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Cherry Dump Cake

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Easy, simple, and delicious, this cherry dump cake recipe will become a family favorite!
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  1. Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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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.

close up shot of a serving of cherry dump cake topped with vanilla ice cream on a plate

Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients

Cherry Dump Cake raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 2 (21-ounce) cans of cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 8 tablespoons 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. I would 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

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. 

PRO TIP:

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.

STEP THREE: Pour the dry cake mix evenly over the top of the cherries.

yellow cake mix poured over the cherries in a baking dish

STEP FOUR: Pour the melted butter evenly over the top of the cake mix. Do not stir!! 

melted butter poured over the yellow cake mix in the baking dish

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.

PRO TIP:

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.

dump cake after being baked in the baking dish

How To Serve

I prefer to serve this simple dessert fresh and hot from the oven, with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. You could also serve it with fresh whipped cream or Cool Whip if you would prefer. 

I love topping my cherry dump cake with almonds but you could also top it with coconut. This delicious dessert is also yummy topped with a little shaved chocolate as well.

Check out another family favorite with our pineapple upside down cake. Try our heaven on earth cake for a delicious no-bake treat.

Storage

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 4 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.

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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

What is a dump cake?

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.

Can you make a dump cake ahead of time?

This is a great recipe to make ahead. You can make cherry dump cake up to 2 days ahead of time. Just store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.

Can I substitute a white cake mix for the yellow cake mix?

You can easily substitute white boxed cake mix for the yellow cake mix in this delicious recipe.

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Cherry Dump Cake

5 from 7 votes
Easy, simple, and delicious, this cherry dump cake recipe will become a family favorite!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 teapoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (2.25-ounce) package sliced almonds

Instructions
 

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. D Shook says

    5 stars
    I had some pecan halves let over from Christmas cookie baking, I sprinkled a few of them instead of the almonds. The almonds worked really well

  2. Deborah says

    5 stars
    Truly delicious!!
    I added a few ideas to change it up just a little.
    Pineapple on bottom of starting all layers..
    Next..cherry pie filling, mix in vanilla extract, spread on top of pineapple..Spread cake mix across cherry pie filling..
    Heavy cream, drizzle over cake mix..melted butter drizzle over cake mix.. final touch, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, spread over cake mix..
    Gives a bit of crunch on the top.. Yummy!!

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