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Cherry Pie Filling Dump Cake

You’ve got to try this easy 3 ingredient cherry pie filling dump cake for dessert! This boxed cake mix recipe is so simple to make, even your kids can throw it together. This easy dump cake is really moist and packed with dark cherries or any other pie filling flavor you love. Cake mix baking has never been easier!


This easy dump cake with cherry pie filling recipe literally only requires 3 ingredients and comes out so moist and delicious packed with fruit! We chose cherry but you could easily mix up the flavor of cake mix or pie filling and create a multitude of different possibilities. Now on the list as one of our favorite easy dump cake recipes! (originally published 9/18, affiliate links present)

Dump Cake with Cherry Pie Filling

We love easy desserts and unlike traditional dump cakes, you won’t find powdery spots of mix or an overwhelming butter taste in this one. It really did come out pretty fantastic.

I first started by creating these blueberry pie filling dump cake cupcakes that were so good. I thought I would take it from there and create other easy dump cake recipes like this one that’s kinda’ like a cherry pie cake of sorts. You can see just how moist it came out…….


3 Ingredient Cherry Dump Cake

Like our cherry cheesecake monkey bread, we topped this one with vanilla ice cream for a few of us. I preferred it as is and even had a little slice for breakfast the next day. 😉 This time we used strawberry cake mix and cherry pie filling. You could opt for yellow, white, or make a chocolate cherry version if you prefer.

  • The taste will vary a bit with every different choice, but the color will be the biggest difference you will see.

We call this an easy cherry dump cake but really you can call it whatever you want! You kinda’ just throw it all in there once it is incorporated and bake until lightly golden brown. Here is all you have to do;

  1. Heat and pour melted butter in a bowl with your boxed cake mix.
  2. GENTLY fold in your pie filling so the large pieces of fruit don’t get pulverized.
  3. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and spray the inside of your pan with non stick spray.
  4. Pour batter in baking dish and smooth out so it’s even across the entire pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until middle feels like it is firming up, not jiggly. 
    • use a toothpick in center to ensure it is not still wet

Allow to cool and set up more for at least 15 minutes, or room temperature, once you take it out of the oven. The longer it cools the easier it is to make pretty slices instead of scooping it out with a large spoon. A family favorite treat either way. 10 minutes before serving take out ice cream so it’s easier to scoop.

Cherry Pie Filling Dump Cake

Cherry Dump Cake with 1 Can of Pie Filling

I would say that this serves 6 people with medium sized servings. If you were to serve it with a scoop of ice cream on top you could get away with smaller pieces, so maybe 8. For larger or doubled you’d need to use a much larger dish so it could spread out and get done in the center.

  1. Box of yellow cake mix – white cake mix or cherry works too, extra moist style is best
    1. Any dry cake mix works, you could try chocolate cake mix too
  2. Can of pie filling – Duncan Hines 21 or 20 oz. cans are perfect
  3. Melted butter
  4. Could add 1/2 tsp almond extract if you wanted to incorporate that flavor too
  5. Pan – I used this 1.5 qt. baking pan / dish but 8×8 pan / baking dish that is square is more common and perfect too
    1. Cooking spray for easy cleanup and serving is a good idea
  6. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the cake too!
    1. Sprinkle chopped pecans on too if you want some texture

Here’s a video showing you how we made it: Want to try our chocolate cherry dump cake recipe you see here? This one uses eggs instead of slices of butter. Others use a can of crushed pineapple instead of pie filling for moisture. Try them all and see which ones are your favorite!

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

3 Ingredient Cake with Cherry Pie Filling

If you want to make an Instant Pot dump cake or our easy cherry pineapple dump cake, we have directions for those too. If you are new to making one of these throw together desserts you’re in for a treat!

They come in very handy when company shows up at your door in the evening and you want to serve something. I also love having these in my back pocket when I’m craving something sweet but have little to no energy. Same with our cherry cobbler with cake mix which turns out more crumbly.

  • There are slight variations when you’re making one of these cakes. What remains constant is that they’re extremely moist, and many times you have to scoop them out of the pan.
  • If you want to try something else new, try our slow cooker dump cake frozen fruit or air fryer apple dumplings next!

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Cherry Pie Filling Dump Cake

You’ve got to try this easy 3 ingredient cherry pie filling dump cake for dessert! It’s so simple to make even your kids can throw it together. This easy dump cake is really moist and packed with dark cherries or any other pie filling flavor you love. Cake mix baking has never been easier!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, cherry, dessert, dump cake, pie filling
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 268kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Gently fold cake mix in with pie filling so you don't break up the fruit too much.
  • Spray pan, an 8×8 square is the perfect size. Empty dump cake dough into pan. Pour melted butter on top.
  • Put into preheated oven at 375 degrees. Bake for about 35 minutes or until middle feels set but still soft. Test with toothpick in center to make sure it is not raw but moist crumbs attached is ideal.
  • Allow to cool in pan so it further stiffens up. Serve!


Nutrition Facts
Cherry Pie Filling Dump Cake
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 268 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Sunday 17th of March 2024

All you said is melted butter. It not how much for the berry dump cake. How are you suppose to make this without the measurements of the butter??

The Typical Mom

Monday 18th of March 2024

Yes I do, at the bottom in the recipe card. You scrolled past it to post this, 2 tbsp.


Sunday 25th of February 2024

I watched the video for three ingredient dump cake and it says no butter required. This is confusing so if you do add the 2 tbsp. of butter -- do you melt it and add to the batter or on top? I see it described both ways in the recipes posted.


Sunday 25th of February 2024

The original recipe I saw says to put the 2 tbsp of melted butter on top, when I clicked here you say to mix with the batter. Which is the correct method or is either way okay?

The Typical Mom

Sunday 25th of February 2024

recipe instructions explain the butter, pour melted butter on top


Friday 23rd of February 2024

Hello! Can I use some frozen tart cherries?

The Typical Mom

Friday 23rd of February 2024

I would defrost first, drain and then use with our tart cherry cobbler recipe. This one uses pie filling which has more than just the cherries in it.


Tuesday 20th of February 2024

Hello! Is it possible to bake the 3 ingredient dump cake in a 9x9 square pan instead of an 8x8 pan?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 20th of February 2024

That should be fine

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