How you can make a chocolate cherry dump cake in less than 15 minutes (or as long it takes for your oven to heat up)

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake – All methods revealed

Chocolate cherry dump cake served with ice cream

If you don’t know what a chocolate cherry dump cake is you are missing something delicious.  A dump cake comes from the idea of dumping every ingredient directly into a baking dish.   

It is a quick and easy cake recipe that makes a great dessert.  My nephew once came over for dinner and he ate 6 pieces in one sitting.  He had to like it and so will YOU.

All methods of making a chocolate cherry dump cake revealed:

  • I found that most recipes use pieces of butter on top of the cake mix, but I also saw some results of this method, and they didn’t look very promising. 
  • Other people used melted butter and poured it on top of the dry mix. 
  • Some other recipes used cola.  They mixed the cake mix with cola and then spread the batter on top of the cherry filling.
  • I wanted my cake to turn out perfect.   I chose butter, but I shredded mine.  That way, all of the cake mix was covered evenly with butter. 

Here is my chocolate cherry dump cake recipe together with a homemade cherry filling recipe.   If you try it out, could you like me on Facebook or even better, can you leave a comment, I love those!

If you make your cherry pie filling from scratch, then this recipe will take maybe 30 minutes. 

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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe in less than 15 minutes


  1. 42 oz. of cherry pie filling (1200g)
  2. 1 chocolate cake mix
  3. 1 stick of butter – ½ cup (112g)
  4. 3 oz. chopped pecans – not quite a cup (85g)
  5. 1/8 cup of sugar (25g)


  1. 9”x13” (22 x 33 cm) cake pan
  2. Optional: Food grater

Tip:  If you don’t have cherry pie filling you can make it yourself like I did. Here is the recipe for homemade cherry pie filling:

Cherry pie filling ingredients
Making cherry pie filling

1.       I used canned sweetened cherries – 2 cans each 680g and 6 tablespoons of corn starch dissolved in ¼ cup of water. 

2.       If you don’t have canned sweetened cherries, you can use pitted de-frosted cherries, about 2lb – 910 g.  If you do, you will need ¾ cup of sugar and ½ plus ¼ cup of water and 4 tablespoon of corn starch (32g). 

3.       Just place your cherries, either with the juice from the can, or with water and sugar in a pot.  Set the heat on high and bring to boil.  Once it boils, add the starch mixed with water and mix until very thick.  Cool off. It should look like the picture below.

Homemade cherry pie filling


1.       Preheat the oven to 375°F – 175°C

2.       Place the butter into the freezer.

Cherry chocolate dump cake
Cherry chocolate dump cake

2.       Take out your cake pan and spread the cherry pie filling, homemade or from a can. 

3.       Distribute evenly the chocolate cake mix of your choice.

buttered chocolate cherry dump cake

4.       Take the butter from the freezer and grate the butter using a food grater (amazon).  If you want to be extra quick then spread even slices of butter on top of the cake mix.

5.       Sprinkle with chopped pecans and sugar.

6.       Bake for about 40 minutes until the top turns crusty and the cherries bubble through the sides of the cake.

7.       Now, depending on the cake mix you used and the amount of cherries, your cake might be very soft under the crunchy top.  That is normal.  You can serve it in a nice bowl with vanilla ice cream.  Here is my cake straight out of the oven.  It was still bubbly at the edges. 

Chocolate Cherry dump Cake recipe

Tip:  You can skip the pecans and the extra sugar.  The pecans add some crunch and the sugar makes the top extra crispy. 

Have fun making your own creations with this basic chocolate dump cake recipe.  If you come up with something great, come back, leave a comment, and share. 





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