Preheat the oven at 350.
While that's heating up, dump your can of cherries in a 9 x 13 pan.
Next, dump your can of crushed pineapple in the pan. You don't need to drain it. Just dump the whole thing in.
Now mix until all of the fruit and juices are combined in fruit harmony.
Now it's time for the cake mix. If you opted to add the pecans, dump the pecans in your cake mix. Then dump the cake mix on top of the fruit. Spread it evenly throughout your pan. Do not mix it in with the fruit. You should have a layer of fruit and a layer of cake mix.
Cut up the margarine and butter into slices. Then distribute the pats of butter and margarine on top of the cake mix.
Of course, after Cora added the butter, I went in rearranged the butter, so it was more evenly distributed. And of course every time I had to assist her, she said, "No mommy. I do it!"
Now your Dump Cale is ready for the oven. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour.
Don't worry, I didn't really let her put the pan in the oven. She was happy just to have oven mitts.
While ours baked, we cleaned up, had tummy time with Julia, checked in on our cake's progress, and sang songs.
Once it was ready, I took it out of the oven and prepped it to take to the barbecue. Unfortunately we were having a crisis at the time (I'll explain in a minute) and I forgot to take a picture of the fresh-out-of-the-oven cake. Here it is after we got into it. Seriously delicious! It's kind of like a fruit crisp. My husband loves it with a scoop of Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream. By the time we left, the entire cake was gone.
Okay back to my crisis.. Right as we were getting to leave, Cora decided to grab a smoky eyeshadow compact when I wasn't looking. She plopped herself right in the middle of my bed pillows (a favorite spot of hers), and decided to apply it herself. I can just hear her saying, "Mommy, i do it!" I have a white comforter and 2 white pillows. She and my bed were a mess when I found her!
We were so late, but at least her dessert was a hit!