How to Make a Cherry Dump Cake with Only 5 Ingredients

No mixing bowl? No problem! With this cherry dump cake recipe, you'll still have dessert on the table in no time!

Cherry cobbler is an all-time favorite dessert. Nothing compares to juicy cherries paired with a tender cake topping. But even though it’s fairly simple to put together a cobbler, we love to take a shortcut to make dessert even faster. Hello, cherry dump cake!

This quick cake resembles a cherry cobbler, with a fruity base and a golden, buttery cake topping. It’s made with just five ingredients, but even better, there’s no mixing bowl required. The cherries, cake mix and melted butter are all dumped straight into a baking dish. You’ll have fewer dishes to do and more time to enjoy dessert, which makes this recipe perfect for summer.

The Best Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

This easy cherry dump cake recipe uses cherry pie filling and one box of white cake mix as the base. Salted butter is added to create the topping, while enhancing the flavor. The almond extract and brown sugar are optional, but both additions take the flavor of this simple cake to the next level.

Ingredients

  • 1 (30-ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1-1/2 sticks salted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions

Step 1: Add the cherry filling

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. Pour all of the cherry pie filling into the dish and spread evenly with a spatula.

Step 2: Top with cake mix

Dump the bag of white cake mix on top of the filling and gently press down evenly with your hands.

Step 3: Pour the butter and bake the cake

Mix together the melted butter and almond extract. Pour the butter evenly over the cake mix. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 55 minutes. Once baked, remove the cake from the oven to cool slightly. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

How to Make Cherry Dump Cake Your Own

The best thing about making a dump cake is that there’s no mixing bowl required. It’s as easy as dumping ingredients straight into the baking dish and putting it in the oven! What makes dump cake recipe ideas even better is the option to customize the flavor.

While this cake was made with cherry pie filling and a white cake mix, it is possible to mix and match with other fillings and toppings. You could add crushed pineapple to the cherries, or use a yellow cake mix or chocolate cake mix instead. Consider sprinkling mini chocolate chips or crushed nuts on top for even more added texture and flavor. The possibilities are endless!

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.