December 28, 2023Review Recipe
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Want a simple cherry dump cake recipe you’ll love to make again and again? Yellow cake mix combines with tart cherry pie filling and is baked to perfection for a decadent, bubbly, warm dessert that everyone will rave about.
Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients
This cherry dump cake is a delightful dessert that combines the sweet-tart essence of cherries with a moist, buttery cake layer.
The cherry filling bursts with fruity flavor, while the golden-brown top layer, created by melted butter and cake mix, adds a satisfying crunch and sweetness.
- 2 (21-ounce) cans of cherry pie filling
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 box of yellow cake mix
- 8 tablespoons of butter, melted
- 1 (2.25-ounce) package of sliced almonds
Substitutions And Additions
CAKE MIX: There are multiple flavors of cake mix that would work in your dump cake.
Try to stick with a yellow or white cake mix rather than a chocolate cake mix for this recipe.
FILLING: The cherry pie filling can easily be substituted for any other type of pie or fruit filling as a way to change it up the next time you make it.
SPICES: You could also add a dash of brown sugar, cinnamon, or nutmeg as well to enhance the flavors in this easy recipe.
FRUIT: In addition to the pie filling, you could also top your dessert with fresh fruit before serving.
How To Make This Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Making this dump cake is so easy. All you need to do is spread the pie filling in the bottom of the pan before topping it with the cake mix and popping it in the oven.
OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS
I make this in a 9×13 cake pan. You could halve the recipe and make it in an 8×8 baking pan as well if you’d rather.
STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray.
STEP TWO: In a medium bowl, mix both cans of cherry pie filling together with the vanilla and pour into the 9×13 baking dish.
Use a spatula to make sure the entire dish is covered in an even layer.
Sometimes a pit sneaks into canned cherry filling. I suggest taking a quick glance when pouring your cherries out to be sure there isn’t a pit inside.
STEP THREE: Pour the dry cake mix evenly over the top of the cherries.
STEP FOUR: Pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the cake mix. Do not stir!!
STEP FIVE: Spread the sliced almonds evenly over the top.
STEP SIX: Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown.
Because dump cakes are so gooey and moist, it can be hard to determine if they’re done. It’s normal to see some wet spots and some spots that are more crisp and done.
The fruit mixture should be bubbly around the edges of the pan when it’s finished baking.
How To Serve This Dump Cake With Cherry Pie Filling
I love topping my cherry dump cake with almonds, but you could also top it with coconut. This delicious dessert is yummy, topped with a little shaved chocolate as well.
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, enjoy your cake with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or a pumpkin spice latte.
Storing This Easy Dump Cake
You might be wondering how to store any leftovers or make this dessert in advance for future indulgence.
MAKE AHEAD: Assemble the cake as instructed in the recipe, but instead of baking it, cover it tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil.
Store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before you plan to bake it.
When you’re ready to enjoy, simply remove it from the fridge, uncover it, and bake it according to the recipe instructions.
IN THE FRIDGE: I love this easy cherry dump cake served hot, but it’s also yummy from the fridge.
Cover this tasty dessert with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to four days.
Reheating can be done in the microwave if you would like. You might even find you like the texture of cold dump cake.
IN THE FREEZER: If you have leftover dump cake, you can store it in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months.
I would suggest thawing in the refrigerator before serving.
Why We Love This Recipe
There is so much to love about this delicious dump cake recipe:
EFFORTLESS PREPARATION: This recipe is a breeze to make, perfect for busy days or when you’re short on time. With just a handful of simple steps, you can have a delicious homemade dessert ready in no time.
NO-FUSS INGREDIENTS: The recipe calls for pantry staples like cake mix, canned cherries, and butter. You don’t need any fancy or hard-to-find items, making it accessible for cooks of all skill levels.
This cherry dump cake recipe is the perfect easy dessert to enjoy with family and friends any time of year. No matter how you serve this crowd-pleasing favorite, the layers of delicious flavors are irresistible.
Frequently Asked Questions
A dump cake is an easy and super moist cake in which the ingredients are simply dumped into the pan and baked – no mixing bowls required! Usually, they use a box of cake mix and a handful of additional simple ingredients resulting in a quick dessert.
This is a great recipe to make ahead. You can make cherry dump cake up to two days ahead of time. Just store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
You can easily substitute white boxed cake mix for the yellow cake mix in this delicious recipe.
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Cherry Dump Cake
- 2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
- 8 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 (2.25-ounce) package sliced almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, mix both cans of cherry pie filling together with the vanilla and pour into the baking dish. Use a spatula to make sure the entire dish is covered in an even layer.
- Pour the dry yellow cake mix evenly over the top of the cherries.
- Pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the yellow cake mix. Do not stir.
- Spread the almonds over the top.
- Bake for 50 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping.
- To make in an 8×8 pan instead, simply halve the recipe!
- Sometimes a pit sneaks into your canned cherry filling. I suggest taking a quick glance when pouring your cherries out to be sure there isn’t a pit inside.
- Because dump cakes are so gooey and moist, it can be hard to determine if they’re done. It’s normal to see some wet spots and some spots that are more crisp and done. The fruit mixture should be bubbly around the edges of the pan when it’s finished baking.