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Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

This easy cherry dump cake recipe is delicious and only requires 4 ingredients to make. It’s really the queen of easy dessert recipes. Even better, you really can’t mess this recipe up! It is called a dump cake, after all. As long as you can open a few packages and pour them into a baking dish, you’re golden!

Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Love dump cake? DO NOT MISS my peach dump cake and this tasty cherry pineapple dump cake.

Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar

How to Make A Dump Cake

Wondering how to make a cherry dump cake? The beauty of dump cake recipes is how incredibly easy it is to make. It’s really a no-brainer. You just combine all of the ingredients in layers per the instructions below, and pop it in the oven.

Your cherry dump cake doesn’t have to look perfect, in fact, it’s a bit of a mess but it turns out tasting AMAZING.

I suggest finishing your cherry dump cake with a big scoop of old fashioned vanilla ice cream. Whipped cream also makes a wonderful dump cake topping.

Dump Cake Recipe

My grandma was the first person to introduce me to the magic of dump cakes.

Easy dump cake recipes are really fun to make with your little ones, too. My daughter loves helping me to make desserts.

Speaking of tasty mommy-daughter desserts, Kara and I also recently made this fantastic peanut butter pie.

Seriously, I dare you to go wrong with this amazing cherry dump cake recipe!

Psst… if you’re a big fan of easy peasy desserts, you’ll also want to check out my apple pie bites. It’s one of my most popular recipes, especially during the holiday season!

Recipe for Cherry Dump Cake

Have you ever made a dump cake? What is your favorite flavor combination? I’ve been thinking about trying a cherry pineapple dump cake. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Be sure to sign up for my mailing list and I’ll shoot you an email when I post my new dump cake experiments.

You can also check out our fun cherry dump cake video tutorial below to find out exactly how easy it is to make this dessert recipe. Trust me, your family will love this tasty treat!

More Easy Dessert Recipes

This easy cherry dump cake recipe is the perfect delicious dessert.

Cherry Dump Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour

This sweet and delicious cherry dump cake recipe is the perfect simple dessert. Don't forget the scoop of ice cream or whipped cream on top!


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch glass baking dish.
  2. Dump both cans of cherry pie filling into the baking dish and spread evenly.
  3. Sprinkle the cake mix over the layer of cherry pie filling as evenly as possible.
  4. Melt the stick of butter and drizzle it evenly over the top of the cake mix covering as much as possible.
  5. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the top.
  6. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 381mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g

    24 Comments on “Cherry Dump Cake Recipe”

  1. Can I use frozen mixed berries. AND does it need to be thawed first? Thnx.

  2. Could a person use a chocolate cake mix to make a kind of Black Forest cake idea? 
    Thank you

  3. I love dump cakes, and this one is like the very first one I ever tried. The one my aunt made me used 1 can of the cherry filling and 1 can of crushed pineapple. she topped it with the cake mix and then dotted the whole thing with slices of butter, so, in essence, each portion had a lovely square baked on each one. The golden top has a slightly saltiness balanced with the sweet fruit. oh heaven!!

  4. I am partial to the cherry (1 can) and crushed pineapple (1 can) dump cake. Also, I chop the butter in little squares and cover the top of the cake with them before baking. Takes a little longer than melting the butter, but my friend agrees that it is better. Last Thanksgiving I found a mixed berry pie filling at Walmart and made the cake with that. Oh my gosh, it was outstanding and became my granddaughter’s favorite. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it again.

    • The large can of crushed pineapple, not the 8-oz.

      • If you have a Costco or Sams Club near you, they have in the frozen section a bag of mixed berries that I use to make a dump cake with.  Same recipe just different fruit.  Hope you find them and make your grand-daughter happy.

    • Way back in the day, we originally made the 1st dump cakes with the cherry pie filling & a large can of crushed pineapple, but we did not mix anything.  We just “Dumped’ it.  After that, people came up with all types of combinations.

  5. I have made a cherry pineapple dump and it is amazing!!! 1 can cherry pie filling, 1 can crushed pineapple (I like Dole) mix together and add a little almond extract (personally I never measure so I can’t tell you how much) then I add white cake instead of a yellow and sprinkle slivered almonds on top. Bake 45 minutes on 350!!!! 

    It’s amazing and refreshing and delish!!! 

  6. I’m not a cherry fan. Wonder if I could use blueberry pie filling?

    • Yes, blueberry would be great — just about any kind of pie filling. Haven’t tried lemon, but it sure sounds good. Also, try mixing up the cake mixes — apple with butter pecan cake mix, etc.

  7. Does this need to be refrigerated after baking?

  8. Does this need to be refrigerated?
    Thank you!!

  9. Easy and delicious! I made one cherry and one apple and both were both were great topped with vanilla ice cream. . I will definitely make it again. 

  10. Hi Crissy, I, myself, did not make this recipe. . .my hubby did. I am disabled and trying to teach this old fellow how to cook.
    I found your great site online and found so many really simple recipes there. He liked the sound of this CHERRY DUMP CAKE, so we read the ingredients and recipe and I talked him into trying to prepare this cake.
    Your directions were clear and the ingredients readily available. He had no trouble in the preparations at all.
    The best part was eating the cake. We loved it. He’s already bragging to family about it,and planning to make it again, substituting some other fruits, and/or adding some kind of nutmeats or other ingredient. Thank you for awakening this adventurous spirit in him. Sharon

    • Sharon, thank you so much for leaving a comment! I am so glad that you and your husband enjoyed the recipe. Nothing like a little teamwork to get the job done! You are blessed with a great husband, it sounds like! :) I’d love to know which other fruits or nuts you used!! :)

  11. I’ve always started with a can of crushed pineapple on the bottom!  My mom always made it that way. Very good

  12. This is so easy and looks so good, i will be making this soon.

  13. I enjoyed the cherry dump cake. I also tried the apple bites, and my husband really liked them. So easy, quick and delicious.

  14. My grandma use to make a cherry and canned pineapple combo and that was really good. She didn’t use the brown sugar though so I may have to try that because that would add a new touch. Also I wanted to try Apple or Apple with pineapple and then you could use spice cake instead of the yellow. Haven’t made these in a long time!! 

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