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Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake Recipe

Delicious with a cup of coffee, this Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake Recipe is a crowd pleaser and an easy recipe to make for family gatherings.

This cherry dump cake is a favorite, along with our strawberry cream cheese dump cake, cherry pineapple dump cake and fresh peach dump cake.


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If you’re looking for a quick dessert, this is it!! If you’re new to making dump cakes, they are the easiest dessert you will ever make! This dump cake with cream cheese adds a whole new layer of both flavor and texture.

What Is A Dump Cake?

Dump cakes are exactly as the title suggests. They are made by dumping simple ingredients into a baking dish and baking for 50 to 60 minutes. They can be made with fresh or canned fruit and there are a few different methods for adding the final step.
Step one – add fruit in the bottom of the baking dish

Step two – place dry cake mix on top of the fruit – ie’ dump it!

Step three – either cut pats of butter and lay evenly over the cake mix or melt the butter and pour over top.
Step four – BAKE!

Cherry cheesecake dump cake on white plate with spoon.

This particular cherry cream cheese dump cake has the addition of luscious whipped cream added as well and the flavor combination of cherries and cream cheese is delicious!

If you’re thinking of a fresh fruit dump cake, you have to try my peach dump cake!! I have one variation with canned peaches and one with fresh peaches.

Let’s make cherry cobbler with cake mix! If you love cherry pie filling desserts, you will want to try my cherry pie bars!! It’s another easy dessert recipe that is always a crowd-pleaser, followed closely by my lemon cream cheese dump cake!

Ingredients for Cherry Cheese Dump Cake

Labelled ingredients for cherry dump cake on marble board.
  • Cherry pie filling – use two cans of your favourite brand of cherry pie filling
  • White or yellow cake mix – either flavor will work. I used vanilla for the ones in these photos. You will be using the dry cake mix and won’t need the other ingredients necessary to making the cake.
  • Whipped cream cheese – buying the cream cheese in the whipped tub is much easier for dropping dollops on top of the cherry pie filling.
  • Butter

How to Make Cherry Dump Cake

You can find a full recipe card with instructions located at the bottom of this page. I’ve included photos below for each step to help you along the way.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

You will need a 9×13-inch baking dish for this recipe.

Spray the bottom of the pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Cherry pie filling spread in a 9x13-inch baking dish with spatula resting on the baking dish.

In a 9×13-inch baking dish, spread out two cans of cherry pie filling. Try to spread out the filling as evenly as possible.

Dollops of whipped cream cheese spread on top of the cherry pie filling.

Drop dollops of the whipped cream cheese on top of the pie filling. This doesn’t have to be perfect even as you will be swirling it around in the next step, but try and space them out somewhat evenly.

I used a cookie scoop which made it quick and easy.

Cherry pie filling and whipped cream cheese is swirled in baking dish.

Next, take a knife and give the cream cheese and cherry mixture a gentle swirl so that the cream cheese is not sitting entirely on top of the cherries.

Butter and cake mix are mixed together until coarse crumbs in large mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter and dry cake mix. Mix with clean hands, or use a pastry blender. Mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.

Cake mix and butter mixture is spread on top of cherry pie filling in baking dish.

Evenly sprinkle the cake mix and butter mixture over top of the cherry and cream cheese layer.

Bake in 350°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes until golden brown and edges are bubbly.

Serve plain or with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Storage – Cover with plastic wrap, or carefully transfer to airtight container for up to four days in the refrigerator.

Does dump cake need to be refrigerated?

Since this dump cake has cream cheese, you will definitely need to refrigerate it. Cover the cooled dump cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for three to four days.

FAQ’s

Is dump cake good the next day?

Yes, dump cake is good the next day. Cover the cooled dump cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to four days.

What is dump cake made of?

Dump cake typicaly consists of three layers. Fresh fruit or fruit pie filling, dry cake mix and either melted or butter that has been cut into squares.

Cherry Dump Cake with Cream Cheese Recipe Variations

You can add up to 1 and 1/2 cups of chopped pecans or walnuts for a cherry dump cake with pecans. The nuts will give the dump cake additional crunch and flavor.

Change up the flavor by adding blueberry pie filling. Apple pie filing works too!

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Cherry pie filling on white plate with spoon with text overlay.

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Cherry cheesecake dump cake on white plate with spoon.

Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake Recipe


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 servings

Description

Delicious with a cup of coffee, this Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake Recipe is a crowd pleaser and an easy recipe to make for family gatherings. 


Ingredients

2 cans (540mL each) cherry pie filling

1 (15.25oz.) yellow or white cake mix

1 (227g) tub whipped cream cheese

1/2 cup melted butter


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Spray the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Spread two cans of cherry pie filing into the bottom of the 9×13-inch baking dish.  Spread out evenly with a spatula.
  4. Drop dollops of the whipped cream cheese on top of the pie filling.  This doesn’t have to be perfectly even since you will be swirling with a knife in the next step. Using a cookie scoops make this step quick and easy.
  5. Next, take a knife and give the cream cheese and cherry pie filling a gentle swirl so that the cream cheese is not sitting on top of the pie filling. 
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combined melted butter and dry cake mix.  Mix with clean hands or use a pastry blender.  Mixture should resemble coarse crumbs.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the cake mix and butter mixture over top of the cherry and cream cheese layer. 
  8. Bake in 350°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes until light golden brown and bubbling at the edges.
  9. Serve plain or with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

Notes

Storage – Cover with plastic wrap, or carefully transfer to airtight container for up to four days in the refrigerator. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 generous helping
  • Calories: 237
  • Sugar: 0.1 g
  • Sodium: 42.3 mg
  • Fat: 10.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.3 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 35.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.7 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 27 mg

16 Comments

  1. I’ve made this Cherry Creamcheese cake many times my family love it.
    Today I made it for Easter!! I swapped out the cherry pie filling for 3 cans of strawberry pie filling and it is bliss; yes, the fat lady did sing.
    The next time I am going to try pineapple filling.






  2. I made it today, glad I checked my oven before cook time was up, it browned very quickly at about 35 minutes. Delicious.






  3. I made this and was great. I made one change, I used 1 can of crushed pineapple & 1 can of cherry. Everything else was the same. Turned out great. Oh church has several folks that wait around talking and I try to make a different dump cake every Sunday. Great fellowship, A cup of coffee and a bowl of dump cake.

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