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A tasty, quick, and easy dessert, this Cherry Dump Cake is super flavorful, uses minimal pantry staple ingredients, and is a great cake for any occasion.

Close up of Cherry Dump Cake on vintage plate with ice cream and mint.

Easy desserts are always my favorite, but just because they are easy does not mean that they lack flavor at all. Especially this Cherry Dump Cake.

I love dump cakes, they are a really great recipe when you just want something quick to throw together on the fly, and they come in so many various flavors.

Cherry is one of my favorite flavors, so we went with cherry on this Dump Cake Recipe. Once you take that first bite, you will be wanting to make this over and over.

Top it off with some whipped cream or ice cream, and you have yourself a dessert that you will not be able to get enough of.

If you are in a hurry and want a cake that you probably have all the ingredients for, then you absolutely must try this Cherry Dump Cake.

Some of our other favorite cake recipes that we have on our site include: RumChata Poke Cake, Coconut Icebox Cake and Chocolate Bundt Cake.

Overhead of Dump Cake on plate showing the ice cream melting over the top.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • Pantry staple ingredients are used, which makes it easy.
  • This has a great cherry flavor with the addition of cherry juice and extract in it.
  • Topped with ice cream, you have an over-the-top dessert.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Cherry pie filling
Maraschino cherry juice, optional
Cherry extract, optional
Yellow cake mix
Salted butter

Ingredients needed to make a Cherry Dump Cake.

HOW TO MAKE A CHERRY DUMP CAKE:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 
  2. Pour the cherry pie filling into a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Add the maraschino cherry juice and cherry extract if using. Stir to combine and smooth out the filling into an even layer. If you are not using the cherry juice or extract, just smooth out the canned pie filling in an even layer.
  4. Sprinkle the cake mix over the filling evenly.
  5. Pour the melted butter all over the top, and try to saturate as much of the cake mix as possible.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown on top and bubbly. Let sit for 15 minutes and serve.

Step by step photos on how to make a Cherry Dump Cake.

CAN I USE ANOTHER CAKE MIX?

Absolutely, other cake flavors go great with cherry. Some of our favorites include: vanilla, white, lemon, devil’s food, milk chocolate, chocolate fudge, or dark chocolate.

WHAT OTHER TOPPINGS GO GREAT WITH THIS?

While we absolutely love ice cream on top, some other toppings that we love are chocolate sauce, whipped cream, caramel sauce, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips.

DO I HAVE TO USE THE CHERRY EXTRACT?

No, this is an optional ingredient but really enhances the cherry flavoring that we absolutely love. If you do not want to use it, you can substitute it with others including: vanilla, almond, lemon, and even strawberry.

Two plates of Cherry Dump Cake on vintage plates.

HOW TO STORE:

I suggest storing this in an airtight container in the refrigerator, where it will keep for up to 5 days.

This can also be frozen, place the cake in a freezer container and it will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

To defrost, remove from the freezer into the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in the microwave until warm.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • I add the maraschino cherry juice and extract for an extra explosive flavor of cherry, it is so amazingly flavorful and JUST WORKS. But this is optional.
  • Other extracts can be used, see my suggestions above.
  • Other cake flavors can also be used, again see above for ideas.
  • Top with any of your favorite toppings, we love ice cream.
  • This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • Let this sit for about 15 minutes to fully set up.

Bite of cake held up with spoon off of plate.

Love easy and flavorful recipes that take little time or effort, then you absolutely have to make my Cherry Dump Cake ASAP!

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Cherry Dump Cake

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
A tasty, quick and easy dessert, this Cherry Dump Cake is super flavorful, uses minimal pantry staple ingredients and a great cake for any occasion.
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Pour the cherry pie filling into a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Add the maraschino cherry juice and cherry extract if using. Stir to combine and smooth out the filling into an even layer. If you are not using the cherry juice or extract, just smooth out the canned pie filling in an even layer.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the filling evenly.
  • Pour the melted butter all over the top, and try to saturate as much of the cake mix as possible.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until golden brown on top and bubbly. Let sit for 15 minutes and serve.

Notes

  1. I add the maraschino cherry juice and extract for an extra explosive flavor of cherry, it is so amazingly flavorful and JUST WORKS. But this is optional.
  2. Other extracts can be used, see my suggestions above.
  3. Other cake flavors can also be used, again see above for ideas.
  4. Top with any of your favorite toppings, we love ice cream.
  5. This can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  6. Let this sit for about 15 minutes to fully set up.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 558IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Baked Good, Dessert
Cuisine American

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