Recipes and Cooking Desserts & Baking Cakes Cherry Dump Cake Be the first to rate & review! This dessert comes together in under 10 minutes. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process and Sarah Martens Sarah Martens Instagram Sarah Martens is the Senior Editor overseeing food at Better Homes & Gardens digital. She has been with the BHG brand for over 8 years. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on April 26, 2023 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Grant Webster Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 55 mins Servings: 12 Jump to Nutrition Facts Our classic cherry dump cake recipe starts with two cans of purchased pie filling and one box of vanilla cake mix. You'll need just one more ingredient to assemble this easy dessert recipe. The beauty of a dump cake recipe is that no one will guess just how easy it was to make. The results are similar to a fruit crumble but with a tender, buttery topper. For this dump cake recipe, you'll want to use canned cherry pie filling rather than just canned cherries. Cherry pie filling is often made with tart or sour cherries, sugar, corn syrup, and a thickener. It's all ready to add to your baking dish and you won't need any other ingredients to make the dump cake filling—unless you'd like to add flavor with an extract. We used almond extract when our Test Kitchen developed the recipe but you could swap in vanilla extract, cake batter extract, or even coconut extract. When baked, the cake mix topper on this dump cake recipe doesn't rise or get fluffy like a traditional boxed cake. Instead, it becomes crisp and buttery. Our tasters compared it to shortbread. It's the perfect texture and flavor complement to the sweet, juicy cherries. Don't stress if there are a few spots of cake mix powder on the baked cake, the liquid from the cherries will absorb it. To help prevent this, be sure to evenly space the sliced butter on the top of the cake. 13 Cherry Desserts with the Sweet-Tart Bite That Tempts You Ingredients 2 (21 ounce) cans cherry pie filling 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract (optional) 1 package (2-layer-size) yellow cake mix 3/4 cup butter, sliced into 24 pats Vanilla ice cream (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour the cherry pie filling into a 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Stir in the extract (if using) and spread evenly in the dish. Evenly sprinkle the cake mix over the cherries. Arrange pats of cold butter evenly over the cake mix. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the dump cake is golden brown and bubbly. Serve warm or at room temperature. If desired, serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Test Kitchen Tip: Cherry dump cake is best served the day its made but you can refrigerate leftovers for 3-4 days. Wrap the cherry dump cake with plastic wrap and store in an airtight container. Frequently Asked Questions What is the difference between dump cake and cobbler? A cobbler is made using a biscuit-type dough rather than cake mix. The fruit filling is spread in a pan, just as you would for a dump cake. Then, the biscuit topper is spooned on and baked until light and fluffy. A dump cake has a denser, crisper texture than a fruit cobbler. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 379 Calories 13g Fat 64g Carbs 2g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 12 Calories 379.1 % Daily Value * Total Fat 13.1g 17% Saturated Fat 8g 40% Cholesterol 30.5mg 10% Sodium 427mg 19% Total Carbohydrate 63.6g 23% Dietary Fiber 1.1g 4% Total Sugars 18.9g Protein 2.1g Vitamin D 0mcg 0% Vitamin C 3.6mg 18% Calcium 106.5mg 8% Iron 1.1mg 6% Potassium 128.1mg 3% Fatty acids, total trans 0.6g Vitamin D 0IU Alanine 0.1g Arginine 0.1g Ash 2.1g Aspartic acid 0.3g Caffeine 0mg Carotene, alpha 0mcg Choline, total 4.8mg Copper, Cu 0.1mg Cystine 0g Energy 1585.3kJ Fluoride, F 0.4mcg Folate, total 34.1mcg Glutamic acid 0.6g Glycine 0.1g Histidine 0.1g Isoleucine 0.1g Leucine 0.2g Lysine 0.1g Methionine 0g Magnesium, Mg 11.6mg Manganese, Mn 0.1mg Niacin 1.2mg Phosphorus, P 153.7mg Pantothenic acid 0.2mg Phenylalanine 0.1g Proline 0.2g Retinol 95.2mcg Selenium, Se 1.8mcg Serine 0.1g Theobromine 0mg Threonine 0.1g Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.7mg Tryptophan 0g Tyrosine 0.1g Valine 0.1g Vitamin A, IU 558.4IU Vitamin A, RAE 107mcg Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg Vitamin B-6 0.1mg Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 2.3mcg Water 76.1g Zinc, Zn 0.2mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.