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Light and Delicious Tropical Dump Cake

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Just wait until you taste the flavor of this Tropical Dump Cake. Thie easy Hawaiian cake is one of my favorite cake recipes, ever.

If you’re wanting a new pineapple dump cake recipe for your next fun party, this is a great choice to have. And since it’s the perfect dump cake for your next luau, the flavors are really just the icing on the cake!

Don’t miss out on the powerful and tasty flavors of this delicious and light dump cake!

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The cake just looks like summer! It’s light colored and tasty and the flavor comes through perfectly in every single bite. Gather up the list of ingredients below to get started!

Add this to your list of must-make Hawaiian recipes!

Tropical Dump Cake

The combination of crushed pineapple and a handful of other ingredients is what makes this simple recipe so great. And since this recipe takes no time at all to make, you’re going to be patiently waiting for the very first bite.

Since you get to use a yellow cake mix as the base for this recipe, it’s as easy as following the directions on the package!

Since I’m constantly feeding a ton of mouths in my house, this recipe is always a hit. It’s just sweet enough to treat their taste buds and it makes a large enough batch to feed them all!

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What are some fun toppings you could add to this cake?

Toppings are part of the best part of cake! You can add a simple whipped topping or even some delicious vanilla ice cream.

And if you have some of your drained pineapple left over, you can sprinkle on some more of that as well!



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Make it a Meal:

Think meal planning has to be hard? This simple meal planning idea below shows that it’s not hard at all. Just pick out your dishes and the planning is done!

Main Dish: Hawaiian Tortilla Roll Ups

Vegetable Side: Hawaiian Side Dishes

Starch Side: Easy Hawaiian Recipes

Refreshing Drink: Hawaiian Blue Mocktail

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Best Tropical Recipes:

Once you make this Tropical Dump Cake Recipe, you’re going to be craving that delicious tropical flavor. Luckily for you, there are so many great tasting recipes that I’m so excited to share with you!

Tropical No Churn Ice Cream is one of the best and most refreshing recipes, ever!

Hawaiian Salsa just might be your new favorite dip!

Check out this Tropical Avocado Smoothie. Such a great recipe for any time of the day.

This Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken recipe is sweet and delicious!

You’re going to love these funky and fun Flamingo Cupcakes!

This Hawaiian Bubble Bread is going to have you taking bite after bite!

Cool off with this delicious Frosty Hawaiian Mocktail!

delicious dump cake recipe for your next luau

How do you store this cooled cake?

Once the cake has cooled down, it’s time for you to store it in the fridge. Just put it into a container with a lid and it should be fine in the fridge for 2-3 days.

What is the biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake?

Dump cakes are famous for their simplicity and deliciousness. No fuss, no muss, just dump and bake! However, as with any recipe, there are some common pitfalls to avoid.

The biggest mistake aspiring bakers make when making a dump cake is not layering the ingredients correctly. It can be easy to get excited and dump everything into the pan at once, but taking the time to layer the ingredients in the right order is crucial for ensuring a perfect end result.

Doing so will help the cake to bake evenly and prevent any ingredients from clumping together.

So, take a deep breath, slow down, and follow the recipe carefully for the best possible outcome. Happy baking!

Why don’t you mix dump cakes?

When it comes to baking dump cakes, it’s easy to get creative and experiment with different ingredients and flavors. However, mixing dump cakes may not always yield the best results.

The reason being that dump cakes rely on the layering of ingredients in a specific order to create a delicious and moist dessert.

Mixing the ingredients may alter the texture and consistency of the cake, resulting in a less-than-ideal final product.

So the next time you get the urge to mix up your dump cake recipe, remember to stick to the original layering instructions and let the magic happen in the oven.

Do you refrigerate dump cake?

Dump cakes are a classic dessert that has been a family favorite for generations. With their simple yet delicious combination of cake mix, fruit, and butter, it’s no wonder why they’re such a hit.

Yet, one question that often lingers among dump cake lovers is whether or not to refrigerate them.

Storing them in the fridge is a must! Storing it correctly is the best way to keep this easy and scrumptious dessert fresh and delicious that is sure to please any crowd.

How long will dump cake keep?

Dump cake is a scrumptious dessert that, with minimal effort, can be whipped up in just a few minutes. But if your sweet tooth isn’t up to the challenge of finishing the whole cake in one sitting (though we wouldn’t blame you if it was), you may be wondering how long it will keep in the fridge.

While opinions on the matter vary, experts generally agree that, if properly stored in an airtight container, dump cake can last for up to five days.

That said, the cake may lose some of its moistness and flavor over time, so we recommend indulging sooner rather than later.

Is dump cake supposed to be gooey?

When it comes to dump cakes, one of the defining characteristics is their irresistibly gooey texture. But is this intentional? The short answer is yes.

A dump cake is meant to have a soft, gooey consistency that’s somewhere between a cake and a pudding.

This is achieved by using simple ingredients like canned fruit and cake mix, which are layered and baked together to create a deliciously moist and sticky dessert.

Whether you’re a fan of classic dump cake flavors like cherry and pineapple, or you prefer to get creative with your ingredients, there’s no denying the appeal of a warm and gooey slice of this dessert.

So next time you whip up a dump cake, rest assured that its irresistible texture is exactly what it’s supposed to be!

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More Cake Mix Recipes:

If you love this easy dessert recipe, here are more! Any cake lover will agree that dump cake recipes and cake mix recipes are the best! Making cake can be such a simple dessert to do – just be careful, you’re going to want to eat the entire cake! 

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Tropical Dump Cake Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This Tropical Dump Cake recipe is so good!


  • 1 15.5 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 15.25 ounce can tropical fruit salad
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, melted
  • ½ cup shredded sweetened coconut


    1.Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and grease your dish.
    2.Take and pour the crushed pineapple and fruit cocktail plus the juices into the dish.
    3.Take your dry cake mix and put it on top of the fruit, covering it all the way.
    4.Once that is done, take and spoon the melted butter over the cake mix.
    5.Take and put the cake into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
    6.Once done, take the cake from the oven and sprinkle the coconut on top. Then, put the cake back in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, until the coconut and the cake are brown.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 327Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 420mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 2g

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It’s such a delicious dessert! Minimal prep time and perfect for a summer party! Treat yourself to this sweet treat and enjoy knowing that great recipes like this don’t have to be hard to make! 

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