Strawberry Dump Cake

filed under: Dessert on March 28, 2019

Strawberry Dump Cake is probably the easiest sweet treat to make of all time.  Just three total ingredients and a few effortless steps and dessert is served!  Make sure to check out my Cherry Dump Cake too!

Strawberry Dump Cake

Strawberry 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 moms and dads.   For those days when just getting through the door is a chore, you can still impress the entire family with a tasty dessert that doesn’t take much effort from you.   The prep for this delicious strawberry dump cake recipe is five minutes.  I’ll say it louder, FIVE MINUTES.  No mess, no fuss, just dump it in the pan and go.

Strawberry Dump Cake

How to Make Strawberry 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 Strawberry Dump Cake recipe, you need a box of white cake mix, your favorite can of strawberry pie filling, and some cold butter. Yes, there are a few ways you can make this dump cake fancy, but with a name like Strawberry Dump Cake, you really can’t dress it up too much.    Fresh strawberries are a great flavor addition and add some additional filling to the basic dump cake.

Can you Make Crockpot Strawberry 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 strawberry pie filling in the bottom of a greased crockpot,  top with the cake, and then butter, and then cover and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4.  You can get the same great tasting results with a slow cooker as with cooking in the oven.  This is a great option if you are already using up some of your precious oven space.  I know cooking around the holidays, this happens to me quite a bit.

Strawberry Dump Cake with Fresh Strawberries

Topping Ideas for Strawberry Dump Cake

The basic topping choices for a strawberry dump cake are whipped cream or ice cream.  Within those two categories, there are a few variations that can really take this dump cake to a whole new level.   For the ice cream, we almost always have vanilla or vanilla bean as a staple in our freezer.  The vanilla ice cream is a perfect compliment to the buttery, cakey, strawberry flavors in the dump cake.  I love serving it with strawberry ice cream too!

Homemade Whipped Cream

Making your own whipped cream is probably one of the top recommendations that I will ever give you when discussing homemade desserts.  To do that, you need heavy whipping cream and confectioners sugar.   Essentially, from here you just pour the whipping cream into a bowl and whip until peaks start to form.  I would recommend using a hand mixer or a stand mixer unless you are really focusing on those arm muscles.  Slowly add in the sugar and serve.  Super simple.  You can put a few other fun twists on this by adding in fresh berries into the whipped cream. I have also made berry whip cream by adding a few tablespoons of strawberry jello powder (or any other flavor).  You can do this with store-bought whipped cream too.  The same method applies here, you just add extra ingredients to the pre-made version.

Strawberry Dump Cake

Looking for more Dump Cake Recipes?

Apple Dump Cake

Peach Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake

Blueberry Dump Cake

5 from 3 votes
Strawberry Dump Cake
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

Strawberry Dump Cake is probably the easiest sweet treat to make of all time.  Just three total ingredients and a few effortless steps and dessert is served!  Make sure to check out my Cherry Dump Cake too!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Strawberry Dump Cake
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 (21 ounce) can strawberry pie filling
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large skillet or greased 9x9 baking dish, add the strawberry pie filling and fresh cut strawberries. 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.

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

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  • Brenda Teague says:

    One of my favorite go to recipes, is a Dump Cake!
    I use cold butter, and grate it over the cake mix, so it’s nice and even.
    And, it is a great dessert to make in the crock pot.
    Love your recipes, your website, your videos, all of it! Lol

  • Eleanor Samuel says:

    Thank you for your recipe. It taste so goo.

  • Fran Britton says:

    When I make dump cakes, I combine cake mix and cold butter in food processor. Its easy, good and combined.

  • Lynn Rook says:

    What size pan r you using???

  • Patricia says:

    What size pan do you use?

  • Susan says:

    What size pan?

  • Connie Detec says:

    Love you recipes will you send me some please I just retired from work just to old retired nurse from the hospital and I need to give me some stuff to do so I would love to make some of your recipes because they are delicious

  • Kim Crombie says:

    Hi i have made this Dump Cake as you call it heaps but with canned pears and the juice tipped in the bottom of my slow cooker with the caje mux and butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg and it is the best

  • Pat says:

    These dump cakes are the best! I am almost 80 and can’t stand up long but I love warm desserts and I can make this so fast!!!

  • teresa oates says:

    can this cake be frozen? what is the shelf life?

  • Jewel says:

    I would love to make this recipe but I only have fresh strawberries can you help me with how I can do it with fresh strawberries please thank you so much jewel

  • Stacey says:

    Been making this cake for years. I love it. It is so simple to make.
    My sister sometimes uses fresh peaches instead of canned. She just sweetens them as if she was putting them in a pie.
    Blueberry and pineapple together are good also.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      I work with iambaker and am happy to help out with questions!
      Hi, Stacey! I’m so glad you love it!

  • Rehana says:

    Can I use frozen strawberries ?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Rehana! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you could use frozen strawberries in this recipe; just thaw them first. Have a great day!

  • Jan Maunakea says:

    Can a different type of cake mix be used? Like chocolate.

    • Amanda Rettke says:


  • Nina Broadway says:

    This recioe is much better using fresh or frozen strawberries. I’m just nor a big fan of canned strawberry pie filling.

  • Dolores Jweid says:

    If I use frozen strawberries do I have to sweeten then first?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Dolores! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. No, you do not need to sweeten the frozen strawberries. Have a great day!

  • LaDonna Schonert says:

    Love ‘iambaker’. Really enjoy your recipes and suggestions.

  • Dennis Anastasia says:

    How about the recipe without using canned fruit

  • Sally says:

    Love the recipe so easy and quick

  • Lori Erickson says:

    I’m thinking of adding some cheesecake filling to the strawberry filling. By the spoonful, so it’s just random when you eat it.