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Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe

Pineapple dump cake might just be the easiest dessert to make and it only requires three simple ingredients for a decadent and flavorful treat.

An Easy Dessert To Make

Pineapple dump cake on a plate with an ice cream scoop on top.

Spring has arrived and our favorite fruits are plentiful and ready to be added to our favorite desserts, starting with pineapple dump cake.

Dump cakes are always fun to make mainly because they are such an easy recipe. You can gather up your ingredients and throw everything into a bowl or the Crock Pot and start cooking.

Pineapple dump cake, from scratch, is the perfect simple dessert recipe for parties, potlucks, or holidays.

We always had one or two Crock Pots going, with dessert inside, at church potlucks. And, I always went straight to those to get dessert.

Once it cooks you can scoop it out and add some ice cream right on top.

3 Ingredient Pineapple Dump Cake

Printable recipe with the ingredient list, measurements, and instructions listed at the bottom of the post

Pineapple dump cake with ice cream on a white plate.

Slow Cooker Cakes

Slow cooker cakes are always fun to make because you can literally throw everything in the pot and start cooking, and they always turn out so good because they don’t cook like a regular cake, they sort of ooze their goodness when you scoop them out.

I have the recipe for a slow cooker chocolate cake and it’s almost like hot fudge in the middle when you cook it and scoop some out.

So, when you make the pineapple dump cake with yellow cake mix, keep in mind that you can either add more fruit to this cake or try a different type altogether for different flavors.

Other Fruity Dump Cakes:

  • Cherry pineapple dump cake
  • Cherry dump cake from The Country Cook
  • Fruity cake (with a combination of fruits)
  • Blueberry dump cake
  • Peach dump cake
  • Strawberry dump cake
  • Pumpkin dump cake

How To Make Pineapple Dump Cake

A pineapple on a cutting board.

My husband loves pineapples and after receiving a pineapple top, as a gift from a neighbor years ago, he decided to plant them in our yard and grow some.

Pineapples can take up to two years to grow but are so worth the wait. Plus, they are very tropical-looking and fun to add to your garden, especially down here in Florida.

Cutting up a pineapple on a wooden cutting board.

Start by cutting the crown and skin off of the pineapple.

If you don’t have a pineapple, you can use canned pineapple and that will work just as well. You can either use cubed pineapple or crushed pineapple.

Cutting up a pineapple on a cutting board.

Next, slice the pineapple into cubes. You’ll need about two cups for this recipe. If you go over a little bit, that is fine, it’s just a more delicious pineapple flavor in the recipe.

Slices of pineapple on a cutting board with a knife.

Using the Crock Pot to Cook the Dessert

Cubes of pineapple in a black Crock Pot

Firstly, add the cubed pineapple to the Crock Pot.

I will grease the Crock Pot before I add anything because it really makes clean up a lot easier. If you don’t it’s not the end of the world, but you’ll just have to use a little elbow grease to clean it.

Cake mix inside of a black Crock Pot

Secondly, pour the yellow cake mix over the pineapple.

You can use a white cake mix for this recipe, as well. Either cake will taste delicious.

Cubes of butter in the Crock Pot on top of cake mix and pineapple slices.

Thirdly, cut the butter up into cubes and spread it out over the cake mix.

Melted butter adds so much rich flavor to the pineapple dessert.

Pineapple dump cake in a Crock Pot with the lid on

Place the lid on the slow cooker and start the timer for two hours on high heat.

Pineapple dump cake cooked and in a black Crock Pot

Once the cake finishes cooking, scoop it out onto a plate and add a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top.

Easy Cake Recipes:

  • Southern pecan pie cake recipe – this is a great recipe for the holidays if you want to do something different besides pecan pie.
  • Chocolate poke cake – this is such a delicious dessert and always turns out moist.
  • Texas chocolate sheet cake – sheet cake is always a popular recipe. The recipe is rich and decadent, a family favorite, and perfect for special occasions. It’s such a sweet treat.
  • Buttermilk chocolate cake – this is one of my all time favorites. It’s filled with the best flavor and always turns out amazing. Plus, it’s great for potlucks and parties because it has a large serving size.
Pineapple dump cake, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, on top.

A Classic Dessert

Pineapple dump cake on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Growing Pineapples

Can you believe that pineapples typically take about two years to grow? They are commercially grown in places like Hawaii, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

You can grow them in warmer climates here in the states, but they are not usually grown commercially.

My husband has been growing them for several years now, and it’s always exciting when one is ready to be picked because they are so fresh and sweet.

Pineapples growing on a plant in a pot

Here’s one of the planters with the pineapples, and you can see that the leaves get so long–and they were once the crown of a pineapple!

If you’d like to learn more about growing pineapples, head on over to YouTube to my husband’s page and he has a video all about it!

Easy Pineapple Dump Cake Recipe Card

Check out the pineapple dump cake recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start baking! This is a great dessert.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your pineapple dump cake on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us so we can try it, too!

Pineapple dump cake with ice cream on a white plate.

Pineapple Dump Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Pineapple dump cake might just be the easiest dessert to make and it only requires three simple ingredients for a decadent and flavorful treat.


  • 1 - 15 oz. box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick of butter (8 Tbsp)
  • 16 oz. cubed pineapples


  1. Grease the inside of a Crock Pot
  2. Cut the pineapple into cubes and add to the Crock Pot
  3. Pour the cake mix over the top of the pineapple.
  4. Cut up the butter into cubes and place on top of the cake mix.
  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for two hours.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 538Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 483mgCarbohydrates: 106gFiber: 7gSugar: 70gProtein: 5g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

We will just love your Pineapple Dump Cake! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and sure hope you will come back soon! Miz Helen

Julie Pollitt

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Thank you!

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