Simply Simple {Recipe: 3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake}

3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

I wasn’t going to share this dump cake recipe with you. I don’t know why… I just felt like maybe it was beneath my “standards”.

I have no idea why I’m being so judgey with myself about it! It’s really not that different than the amazing Peach Dump Cake I shared on Dine & Dish a couple years ago. It’s not like I’m “above” using canned ingredients and box cake mixes. I guess I just felt that it was too simple. In fact, it was so simple, Leah (my 4 year old) pretty much made it herself. I just had to open the cans for her and tell her what to do and she did it. With an abundance of pride, at that!

Leah Dump Cake

I was making this recipe to photograph for a client…and honestly, did not think it was going to be all that great. But when it was fresh out of the oven and I sneaked a spoonful, I couldn’t help but keep digging in. I then topped the cake with whipped cream and had a little bit of cherry chocolate dessert euphoria right in my little kitchen. This recipe is simply simple, but simply good. I’ve even deemed it “company worthy” if served in a little fancy dessert dish!

Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

Please don’t judge me like I’m judging myself for sharing this recipe with you today! I promise, once you make this and take your first bite, any thought of judgement will fly right out the window. Enjoy!

3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake
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A simple, 3 ingredient chocolate lovers dessert. Best served hot from the oven, topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Recipe from
  • 2 20 ounce cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 18.5 ounce box Devil's Food Cake Mix, unprepared
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Dump cherry pie filling into a 13x9 inch cake pan. Spread evenly out in pan.
  3. Top cherry pie filling with unprepared cake mix. Make sure it is evenly spread out.
  4. Drizzle melted butter over the top.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.
  6. Serve topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
If you still have dry patches of cake mix once your cake has baked for an hour, simply stir those parts into the cake, place back into the oven for 5 minutes.

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  1. says

    Wow one of those incredible OMG what am I going to serve NOW dishes!!!! Plus it uses on hand ingredients. Albeit is one suppose to admit they use cake mixes these days? They are often pretty darn handy. I love the picture of your daughter helping. That is sooooo sweet.
    You are so so so right those really are THE best moments. I say that from the stand point of my sons are grown. Luckily for me they have grown into wonderful men. So I still have THE best moments, but they are a little different now. Laughing.

  2. AmyRuth says

    What a precious photo for your album and for little Leah. I think sometimes we forget how much they look up to Mom. Precious and I bet it WAS delicious.

  3. says

    I used to make these when my kids were little; a quick and simple treat for mom get togethers that EVERYONE knew and made. No apologies necessary here. One of my favorites cakes is a box mix with pudding and rum. It is wonderful and I have no plans to change it just because it’s also simple and used ready made ingredients!

  4. Lin says

    You can also use peach pie filling and a yellow cake mix – or apple pie filling and a spice cake mix. All kinds of combos. This can also be fixed in the crockpot. Cook on Low for 3 hrs.

  5. Natashquan says

    I tried this exact combination some years back after discovering dump cakes for the first time. It SOUNDED like a fantastic idea- chocolate and cherries and whipped cream are pretty much made for each other, Black Forest is popular for a reason. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it was the brand of cake mix I used or something, but the cake mix and butter ended up turning into this very dense mass on top of the pie filling after baking and after eating a small portion I’d feel like I’d eaten so much cement. I finished it because I’m stubborn and it was sweet, but I would never make it again. I’ll stick with white / lemon cake mixes for my dump cakes!

  6. Ron Beck says

    We made this with the Boy Scout troop, in a dutch oven over charcoal. Called it Black Forest Cobbler. In fact , all our cobblers are “dump cakes”, in that they use fruit, cake mix and butter. We also had a saying, “There’s no such thing as too much butter” :-)


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