This Easy Cherry Dump Cake Recipe with 3 Ingredients is a lot like a cherry cobbler with its crumbly, buttery topping. This delicious dessert is one of our family favorite desserts because it’s a crowd-pleaser for holiday gatherings any time of year. The flavors of cherry pie without the work!
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Say ‘hello’ to one of the easiest desserts, the ‘dump cake’. This easy dump cake recipe is one of those perfect desserts for busy moms who need something quick and easy to make that’s also affordable to make with simple ingredients.
We like to enjoy our cherry pie dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a generous dollop of whipped cream. I hope you’ll enjoy this new recipe as much as our family does!
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Why we love this cherry dump cake
- one of the best go-to desserts with simple ingredients and no fancy equipment is needed. It’s such an easy recipe!
- familly favorite recipe that can be adapted to several different flavors, like cherry-pineapple dump cake for a change.
- great for summer dinners parties
What is a dump cake?
A dump cake is an easy dessert recipe that is made with canned fruit pie filling or fresh fruit, butter and cake mix. There is no mixing required. All of the ingredients are layered, or ‘dumped’ into a baking dish and baked. They are often served with a scoop of ice cream of whipping cream.
This cherry cobbler with cake mix uses only three simple ingredients.
- Vanilla cake mix – you can also use a box of yellow cake mix or even lemon cake mix!
- Stick of Butter – I use salted butter but you can also use unsalted butter.
- Cherry pie filling – you will need two cans of cherry filling.
Cherry Almond Dump Cake – stir in 1 teaspoon of almond extract into the cherry pie filling. Sprinkle the topping with 3/4 cup slivered almonds before baking.
Change up the fruit filling – you can use your favorite fruit fillings to customize and make your own flavor of dump cake.
Add cream cheese and make our Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake recipe.
How to make cherry dump cake – step by step instructions
You can find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this page with ingredients and instructions. I’ve included photos below as a visual to follow along step by step.
Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350°F. This recipe is so quick and easy to make that by the time you’re oven is preheated, you should have the dump cake ready to go into the oven!
Step 2 – Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. I like to use the one that’s formulated for baking, but you can use any type or brand.
If you don’t have baking spray, you can give the baking dish a light grease with butter.
Step 3 – Spread both cans of cherry pie filling into the bottom of the prepared cake pan and spread out evenly in the bottom of the pan with a spoon or spatula.
Step 4 – In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter with the dry cake mix. Mix with clean hands or use a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Step 5 – Sprinkled the cake mix & butter mixture on top of the cherry pie filling in baking dish.
Step 6 – Bake in preheated 350°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes until the top is a light golden brown and the filling is bubbling at the edges.
How do you know when a dump cake is done baking?
The topping will turn a light golden brown when the dump cake is ready.
Cool dessert, then cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
How to serve cherry dump cake
Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.
Do I have to refrigerate cherry dump cake?
Yes, leftover dump cake should be refrigerated. Cool dessert, then cover with plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.