I was craving a dump cake and searched my pantry to see what I had on hand. I always have pineapple and mandarin oranges. Usually, I have yellow cake mix, but I only had a pineapple one. I decided it would be a Hawaiian dump cake with all the flavors I love...pineapple, orange, and coconut. yumm
I make a blackberry version too. It's so good with vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or a little heavy cream poured over the top.
For a low sugar version, use fruit in juice pack, sugar free yellow cake mix, and a mix of Stevia, Coconut sugar, and agave nectar as you choose. Delicious! Enjoy!
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9"x13" baking dish with cooking spray. Combine the crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, cornstarch, salt, and sugar in the pan. Mix well and sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over fruit. Melt butter in microwave and pour evenly over cake mix. Sprinkle with coconut and nuts if desired.
Bake for 45-50 minutes or until light golden brown. You want it to get bubbly around the edges, so cover it with foil before it gets too brown.
Let stand for 10-15 minutes and serve warm or cool with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Variation: Blackberry - I mix 3 bags (12 oz each) of frozen blackberries with 3/4 to 1 cup sugar (to your taste) with a dash of salt and 2 Tbl cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup cold water..then proceed as above with the cake mix, butter, coconut and nuts. Bake as above. Enjoy a delicious cobbler type dessert without all the work.
** If you wish to make this a low sugar dessert, use sugar free yellow cake mix and replace all sugar with Stevia in the Raw and a little Agave nectar. I personally like to use a combo of SF sweeteners for better flavor, so add a little coconut sugar or brown sugar. The addition of 1/4 cup makes the flavor better and when the cake is divided into 12-15 servings, it doesn't seem to spike my blood sugars.