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Cherry Pie Filling Dump Cake

With just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep, this cherry pie filling dump cake is an effortless dessert! Serve it with some vanilla ice cream for a simple, delicious treat for any occasion anytime throughout the year.

If you love cherries desserts, try our easy cherry yum yum, cherry cheesecake, and old-fashioned cherry pie next!

top shot of cherry pie filing dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Easy cherry pie dump cake

It doesn’t get much easier than this cherry dump cake – there are no ingredients to chop or batter to mix.

This one is a combination of cherries and vanilla cake, so it’s perfect for spring and summer, but you can certainly enjoy it year-round.

Warm cherry pie cake is perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.

The easy dump cake recipe uses just 3 pantry staples. All you do is dump them into a baking dish, pop the whole thing in the oven, and you’ll have a fabulous treat ready in less than an hour.

I always return when I need a super delicious, super easy dessert with practically no hands-on time. It is an excellent addition to holidays, gatherings, and potlucks.

cherry dump cake ingredients.

Ingredients

Just 3 ingredients go into this cherry pie filling dump cake. Reference the recipe card below for exact measurements.

  • Cherry pie filling is the star ingredient. You need two 21 oz cans; any brand will work. The recipe is pretty forgiving in case you can’t find 21 oz cans. Simply use ones that contain slightly less or more.
  • Cake mix: I prefer yellow cake mix, but white cake mix or lemon cake mix would work beautifully, too.
  • Melted butter combines with the cake mix to create a crisp, golden top. Both salt and unsalted butter are fine.

How to make cherry pie filling dump cake

This pie filling dump cake comes together in a few simple steps. And the best part of making this recipe? You mix and bake the cherry pie filling cake all in the same pan.

step 1 add fruit layer.

1. Add fruit layer

  • Pour the cherry pie filling into a greased baking dish and spread it out into an even layer.
step 2 add cake mix.

2. Add the cake mix

  • Sprinkle the cake mix on top over the cherry pie filling.
step 3 add melted butter.

3. Melt the butter

  • Melt the and drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix. Soak as much of the cake mix with melted butter as possible to ensure a crisp, golden top.
step 4 bake cherry dump cake.

4. Bake dump cake

  • Bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the golden brown on top and the filling is bubbly.
  • Remove the dump cake from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes to cool. Enjoy!

Variations

Try a different cake mix topping. We love the combination of cherry and yellow cake, but white or chocolate cake mix can be used instead.

Swap out the fruit: Replace the pie filling with any other fruit you like. It’s a great base recipe to go off.

Add almond extract: 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract enhances the cherry flavor.

Make it lemony: Stir lemon zest for a fresh, lemony flavor.

Add some nuts: A handful of chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds can add a lovely crunch to the filling.

Tropical twist: Stir crushed pineapples into the filling for a summery, tropical flavor.

Holiday version: Add a dash of ground cinnamon to the cherry pie filling to give the cake a festive touch.

cherry pie filling cake on a speckled plate.

Serving suggestions

Cherry dump cake tastes best served warm or at room temperature.

Either way, you want to let your cherry pie cake rest for at least 15 minutes out of the oven before serving. Otherwise, the filling will be scalding hot!

To me, cherry dump cake is only complete with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! It’s so satisfying when the ice cream gets melty on warm cake.

Whipped cream is another delicious option.

You can even sprinkle white chocolate chips over the top of the warm dump cake. The chocolate chips will get all melty and gooey.

Storage instructions

  • Store: Keep the dump cake can in the fridge for up to 5 days. Cover the baking dish with foil or transfer leftovers to an airtight container.
  • Reheat: Reheat single servings in the microwave in 30-second bursts until warm.
  • Freeze: Baked cherry dump cake freezes well for up to 3 months. Wrap the baking dish in plastic wrap and again in foil. Defrost in the fridge overnight.

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cherry pie filling dump cake.

Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

With just 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep, this cherry pie filling dump cake is an effortless dessert! Serve it with some vanilla ice cream for a simple, delicious treat for any occasion anytime throughout the year.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans cherry pie filling (21 oz / g each)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup / 1 stick / 115 g / 4 oz butter

Instructions

  1. Prepare for baking. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C / gas mark 4. Grease a baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add fruit layer. Pour the cherry pie filling into the greased baking dish and spread it out into an even layer.
  3. Add the cake mix. Sprinkle the cake mix on top over the cherry pie filling.
  4. Melt the butter. Melt the butter in a small saucepan on the stove or in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix. Soak as much of the cake mix with melted butter as possible to ensure a crisp, golden top.
  5. Bake dump cake. Bake the cake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the golden brown on top and the filling is bubbly.
  6. Serve. Remove the dump cake from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes to cool. Serve warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

Notes

Variations

  • Try a different cake mix topping: We love the combination of cherry and yellow cake, but white or chocolate cake mix can be used instead.
  • Swap out the fruit: Replace the pie filling with any other fruit you like. It’s a great base recipe to go off.
  • Add almond extract: 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract enhances the cherry flavor.
  • Make it lemony: Stir lemon zest for a fresh, lemony flavor.
  • Add some nuts: A handful of chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds can add a lovely crunch to the filling.
  • Tropical twist: Stir crushed pineapples into the filling for a summery, tropical flavor.
  • Holiday version: Add a dash of ground cinnamon to the cherry pie filling to give the cake a festive touch.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 347Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 397mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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