Our Cherry Dump Cake Recipe may be the easiest dessert recipe you will ever make! 5 ingredients, 5 minutes to prep, one dish and ready start to finish in less than an hour!
When 2 of the 5 ingredients are cherry pie filling and cake mix, you know this is an easy dessert recipe! We are literally obsessed with dump cakes right now! Try our other delicious varieties like our Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake, Apple Dump Cake, Pumpkin Dump Cake and our Peach Dump Cake!
Easy Cherry Dump Cake
So, you get home from a long day and all you want to do is put your feet up and relax with some peace and quiet… oh, wait! You’re a mom, so when does that ever happen?
Let me give you a little life hack…
The next time you or someone else signs you up for a baking task, get some time set aside for baking a cake (say, 2 hours?) and get the house, or even just the kitchen all to yourself! Then, follow this ridiculously easy 5-ingredient recipe and enjoy the rest of the hour and fifty-five minutes with some peace and quiet!
This cherry dump cake is super simple, yet so delicious- everyone will be asking you to make it again and again!
Best of all, no one will know that you only spent minutes preparing this cake- it’s THAT good!
Sounds like a dream come true, right?
So, what even is a cherry dump cake?
What is a Dump Cake?
The dump cake recipe gets its name because we are literally just dumping all of the ingredients into the baking dish and baking it!
When it is done, it’s kind of like a cobbler. It’s got cherry pie filling on the bottom, yellow cake mix throughout and slivered almonds on top- yum!
It’s an amazing cake that fits any occasion, backyard barbecues, birthday parties, bake sales… you name it!
So, the next time you’ve got a function you need to bake for at the last minute, remember this recipe!
Another thing I love about this recipe is that you can easily change it up! I know my family sometimes get tired of the same dessert if we have it too often but with this recipe being so simple, it’s easy to shake things up!
For example, try swapping the yellow cake mix for another flavor that most of us love… chocolate! Chocolate cherry is one of my favorite flavor combinations!
Love apples? Then you MUST try our apple version! This apple dump cake recipe is the bomb!!
Or if you can’t stand almonds, I know some people prefer to use chopped pecans or even walnuts instead or leave out the nuts all together!
Also, I’ve seen a lot of cherry pineapple dump cake recipes but I always make this recipe without pineapple.
I love this recipe so much because it gives me the freedom to get other stuff done around the house instead of standing in the kitchen all day but I can still say I made it from scratch- Mom win!
Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients
For this insanely easy recipe, you’ll only need 5 ingredients! Yup, only 5- count ‘em!
- 2 cans (21oz) cherry pie filling
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 box of yellow cake mix (use the dry cake mix, do not prepare it
- 1 stick of melted butter
- 1 small package (2.25oz) of sliced almonds
Cherry Pie Filling Dump Cake
I’m sure you’ve seen other recipes that promise to be super easy and take no time but that all goes out the window when you see 30 minutes of prep time and a laundry list of special ingredients.
This recipe is so simple it will actually just take a few minutes to prepare! Most recipes are a “dump and stir” kind of deal, this recipe is literally just dumping (just like it says in the title)!
How to Make Cherry Dump Cake
So, grab your ingredients, a spatula, and a baking dish- that’s all you’ll need, and meet me in the kitchen!
First things first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Next, don’t forget to prep your baking dish with some cooking spray- I forgot the first time I made this… Worst. Mistake. Ever!
Now, dump the vanilla and the cans of cherry pie filling into the baking dish.
Alright, now you’re ready to just add the rest of the ingredients right into the baking pan!
Pour the box of dry yellow cake mix (yum) as evenly as you can over the top of the cherry pie filling and vanilla mixture. Of course, it doesn’t matter what kind of cake mix you use, but I usually use Duncan Hines. I don’t know what it is, but family swears that’s what tastes best!
Melt one stick of butter and then pour it evenly over the top of the yellow cake mix. Seriously, just dump it, girl! No stirring required! Actually, you will ruin the cake if you stir it, so don’t!
Take the sliced almonds and spread them evenly over the top of the cake.
Pop your beautiful dump cake into the oven and bake it for about 50 minutes or until the top of the cake is a nice golden brown color!
To make this dessert extra delicious and disappear even faster, serve this cake warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped topping on top, YUM-O!
This cake is best when it’s fresh, so plan to serve warm and as soon as possible out of the oven.
Can you make Cherry Dump Cake in the Crockpot!
You sure can make a dump cake in the crockpot and it is just as easy!
First, make sure you grease the slow cooker dish and then follow the recipe exactly the same! Just cover and cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours!
More Easy Cake Recipes
- The Easiest Eclair Cake
- Jello Poke Cake
- Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
- Ice Cream Cake
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- No-Bake Banana Split Cake
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- Apple Crumb Cake
- Peanut Butter Oreo Icebox Cake
- Strawberry Shortcake Baked Alaska
- Lemon Icebox Cake
- Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
- Caramel Apple Dump Cake
- S’mores Ice Cream Cake
- Easy Chocolate Bundt Cake
Cherry Dump Cake
- 2 21 ounce cans cherry pie filling
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 stick butter melted
- 1 2.25 ounce package sliced almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray
- In a medium bowl mix both cans of cherry pie filling together with the vanilla and pour in to the 9x13 baking dish. Use a spatula to make sure the entire dish is covered in an even layer
- Pour yellow cake mix over evenly over the top of the cherries.
- Pour melted butter evenly over the top of the yellow cake mix. Do not stir
- Spread almonds evenly over the top.
- Bake 50 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
- Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping
I hope that you and your family like this easy cherry dump cake as much as my family and I do! With all 5 ingredients having a long shelf life- there’s no reason it shouldn’t be in your normal rotation of easy dessert recipes!
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