Plenty of delicious looking blueberries


I did it.

Really.   I did it and I am so all about myself today that I can’t even stand it.

If I could, I would throw myself a parade and march down main street with a silver-spangled baton and a 76 piece marching band.

Because today….today I stood in the middle of my macaroni and cheese kitchen….home of the hot dog pot pie…

….and baked something.

And when I say something.  I am not talking about the cookies that you pull apart.  I’m not talking about the garlic bread that comes in the package that you have to pry open because the butter and the garlic on the pieces of bread freeze together.


I am talking about a real recipe.

A real recipe with four ingredients and a baking dish.

And that’s more action than my oven has seen in a very long time.

Pineapple Blueberry Dessert

courtesy of my wonderful new recipe BFF….Cheri.

I’m so all about her and her recipes today

All the ingredients you'll need for this blueberry pineapple dessert


18 oz of FRESH blueberries   (Cheri said to cover the entire bottom of the pan….this took a little more than two containers)

20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (do NOT drain)

1 box of yellow cake mix

1  1/2 sticks of butter, melted

(Note:  Before we proceed.  I just want you to know.  I discovered something about myself today.  While I may be a little weak in the project tutorial area.  I am so much better at the recipe step-by-step because most of the time I have no idea what I am doing….so I have to take it slowly.  Perfect for the step-by-step)


Freshly cleaned blueberries laid out to dry off


1.  Rinse your fresh blueberries and lay them out on a paper towel to dry.

Place the blueberries in a 9 x 13 pan.

(Don’t forget to pat dry as much as possible, or excess water will get in the bottom of the pan).

Add the crushed pineapple to the blueberries


2.  Top with crushed pineapple and spread it evenly over the top.


Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the blueberry and pineapple mixture


3.  Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the pineapple.

Pat the cake mix down lightly.


Slowly add melted butter


4.  Slowly drizzle the melted butter on top of the cake mix.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 min.

It will be a golden brown on top when it is done.

It can be served warm or chilled.

Cheri likes to serve it with Amaretto Whipped Cream.

*sigh*  Maybe one day.  We just had Cool Whip here.


Completed blueberry pineapple dessert


So can you believe it?

I know it was only four ingredients and I know it did involve a box of cake mix and I know I just mixed up the ingredients, but that’s not even close to being the point here.

The point is….. I made it.

And it was delicious.  Not delicious what like you tell your neighbor after she brings you over her bread pudding specialty and you don’t even really like bread pudding, but you feel like you should say it’s delicious because that’s the neighborly thing to do.


This was delicious like “four-helping” delicious.

Like go up two pant sizes because you wanted to eat the whole thing yourself delicious.

Like you are so all about yourself delicious that you feel like you need to express your undying gratitude to Cheri and her wonderful pages and pages of recipes that have way more than four ingredients….

…..and start planning your audition tape for The Next Food Network Star 🙂


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  1. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Bravo!!...Standing Ovation!!...Now, did you make that gorgeous dessert last night?....because there was a clap of thunder here and the earth moved!!... That is one great recipe right up my alley.....and I am not talking bowling....! Will hop over to the features as I never tire of seeing that mac and cheese kitchen and the farm!

  2. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Way, to go KariAnne. I know this was delicious. My mother started making something like this when I was about thirteen. She always called it Dump Cake. You can vary the fruit that you put on the bottom, and we always put chopped pecans on top. Oh, and we just slice our butter and scatter around the pan instead of melting. My son sometimes sprinkles oatmeal on the top to get a kind of streusel effect. I just thought of another way that you might like. Peaches on the bottom and butter pecan cake mix. Yum!. Topped with some I just remembered this post - if you want to take a look. Sorry for rambling on and on. It's just that I know how good your cake was. And, I am so excited about your new conquest. Your food photography is the bomb.

