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Pineapple Dump Cake (EASIEST Recipe)

Pineapple dump cake is perfect when you need a fast and easy treat. 

If you can work a can opener, you have all the baking skills needed for this tropical dessert. 

The inside is fluffy and tender, and the topping creates a crispy, crunchy crust. 

Pineapple Dump Cake with Crystallized Ginger and Yellow Cake Mix
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Think of it like an upside-down pie that feeds a large group. 

And you likely have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now.

So, let’s take a look at how to make this fantastic pineapple dump cake.

Pineapple Dump Cake 

I love a good dump cake. It’s a great way to create mouth-watering desserts with minimal effort. 

This pineapple dump cake checks all the boxes. It uses simple ingredients and comes together in under an hour. 

A box of cake is mixed with canned pineapple and brown sugar. But it doesn’t stop there. The buttery, caramelized topping is the real star of the show. 

You only need to dump it in a baking pan and let your oven work its magic. 

It’s the perfect recipe when you need to feed a big group, and it’s sure to impress. 

Pineapple Dump Cake Ingredients - Crushed Pineapple, Brown Sugar, Yellow Cake Mix, Butter and Crystallized Ginger


You only need four simple (and affordable) ingredients to create this tropical sweet treat. 

Crushed pineapple – Canned pineapple tidbits make your life so much easier. And don’t drain that precious pineapple juice. It adds so much flavor to this recipe!

Brown sugar – Brown sugar adds a layer of buttery caramel sweetness to the middle of this cake. It’s a quick and easy way to add something extra to this deliciously sweet dessert. 

Yellow cake mix There’s no need to get super fancy. A boxed cake mix works just as well as homemade. Opt for yellow or white cake mix. 

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Butter Everything is better with butter! Ensure your butter is frozen and shredded for the perfect crispy crust.

Crystallized ginger (optional) – While it’s not required, crystalized ginger adds something extra to this recipe. Add it to the brown sugar crumble for a pop of spice if you have it on hand. If you don’t have it, that’s fine, too!

How to Make Pineapple Dump Cake 

The recipe is easy enough for baking newbies.

  1. Prepare to bake. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and liberally grease a 13×9 baking pan. 
  2. Create the pineapple base layer. Dump the pineapple tidbits in an even layer in your prepared baking pan. Then, spread the brown sugar on top. 
  3. Add the cake mix and butter. Sprinkle the cake mix over the pineapple and brown sugar, and spread it out so it’s nice and even. Top it with shredded butter. 
  4. Bake the cake. Bake it in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy. Cool it on a wire rack, and enjoy!
A Piece of Pineapple Dump Cake with Ice Cream on a Plate

Recipe Tips & Tricks 

While this recipe is super simple, there are a few areas where things can go wrong. Check out these quick tips to ensure your party treats comes out perfectly. 

Don’t toss the pineapple juice! For even more pineapple flavor, be sure to save your pineapple juice. After adding the butter on top, drizzle some of the excess pineapple juice. It’ll ooze into the dry cake mix for an extra punch of pineapple flavor. 

Resist the urge to mix. It seems strange to place dry cake mix in the oven, but make sure you don’t mix it! The pineapple tidbits, juice, and butter create enough moisture in the oven to cook that dry cake mix. 

Fresh isn’t always best. Fresh pineapple is great, but it doesn’t deliver the same flavorful punch in this recipe. Canned pineapple is exceptionally juicy, while fresh pineapple will make your cake dry. 

Be liberal when greasing your pan. Canned pineapple loves to stick to the bottom of a pan, so grease it liberally. You can use butter or generously spray the bottom of the pan with Pam. 


These recipe variations are a great way to switch things up. 

Can’t get enough pineapple? If your love of pineapple runs deep, there are a few ways to dial up the tropical factor. A great way to infuse pineapple flavor throughout is by adding more pineapple and using a pineapple-flavored boxed cake mix. 

Make it nutty. Yes, you can add nuts! Add chopped pecans to make the topping even more crunchy and nutty. Pecans add a sweet, buttery finish, but you can use whatever nuts you like. 

Get fruity with it. Pineapple is the perfect tropical treat, but other fruits work great in this recipe. Use an apple pie filling instead of canned pineapple for an autumn-inspired dessert. Or, use canned fruits like pears and peaches. The possibilities are endless!

Pineapple Dump Cake in a Casserole

Serving Suggestions 

The great thing about this pineapple dump cake recipe is you can get creative with toppings. Here are some great serving suggestions to take this delicious cake over the top. 

Pair it with vanilla ice cream. Is there anything more heavenly than warm cake and ice cream? When it comes out of the oven, serve it immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s amazing. 

Add nuts and whipped cream. A generous dollop of whipped cream is perfect for a simple dessert. And for an added crunch, top it with nuts. 

Try maraschino cherries. Top your masterpiece with maraschino cherries for some serious pineapple upside-down cake vibes. Not only does it add a pop of sweetness, it looks so pretty!

How to Store Leftovers 

There will be leftovers when this massive cake is on the menu! The good news? They’re a cinch to store. 

To Store: Place leftover cake in an air-tight container. It will stay fresh for up to 5 days in the fridge. 

To Freeze: Wrap leftovers in foil and place them in freezer-safe containers. Frozen leftovers will stay fresh for up to 3 months. 

To Thaw and Reheat: When you’re ready to dive in, let leftovers thaw in the fridge overnight, then serve. Before serving, I like to nuke them in the microwave for 30 seconds until they’re warm.

Pineapple Dump Cake (EASIEST Recipe)

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This pineapple dump cake is as easy as it gets! With just 5 ingredients, it’s perfect to throw together when you need a quick dessert.


  • 2 cans (20-ounce) of crushed pineapple, undrained

  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)

  • 1/2 cup butter, frozen and shredded

  • 1/3 cup chopped crystallized ginger, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease a 13×9 baking pan.
  • Place the drained pineapple tidbits in the bottom of the baking pan and top them with brown sugar. When using optional crystallized ginger, sprinkle it over the brown sugar.
  • Sprinkle the dried cake mix on the brown sugar layer and smooth it until it’s even. (Optional: drizzle the leftover pineapple juice on top of the cake layer for more pineapple flavor).
  • Add the grated butter on top of the cake mix.
  • Bake it in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the butter is golden brown.
  • Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack, and serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!
Pineapple Dump Cake

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

4 thoughts on “Pineapple Dump Cake (EASIEST Recipe)”

  1. this recipe is confusing:
    1. ingredients list indicates crushed pineapple; directions indicate ‘tidbits’ which is not the same as ‘crushed’.

    2. ingredients list indicates pineapple is undrained; directions indicate ‘drained’.

    • Hi Cindy, thanks so much for pointing this out. You can use either crushed pineapple or pineapple tidbits, depending on what you can find/what you have on hand. Both will work in this recipe.

      When assembling the cake, you’ll want to drain the pineapple. But you can reserve some of the pineapple juice to drizzle over the cake after the fact if desired.

    • Hi Cherie!
      I know, isn’t it a pain.

      I have a couple of options for you:

      1. Get a few boxes of the same cake mix, combined them in a large, airtight container, then measure/weight out what the recipe calls for.
      This is a great option if you bake a lot!

      2. Add 1/2 cup of all purpose flour to the recipe with the cake mix (15.25 ounces).
      Spoon it into the measuring cup then level it off with a knife so it’s not packed down and the recipe should work the same.

      Hope this helps!


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