Garbage Dump Cake

Garbage Dump Cake

In the day, we just called this Dump Cake (lots of dumping going on), and I’ve seen reference to Garbage Cake as well…so…Garbage Dump Cake seems very appropriate.  I used to make this cake with my children when they were young, and we always enjoyed it as everyone could participate.   Added bonus…it’s very quick, and the buttery topping?   Ohhhh myyyy…


1 21 oz can Cherry Pie Filling (note:  in this picture, I feature cherries in a jar, not canned.  I just used 2/3 of the jar instead)

1 20 oz can Pineapple Chunks with juice

2 Sticks (1 cup) Butter

1 Box Yellow Cake Mix


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (adult)

Dump the canned pineapple into strainer.  (An adult should open the can.  Keep an eye on sharp edges)  – Save the juice for later.

Using a spoon, dump the pineapple into bottom of 9 x 13 cake pan (I prefer glass)

Now you can dump globs of cherry pie filling evenly on top of the pineapple.

Don’t worry if this gets mixed up.  The original recipe calls for mixing this together….and…you know….it’s a garbage dump…

Using a spoon or very clean little fingers, sprinkle entire box of cake mix on top of the pineapples and cherries

Make sure to crush the lumps that form from the cake mix – kids just LOVE to do that!

Cut the butter into slices (this isn’t absolutely necessary, but it is something else the kids can help you with).

The butter doesn’t have to be pretty.

Melt the butter (adult).  While you are melting the butter, the kids will most certainly need to wash their hands.  That butter is very, very greasy!!

Mix the melted butter with the pineapple juice (it will be hot, so this needs to be done by an adult).

Pour this over the mixture in the cake pan.

See the dry spots in the middle?  spread them out a little, or it will be dry when you bake it…(which explains why I am not showing you the picture of the pan of garbage dump cake after baking…..I….um….forgot to spread out the dry ingredients.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until it is golden brown.

Here is the finished product.   (if you can keep from sneaking pinches of the buttery, crusty crumble on top.  Yum.  We like this with vanilla ice cream.  It cuts some of the sweet…because this is VERY sweet.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown

Category: Cakes, Camp, Cookin' with the kids, Desserts, Recycle Day, What will we do today?
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(1) Comment

  1. billy | October 30, 2014 at 11:47 am | Reply

    Looks very healthy. On what date did your dear children’s arteries explode?

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