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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

close up shot of chocolate cherry dump cake in a white bowl
This simple chocolate cherry dump cake recipe is easy enough to be made for a weekday dessert, but it's also impressive enough to be part of your holiday feast or family gathering.
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Table of Contents
  1. CHOCOLATE CHERRY DUMP CAKE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE CHERRY DUMP CAKE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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This chocolate cherry dump cake is so simple to make: just pour your cherry pie filling in a casserole dish, top with rich chocolate cake mix and butter and you’re ready for baking. It’s just a few minutes work but tastes so good.

Looking for more easy dessert ideas? Try our chocolate dump cake. We also love our non-chocolate dump cake recipes: cherry dump cake and cherry pineapple dump cake.

close up shot of chocolate cherry dump cake in a white bowl

MORE DUMP CAKE RECIPES:
Apple Dump Cake | Pumpkin Dump Cake


CHOCOLATE CHERRY DUMP CAKE INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • Two 20-ounce cans of cherry pie filling
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix, something rich like Devil’s Food
  • 1 cup butter, melted

PRO TIP: When buying the cake mix, it is best to pick one that doesn’t have pudding mix in it; check the label to make sure.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

TOPPINGS: Chopped candy, chocolate chips, nuts, toffee chips, or other types of baking chips would also be great sprinkled on top. Drizzle caramel sauce or chocolate sauce on top for more gooey flavor.

CAKE MIX: You could use either a plain chocolate cake mix or a devil’s food cake mix for this recipe for an even richer chocolate flavor. Brownie mix would also make your chocolate dessert extra fudgy.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CHOCOLATE CHERRY DUMP CAKE RECIPE

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STEP ONE: Spray a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with non-stick spray.

PRO TIP: You’ll want to use a 13″ x 9″ pan so that the texture and consistency are right. I’ve used an 11″ x 7″ pan before and it turned out a little too thick, which changed the delicious texture of the dump cake.

STEP TWO: Pour two cans of cherry pie filling evenly along the bottom of the pan.

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: Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top of the cherry pie filling, again evenly.

STEP FOUR: Pour melted butter evenly across the whole dish.

STEP FIVE: Bake at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes until the fruit is bubbly and the cake is cooked through.

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.

STEP SIX: Serve warm. You can top it off with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or whip cream if you’d like.

HOW TO SERVE

Make this cherry chocolate dump cake even more indulgent by serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a drizzle of hot fudge sauce and maraschino cherries

Enjoy a glass of our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea to wash this perfect dessert down.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Once the dump cake has cooled, store it in the fridge covered tightly with plastic wrap for up to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER:  Store this chocolate cherry cake recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight when you want to serve it, then bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 20 minutes until it’s warmed back through.

close up shot of chocolate cherry dump cake in a white bowl

This simple 3-ingredient chocolate cherry dump cake recipe is moist and decadent. The rich chocolate is the perfect combination alongside the cherry flavors. This recipe is fantastic for any celebration or every day dessert.

FAQ

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is an easy cake in which the recipe calls for the ingredients to be dumped into the baking pan and baked. Usually, they use a boxed cake mix and a handful of additional ingredients.

Can you make chocolate cherry dump cake ahead of time?

You can make this easy dump cake recipe up to 2 days ahead of time. Since it is best served warm, make sure to warm it up again before serving.

How to serve chocolate cherry dump cake?

This easy chocolate cherry dump cake is an easy recipe that is completely customizable. Sprinkle whichever sweet toppings you wish, including coconut, toffee bits, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or nuts. You could also add chocolate frosting, whipped cream, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce on top and a scoop of ice cream on the side.

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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

5 from 4 votes
This simple chocolate cherry dump cake recipe is easy enough to be made for a weekday dessert, but it's also impressive enough to be part of your holiday feast or family gathering.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 2 20-oz cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix something rich like Devil’s Food
  • 1 cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Spray 13" x 9" with cooking spray.
  • Pour 2 cans of cherry pie filling evenly along bottom.
    PRO TIP: Sometimes a pit sneaks into your canned cherry pie filling. I suggest taking a quick glance when pouring your cherries out to be sure there isn't a pit inside.
  • Sprinkle cake mix over the top, again evenly.
  • Pour melted butter evenly across the whole dish.
  • Bake at 350°F for 50 to 60 minutes until fruit is bubbly and cake is cooked through.
  • Serve warm. You can top it off with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or whip cream if you'd like.

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Notes

TIP: When buying the cake mix, it is best to pick one that doesn’t have pudding mix in it; check the label to make sure.
TIP: You’ll want to use a 13″ x 9″ pan so that the texture and consistency are right. I’ve used an 11″ x 7″ pan before and it turned out a little too thick, which changed the delicious texture of the dump cake.
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.
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.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 432mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Marie says

    I want this for dessert TONIGHT! Easy to make and sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe with us at the Talk Of The Town party 🙂

  2. Ordana says

    I have made this recipes many times. I like to put a tsp of almond extract in the cherry pie filling and top with some sliced almonds before the butter is added on top. Love, love, love it!

  3. Brenda says

    5 stars
    It’s the BEST, easiest cherry chocolate dessert I have ever had. I would suggest to put the cherries into something first to stir them so they will be evenly spread in the bottom of the pan.

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