The Country Cook: Cherry Dump Cake

Monday, September 5, 2016

Cherry Dump Cake

When it comes to fruit desserts, one of my easy favorites is the humble dump cake. It really has a terrible name but the idea behind it is you "dump" everything in and bake it. The bonus of this dessert is you can any pie filling flavor you love! I've tried nearly all of them and they all work great.
I happen to really love cherry. It not only has a perfect sweet/tart combination but it just looks pretty! I love the bright red color and is nice to make around the holidays. Now, some folks add more tartness to this by adding pineapple. You could certainly do that but I find that I like it best as straight-up cherry with a little almond extract added. That's my little twist in this recipe. 
Almond flavor and cherries go together perfectly. For added crunch, try sprinkling some sliced almonds on top of the cake mix before baking.
1 box yellow cake mix
2 (21 oz.) cans cherry pie filling
1 tsp. almond extract, divided use
1/2 cup (one stick) salted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Stir 1/2 tsp almond extract into each can of pie filling and stir. 
 Pour both cans of cherry pie filling into prepared baking dish.
 Sprinkle yellow cake mix evenly over cherry pie filling. 
 Slowly pour melted butter all over the top of the cake mix.
Do your best to drizzle it all over. It won't cover all the cake mix. 
Bake for about 50-60 minutes (until topping is golden brown)
Serve warm! 
Cook's Notes: This can be done in the crock pot as well. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
For more "Dump" Cake recipes, check these out!
Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake
Crock Pot Apple Dump Cake


  1. I have also made this with chocolate cake, to make a black forest dump cake. YUMMY

  2. We make our with crushed pineapple, we drain the pineapple juice into a saucepan, add the stick of butter and then over medium heat, heat until the butter is melted. We spread the pineapple between the pie filling and the dry cake mix. Then spoon the juice/butter evenly over the cake mix. Seems to be more moist that way.

  3. Made this today and added a little brown sugar on top with the sliced almonds. It was ao good.

  4. My husband loves to make this on campouts in a dutch oven. I have all of the ingredients to make one tonight and I think I will! Might add some sliced almonds and I think some Blue Bell ice cream...yum! Thanks for the reminder - yours looks really good!

  5. I am assuming that the Almond extract is optional?

  6. Yummy, cherry dump cake is my favorite! I make it with pineapple too, and add coconut and pecans on top of the butter. it is so rich and delicious!


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