Ma Rob found this recipe a few years ago and it's been making an appearance at most major family holidays ever since. It came from Adriana Trigiani who is a fabulous author. If you haven't read her books, add these to your list immediately: Lucia, Lucia and The Queen of Big Time.
The dessert isn't really a cake, but it's not really a pie either. It's indescribable. But it is easy and delicious and it will do a great job of appeasing cake and pie lovers at every gathering. I like to do this for dinner parties, you can pop it in just before sitting down to eat or just after you finish the meal and the timing will be perfect for a heavenly smelling kitchen right as your guests realize they did in fact save room for dessert. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream!
I don't typically do process shots but I had my camera handy when I was making this so I snapped a few so you could see how it comes together. Sorry I don't have any pictures of a finished piece of cake. I got busy eating and then forgot. Whoops!
Dolly Parton Dump Cake
(Adriana Trigiani perfected the recipe while working as a writer on a Dolly Parton television project)
1 can of crushed pineapple
1 can of cherry pie filling (I've made it using raspberry filling too, just as fantastic)
1 can of blueberry pie filling
1 stick of butter
Grease and flour a 9-by-13-inch cake pan (or save time and use the Pam spray with flour, woohoo for simplicity!)
Pour the can of crushed pineapple (including the juices) in the pan. Next, carefully add the cherry pie filling in spoonfuls. Then add the can of blueberry pie filling. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top of mixture (don't add eggs, oil, etc, JUST use the cake mix).
|left: cherry pie filling on top of crushed pineapple|
right: with blueberry pie topping on top of the cherry and pineapple
|looks like cheese but it's really a stick of grated frozen butter|
|finished product, just add ice cream|
Note: The original recipe called for you to put the cake mix on the bottom of the pan and then add the fruit. I had a hard time getting the cake mix at the bottom of the pan to cook all the way through, so I reversed it. Do whatever sounds best to you.