Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

filed under: Cakes · Dessert on June 22, 2020

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake is a dessert that is as easy to make as it is delicious. Cherry pie filling is covered with chocolate cake mix and topped with butter, all ‘dumped’ in one pan, and baked together for a chocolate-cherry treat. Try my Cherry Dump Cake for another easy sweet treat.

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

The genius that decided to dump a bunch of dessert staples into a pan and see what happens next deserves an award.  They are my hero. Dump cakes are a dream recipe for busy people. And, this chocolate cherry combination is perfect for and just as easy as, opening a box of chocolate-covered cherries!

Spoonful of Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe Taking Cake from White Skillet

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

With just four ingredients and five minutes of your time, you can get this dessert in the oven. In an hour, you will have an impressive family dessert to share!

Ingredients (full recipe below)

  • Box of chocolate cake mix
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Almond extract
  • Butter

Process Shots of Adding Cherries to Pan and then Butter on Cake Mix for Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

You hear me talking a lot about “your recipe is only as good as your ingredients” and most cases, that is my primary rule of thumb. This dessert is designed for ease. So, in this case, you won’t hear me say that. For this Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake recipe, you need a box of chocolate cake mix, your favorite can of cherry pie filling, some almond extract, and some cold butter. 

To make the dump cake, grease a 12-inch, oven-safe skillet. You can also use a 9×9-inch baking pan or 9×13-inch pan.

  • Pour the cherry pie filling and almond extract into the bottom of the pan. Mix it together, spreading it out evenly.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the pie filling, making sure to get it all the way to the edges.
  • Place the tabs of butter on top and bake for about an hour, or until the topping is golden brown and the pie filling is bubbling.

Adding Ice Cream to Baked Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe in White Skillet

Can You Make a Crockpot Dump Cake?

You can and you should!  It is literally the exact same recipe and instructions, except you use a crockpot instead of the skillet and an oven. 

For this method, you will put the cherry pie filling in the bottom of a greased crockpot, mix in the almond extract and then top with the cake, and then butter, and then cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

Topping Ideas

The basic topping choices for this dump cake are whipped cream or ice cream. Try making your own whipped cream for a topping!

Vanilla ice cream is also a perfect complement to the buttery, cakey, cherry flavors in the dump cake.  You could drizzle some homemade chocolate syrup over the top for added flair (and chocolate) if you want as well!

Plate of Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe with Ice Cream and Two White Forks

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4.75 from 8 votes
Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Cherry pie filling is covered with chocolate cake mix and topped with butter, all 'dumped' in one pan, and baked together for a chocolate-cherry treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cherry Dump Cake, Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
Servings: 8
Calories: 433 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 2 cans (42 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, cold
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 12-inch oven-safe skillet. (You could also use a 9x9-inch or 9x13-inch baking dish.)

  2. In the prepared skillet or baking dish, add the cherry pie filling and the almond extract. Mix together and spread it evenly over the bottom of the pan.

  3. Sprinkle the cake mix over the top, being careful to cover all of the pie filling.

  4. Slice the butter into small pads (about 16) and spread them out evenly over the top of the cake mixture.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until the topping is golden brown and the pie filling is bubbling.

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  • Albertina Geller says:

    Love all your recipes and every image makes my mouth water, just looking at it! Thank you for sharing the recipe

  • Kaitlyn says:

    I see in the post you mention 9×9 and 9×13, but in the recipe you mention 9×9 and 8×8. Is there a bake time difference for the various pan sizes?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sorry, 9×9 or 9×13 if you don’t have a 12-inch skillet

  • Liz Czuba says:

    Which size of pan? One section says 8×8 or 9 X 13, & then the other section says 8×8 or 9×9.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Sorry, 9×9 or 9×13 if you don’t have a 12-inch skillet

  • Carla says:

    The Cherry Dump Cake was GREAT.

  • Pennu says:

    Made it in a 9×13 pan but didn’t really work out completely. The cake mix didn’t completely get covered by the butter pats so the edges were left with the dusty cake mix. The inside part was good – took longer than an hour. Possibly this is because I used a 9×13 pan. The part that did cook was delicious

  • Kathleen Romero says:

    I love this! I have added nuts and dry oatmeal on top for a crunchy top. Just add a little more butter on top. Thanks!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Great idea!

  • Brenda Stoloff says:

    I want to make the cherry chocolate dump cake but no quantities of ingredients are posted in recipe

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Brenda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Jump to the recipe to see the ingredients and instructions to make the cake. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Priscilla L'Ecuyer says:

    I was wondering if you could use boxed brownie mix instead of boxed chocolate cake mix?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, you could. It’s a different texture, but will still work!

  • Sandy Jensen says:

    Hi Amanda,
    I just watched one of your videos and you make me smile! You are so down to earth and fun- I’m hooked! Can’t wait to see what you bake next-thanks for the chuckles! PS I loved the outtakes! (Three ingredient pnut butter cookies)

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Thank you so much, Sandy!!

  • Sherry Kisner says:

    Great recipe! Quick and easy. Can’t wait to try it!waltsherry

  • Elaine says:

    My father in law baked them all the time. They are so good n easy to make.

  • Kelly says:

    Hello! Wondering if you have an idea for those who have tree nut allergy. What could I use instead of almond extract? TIA!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Kelly- While almond extract typically doesn’t contain any nuts, you could simply omit it from this recipe.

  • Germaine says:

    I was so excited to see your dump cake receipe – I’ve seen so many different versions of this recipe over the years and I’ve finally decided to make one and it will be your recipe – but can the almond be switched to a vanilla instead – I look forward to trying out the recipe this weekend..

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, you can use vanilla instead. 🙂

  • Georgia Schilz says:

    Thank you for sharing such a great idea and recipe.

  • Selene esoina says:

    Exquisitas recetas de psotres

  • Sandy Krell says:

    I love the way you put your recipe in a format that makes it easy to print. So many others scatter their recipes over several pages making me skip right over them. If I can’t easily print the recipe on one page I don’t bother to look at them. Thank you for making an easily printable recipe!

  • Ashley says:

    This was so good! I needed something to throw together quick & this hit the spot. Thank you!

  • Debbie Ross says:

    The Infamous Dump Cake.. I’ve been making them for years (mother in laws easiest recipe) BUT always with white cake mix, melted butter and a can of crushed pineapple. BUT yours is simply another step up…. Scrumptious and love 💕 everything about chocolate and cherry!! Deb thanks YOU!

  • Barbara says:

    Oh such delicious recipes!! Can’t wait to make them all

  • Irene says:

    I absolutely love all your recipes. They taste as great as they look. Do you have a book that contains these recipes?

  • Cheryle says:

    I did😭! No cherry pie filling found after searching 2 stores. So, I used canned cherries. I have a feeling it’s going to be an epic fail😭😭😭. My fault though

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