Howdy everyone! I’m so thankful it’s Friday I could weep like a sad kitten! sad kitten

Since it is hot as friggin’ hell out here in Arizona (someone kill me) I thought since I’m staying inside (never to leave the house again until November) that I’d do two things.

  1. Give you a lip-smacking, damn good recipe from my cookbook.
  2. Give you a link to vote for Rants From My Crazy Kitchen as being one of the top 25 Foodie Moms. You’ll remember her not only from her awesome blog, but she contributed two delicious recipes to the cookbook. Yummy drool drool! Click HERE to vote for her and her awesome blog. I’m sure she will be very thankful you took the time. πŸ™‚


Okay, so you guys know that I’m a cookbook writer that HATES HATES HATES to cook. Yeah, I know. I’m a whacko. Anyway, I’m going to give you a recipe for one of THE BEST desserts you can ever make and I kid you not, a blind hamster could make it–it’s THAT easy! It’s the perfect cake to take to a BBQ. It’s the perfect cake to take to bed and eat with your hands until you pass out (at least you are already laying down–less likely to get injured).

This recipe is good for a few reasons:

  1. It’s cheap to make.
  2. It’s easy as hell to make and takes about 4 minutes to throw together.
  3. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want a second helping.
  4. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want a third helping.

I’m going to give you the recipe straight from the book, little story and all (each recipe has its own story because I talk too damn much!). πŸ™‚ I hope you love it! Oh, and GO VOTE for Rants!! She’s awesome and I’d love to see her make it into the top 25 Foodie Moms again this year. πŸ™‚

Dump Cake

Let me say that on their own, I don’t like many of the ingredients in this cake. The first time my mom made it and handed me a piece I thought to myself, “GROSS! Cherries and pineapple? Vomit. Must. Keep. Smile. On. Face. While. Gagging.” Then I took a bite. Then I took another. Then I took 20 more and ended up eating 3 pieces of it. Somehow, all the flavors come together into this conglomeration of co-mingled delights in a way that I never would have expected. Of course, anything with a stick and a half of butter is bound to be delicious. Besides which, it truly is the single most easy homemade cake you will ever make. Ever. Period.

Below is Mom’s recipe from 1978. Thank goodness that she saves everything. I sure know who I get my pack rat tendencies from.

Β dump cake

The list of yum yums:

  • One 18- to 20-ounce can of cherry pie fillingβ€”the extra cherry kind if possible
  • 1 – 1Β½ sticks of butter
  • One 20-ounce can of un-drained pineapple rings
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix

Β Dumping it all together:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 Β°F.
  2. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9×13 glass dish.
  3. Place a single layer of pineapple rings on the bottom of the dish and pour the juice over the pineapple.
  4. Pour the can of cherry pie filling on top of the pineapple and spread so the cherries are distributed evenly.
  5. Pour the dry yellow cake mix over the pineapple and cherries and level it out. Don’t mash the cake mix, just gently level it out and make sure it’s evenly dispersed.
  6. The take a stick or stick and a half of butter, slice it into 1/8-inch thick slices and put it over the entire cake top about an inch apart.
  7. Bake at 350 Β°F for about an hour or until the top is crispy brown.

I can’t even begin to describe how tasty this cake is. And seriously, have you ever read an easier cake recipe? It’s even easier than boxed cake. I would serve this cake to a chef. A president. A Nobel Prize winner. There is no shame in serving this cake to anyone and everyone. It may have taken you 3 minutes to make it, but no one would ever guess that in a million years. It is absolutely fantastic.

Enjoy everyone! Have a fantastic weekend! πŸ™‚ Luv ya!

39 comments on “Mmmmmm…food…

    • You are so very welcome, sweetiepie! My pleasure. πŸ™‚ Enjoy it. It is sooooo delicious–and this from a person who usually thinks any dessert that doesn’t involve chocolate is a waste of calories. πŸ™‚

      Oh my God, PLEASE come take some of our heat. It’s TOO DAMN HOT!!!!!! ( I was going to say, “I’ll pay you $10,000 and lick your feet if you can take away some of this fucking nightmarish heat!!” but then I thought I’d take the more polite route. Ha!)


    • Every time I read my mom’s sweet handwriting it just warms my heart. I love that she sat down with me to go through all of her treasured recipes to pick some out for the cookbook.

      I’m so happy it reminded you of your grandma. Those memories are the best. XO


      • πŸ˜€ Life’s okay, thanks! A little annoying lately, but that’s why chocolate exists…it makes everything better!! And…marshmallows! Unless you have a messed up marshmallow to cereal ratio, then that’s not helping anybody. Lol. Hugs!! Hope you’re well. πŸ˜€


        • Thank the good Lord for chocolate. It gets me through so much too! I hope it gets less annoying soon, my little dear. πŸ™‚ Life over here is wonderful. I’m taking my mom on vacation for a week starting the 26th. We’re going home to visit the east coast and all of our old haunts. We’re going to do nothing but eat and eat and eat and eat! I can’t wait! πŸ™‚


  1. Jodi, you have got to be the ONLY person on the planet that can take a sated man after having a completely unrelated meal, and make him HUNGRY as hell again.

    P.S. Be there in an hour.


    • When I first moved out here I LOVED it! Now that I’ve been here 19 years and I’m old and mean, I don’t like it so much. Though I have to admit, from November-April it is simply beautiful here. A 75 degree day in January is truly a blessing. πŸ™‚ Glad you are loving it in Nevada! πŸ™‚ Happiness!


      • old and mean – yeah, i can see that! liar! the winter warmth is one of many reasons we bailed out of michigan. you could drive up to Prescott or Flagstaff for a few days… πŸ˜‰


        • You are far too kind!

          We are actually planning a trip up North for my birthday. We’re going to go to Bearizona (you get to drive around and have wild beasts come up to your car). I can’t wait! Plus, it’ll be 40 degrees cooler. Whew!


            • Thank you! I can’t believe I’ll be 43 in just a couple of weeks. I still feel 22!

              I think it would be awesome to have a bear claw or wolf bite in my car! As long as it didn’t interfere with driving, it’d be a great story. Yep, you can tell I drive an almost 8 year old Hyundai! πŸ˜‰ If I had my dream car (a Dodge Challenger) I’d be much more concerned.


  2. First, thank you SO MUCH for posting about me and the Circle of Mom’s contest! I really do hope to make it this year! Second, I’m moving to your house this coming winter, I LOVE it hot!! Third, I don’t like pineapple or cherries at all, which is ironic seeing what recipe I will be posting this week. Wait for it….


    • You are very, very welcome! My pleasure. πŸ™‚ I hope you make it! πŸ™‚

      C’mon down to AZ. It’s gorgeous during the Winter. Best place on earth.

      I don’t really like cherries or pineapple either–that’s what is so weird about the cake. How can I possibly like it? Yet, I crave it in my sleep. Can’t wait to see what you are posting this week, little lady! πŸ™‚


  3. Most of your readers are awesomely awesomeness in awesome Awesomeville. So I voted for her. Just one that I know that isn’t awesome and he’s .. well .. never mind.

    Hope your awesome reader gets highly voted.


    • Your Mummy is better than chocolate during PMS. πŸ™‚ Though I doubt my little furries know what that is. Tell Mummy that I hope she (and you) love the cake. It is sooooooo good! πŸ™‚ Love you!


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