This easy Cherry Dump Cake dessert is made with cake mix, cherry pie filling, butter and a secret ingredient. “Dump” and bake!
CAKE MIX, PIE FILLING AND BUTTER
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 cherry dump cake dessert is you can any pie filling flavor you love! I’ve tried nearly all of them and they all work great.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Yes! This can be done in the crock pot as well. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
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. But you can absolutely switch the cherry out for any flavor: peach, strawberry, blueberry, apple and on and on. Whatever you love!
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 or chopped pecans on top or under the cake mix before baking.
Absolutely! You could use a chocolate cake mix along with the cherries for a “Black Forrest” style dump. cake. You could do vanilla and blueberry pie filling together to make a Blueberry Dump Cake. Or try my Apple Dump Cake or Pumpkin Dump Cake versions! version! So many combinations with this recipe!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- yellow cake mix – you can also use French Vanilla cake mix. This recipe works even though cake mix sizes are changing. Some are 13 ounces, some are 15 ounces, etc. It works with both.
- cherry pie filling – I personally love the one that has extra cherries but you can use any brand you like. As you see below, I think the store brand is just fine.
- almond extract – as I stated already, this is optional but almond goes so well with cherry and I think it keeps it from tasting like you just used cake mix.
- salted butter – it has to be butter, not margarine.
HOW TO MAKE CHERRY DUMP CAKE:
Preheat oven to 350f degrees. Spray a 9×13 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. Note: you could also slice the butter up into a bunch of squares and then evenly place them all over the top of the cake mix rather than melting the butter and pouring on top.
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! A scoop of ice cream on top is always nice too!
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Cherry Dump Cake (+Video)
- 1 teaspoon almond extract (divided use – optional)
- 2 (21 ounce) cans cherry pie filling
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- ½ cup salted butter (1 stick), melted (see notes below)
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Stir in half of the 1 teaspoon almond extract into each of the 2 (21 ounce) cans cherry pie filling and stir. (So half a teaspoon of almond extract into each can)
- Pour both cans of cherry pie filling into prepared baking dish.
- Sprinkle 1 box yellow cake mix evenly over cherry pie filling.
- Slowly pour 1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick), melted all over the top of the cake mix. Note: you could also slice the butter up into a bunch of squares and then evenly place them all over the top of the cake mix rather than melting the butter and pouring on top.
- Bake for about 50-60 minutes (until topping is golden brown)
- Please refer to my FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
- This can be done in the crock pot as well. Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
- Some folks add more tartness to this by adding pineapple. I think it personally makes it too tart but do what you like!
- For added crunch, try sprinkling some sliced almonds on top of the cake mix before baking.
- Instead of melting the butter you can cut it up into a bunch of squares and evenly place it on top of the cake mix layer.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.