Cherry Pineapple Surprise

Dump Cake

Cherry Pineapple Surprise a.k.a dump cake.
My Mom used to make dump cake all the time. I think that is where my love of canned cherry pie filling came from. I don’t normally keep pie filling on hand, probably because I know I am nasty and I will, in a weak moment, pop the can open and eat it straight. WHAT? Don’t look at me like that.
The fine folks at Lucky Leaf are very good to me. They sent me some more pie filling. Cherry, my favorite. Did you know that Lucky Leaf Pie filling does not have any of that high fructose corn yuck in it?
Nope it doesn’t!

Dump cake 2

The recipe they sent along with the cherry pie filling was Cherry Pineapple Surprise. Umm-yum.
Lucky Leaf has a BUNCH of recipes on their site. So if you ever need any inspiration on what to do with your pie filling click here.
This recipes tastes like my childhood!
Like any dump cake recipe, it is best eaten when completely cooled. I have the patients of a gnat ( do gnats even have patients? Hmm, sounded good), so I ate it when it was still warm. It was like slop. It needs time to set up.

Also, if you do easter dinner. Check out this recipe for a yummy Maple Citrus Ham Glaze using Lucky Leaf Apple Sauce.

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1 can (20 0z) crushed pineapple (do not drain)
1 box (18.25oz) yellow cake mix (the kind without the pudding mix)
1 can (21oz) Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Pie Filling
1 cup melted butter or margarine
1 bag (7 oz) shredded coconut
1 cup chopped nuts of choice..I used pecans

Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. In the prepared baking dish, pour in the pineapple. Then cover the pineapple with the Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Pie FIlling and spread around as much as possible. Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the top. Pour the melted butter over the top, covering evenly. Top with the coconut and nuts. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until brown and bubbly on top. Half way through, I put some foil over the top so the coconut and nuts did not burn.

*Lucky Leaf provided me with product at no cost to me. I was not paid for my review and the opinions are mine.*


  1. 1

    I share your love of cherry pie filling. Been known to top it with some Cool Whip and say "Hello, Dessert!" I always add a little almond extract to cherry pie filling recipes. It's a great flavor combo. This recipe looks really good and EASY. Thanks!

  2. 2

    This recipe has all my son's favorites (cherries, coconut, pineapple). I think I will make this for Easter dinner.

    Thanks for the recipe, Leslie! La

  3. 3
    peachkins says:

    Oh my Gosh..sounds really fantastic!!

  4. 4
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    Mmm… dump cakes are so easy yet so tasty! I love that this one has a coconut topping. And I am totally book marking that ham recipe. It sounds yummy too!

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    Siggy Spice says:

    I love this recipe, though I have never tried it with coconut too…sounds deeee-lish!

  6. 6 says:

    love the name dump cake hahah

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    pigpigscorner says:

    I'm usually not a huge fan of cherry filling but this looks absolutely delicious!

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    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Seeing all that coconut is making my mouth water…sooo good!

  9. 9
    Chandana says:

    Thank you for this one .. looks yummy. The coconut .. should it be sweetened or unsweetened?

  10. 10

    Good question. Go with sweetened coconut.

  11. 11
    Jennifurla says:

    wowzer, this looks super good. I have yet to try dump cake.

  12. 12

    I do mine with pumpkin pie filling instead of the cherry sometomes, and it is so yummy. Never tried it with the coconut of pineapple…. I may need to get to know this combo a little bit better!

  13. 13

    oh so yummy! i love the coconut in there!

  14. 14

    Man… I wish I had a slice of this tasty treat right now!

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    Allison says:

    I never knew what dump cake was. I have heard the term but, never knew what it was. This looks so easy! Love recipes that take you back to childhood.

  16. 16

    Yum! The cake looks great. We love canned cherry pie filling, too. I'll have to see if I can find the Lucky Leaf brand. Have never heard of it.

  17. 17

    My mother used to make this and I loved it. Unfortunatly my husband won't eat cherries, so I've never made it. But yours looks delish!

  18. 18

    i like the coconut on top, leslie–that's a component i haven't seen before!

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    Barbara says:

    Dump cakes are such fun to make! I'm going to try this. Forgot all about them. 🙂
    I've got this ancient cheesecake dessert that I just plopped cherry pie filling on top of and everyone loved.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) says:

    This really sounds fabulous. Very springy!

  21. 21

    Wonderful dessert. I love pineapple and I usually eat it on it’s own but the cherries give it a nice flavor. My nephews just love it.