Thursday, July 30, 2020

Cherry Dump Cake + Video

Cherry dump cake is the easiest dessert recipe you'll ever make! Just mix a few ingredients right in the pan for delicious cake from scratch!

cherry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Have you ever made a dump cake recipe? If not, you won't believe how easy they are to make. And, the results are absolutely delicious.

Check out a few other flavor varieties I've shared in the past. This Strawberry Dump Cake recipe is one of the easiest dessert recipes I have ever made.

Or, this Blueberry Dump Cake is a simple 4-ingredient dessert recipe guests ask for all the time.

Dump Cake with Peaches is a very easy recipe made in one bowl, poured into a pan and canned peaches are poured over the top.

dump cake step by step

How to Make Cherry Dump Cake

Making dump cakes couldn't be easier. The process is the same for almost every flavor. You simply grease your 9 x 13 baking dish liberally.

Then, you add your pie filling. Use a rubber spatula to spread the filling all around the bottom of the baking dish.

Then, sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top of the pie filling. Finally, drizzle melted butter over the entire thing and shake to distribute evenly.

Bake and enjoy the final result.

dump cake recipe ready to scoop

Required tools
  • 9x13 Baking Dish - I have my favorites and this set is one of them. The 9x13 is perfect for casseroles and the smaller size is awesome for making 1/2 a casserole recipe.

Tips for making dump cake
  • I used the conventional cherry pie filling in this recipe. It tastes great, bakes well, and is perfect in this recipe.

  • You can use more or less cherry filling, I like mine bursting with cherries so I used 2 cans of cherry pie filling.

  • In addition, the cherry pie filling can be substituted with apple pie filling or peach pie filling. 

  • Similarly, you can use raspberry preserves, or even fresh cherries, blueberries, or blackberries.

  • For toppings, I use vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. However, you can use your favorite flavored ice cream.

  • You can make this cherry dump cake recipe in a Crock-Pot as well. Just follow the same process. Cook it on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours.

  • Add a topping of brown sugar and chopped almonds to the top before baking for a delicious flavor variation. Or, try coconut and pecans. You can experiment with your favorite toppings.

cherry dump cake scooping out a serving

Frequently asked questions

How did dump cake get its name?

No one knows the exact origin of this dessert recipe. But, it probably comes from the fact that all of the ingredients are basically just dumped into a pan. Either way, this cherry dump cake is a delicious dessert.

Do you refrigerate a dump cake?

Dump cakes are usually served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream on top.

If you use chocolate cake mix, you can try drizzling a bit of chocolate syrup over the top.

dump cake a luscious scoop

How to store Cherry Dump Cake?

Freshly baked  dump cake can be stored for about 3 to 4 days at normal room temperature. Also, you can refrigerate the cake for about 1 week. Cover with foil or plastic wrap to prevent the cake from drying out. This cake does not freeze well.

Do you stir a dump cake?

No, you do not need to stir this cherry dump cake. Just dump the ingredients into your baking dish and bake. Try to distribute the ingredients evenly when you add them to the baking dish. But, there is no stirring needed.

dump cake recipe 

What flavors of dump cake are there?

There are lots of different flavors you can make. If you can find a can of pie filling, you can make this recipe.

Options include strawberry, peach, cherry, blueberry, and apple to name just a few. And, you can try combining flavors as well.

Use a can of crushed pineapple along with a can of cherry pie filling for a cherry dump cake with pineapple.

Try a chocolate cherry dump cake by using a box of chocolate cake mix. Spice cake mix and apple pie filling would be delicious in the fall. The possibilities are almost endless.


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cherry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting over the hot cake

Watch dump cake recipe video

To see us make this cherry dump cake, just watch the recipe video.   

Yield: 12
Author: Catalina Castravet
Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake is very easy to make with few ingredients, ready in 50 minutes, and loaded with delicious cherry pie filling!
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 50 MTotal time: 60 M


  • (2) 21 ounce cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 box yellow cake mix or white cake mix
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and 2 more tablespoons for greasing the baking dish
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino Cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter or spray it with nonstick baking spray.
  3. Add the cherry pie filling to the bottom of the baking dish, and using a rubber spatula, spread it evenly over the surface of the dish.
  4. Sprinkle the cake mix on top of the cherry filling, distribute evenly. Shake the pan, to make sure the cake mix is spread evenly.
  5. Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix, try to distribute it evenly. Shake the pan again.
  6. Bake the Cherry Dump Cake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Start checking on the cake after 40 minutes.
  7. Remove cake from oven and let it just slightly cool on a cooling rack.
  8. Scoop cake into bowls, top with vanilla ice cream and maraschino cherries. Serve warm.

Originally published February 2019, updated and republished July 2020

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  1. I add the crushed pineapple but I also add coconut and it’s wonderful !!! Try it !!!

  2. I haven't ever tried coconut... Sounds good! I've added pineapple and pecans... wonderful!

  3. Is this just dry cake mix, no liquid or eggs?

    1. The melted butter is your liquid on top comes out great but be sure to cover the cake mix so as not to have dry spots

  4. This was so easy! And also very tasty!

  5. I really like to eat Cherry Dump's look so yummy & i learn about how to make perfect cherry dump cake.
    thanks for sharing

  6. I have a question, Can I use an 8X8 pan instead?

  7. Pats of butter on top work well too :)


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