Pineapple-cherry Dump Cake Recipe & A Romance

April 30th, 2014 Kimberly Feature 67 Comments

30th Apr


*Recipes to delight your palate and books to feed your mind*

Happy Wednesday! Today for Recipe & A Book Recommendation I am offering up a yummy dessert, similar to a cobbler and a romance that made my heart go a flutter. Grab a cup of your favorite caffeinated beverage and enjoy….


Pineapple-Cherry Dump Cake with Almonds

Pineapple-cherry dump cake is the perfect dessert for a party or special dinner. It is easy to make and popular with guests. I love that folks thing I fussed in the kitchen all day when it took me minutes to prepare and left me time to get ready.

Pineapple-Cherry Dump Cake

ingredients for dessertOne 16 oz can of crushed pineapple
One 20 oz can of cherry pie filling
One box of yellow cake mix (dry ingredient only)
2/3 cup of chopped nuts (I prefer slivered almonds)
1/2 cup butter



  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan
  • Dump pineapple and juice into pan, spreading evenly
  • Pour or spoon pie filling over pineapple and spread evenly
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over top of fruit
  • Add nuts to top in a think, overlapping layer
  • Slice butter into thin slices and lay them across entire dish.
  • Bake in oven for one hour
  • Serve cool or warm. (vanilla ice cream or cool whip optional)


Pineapple-cherry Dump Cake

Book Recommendations

Today I am sharing two romances that made me smile. Enjoy!

Sleigh Bells in the SnowSleigh Bells in the Snow 
by Sarah Morgan 
Links: WebsiteFacebook 
Series: O’Neil Brothers #1 
Publisher: Harlequin 
on October 29, 2013 
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Source: Publisher 
Purchase: Amazon
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan heats up the season with the O’Neil brothers in a brand-new holiday series!
Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green’s favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year. Jackson O’Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family’s resort—it’s in his blood, and he can’t let it fail. Now that he’s got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus. Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she’s out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it’s terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn’t believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?

Now I know what you are thinking, “Sleigh Bells? Snow? Are you serious? I want beaches.” It may be winter in this novel but I assure you that you will indeed be warm reading it. Sleigh Bells in the Snow is the first book in the O’Neil brothers series and let me tell you, “You do not want to miss out on this small town or its yummy brothers.” The story takes place at a ski lodge in Vermont and Morgan held my attention. She made me giggle and swoon from the family interaction to the romance. This is the perfect time to start this series as Suddenly Last Summer, the second book releases in June. Read my review of Sleigh Bells in the Snow.




by Colleen Hoover 
Series: Hopeless #1 
Publisher: Simon and Schuster 
on December 19, 2012 
Genres: Contemporary Romance 
Source: Purchase 
Purchase: Amazon
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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever

Colleen Hover captivated me with Hopeless. I loved her characters and the mystery woven into this tale. She hooked me from page one and introduced characters that I came to care for. I laughed, held my breath and swooned. It boarders between young adult and new adult without the angst you find in many new adult novels. Want to know more? Read my review of Hopeless. I promise you will adore Holder 🙂

Bon Appetit and happy reading!

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67 Responses to “Pineapple-cherry Dump Cake Recipe & A Romance”

  1. Adriana

    Sleigh Bells in the Snow remind me of the Hallmark movies I watch during the winter season. I really like this feature. I could use some help in the food department. Looking forward to reading about more recipes and recommendations!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Adriana. It is my hope to offer this feature at least twice a month 🙂

  2. Lindy

    Yummy! Kim, will you come to my house and bake? LOL I can’t wait to try out your recipe! I loved Sleigh Bells in the Snow and Hopeless! Those were two great books! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehehe..this one is easy and everyone loves it!

  3. Vilia

    It looks really good. I’m guessing the pineapple makes it completely healthy so second or third slices would be okay? 🙂

  4. anna

    Gah. I have been trying to get back to this post all weekend but have been at wedding events for the last 4 days! lol I’ve never made a dump cake before. Sounds pretty good. Do you think you could leave off the nuts and be okay?

