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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

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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
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This chocolate cherry dump cake is so simple to make: just pour your cherry pie filling into a casserole dish, top with rich chocolate cake mix and butter and you’re ready for baking. It’s just a few minutes of work and three ingredients, but it tastes so good.

close up shot of a bowl of Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 2 (20-ounce) cans of cherry pie filling
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box of chocolate cake mix (choose a rich chocolate flavor like devil’s food cake)
  • 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 an even 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.

How To Make This Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You’ll want to use a 9×13-inch pan so that the texture and consistency are right. I’ve used an 11×7-inch 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.

cherry pie filling spread at the bottom of a baking dish

STEP THREE: Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the top of the cherry pie filling.

cake mix sprinkled on top of the cherry pie filling in the baking dish

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

melted butter poured on top of the cake mix in the baking dish

STEP FIVE: Bake in the preheated oven 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.

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake after being baked in a baking dish

STEP SIX: Serve warm. You can top it off with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream or whipped 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

Looking for more easy dessert ideas? We love our cherry dump cake and cherry pineapple dump cake recipes.

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°F for 10 to 20 minutes until it’s warmed back through.

close up shot of a bowl of Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

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 everyday dessert.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 a 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 do I serve this chocolate cherry dump cake?

This easy chocolate cherry dump cake is a great 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-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • Pour the 2 cans of cherry pie filling evenly along the bottom of the pan.
  • Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the top of the cherry filling.
  • Pour the melted butter evenly across the whole dish.
  • Bake for 50 to 60 minutes until the fruit is bubbly and the 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

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