Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry dump cake is such a simple and satisfying dessert that’s perfect for a crowd and comes together quickly!

Forgot about dessert? Don’t fret, cherry dump cake is the perfect delicious last-minute sweet treat that takes just about no time or effort to throw together.

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Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

This was my friend’s and my favorite easy dessert to make in college, and we always seemed to make it in the fall. Something about those sweet cherries and a warm, crumbly cake went perfect with the cooling weather, I suppose. It was a family favorite of hers, and we just called it “Uncle Grant Cake” after her relative. We made it and loved snacking on it on Friday nights in my apartment. I’d cook dinner, she’d bring over the ingredients for Uncle Grant Cake, and we’d let it bake after dinner while we watched a movie.

Memories like that can make food and certain recipes all the more special, don’t you think? As far as this one goes, it’s the easiest ever. You just literally dump a few ingredients into a baking dish, mix them up a bit, and let it bake away into a sweet, buttery, satisfying dessert that takes almost zero effort. It’s a fun one for feeding to a crowd or getting kids involved in the prep work. Just make sure you have some vanilla ice cream on hand to enjoy with it!

Overhead shot of a cooked cherry dump cake in a blue and white speckled rectangular pan.

Does dump cake have to be refrigerated?

You can serve cherry dump cake hot out of the oven. Keep the “dump it” theme going and just scoop a big pile into a bowl with your favorite vanilla ice cream! Once the cake’s cooled, you can store it in the fridge covered tightly with plastic wrap for up to 5 days.

Can dump cake be frozen?

Yes! Store dump cake in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight when you want to serve it, and reheat in the oven at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes, or until heated through.

How do you keep cake moist?

Cake texture is all about the right storage, in my opinion! Make sure you let the cake cool completely before covering and storing it, and be sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap or an airtight lid. So no, not a really moist cake, but the filling is moist the the topping ends up more like a crumble or a crisp.

What’s in cherry dump cake?

Cherry dump cake could NOT be easier. It has three simple ingredients: two cans of cherry pie filling, one box of yellow cake mix, and a half-cup of melted butter. Voila! Easy as pie.

Overhead shot with a scoop of the cake removed and a silver spoon in the empty spot. In the lower right, is the piece of cake and some vanilla ice cream on a dessert plate next to so,e silver forks.

How to make cherry dump cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add both cans of pie filling to the bottom of the 9×13-inch baking pan.
  3. Spread the dry cake mix evenly over the top of the pie filling.
  4. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the dry cake mix.
  5. Use a  a butter knife to gently swirl the butter into the cake mix.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  7. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

In the foreground is a slice of cherry dump cake with some whipping cream and in the background in the upper left is the pan holding the rest of the cake.

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Cherry Dump Cake


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 16 1x

Description

Cherry dump cake is such a simple and satisfying dessert that’s perfect for a crowd and comes together quickly!


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Ingredients

  • 2 cans of cherry pie filling
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add both cans of pie filling to the bottom of the 9×13-inch baking pan.
  3. Spread the dry cake mix evenly over the top of the pie filling.
  4. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the dry cake mix.
  5. Use a shop stick or a butter knife to gently swirl and poke the butter into the cake mix. You can’t really mix it in — you are just working them together a bit.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  7. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

Notes

  • You can use just about any kind of pie filling you like for this recipe — it’s very flexible!
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dump cake, cake mix cake, cherry dump cake, dump cake recipe

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.