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Anna, I have made without when having guests who aren’t keen for nuts. You can also top with granola.

      • anna

        Oh granola I could totally do! I have a thing about fruits and nuts together. lol But granola would be perfect. Hadn’t even crossed my mind.

  5. Michele-A Belle's Tales

    This is fabulous, Kimba! I love the idea of adding almonds — that’s going in our recipe for sure. Love the books, too! Mckenzie and I just adore this feature. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend <3

  6. Mckenzie

    That recipe sounds incredible, Ms. Kimba!! I’ve had pineapple blueberry dump cake, but the cherry sounds amazing!! I’ll definitely have to try this one. Those books you mention look great, too — my mom’s a huge Hopeless fan! Awesome post!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks McKenzie, this is definitely a recipe that you could make. Ooo and blueberry sounds good.I have a cobbler recipe I will share this summer that works for everything from fresh peaches to blueberries. Have a delightful weekend sweetie!

  7. Michelle

    MMm this recipes sounds so delicious! I’ve only had strawberry dump cake, so I’ll have to add this to my list of things to try!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, no Tyler…this is so easy, you could make it for her 🙂

  8. Cyn

    Yay! I love this, I’m always up for desserts! I have both books on my Kindle, hopefully I’m going to read them soon! Thanks for the recipe (:

  9. Emily

    Dump Cake is one of our family staples! I did a demonstration speech in grade school on how to make it. Just taught my 12 year old son how to make it last month. Mmmm, now I’m hungry.

    Books look yummy too!

  10. Mary

    I was wondering about your winter, snowy selection. But heat is a good thing! 🙂 The recipe sounds really yummy, too.

  11. Lark

    The cake looks delicious; I would never have thought of combining cherries and pineapple! I’ll take a look at your Sarah Morgan review – I must have missed it the first time around.

  12. Lauren

    YUM I am hungry now! Hopeless is fantastic Sleigh Bells in the Snow sounds awesome – yummy brothers and a small town are exactly what I love, no matter the season. 🙂

  13. Felicia S. (

    Dump cake is a staple at Thanksgiving for our family. We always make a few flavors (I don’t like pineapple, my brother doesn’t like cherry, ect). They are oh so gooooooooooooooooooooood!

  14. Michelle

    I can’t eat pinapple but I know a few people that can and this would be great to take to someone’s house for dessert. Thanks fo much for sharing it. Yummy!!

  15. Ginny

    I have all the stuff for Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake in my pantry…woohoo…guess what I’m going to make for my sweet treat this weekend?! I read Sleigh Bells in the Snow but was saving my review for closer to Christmas. I know that’s bad. Especially since there’s another book coming out. It is really great romance that left me smiling too!

  16. Angela Adams

    I did read “Sleigh Bells in the Snow” with some hot chocolate…Unfortunately, this cake was missing…Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Dani

    Thanks for the recipe! I too love Sleigh Bells in the Snow and I can’t wait to read Suddenly Last Summer!

  18. Sophia

    Hmm… looking delicious! I still refuse to bake it though, XD.

    (No, I’m still not trustworthy enough in the kitchen, no matter how simple it is…)

  19. Tanja

    I don’t like pineapple that much so this probably is not the best recipe for me. But it looks tasty. I want to read Helpless badly and recently I saw it was translated here. So I might go and grab it! 🙂 Great post, Kim 🙂

  20. Heidi

    Yes I loved Hopeless as well which surprised me considering I am usually not a fan of the dramatic NA reads. I agree a dump cake is a simple and easy recipe that is always good when you are in hurry!

