Cherry Dump Cake Recipe (A Complete Guide for A Perfect Outcome)

cherry dump cake recipe
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Quick and Easy Cherry Dump Cake Recipe
Create a luscious Cherry Dump Cake by layering cherry pie filling, maraschino cherry juice, cake mix and almond extract in a baking dish. Top with yellow cake mix and melted butter, then bake until golden and bubbly.

Hello Sweet Tooth, Austin Carter welcomes you all to Beyond The Bayou Blog to satisfy your cravings with a delicious recipe today. The recipe for this cake is as unique as its name: Cherry Dump Cake.

Cherry Dump Cake gets its name from the method of preparing the dessert. In this recipe, the ingredients are “dumped” or layered into a baking dish without much mixing or elaborate preparation. Cake mix is a key ingredient in this unique Cherry Dump Cake recipe. I got my eyes on this recipe on a random day scrolling my feed. Guess what? The recipe made me explore it even more.

I finally tried it one day as I was planning to serve it as an evening snack. Umm.. it was not that difficult. You will be amazed to know that it took me an hour or so to serve this to my family with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream over it. It was quite a good experience even if the first one with this recipe.

So just grab your equipment, tie your apron, and be ready for a hearty evening snacking with your family.

What Is Cherry Dump Cake?

A dump cake is a recipe where you just dump all the ingredients into a baking dish and then bake it. No mixing batter, no cleaning or chopping up anything. Just dump the ingredients, bake, and enjoy! It’s that simple.

Making dump cakes is super easy – it’s one of the simplest desserts! Usually, you only need a few basic ingredients, like fruit filling and cake mix. Cake mix versatility allows for endless combinations and flavors.

The name “dump cake” comes from how it’s made. You just “dump” the ingredients into a baking dish, layering them without any need for mixing or complicated steps. Isn’t it easy?

As the cake bakes, everything blends together, creating a wonderfully gooey and moist dessert. People love dump cakes for being simple, versatile, and letting you whip up a homemade treat with minimal effort.

How To Make a Cherry Dump Cake?

Here we are simply describing a short and quick recipe for cherry dump cake which is not only quick to bake but also easy, delicious, and mouthwatering. Let’s begin the journey of endless joy.

This image shows the process of cherry dump cake where cherry filing is filled in container.

To make this delightful Cherry Dump Cake, start by preheating your oven to 350°F and spraying a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Next, pour in two cans of cherry pie filling, and enhance the flavor with 1/3 cup of maraschino cherry juice and 1 teaspoon of almond extract.

This image shows the process of cherry dump cake when it is sprinkled with  yellow cake mix.

Stir everything together for a smooth layer. Then, evenly sprinkle a yellow cake mix over the filling. The magic touch comes with 3/4 cup of melted salted butter poured generously over the top, saturating as much of the cake mix as possible.

cherry dump cake recipe

Bake this concoction for 45-50 minutes until it’s golden brown and bubbly. After letting it sit for 15 minutes, serve up this sweet treat, optionally paired with some vanilla ice cream for an extra indulgence. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of this easy Cherry Dump Cake!

cherry dump cake recipe

Quick and Easy Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

Create a luscious Cherry Dump Cake by layering cherry pie filling, maraschino cherry juice, cake mix and almond extract in a baking dish. Top with yellow cake mix and melted butter, then bake until golden and bubbly.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Assembly Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Anne Carter
Servings: 12


  • 9×13 Baking Dish
  • Mixing Spoon or Spatula
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Nonstick Spray
  • Oven
  • Sifter


  • 1/3 cups Maraschino Cherry Juice
  • 2 cans Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 3/4 cup Salted Butter
  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • Vanilla Ice Cream


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • Use nonstick spray to coat a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Pour the cherry pie filling into the baking dish.
  • Add the maraschino cherry juice and almond extract. Mix it well to make a smooth layer
  • Evenly sprinkle the cake mix over the filling.
  • Pour the melted butter all over, covering as much of the cake mix as you can.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes until it's golden brown and bubbly.
  • Allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
  • Serve it as is or with some vanilla ice cream if you like!


