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.

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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!

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

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.
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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!

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How to Store Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

I prefer to put this cake in individual airtight containers and store it in the refrigerator. It should last 3-4 days.

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4.64 from 11 votes

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
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.


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a 12-inch oven-safe skillet. (You could also use a 9×9-inch or 9×13-inch baking dish.)
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the top, being careful to cover all of the pie filling.
  • Slice the butter into small pads (about 16) and spread them out evenly over the top of the cake mixture.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until the topping is golden brown and the pie filling is bubbling.

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Reader Comments

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

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

  2. 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..

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

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

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