Cherry Dump Cake Recipe has only 3 ingredients and comes together in minutes. Throw this together for the perfect dessert and top with vanilla ice cream.

Cherry Dump Cake on a plate with a scoop of ice cream on top.
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This Cherry Dump Cake could not be any easier and it tastes like homemade cobbler. The tartness of the cherries and the sweetness of the cake make this dessert really amazing.

We love to serve this dump cake cherry warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. If you enjoyed Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake, you will love this new recipe for Cherry Dump Cake. 

It is the easiest cake recipe for busy moms. Another favorite is Blueberry Dump Cake and Strawberry Cheesecake Dump Cake. For more cherry desserts, try Easy Cherry Cobbler and Cherry Strudel Recipe.

What is a Dump Cake?

A dump cake is exactly how it sounds. You dump the dry ingredients and wet ingredients into the baking pan and bake.

No mixing bowls are needed. Add any type of pie filling to the bottom of the baking dish and then top with the cake mix and butter.

No mixing is required before baking. Once it is finish baking, then you dish a serving in a bowl and top with ice cream or whipped cream. It is just that easy and taste like cherry cobbler. You can try 22 Easy Dump Cake Recipes.


Ingredients needed - yellow cake mix, cherry pie filling, salted butter

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  • Use different flavor of box of cake mix – Try a box of yellow cake mix instead of white cake mix. More tasty options include Chocolate cake mix and spice cake mix.
  • Try other Pie Fillings – Use other pie fruit fillings such as apple, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry and peach pie filling. Use homemade cherry pie filling.
  • Adding in Nuts is a family favorite – Add nuts to the mix before baking for even more flavor!
  • Fresh Pineapple – Mixing in some fresh pineapples adds a tropical flavor to this cherry dump cake.
  • Shredded Coconut – If you are a fan of coconut, add some to the mix.
  • Almond Extract – You can add in a teaspoon of almond extract for extra flavor.

How to Make Cherry Dump Cake

Baking dish with cherry pie filling.

Step 1. Spray the 9×13 dish with cooking spray. Add the cherry pie filling.

Dry cake mix on top of cherry pie filling.

Step 2. Sprinkle dry cake mix all over the cherry pie filling.

Melted butter on cake mix.

Step 3. Carefully pour the melted butter all over the top. It won’t cover the entire cake but try to drizzle it all over.

Bowl of dump cake with ice cream.

Step 4. Bake until the topping is golden brown. Serve with ice cream and enjoy.

Dump Cake Topping Ideas

  • Ice cream – Vanilla is delicious but feel free to try different ice cream flavors.
  • Whipped cream – You can also make Homemade Whipped Cream.
  • Top with nuts –  Chopped pecans or walnuts are great.
  • We have also made a crumble topping with brown sugar, chopped pecans and butter to put on top. This is totally optional but really delicious if you have a few extra minutes.
Cherry Dump Cake on a plate with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make Cherry Dump Cake in advance?

Since we prefer the cherry dump cake served warm, we do not recommend baking in advance. If you prefer you can go and layer the ingredients and then ready to bake top with the melted butter.
But since this recipe is so easy to make, I would recommend baking it when you are ready to serve.

How do you know when Dump Cake is done?

Dump cakes do not contain any raw eggs. All the ingredients are cooked so you are basically heating everything up. Topped with the melted butter and mixed with the dry cake mix to make the perfect crust.
I usually check the dump cake around 40 minutes and you want your crust to be a golden brown. I like my crust to be very crispy so I tend to cook a little longer.

Can you Freeze Dump Cakes?

Yes, you can freeze cherry dump cake. If you plan on freezing the leftovers, place in a freezer safe container and cover with foil. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to serve.

How to Store Leftovers?

We recommend refrigerating the leftovers. Wrap dump cake pan in plastic wrap or place in individual portions inside an airtight container. Place in the refrigerator. Refrigerating the leftovers will allow the dump cake to last a longer.

How to Reheat Leftovers?

Since we like this Cherry Dump Cake warm, we will heat it in the microwave and top with ice cream. You can also reheat in the oven at a temperature of 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. However, the cake is also good at room temperature.

Expert Tips

  • Butter – Make sure to use salted butter and melt it. This recipe calls for melted butter on top. Other dump cakes call for the butter to be slice.
  • Sugar – When making this cake, there is no need to add any additional sugar. If you want it sweeter, you can add a little to the top of the cherry pie filling.
  • Slow Cooker – You can make this recipe in the slow cooker if you prefer. Place ingredients in crock pot and cook for 2 hours on high.
Cherry Dump Cake on a plate with a scoop of ice cream on top with a fork.

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Make this cake today for a wonderful dessert. Please leave a comment and star recipe rating once you do.

Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

4.66 from 40 votes
Cherry Dump Cake Recipe has only 3 ingredients and comes together in minutes. Throw this together for the perfect dessert and top with vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 9
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 454


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 21 oz cans cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup salted butter 1 stick, melted
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Pour both cans of cherry pie filling into prepared baking dish.
  • Sprinkle yellow cake mix evenly over cherry pie filling.
  • Slowly pour melted butter all over the top of the cake mix.
  • Do your best to drizzle it all over. It won’t cover all the cake mix.
  • Bake for about 50-60 minutes (until topping is golden brown)

Nutrition Facts

Calories 454kcal, Carbohydrates 84g, Protein 3g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 27mg, Sodium 532mg, Potassium 166mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 25g, Vitamin A 586IU, Vitamin C 5mg, Calcium 139mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Faith Hakesley says:

    5 stars
    I love dump cakes like this because you get an incredibly rich and delicious dessert with no haste. This one is a family favorite! I’ve sprinkled chocolate chips on top of the cherries a few times which is pretty amazing too!

  2. Joyce Row says:

    5 stars
    My go to when i need something sweet 💕 in the summer for a BBQ. Has been since i was in my twenties and I just celebrated my third twenty year birthday plus two years. 😊

  3. Chasity Powell says:

    5 stars
    We are not a big fan of cherries, so we used apples and cherries together. Amazing.