  • Drizzle melted butter over any areas of dry cake mix that remain after baking, and return to the oven for a further minute or two if necessary.
  • The components should not be stirred. Throw everything into the pan at once.
  • The crock pot is another viable option for this. Cook for four hours on low heat or two hours on high heat.
  • Many people find that adding pineapple makes it even tangier. Do what makes you happy; for me, it adds too much acidity.
  • Black forest dump cakes can be made with a box of chocolate cake mix.
  • Use a high-quality yellow cake mix for the best results in your Cherry Dump Cake.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 100mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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How to Check the Cake Is Done Baking or Not?

When it comes to a recipe for cherry dump cake, The Toothpick Approach to check baking is not going to work like it does with ordinary cakes.

We tried this toothpick approach with our Fresh Apple Cake but sadly cannot try it with this one.

The surface of the dump cake should have a golden hue and have the appearance and texture of a crust; yet, once you break the crust, the cake will be moist because of the fruit.

As a general rule, you should look for the top of the cake to have a dark golden hue.

What Are My Serving Secrets?

  • Allow the cherry dump cake to cool for at least fifteen minutes after removing it from the oven; however, it is best enjoyed either warm or at room temperature. But my secret to enjoying it to the fullest is to have it warm.
  • Vanilla ice cream is my favorite topping for dump cakes. On top, you can drizzle some chocolate sauce, whipped cream, caramel sauce, Praline Sauce, powdered sugar, or even chocolate chips (which will melt into a delicious topping!).

What Are the Possible Variations?

This image shows the possible variations with cherry dump cake recipe

  • Toppings: Alternate the toppings on the cake mix. I recommend white, lemon, devil’s food, milk chocolate, chocolate fudge, or dark chocolate cake mixes, but you can use any cake mix instead of yellow.
  • Fruit variation: Discover a new fruit taste to try. Use whatever pie filling you choose instead of this one! Consider this a starting point for your recipe.
  • Tropical twist: Give it a tropical twist. To take the filling to the next level, try adding diced pineapple.
  • Refrain from: using maraschino cherry juice. To make the cherry taste explode even more, I add almond extract and maraschino cherry juice. Even without the maraschino cherry juice, the filling will be exactly right; it thickens the flavor and gives it a more cherry dimension.
  • Swap Almond extract: Feel free to use almond extract instead. Swap out the almond extract for vanilla, lemon, cherry, or strawberry if you don’t have any on hand or would rather not buy it. Another option is to omit it altogether.

Storing and Further Serving!

  • Cool to the Core: The Cherry Dump Cake must be cooled to room temperature before freezing.
  • Ensure Proper Wrapping: Make sure the plastic wrap is well secured before covering the cake with two layers. For further security, cover with an additional sheet of aluminum foil.
  • Safe for Use in the Freezer: Another option is to keep the leftover cake in a container that is marked as freezer-safe.
  • Smart Freeze: You may keep the Cherry Dump Cake’s flavor and freshness for up to three months by freezing it.
  • Melt in the Refrigerator: Put the frozen cake in the fridge to thaw overnight so it can be enjoyed at room temperature.
  • Choices for Heating: For a taste that tastes just as if it was just baked, reheat in a low oven or microwave until warm.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:1 Can I add other ingredients to enhance the flavor of my canned cherry dump cake?

A. If you want your canned cherry dump cake to taste even better, feel free to add some more ingredients. For an extra crunch, try adding chopped nuts like almonds or walnuts. To give the cake batter a cozy, aromatic touch, sprinkle it with cinnamon or nutmeg.

Q:2 Can we make dump cake ahead of time?

A. Well, not recommended as most people like to consume it warm. But if you still want to just keep in mind not more than one day ago.

Q:3 What is the biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake?

A: The biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake is not evenly distributing the cake mix or not ensuring enough moisture, leading to uneven baking or dryness.

Q: Is dump cake supposed to be gooey?

A: The biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake is not evenly distributing the cake mix or not ensuring enough moisture, leading to uneven baking or dryness.

Q: Can you leave dump cake out?

A: It’s not recommended to leave a dump cake out for too long, as it contains perishable ingredients like fruit and dairy. Store it in the refrigerator for freshness.

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