  3. Image for Anne Anne

    Good for you sweetie! I used to hate cooking, I thought it was so tedious... Now that I'm on my own, I've got a whole recipe box full of quick, easy-peasy and delicious recipes and I'm more inclined to try more complicated stuff from time to time. Guess I just got tired of eating the same things all the time... Your dessert looks fabulous and I'm sure your family is very, very happy. xox ps if you want me to send you some of my recipes, let me know :)

  4. Image for everton terrace everton terrace

    I love to bake but I also love having a few of these types of recipes in my pocket for "emergencies". Can't believe it's that easy. I have already eaten an entire box of Sees nuts n chews since Mother's Day (that sounds better than saying I ate them in 2 days) so this one is going to have to wait a week or so but I am going to give it a try for sure. Must say, I've never heard of hot dog pie. Being a vegetarian, I probably won't try it. Mac/cheese though, love it!

  5. Image for Angie Angie

    O. M. Gee. Those blueberries look so good. And now the blueberry yogurt that is going to be my breakfast is looking kinda disappointing. I'll definitely have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing it. Angie P.S. your pics are awesome

  6. Image for Christi Christi

    We call this "Dump Cake", and it is SO delicious! You can also substitute the blueberries for a can of cherry or strawberry pie filling. :-)

  7. Image for stacey stacey

    YEAH!! Way to go Kari Anne!!!! Listen Gal, a victory is a victory, even if it does involve a box! Take them when you can get them! Job well done!

  8. Image for {Adventuresindinner} {Adventuresindinner}

    Ok, no kidding you should be amazed at your awesomeness! That cake looks fanatastic! You could use just about any fruit in there and what a total treat! Hmmm...and apparently there is a sale in Ottawa of exclamation points today. C:

  9. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Congratulations Karianne, I love blueberries and this does look delicious. I like easy. I try not to spend too much time in the kitchen cooking. Thanks for sharing. Joyous Wishes, Linda

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    Look at you go!!!!! oh my word, that looks AMAZING!!! I can almost smell it! It is only 10am here on the west coast, and that would taste fantastic with my coffee right now!! I am so proud of you, I may just call your local town hall and see about that parade and marching band! Well done! Now, there is NOTHING you can't do!! Going to go gaze at photos of your (re-named) Pineapple Blueberry kitchen, at Stacey's. I will never tire of looking at photos of your lovely home! P.S. Why can't you just live next door so I could come over, plate and coffee in hand for a big scoop of your latest dessert triumph? xo-Lisa

  11. Image for Becca Becca

    Holy delicious! {I love your macaroni and cheese kitchen!} Thanks for making me wait to break my diet- like I needed help with that! ;-) xo Becca

  12. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Well you did it again.I can't tell you enough how I look forward to reading your blog. I'm hosting bunco this month and this will be perfect to serve to my bunko friends. I'm even going to try the amaretto whip. Thank you for sharing. P.S i love the photos.

  13. Image for NanaDoll NanaDoll

    you crack me up! the photos are wonderful! makes me want to bake something, but ooops, my husband ruined my cake pan...might just have to go get another one!

  14. Image for Kristina Kristina

    My mother always makes this, except instead of blueberries she uses cherry pie filling and adds pecans to the top of the cake mix. I am not a baker either, I despise it, but this is probably my very favortie dessert, and I actually don't mind making it.

  15. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    You go, girl!! Now I'm seriously gonna have to go off my diet! I'm starved just looking at your mouth-watering pics! I can bake this, too! And I WILL! :0) Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Karianne!! Big TX Hugs, Stephanie

  16. Image for Lori Lori

    Karianne Woo-Hoo, simple and oh looking so yummy!! This sounds just like what my sweet palate needs! Kudos to both you girls for sharing! Lori

  17. Image for Dianne Taylor Dianne Taylor

    I attended a luncheon today and someone brought this! The only difference was that she used blueberry pie filling instead of fresh blueberries and she added walnuts before adding the butter. Instead of it being called Dump Cake, she appropriately called it Blue Heaven Dessert . . . YES!

  18. Image for Jo @ To a Pretty Life Jo @ To a Pretty Life

    You're awsome. Instead of writing a "Yay, I'm being featured!" post (nothing wrong with that), you feature a recipe from your featurer, then add a little post script. I'm in awe! If I wasn't playing the game right now, I'd grab my kids and run to the store to buy a cake mix and some blueberries! This recipe looks delicious!

