Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

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Make this delicious chocolate cherry dump cake with just 3 simple ingredients: devil’s food cake mix, cherry pie filling, and butter! The rich chocolate cake is seriously one of the easiest desserts that you will ever make.

For more easy dump cake recipes try strawberry dump cake, caramel apple dump cake, or lemon blueberry dump cake.

3 Ingredient cake with cherry pie filling and devil's food cake mix made in a 9 x 13 pan.

Rich chocolate cake and sweet cherries make a killer flavor combination, we love it in our chocolate cherry cookies as well.

If you are looking for an easy chocolate cherry dessert recipe, you will love this 3-ingredient chocolate cherry dump cake (aka black forest dump cake).

Not only is the chocolate dessert ridiculously easy to make, but it tastes incredible too. My husband says that this is the best dump cake he has ever had!

Chocolate cherry dump cake being scooped up with serving spoon.

For more easy chocolate desserts, try our classic no-bake cookies and OREO poke cake!

Easy Cherry Dump Cake

Although the name “dump cake” may not sound appetizing, I can assure you that this cake is 100% delicious.

We like to serve this rich chocolate cherry dump cake warm and topped with a scoop of ice cream, cool whip, or whipped cream. So good!

3-ingredient chocolate cherry dump Cake served in a bowl with Whipped Cream.

If you are a fan of this easy dump cake recipe chances are you will enjoy my easy apple crisp with cake mix as well. It is made dump cake style–super simple recipe–and tastes incredible.

Ingredients for 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Start by gathering your ingredients.

Dump Cake Ingredients
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Devil’s Food Cake Mix – or another chocolate cake mix
  • Butter – salted butter or unsalted butter can be used for this easy recipe

You will also need a 9 x 13 baking dish and non-stick cooking spray.

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

Once you have everything that you need you can make the cake in just a few minutes.

Or if you move quickly, under 60 seconds!

Three image collage of 1) cherry pie filling in glass baking dish, 2) devils food cake mix sprinkled on top, and 3) melted butter poured over the top.
  1. Add cherry pie filling to a prepared baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top of the cherry filling.
  3. Drizzle with melted butter.
  4. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!
Bowl of chocolate Cherry Dump Cake made with devil's food cake and cherry pie filling.

Storage

Refrigerator: Once the cake has cooled to room temperature cover it tightly with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat individual portions in the microwave or enjoy chilled.

Freeze: For longer storage, freeze the dump cake for up to 3 months. Allow the cake to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating and serving.

Variations and Additions

  • Double Chocolate: Sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the cake at the 30-minute mark for extra chocolatey goodness.
  • Almond Twist: Stir 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of almond extract into the pie filling for added flavor.
  • Coconut Paradise: Sprinkle shredded coconut over the top of the cake mix for a tropical twist.
  • Nutty Delight: Sprinkle chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, over the top of the cake before baking.
Small serving of chocolate cherry dump cake in an individual bowl with forks and remaining cake in glass pan beside it.

        Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake Recipe FAQ

        Do you prepare the cake mix per the box instructions?

        No. You will only use the dry cake mix for this recipe.

        Why is it called a dump cake?

        The name “dump cake” simply refers to how easy the cake is to prepare: simply dump the ingredients into the baking dish! No mixing or stirring is required at all.
        Just dump, bake, and enjoy the chocolate-cherry deliciousness!

        Can I use a different type of cake mix?

        Definitely! While devil’s food cake mix adds a rich chocolate flavor to the delicious dessert, you can use other cake mix flavors as well. For instance, if you prefer a lighter taste, you can try yellow cake mix or even a white cake mix. The choice of cake mix allows you to customize the dessert to your liking.

        More easy cake mix desserts

        Recipe
        Chocolate cherry dump cake made with devil's food cake mix and cherry pie filling.
        Recipe
        4.56 from 25 votes

        Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

        Author: Jaclyn
        Prep: 5 minutes
        Cook: 40 minutes
        Total: 45 minutes
        Make this delicious chocolate cherry dump cake with just 3 simple ingredients: devil's food cake mix, cherry pie filling, and butter!

        Ingredients
         

        • 42 ounces cherry pie filling (two 21-ounce cans)
        • 15.25 ounce devil’s food cake mix (1 box)
        • ¾ cup butter melted

        Instructions

        • Preheat oven to 350℉. Coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
        • Add both cans of cherry pie filling to the bottom of the pan.
        • Top with a layer of devil’s food cake mix.
        • Pour melted butter over the top of the cake mix, trying to cover as much of the cake mix as possible (there will be some dry spots).
        • Bake in a prehearted oven for 40-45 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges and dry on top.
        • Serve warm. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped topping, if desired.

        Notes

        Top with whipped topping, a scoop of ice cream, and/or maraschino cherries, if desired.
        Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

        Nutrition

        Serving: 1g | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 226mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 558IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg
        Chocolate cherry dump cake made with devil's food cake mix and cherry pie filling.

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        23 Comments

        1. It’s easier just to mix the pie filling with the cake mix and bake it. Been doing it for decades and it’s delicious

          1. how can you tell if it’s done? it’s going to be moist, so toothpick test won’t work or will it?

        2. Just fixed this cake with sugar-free cake mix It turned out great just watching some sugar for my hubby Thanks

        3. Dump cakes are the bomb! I’ve made these over the years using different pie fillings, such as peach, apple, blueberry and even blackberry. I’ve even added some pineapple into the apple and cherry. Just drain the juice from the pineapple chunks, and drink it, lol. Just experiment with your favorites!! Yummmmm…..

          1. Oooops!! Forgot one thing….you can even use different cake mixes, like white, yellow, even spice.

        4. I live alone and was wondering can I half this recipe and if yes do I bake it for the same time?

        5. 4 stars
          Just made it according to the directions and hopefully it will taste good. The melted butter didn’t cover the entire pan but as was stated…”it will be ok.” Not so sure because it doesn’t look too appetizing with dry cake mix scattered across the top. The pictures don’t show that, only when it’s mixed up in the bowl. This sounds delicious, just disappointing in the end result as I’m serving it to friends with a less than appealing look. Maybe next time I’ll increase the butter to be sure it’s entirely covered?

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