Ingredients used to make a classic cherry dump cake with pie filling include 1 20-ounce can of cherry pie filling, 1 15- to 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple, 1 box of yellow or white cake mix, and various amounts of butter. Some dump cake recipes also call for chopped nuts.
The cherry dump cake recipe developed by Ree Drummond at Food Network combines 1 can of cherry pie filling with 1 can of crushed pineapple, mixing them in a baking dish. Sprinkle the entire box of white cake mix over the fruit filling, and distribute 12 tablespoons of butter throughout the mixture. Bake between 45 and 60 minutes or until the top browns. Create an alternative peach version by substituting 1 large can of peaches in syrup for the cherry pie filling and pineapple, and follow the same directions. Serve with whipped cream topping, if desired.
Cherry dump cake is also good with chopped nuts; the About.com recipe calls for 1/4 cup chopped nuts such as walnuts, cashews or pecans sprinkled over layers including 1 can of crushed pineapple, 1 can of cherry pie filling, 1 box of yellow cake mix and 1 cup butter. The mixture is baked for one hour.
BettyCrocker.com features a simple three-step apple dump cake recipe that doesn't use pie filling. Distribute 4 cups of chopped apples in a pan, and top with 1 box of moist yellow cake mix and 3/4 cup melted butter. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes.