Saturday, April 3, 2021

Cherry Dump Cake + Video

Cherry dump cake is the easiest dessert recipe you’ll ever make. Just combine cake mix and pie filling with butter right in the pan and bake!

No one knows the exact origin of this dessert, but it probably gets its name from the fact that everything is basically dumped in a pan.

Did you know you can bake with soda? Believe it or not, you can! Pair this popular fruit with Dr. Pepper or use 7-Up to make your dessert taste like cherry limeade.

For something a little more elegant, try my Chocolate Cherry Tiramisu. It’s perfect for holidays or dinner parties and only takes 15 minutes to put together.

cherry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

How To Make Cherry Dump Cake

Grease a baking dish liberally with butter, then spread the pie filling along the bottom with a spatula. Sprinkle the box mix over the top before drizzling with melted butter.

Shake the pan a bit until everything is evenly distributed, then bake until set and golden brown on top.

Add a scoop of cherry dump cake to a bowl with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or any other flavor of ice cream that sounds delicious!

dump cake step by step

What You Will Need For This Recipe

  • 9x13 Baking Dish - This set is one of my favorites! It comes with a lid for easy storage and is great for casseroles too.
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl - Makes melting butter or chocolate a breeze.
  • Wire Rack - Great for cooling all kinds of baked goods.

dump cake recipe ready to scoop

Recipe Notes

  • Adjust the amount of filling. I like mine bursting with cherries so I use two full cans, but you could easily use a smaller amount if you’d prefer.
  • Use fresh fruit. Swap out the canned filling for pitted whole cherries. Blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries would also taste delicious. Since raspberries are more delicate, I recommend using preserves for that flavor.
  • Want a different flavor? Try swapping out the yellow mix for chocolate or replace one of the cans with crushed pineapple instead. Since it’s just cake mix and pie filling, another variety of fruit like apple or peach would work just as well. 
  • Add a topping for extra texture. Combine brown sugar and chopped almonds in a bowl, then sprinkle the mixture on before baking. Shredded coconut with pecans is another tasty combination.
  • Tip for a hands-off approach: You can make this recipe in a slow cooker as well! Just follow the same process and cook it on High for 2 hours or on Low for 4 hours.

cherry dump cake scooping out a serving

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

Does cherry dump cake need to be refrigerated?

It will be fine at room temperature for 3 to 4 days, but go ahead and pop it in the fridge if you’ll be keeping it longer than that. Cover with foil or plastic so it doesn’t dry out and use within 1 week.

Should I stir the ingredients before baking?

Not at all! Just layer them as directed, or you may end up with raw bits of dough along the bottom of the pan.

dump cake a luscious scoop


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

Video: Cherry Cobbler With Cake Mix

To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

Yield: 12
Author: Catalina Castravet
Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry dump cake is the easiest dessert recipe you’ll ever make. Just combine cake mix and pie filling with butter right in the pan and bake!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 Hour


  • 2 (21-oz) 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, optional topping
  • Whipped cream, optional topping
  • Maraschino Cherries, optional topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350°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.

Cherry Dump Cake collage

Originally published February 2019, updated and republished April 2021

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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

    2. I mix the melted butter into the cake mix and make a "crumble" out of it. Eliminates any 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 :)

  8. This is great with a chocolate cake mix.


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