pineapple coconut buttermilk dump cake

pineapple dump cake

Have some chocolate ganache to drizzle on this amazing pineapple coconut buttermilk dump cake! Perfect to take to a dinner party or covered dish dinner!

Recipes for Dump Cake

Recipes for dump cake are trending! Why? Well, a few reasons, I think, but most importantly, a dump cake is just so darn easy! You literally do what it says, dump. And, who doesn’t want something that even an 8 year-old could flawlessly do!

Dump Cake from Scratch

When you say you’re making a dump cake from scratch, you can refer to actually pulling together the individual dry/wet ingredients like you do for a ‘real’ scratch cake. Or you can refer to a dump cake from scratch using a nice cake mix. And, that’s the essence of a dump cake, you use the cake mix that makes this kind of recipe work so effortlessly. And, gosh knows, in today’s world sometimes we just need something decadently sweet and special that’s not a lot of work! 

Pineapple Dump Cake

Now you can choose your fruit for the dump cake, but the idea of a pineapple dump cake sounds so delicious to me. In order to get the pineapple tidbits in fresh juice perfect for this recipe, I quickly pulsed it in a food processor. If you want to leave the pineapple unpulsed, I’d recommend using pineapple tidbits rather than the larger chunks. 

Coconut Cake Recipes

Now I do know that coconut cake recipes are popular on my website, and that’s because, well, I LOVE coconut! So, why not add coconut to this dump cake. Pineapple and coconut just shout tropical, and that’s the flavor I wanted to get, something that reminds me of a pina colada and sitting somewhere in the Caribbean. 

Cakes with Buttermilk

Cakes with buttermilk are just better. And, I love cooking with buttermilk. It adds a pleasant albeit subtle tang to baked goods, breads, biscuits cakes. And, it adds very little fat. Buttermilk, like yogurt and sour cream have that acidic ingredient that helps to tenderize gulten making the finished products a softer texture with more poof, rise and body. 

Basically buttermilk is fermented milk, and it’s interesting to just see how magical it is in recipes. Not only more poof, rise and body, but buttermilk helps with more moistness. So, I say here’s to buttermilk, let’s use it more in our baking!

Cake Recipes for Beginners

I say cake recipes for beginners because I consider myself a ‘rogue’ baker, which means I probably am not going to win any awards for my baking. But, I must say, my food seekers are always happy when I serve up a plate of anything I bake. So here are a few of my favorites!

Mandarin Pineapple Dump Cake

Lemon Coconut Baby Cake

30 Best Easy Pie Recipes

Coconut Cake


coconut dump cake

pineapple dump cake

pineapple coconut buttermilk dump cake

Yield: One cake about 8 x 13 baking dish

Have some chocolate ganache to drizzle on this amazing pineapple coconut buttermilk dump cake! Perfect to take to a dinner party or covered dish dinner!


  • Preheat oven to 375
  • 16 oz. pineapple chunks with juice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut, shredded, sweetened
  • 1 cake mix (15.25 oz), white
  • 8 Tbl. butter, salted, cold, cut into small diced pieces


Grease the cake pan well. I used an 8 x 13 baking dish.

Put the pineapple in a food processor and pulse into a mixture. Pour into the cake pan.

Add the buttermilk and one cup of coconut. Swirl and blend somewhat.

Take the cake mix while it's still in the bag and mash out as many lumps as possible. Pour on top the pineapple and buttermilk.

Add the remaining coconut on top and top with the diced butter.

Bake in a preheated 375 oven 38 to 40 minutes. Remove and let cool. Scoop and serve.

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  1. I did not see what size cake pan , sorry

    1. Hi, Sheila! It’s there but hard to find! Thanks for pointing that out to me. It’s an 8 x 13 baking dish. The ‘Yield’ is right under the Pinterest symbol (next to title of recipe) at the beginning of the recipe. I’m gonna see if I can make that bigger and easier to read! 🙂 Tried to do a screen shot and add to this response but it won’t paste. Thanks again! And, this is a yuummy easy cake!! xox~ally

  2. Sue Rockhold says:

    Alice, I made the cake for my birthday! I had some girl friends over to sit in the yard in the shade to visit, eat cake and celebrate. They all loved it! It is such a simple cake to make and so delicious. Thanks for this recipe. I am sending your Ally’s Kitchen website to several. Sue Herndon Rockhold

    1. Ohhhhh, lordy, Sue! You’ve made my weekend! How awesome to hear from you, and thanks for taking the time to let me know, it was a hit for your special day! And, many many THANKS for sharing AK w/your girlfriends! That’s the best! More great stuffing coming…and I’m gonna be making that cake again, too…dang, it’s like a crack cake! LOL! xo ~ally

  3. Cathy Hodge Smith says:

    I will make this tonight. Sounds delicious and so easy! You are wonderful Ally.

    1. Cathy! THANK YOU for those sweet words! And, please let me know how you like. Yes, we want easy and fun in our lives especially in these troubling challenging times, so the easy fun even comes in cooking and a cake! xoxo ~ally

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