Easy Vanilla Dump Cake Recipes

The vanilla dump cake is a simple, easy dessert that has been around for more than 100 years.

Most recipes started with a cake mix layered with canned cream of vanilla soup and poured with canned evaporated milk.

This dump cake is as good as you’ll find, but it is far from fancy. This dump cake recipe has been in my family for generations.

Easy Vanilla Dump Cake Recipes


How To Prepare Vanilla Dump Cake Recipes?

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cooking Time: 30 min

Total Time: 40 min

Yields: 8 servings


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple (undrained)
  • 1/2 cup of butter (melted)
  • Optional: chopped nuts or shredded coconut for topping


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Here’s a simple recipe for Vanilla Dump Cake:


  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple (undrained)
  • 1/2 cup of butter (melted)
  • Optional: chopped nuts or shredded coconut for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Dump the can of crushed pineapple (undrained) into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Spread the can of vanilla frosting on top of the pineapple.
  4. Evenly sprinkle the yellow cake mix on top of the frosting.
  5. Drizzle the melted butter over the top of the cake mix.
  6. If desired, sprinkle chopped nuts or shredded coconut over the butter.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the cake is bubbly around the edges.
  8. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.

Enjoy your easy and delicious Vanilla Dump Cake!

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 428
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 65 g
  • Total Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 9 mg
  • Sodium: 382 mg

What Is The Difference Between Cobbler And Dump Cake?

Dump cake is a lot more than just a custard-topped dessert. It is the perfect cake to serve with ice cream, and I think it’s even better when served in a mug.

The ingredients of this cake are more traditional than many dessert recipes, so that the dump cake will have a much longer shelf life than others.

The thick vanilla frosting holds up well for hours of enjoyment as it does not melt or soften like many brand-name frostings do when left out at room temperature.

Is Dump Cake Supposed To Be Gooey?

The answer to this question is yes and no. The trend in cake recipes has moved away from gooey cakes, so many dump cakes are more like French toast than custard.

When a cake is made with a vanilla flavour and then applied with frosting, it should not be gooey or wet. The batter, which contains eggs and buttermilk, makes the cake moist and thick.

What Does Adding Sour Cream To Cake Mix Do?

Sour cream is an excellent addition to most cake recipes, but it does more for a dump cake than provide moisture.

When added to a vanilla cake batter, the sour cream creates air pockets that provide a nice fluffy texture.

The sour cream is like adding baking soda and vinegar to the boxed pancake mix when making crepes.

How Do You Store Dump Cakes After Baking?

Place the cake in a large zip lock bag, cover it with plastic wrap, and then place it in the refrigerator.

If you do not have a refrigerator, place the cake on a plate and cover it tightly with plastic wrap.

How Long Do You Let A Cake Cool Before Dumping It Out?

The time you allow the cake to cool before dumping it is all about the texture you prefer.

If the cake is still warm, it will be gooier and will spread out over the plate when poured into the oven; if allowed to cool completely, it will not spread out as much but will be a little drier.

Should I Flip The Cake And Put It In The Fridge Or Just Put It In The Fridge?

The original recipe calls for flipping the cake, but I have never been able to flip it without spilling. Every time I flip it to put it in the fridge, the cake becomes a huge mess.

If you do not want to risk a big mess or are pressed for time, place the hot cake in the refrigerator.

Final Thought

There are many ways to enjoy the vanilla dump cake recipe. It is a beautiful warm-weather dessert that is stable enough to take along on a picnic.

It can be used as a base for several custards, puddings, and other desserts. It is also a great addition to making fudge or ice cream sandwiches.

This cake recipe can be easily made ahead of time for large gatherings and will last for two or three days in airtight containers before becoming too stale to enjoy.