3-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

This tasty Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake is made with just canned cherry pie filling, cake mix and butter! No mixing and measuring needed, it’s made right in the baking dish! A sweet treat that’s one part cake and one part cobbler. It’s gooey and delicious and you’re going to love it!

If you love dump cake recipes, try my pineapple dump cake, cherry cheesecake dump cake and pumpkin dump cake recipe next!

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With just a few minutes of work and a few simple ingredients, you will have yourself a tasty dessert, warm from the oven.

Dump cake cakes are so popular because you can make them in 10 minutes and they bake for less than an hour. Easy enough for a busy weeknight dessert that the whole family will love.

If you love these quick and easy dump cake, try my lemon cream cheese dump cake next and for some delicious fall flavors, the pumpkin spice dump cake is delicious with a dollop of whipped cream, topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon. This lemon blueberry dump cake is made with lemon cake mix and fresh blueberries.

Chocolate cherry dump cake on a white plate with a dollop of whipped cream.

What is a dump cake?

A dump cake is a cross between a cake and a cobbler. They are made by simply dumping the ingredients into a baking dish, with no stirring required.

Dump cakes can be made with any flavor of cake mix and either fresh fruit or canned pie filling. The sky is the limit with flavor combinations.

The process begins with fresh fruit or canned pie filling being ‘dumped’ into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. The dry cake mix is then sprinkled on top of the fruit layer. The final step is melted butter that is poured over top of the dry cake mix. This is where the magic happens. No stirring, no mixing!! The dump cake is baked for less than one hour.

Some dump cakes are made with a different method of mixing room temperature butter with the cake mix, then sprinkling that mixture over top of the fruit filling. This results in a crumbly cobbler-like topping.

Most dump cakes are made in the oven but you can also make a crockpot dump cake.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • If you have a sweet tooth and love easy chocolate desserts, then this is your dessert! The chocolate cherry combination with the rich chocolate cake and cherry pie filling is heavenly. Imagine a black forest dump cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.
  • This recipe will save you time! Cake mix recipes take ten minutes or less to prepare. It’s the perfect dessert for a family gathering or special occasion and they’re always a big hit.
  • Like my pineapple dump cake, fresh peach dump cake and apple spice dump cake, this chocolate cherry is one of the most popular variations. Honestly, once you get started on these dump cakes, you’ll be heading to the grocery store to stock up on pie filling and cake mix!


This recipe uses simple ingredients that you can typically find in a local grocery store.

  • Cherry pie filling
  • Devil’s food cake mix – you can use any box of chocolate cake mix. Other types of cake mixes may be used in this recipe. You can also use yellow cake mix to make a plain cherry dump cake, without the chocolate.
  • Butter

How to make 3-ingredient chocolate cherry dump cake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan (casserole dish) with cooking spray or grease with a light layer of butter.

This delicious dessert will take you ten minutes at the most to put together.

Cherry pie filling in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish.

Open both cans of cherry filling and spread out in the bottom of prepared baking dish. Smooth out evenly.

Cake mix spread on top of cherry pie filling in 9x13-inch baking dish.

Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of the cherry pie filling. I like to use clean hands and sprinkle it from the package.

Melted butter spread on top of cake mix in top of 9x13-inch baking dish.

Melt butter and pour evenly over top of cake mix. Don’t worry if a few patches of dry cake mix are poking through. They will get covered up during baking.

Transfer the baking dish to preheated oven. Bake in 350°F oven for 50 to 55 minutes. Remove and cool on wire cooling rack.

This chocolate cherry dump cake is delicious served with a dollop of whipped cream or a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, spooned on top of the cake.

How to Store Dump Cake

Cover cooled dump cake with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can also transfer the dump cake to an airtight container. Let the cake cool completely, then cut and slide a spatula underneath carefully and transfer to the container.


Sprinkle 1 cup of white or dark chocolate chips on top of cake mix before pouring the butter over top of the mix.

If you love a cherry and almond flavor combination, you can stir in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract into the cherry pie filling before spreading it out in the baking dish.

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3-Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings


This tasty Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake is made with just canned cherry pie filling, cake mix and butter! No mixing and measuring needed, it’s made right in the baking dish! A sweet treat that’s one part cake and one part cobbler. It’s gooey and delicious and you’re going to love it! 


Chocolate cake mix (15.25 ounces)

2 cans cherry pie filling

3/4 cup butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 
  2. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 
  3. Spread both cans of cherry pie filling into prepared baking dish.
  4. Dump (I like to scatter with clean fingers) the cake mix over top of the pie filling.  Try to add it in an even layer. 
  5. Pour melted butter as evenly as possible over top of the cake. Don’t worry about a few powdery sections on top of the cake. The mixture will combine together as it bakes and it’s perfect normal to have a few dry spots. DO NOT STIR the butter into the cake mix. 
  6. Bake in a 350°F oven for 50 to 55  minutes. 


Cover cooled dump cake with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 generous helping
  • Calories: 224
  • Sugar: 0.9 g
  • Sodium: 37.5 mg
  • Fat: 11.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.2 g
  • Trans Fat:
  • Carbohydrates: 29.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Protein: 0.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 30.5 mg


  1. A classic chocolate cherry dump cake is delicious. Almost like an easy Black Forest cake with all the possible combinations

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