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

3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake www.dineanddish.net

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 www.dineanddish.net

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

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

3 Ingredient Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake

A simple, 3 ingredient chocolate lovers dessert. Best served hot from the oven, topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Recipe from Food.com.


  • 2 20 ounce cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 18.5 ounce box Devil's Food Cake Mix, unprepared
  • 3/4 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. A dump cake was one of the first recipes I ever posted on my blog -and then I shied away from it because I thought it was beneath my “standards” too. – But when you find something so good – who cares where it’s from – I’m 110% behind this beauty!! I love chocolate and cherry.

    • Thanks, friend! It kind of blew me away when I tasted it… and I felt like not posting it was keeping it out of the recipe boxes of others. Can’t hold a good thing back :)

  2. A “Dump Cake” was one of the first recipes I learned as a new bride MANY years ago…. and I think they are wonderful. There are so many versions and it’s a quick fix dessert when you’re short on time. Great reminder! I haven’t made one in a while and it would be fun to make with my daughter. PS ~ Your Sweet Girl is absolutely precious! LOVE that pic of her. She looks very serious about her job. :-)

  3. You are SO like me. I always wonder if I should post super easy recipes and then judge myself forever if I do decided to post them.
    I have actually never had a dump cake, so I am super glad you posted! It’s so easy!
    Your little girl is melting my heart by the way!

  4. I’m so happy that you went through and posted this recipe. I LOVE the fact that it is so simple and its photographs are gorgeous. Everyone needs to know how to a do a dump cake.

  5. YUM!! We makes something similar to this, but with brownie mix. I’ve gotta try some cake mix!!

  6. Fabulous! I love chocolate and cherries combo! So glad you posted it.

  7. Rule #1. Never keep stuff like this to yourself! Rule #2. Share it with me

  8. Dump cakes are the best. I’m glad you shared this, we all need chocolate cherry dump cakes sometime.

  9. This is so great Kristen! People love dump cakes even though they just seem so easy. I think that’s why they’re so popular. Love this version!

  10. This is one of my very favorite desserts except I go ahead and use a whole cup of butter. Love it, so glad you shared!

  11. It just doesn’t get easier than this! My 4 yr old is big into cooking so I am always on a look out for recipes like this one. Something tells me the moment I tell her about this recipe we will have to drive up to the supermarket. :)

  12. Love that Leah helped you! My kids love to help me too and this would be perfect! thanks for sharing,

  13. I never thought of using devil’s food cake mix. I have made this many times with white or yellow cake mix and it’s kind of a cherry crisp. Can’t wait to try this version

  14. The only problem with dump cakes is that their name is kind of awful.

  15. Dude. I want to judge you all the way to my house to make this for me. My middle name is “Easy Desserts”!!! Also, that photo of Leah makes me want to eat her cheeks!!!

  16. No judgement here! I am all about making things simple and if that means opening a box of cake mix, so be it! Looks super yummy!

  17. Can it really be that easy?? I will have to try this :) Sometimes a quick sweet tooth fix is just what you need!

  18. I’ve made dump cake before but never chocolate and cherry!! oh I bet that’s good!! and I love that Leah made it!

  19. Oh my goodness, I unabashedly love dump cakes!!! I’ve never tried one with cherries though. Sounds pretty much heavenly. :)

  20. No judging here. I’m all about a cake that comes together in 4 minutes and is just as delicious as any other cake. Your wee one is adorable. Pinned.


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