  19. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    Damn sounds like my type of recipe simple and yummy I think I could make this without stuffing it fact I will copy the recipe and give it a go........................

  20. Image for Cheri Cheri

    Sorry I am getting over so late today- Dr appointments, shopping at the outlet mall before we surprise the kiddos with a BIG trip to Disney Workd next week--yes I said surprise--they do not know and we aren't telling them until we pull in the parking lot. The reaction should be FUN!!! So glad do many of you enjoyed the recipe. It is delicious! Karianne's photography of food is to die for. She makes me want to start licking the screen of y lap top. xoxo, Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  21. Image for laurie laurie

    Four ingredients....????? Wooooo hooooo!!!!!! You go, girl!!!!! lolol! Seriously, Karianne.....I ADORE you and the way you write. You always have me in stitches. :) You need to write a book, girl. I AM going to stand in the middle of my kitchen, home of FatCat*HappyDog wine, and make this dessert! It sounds delicious!!! ♥ xoxo laurie

  22. Image for Tina Tina

    {{{{CLAPPING LOUDLY & WHISTLING}}}} This looks delish! I have yet to check out Cheri's recipes, I am heading over there now! Have a great day!

  23. Image for sixteen fourteen sixteen fourteen

    Thanks for stopping by my little blog...yours is gorgeous!!! Congrats on the recipe. I'm not much of a cook either, as one of my friends says, "I don't cook, but I do prepare food." HA! :-)

  24. Image for Yvonne @ StoneGable Yvonne @ StoneGable

    GIVING YOU A STANDING OVATION! Can you hear how loud I am clapping! So happy for you... seriously! I am not a baker, no not at all. So I share in your great pride. I actually think this recipe seems doable! Thanks for sharing it. I have been perusing your past posts. Oh I LOVE the trim on your bookshelf. I have a very old fashioned top and have always been at a loss to do something to update it! Beautiful shelf and styling!!!! I love to visit Thistlewood Farm!

  25. Image for Kate Kate

    I just made this the other day! Only instead of blueberries, I used cherry pie filling. My mom used to make this all the time growing up. My husband said it reminded him of a cobbler. I'll have to try it with the blueberries :)

  26. Image for Kim Kim

    You go girl. Sounds like you bake about as much as I do. That looks really scrumptious. And look at you being featured on two blogs. You are a star!

  27. Image for Dormouse Dormouse

    Hey! Well done Karianne! I bet the kids loved that dessert. I make something similar sometimes, but I mix porridge oats (oatmeal in the US?) into the topping. It makes it almost healthy!!! (Honest...)

  28. Image for Natalie Natalie

    Hi there! I'm your newest subscriber! Found you at My Sweet Savannah. Come visit me at JJ@Co sometime! All the best to you!! Natalie

  29. Image for Michelle Michelle

    I made this for my book club this week and it was a hit. It was so easy to make but looked like it took a lot of effort. I also made the amaretto whip cream and the ladies were in heaven. Thanks again for sharing. This is a keeper and I'm sure I will be making it for other parties I host throughout the summer.

  30. Image for rosie rosie

    Many thanks for the step by step, makes it much easier to do..and it looked great. Will try it this weekend, and congrats...again love love love the STEP BY STEP, keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Image for jami at freckled laundry jami at freckled laundry

    Oh my! Cheri's recipes are always so yummy and she's such a sweetie too. I'm about to give the husband puppy dog eyes to run to the grocery store for me...I have my fat pants on and I'm too comfy to go myself. You're a good little foodie photographer too!...of course. You probably already know this, but just in case you don't...your sidebar stuff is not showing beside your post. It's showing down below my comment box. Let me click out real quick after I write this...maybe it just happens when I comment...

  32. Image for lisa lisa

    I made this blueberry pineapple dessert. I needed to make a last minute dessert and came across this one. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand and went for it. It is absolutely delicious. It's similar to a cobbler. Really good!!

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