Tropical Crunch Cake

by Kate on April 8, 2013

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Spring has sprung! Finally! Ok, so it’s still pretty chilly here in New Jersey but chilly now means 40’s instead of 20’s and 30’s so I’m happy. Oh so happy! Flowers are starting to pop up, undeterred by the intermittent cold snaps and daily walks with the girls and now Murphy, are once more become our routine. Walks, oh how I’ve missed you. Then there’s running, glorious running!

Alright, truth be told perhaps running isn’t as glorious in real life right now as it is in my head when I remember how great I was doing a few months ago before I got lazy. BUT… I’ll get there again. I’ve fully committed to making it a priority once more and that’s a good thing because I’ll need to run off this cake! This one is dangerous. Dangerously good. Dangerously easy to make. Dangerously quick too. The whole thing means that in hardly any time at all with very little effort on your part, you could be eating this tropical delight.

This month for Secret Recipe Club I was assigned the blog, Cookin’ Mimi. Micha is the author and she’s had a lifelong passion for cooking. Her focus is on creating quick, delicious meals any time no matter how much time or money you have without sacrificing taste for simplicity. Mission accomplished! As I perused her site I found plenty of recipes that were quick, easy and sounded so tasty.

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I love this Caramel French Toast Bake! It immediately had my mouth watering and I think I’d love to add some apples to it too. This is one I’ll certainly be making. And you all know my love of baking bread so these Refrigerator Rolls jumped right out at me too. So easy and what a great recipe along side any weeknight meal.

But when it came to narrowing down all the options, it was this Tropical Crunch Cake that won me over. I adore tropical desserts! Remember that Pina Colada Angel Food Cake Roll? Or those Tropical Trio Muffins? Anything coconut and pineapple is right up my alley.

This is a dump cake which I had heard of before but I’d never made one before. What was I waiting for? This is the easiest cake EVER. Everything gets literally dumped together and that’s it! Into the oven it goes. Half an hour later, you’ve got cake! For my variation I upped the tropical component by using pineapple, mangoes and coconut. The end result is a moist fruit, cobbler-type dessert topped with lovely toasted coconut.  Yowza! Hello Hawaii!

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While this is baking, you can check out all the other fabulous Secret Recipe Club posts and don’t forget to go say hello to Micha!

Enjoy!

~K

One Year Ago: Strawberry Lemon Yogurt Muffins

Two Years Ago: Fresh Fruit Tart with Gingersnap Crust

Tropical Crunch Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10 servings

Tropical Crunch Cake

A quick, easy dump cake with a tropical twist of pineapple, coconut and mangoes.

Ingredients

  • 28 ounces canned, crushed pineapples, undrained
  • 1 large ripe mango, diced
  • 1 package vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (10 oz) bag sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 stick butter, cut into slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour the pineapples into a 9x13 glass baking dish and spread over the bottom of the dish. Scatter diced mango over the pineapple.
  3. Evenly sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the pineapples and mangos, spread a bit with a fork.
  4. Place butter slices evenly over top of the cake mix.
  5. Sprinkle top evenly with shredded coconut.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes until bubbly and golden.

Notes

Adapted from Cookin' Mimi

https://foodbabbles.com/tropical-crunch-cake/



{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies April 8, 2013 at 12:32 am

What a cake! Every bite of that would be a joy.

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Thank you Lisa!

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suzanne April 8, 2013 at 8:39 am

Love it, simple and delicious and really perfect spring dessert!

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Thanks Suzanne!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog April 8, 2013 at 9:08 am

This cake does look dangerous. I wouldn’t have a chance if this cake were in front of me right now. There would be some running to do after a slice…or two!

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

It is dangerous! I had to give it away for fear I would eat the whole thing myself.

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Barb | Creative Culinary April 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

You haven’t heard of a dump cake because you are far too young! They were a mainstay of potlucks and barbecues when I was young; their ease of preparation made them popular but the truth is they always tasted great too. I’ve never had one that wasn’t cherry or blueberry so this is a fabulous take; love these flavors too. Pretending I’m in Hawaii is on my agenda; I want to go to there. BAD!

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I want to go too!! Let’s hop a plane and be gone. What do ya say? I’ve never been. And now I want to try a cherry dump cake. I bet they’re fabulous!!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 8, 2013 at 10:38 am

Oh my! Look at all this coconut deliciousness!! Me want!! πŸ™‚

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Coconut deliciousness indeed!! And that paired so well with the pineapples underneath. Mmm!

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Deborah H. Bateman April 8, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Thanks for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious. I like the idea of the coconut on top. I have made one similar to this with cherries and pineapple. If you get a chance check out my blog Recipe for Life for some of my family favorite recipes at: http://deborah-bateman.blogspot.com

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Thanks for passing by Deborah! And I’m so happy to hear you like this recipe. I’ll certainly be over to check out your site. I always enjoy discovering new recipes and blogs!

