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Pineapple Upside-Down Dump Cake

This dump cake recipe is wonderful topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. It works well with gluten-free and sugar-free cake mixes too. —Karin Gatewood, Dallas, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, divided
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • In a microwave, melt 1/2 cup butter; stir in brown sugar. Spread evenly onto bottom of a greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle with cherries and pecans; top with pineapple. Sprinkle evenly with dry cake mix. Melt remaining butter; drizzle over top.
  • Cook, covered, on high until fruit mixture is bubbly, about 2 hours. (To avoid scorching, rotate slow cooker insert one-half turn midway through cooking, lifting carefully with oven mitts.)
  • Turn off slow cooker; let stand, uncovered, 30 minutes before serving. If desired, serve with ice cream.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Let the cake stand, uncovered, after cooking to allow the steam to escape. As it cools, the cake and the saucy pineapple mixture set up a bit.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix in an even layer over the pineapple. If it’s piled high in the center, the middle of the cake may be undercooked.
  • A large slow cooker is used to keep the ingredient layers thin and promote even cooking.

  • Editor's Note
    To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
    Nutrition Facts
    1/2 cup: 455 calories, 22g fat (10g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 418mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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    • Kelli
      Feb 14, 2021

      People who tweak recipes and change them should not review recipes. I hate wading through “changes” to see if this is good as published. If you make changes, submit your own recipe and see if you get published. Otherwise - just rate and move on. We don’t need to see that you substituted items, left out things, etc. We thought this was very good - as is.

    • Pat
      Apr 28, 2020

      This was terrible. It was just a big pot of mush.

    • chuffaker58
      Jul 16, 2019

      No comment left

    • Deborah
      Jun 3, 2019

      Would make this in the oven. Seems easier to me. Probably would have to increase final butter drizzle to at least 1/2cup to get yummy top crust like dump cakes always have.

    • Angel182009
      Mar 22, 2018

      I love dump cakes and have never tried making one in my slow cooker before. I can't believe how delicious and perfect this came out. An easy recipe just got easier.

    • ms11145
      Feb 15, 2018

      Because I forgot this was a slow cooker recipe, I had to nix that because of time. What I did instead was to use ramekins which worked out perfectly because family does not like maraschino cherries . Using ramekins one can add/subtract ingredients per each person't likes/dislikes. Great recipe. Will be making this again.