  21. angela carr

    I’ve been wanting to read this. Everyone is raving about it. but some contents may not be my cuppa. =/ Someday, I might brave it. =)

  22. Debbie Haupt

    Kimba, thanks for the great recipe from a cooking non-enthusiast 🙂 I’m definitely trying this.
    Oh and the Morgan was fab and the next installment in her O’Neil brothers trilogy comes out in late June it’s called Suddenly Last Summer and it was wonderful 😉

  23. Candace

    I’m doing the tour for Suddenly Last Summer and the sign ups should be up soon. I hope you’ll sign up!
    I’m wondering if there’s something you can substitute the nuts for in the dessert cause it all sounds wonderful except the nuts. Maybe cereal? I might have to try it…

    • kimbacaffeinate

      granola works well. Just a think layer or skip them all together.

  24. aurian

    Ooo that recipe is so easy and sounds delicious. Do you think I can skip the nuts? I really like nuts, but not in/with something else.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Aurian, I have made this without the nuts.

  25. Jessica

    So first . . . YUM. And now I get to admit to yet another book that I’ve had forever, but have not read–Hopeless. Which is really ridiculous given how much I loved Slammed. Someday I’ll have time to read ALL THE BOOKS 😉

  26. Berls

    Yum! That dump cake sounds yummy and talk about easy! I love that you don’t even need a mixing bowl (one less dish to clean). I will definitely be trying it. And be had colleen Hoover on my tbr for so long, all I’ve heard are good things. Awesome post Kimba – I love this feature, combining two of my favorite things, books and food!!

  27. kindlemom1

    Such a fun idea and Hopeless has been in my TBR pile for like, forever now. I so need to read it. I am hoping this summer I can play catch up and really tackle my TBR pile again.

  28. Nick

    Yum! That looks good! I love making desserts. I’ll bookmark your recipe to make for my parents when I head home this summer, Kim!

  29. A Voracious Reader

    That cake sounds like something similiar my Grandma used to make. I’ll have to give it a go because I’m all for the easy stuff especially if it’s nommynomnom. lol And even though it’s contemporary I also like the sound of Hoepless. I need to see if it’s already on my TBR. Thanks, Kimba!

  30. Jeann

    Your recipes always look so delicious Kimba! I loved Hopeless so, so much it was amazing <3 Colleen hoover has a talent, that woman.

  31. Katherine

    The recipe sounds yummy! Unfortunately I’m the only one in my house who likes pineapple (they rest of them are weird) so I’ll have to wait for a potluck or something. The cake sounds tasty but I don’t want to eat the whole thing myself! I actually have the Sarah Morgan on my Kindle (and the newest one too) but haven’t gotten to it. Great review! I’ll have to move it up the list!

  32. Kelsey

    Your recipe looks so good! I don’t know if I could read a winter looking romance after all the snow we had, but maybe the other book I’ll check out soon 🙂

  33. Jenea

    The dessert looks like something my family would like, and I like that it is pretty simple to make. Loved Hopeless, Sleigh Bells sounds good too. 🙂

  34. Franny

    Ohh, I like desserts but I’m not very fond of cherries in them. 🙂 It’s funny because every time I hear (or read) the word “cobbler” I can’t help but think of The Sims, hehe 🙂
    I’ve read another book by Sarah Morgan, Once Upon a Christmas. It was during the Christmas holidays and I enjoyed it! 🙂

  35. Livia

    Awesome book recs, and you’re killing me with that dessert, lol!! I’m gonna need it after my book binge galore of last night, lol, not much sleep happened 😀

  36. Silvia

    The dessert looks good but it may be too sweet for my taste…
    I think the first time I heard about Sarah Morgan has been here on your blog awhile ago. Should I take this reminder as a ‘give it a go, Silvia’? 😉 As for Colleen Hoover, lots of people seem to really love her books and I’m kinda curious now. Oh well, I think I’ll note both of them down my TBR list 😉

  37. Jennifer Bielman

    OOOH, I want that dessert! Sounds interesting. Hopeless was very good but I actually didn’t like Holder all that much, well, until the end.

  38. Christy

    Now this is my kind of recipe. YUM! I’d go with the almonds too. Now I want some cherries really bad.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy, this is easy and everyone seems to love it 🙂