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melissa@IWasBornToCook April 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

yum….looks great for summer!

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Thanks Melissa!

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AmandaE April 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Never heard of a dump cake before – where has this easy method been?!?!? Might have to take up running now that I’m in on the secret πŸ™‚ Great SRC pick

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Kate April 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Thanks Amanda! Apparently this easy method has been around forever and I’m just now discovering it πŸ™‚

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Kristin @ Dizzy Busy and Hungry! April 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Hope you got the warmer weather today…it went up to 70 here today! Definitely got me in the mood for this cake! It looks wonderful!

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Lesa @ Edesia's Notebook April 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm

What a fun cake! Perfect for summertime. (If it ever gets here! We’re supposed to have snow on Thursday here in Wisconsin.)

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Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life April 8, 2013 at 10:02 pm

So simple, yet so delicious!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes April 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

What a fun cake. Love how easy it is.

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Lisa~~ April 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Mango, pineapple and coconut…truly a tropical delight!

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Laura Goodenough’s Apple Coffee Cake

Lisa~~

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Hannah April 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Pineapple, mango and coconut? I’m sold! Love the ease of this luscious cake. We can dream of tropical breezes while eating it!

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leigh April 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

The name alone makes me want to try this recipe!

Unfortunately my post missed the blog hop due to tech issues…argh..here is the link as I’d hate for people to miss seeing Aly’s recipe and her wonderful blog – http://chitchatchomp.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/secret-recipe-club-april.html

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Lisa April 9, 2013 at 12:09 am

OK, this cake is right up my ‘tropical anything loving’ alley. Who needs a pina colada when can eat this cake? It looks so scrumptious, Kate..the toasted coconut topping is calling to me! Just give me the pan and a big spoon (you get more per mouthful with a spoon rather than a fork) and look away! That said..LOL@ your BBFL reaction. Yes, he’s baaaaack! πŸ˜‰

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I love your enthusiasm for this cake πŸ˜‰ And your spoon theory too! And cannot wait for the final installment of BBFL πŸ™‚ It will be bittersweet but long awaited.

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angela@spinachtiger April 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

Great pick for this time of year. I love the tropical. I’m craving pineapple right now.

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Camilla @ Culinary Adventures April 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I had never heard of a dump cake until I lived in the Mid-West for a year. The name always turned me off, but this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing with the SRC.

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PolaM April 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Never heard of this type of cake, but I would have picked this too! Now I am curious to try!

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Terra April 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

What a fun recipe! I thought I wanted more cold weather, but decided the warmer weather, green trees make me happier:-) What a great recipe to get us all ready for the gorgeous summer days! Hugs, Terra

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings April 10, 2013 at 10:40 am

Yum- great SRC pick!

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ChristineM April 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I love dump cake but since they changed the size of cake mixes, I am so lost now on what brand to use, for what recipe. Kate, which cake mix did you use? the three major brands all have diff. sizes now, πŸ™

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I didn’t even realize they all are different sizes, Christine. I honestly don’t know which I used but best guess would be Betty Crocker. I usually go for their brand when buying boxed.

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ChristineM April 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Thanks Kate, will have to try this one with that brand. Other brands vary, from 16.25 to 15 to 18 depending on the flavor. Makes me crazy!

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Kate April 11, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Wow! What a big difference in size. That could really screw up a recipe if you were doing something semi-homeade with one of their mixes. Yikes! Thanks for letting me know. I had no idea.

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ChristineM April 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm

just like lots of things at the stores now, amounts are less and if we don’t pay attention, a recipe can be screwed up! I can’t find 5lb bags of sugar anymore, it is now 4 lbs…. same price too

Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama April 15, 2013 at 11:03 am

This looks delicious and I love how easy it is! πŸ™‚

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Kate April 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Carrie! It’s so quick and easy. Tasty too!

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sarah k @ the pajama chef April 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

i need to make this cake! tropical anything is my vice πŸ™‚ yum! great SRC pick!

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Kate April 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Thanks Sarah!

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Andrea April 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm

OMG…this sounds AMAZING!! I love anything coconut (and pineapple, and mango). I know just what I’m making for a get-together this weekend. Thank you for sharing this!!

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Kate April 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I’m so happy to hear you like this Andrea!! It was SO good! I hope you enjoy it.

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Micha @ Cookin' Mimi April 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

This is one of my all time favorite cakes and I love your addition of mango. So glad you liked it.

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virginia October 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm

i have used coconut or pineapple cake instead of vanilia. so much flavor! sometimes i add pecans.

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Kate October 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Ooo! Love that idea Virginia! I can just imagine how much flavor that must add. I’ll definitely have to give it a try your way. Thanks for sharing!

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