ladies brought this dessert and set it up on the large picnic table with lots of other home baked goods. Hers featured apple and peach pie filling with cinnamon sprinkled on top of the fruit. I think she skipped the coconut but the rest remained the same. The flavors were amazing. I’ve never forgotten how good it tasted.
This particular recipe with cherry pie filling was the first dump cake recipe I actually ever collected (I think around 1980), but I make dump cakes now with any combination of fruit – usually at least 3 cans of assorted fruit, and with any type of nuts. I always include coconut in my recipes, and because this recipe had 2 sticks of butter in the ingredients, I’ve used 2 sticks of melted butter poured over the dry cake mix ever since–even though most people have cut this down to 1/2 to 1 stick. I got this recipe from Debbie Porter when we attended church together in Florida, but I have no idea who originated the recipe. It has been on the Internet for years and before that it was passed around from recipe card to recipe card! Actually the recipe Debbie gave me called for two cans of tart red cherries but I’ve found it easier to use pie filling over the years although it does make the dessert sweeter.
You can’t go wrong with this basic recipe and any kind of pie filling and fruit combinations. If you’re looking for quick and easy this is the recipe to choose!
Cherry Dump Cake Cobbler is great topped with whipped cream or ice cream.
If you love cherries, you will love this quick and easy dessert.
This view shows some of the texture of the cobbler.
Lots of plump, juicy cherries in every bite. Oh, my!
Here’s what I did.
Pour two cans of cherry pie filling into a 9×13″glass dish or baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Add a can of UNDRAINED crushed pineapple.
Stir pie filling and crushed pineapple to combine.
Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the fruit layer.
Sprinkle nut layer with coconut.
Spread a layer of dry cake mix over top of the coconut. You may have to remove some of the lumps by pressing them out with a fork or smashing them with your fingers.
Melt two sticks of butter.
Pour butter over dry cake mix.
Try to cover the surface area of the dry cake mix with the butter as completely as possible.
I bake dump cakes until the top starts to brown a little and the fruit starts bubbling up to the surface. This usually takes between 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much stuff I put in them.
Here’s another look at the dump cake when it’s baked.
This is a great dessert to take to potlucks or family gatherings. Everybody loves it.
This dump cake recipe is so good it is eaten up in no time!
This view shows the texture of the nuts and coconut–not to mention cherries!
Ah, yes. Here’s a serving for you!
Here’s the recipe.
CHERRY DUMP CAKE (COBBLER)
(Recipe from Debbie Porter, when we both attended First Baptist Church Indian Rocks, Largo, FL)
2 cans cherry pie filling
1 can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup coconut
1 cups chopped nuts
1 box yellow cake mix
2 sticks melted butter or margarine
Spray 9×13” baking pan. Spread cherry pie filling and pineapple into pan. Top with coconut, nuts, and dry cake mix. Pour melted butter over top. Bake at 350° for about 45 minutes until bubbly.
A serving of this delicious cobbler topped with ice cream goes great after a meal.
We’ve served this dump cake with ice cream, Cool Whip, or plain. All ways taste wonderful.
Here’s a look at this great dessert without any accompaniment. It’s plenty sweet enough.
Our company cleaned up the pan in no time!