Pineapple Dump Cake

Julia Drost

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Dump cakes are most likely the simplest cake you can ever make because you literally dump all the ingredients together. This cake is incredibly sweet but a bit messy. Dump cakes taste amazing and are very easy to make, but it does not look the prettiest. This is not a cake that you would have at a birthday but it is perfect for if you just want to bake something or for a sweet breakfast at a sleepover. There really is not anything I would have done differently with this recipe at all. This recipe is from the cookbook The Baking Cookbook for Teens by Robin Donovan. I wrote the recipe below and put any comments I had in italics and in parentheses.


For the Cake

  • Nonstick cooking spray (you can also use butter to grease the pan if needed)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (I recommend the 100% all natural vanilla and not the artificial one)
  • 2 ½ cups canned crushed pineapple, with juice (get the pineapple in juice, not in syrup)

For the Frosting

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (If you have to use salted it’s not ideal but not awful)
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut



  • PREHEAT THE OVEN AND PREPARE THE PAN. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Spray the baking pan (a 9 by 13 pan is preferable but if you don’t have the correct size that is okay to) with the cooking spray.
  • MIX THE CAKE BATTER. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and crushed pineapple with its juice.
  • BAKE THE CAKE. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan, and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until the center of the cake is set.
  • MAKE THE FROSTING. While the cake is baking in a saucepan over medium heat, combine with butter, evaporated milk, and sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes (for me it was a bit longer than 5 minutes). Stir in the coconut.