Rating: 4.2 stars
86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5

This recipe is so easy even kids can do it! Cherry pie filling, canned cherries and chocolate cake mix are all dumped into a pan and baked!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 9x13 inch pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

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  • Dump cherry pie filling into dish and spread evenly. Repeat with cherries, including juice. Sprinkle cake mix over the top - DO NOT STIR. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Distribute butter pieces evenly over the top.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

428 calories; protein 4.7g; carbohydrates 52g; fat 24.6g; cholesterol 30.5mg; sodium 447.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (77)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2012
I mixed the cherry pie filling together with the pitted sweet cherries (yes, I kept the liquid.....it's like when you make a regular dump cake with the cherry pie filling and whole can of crushed pineapple with juice). I also used chopped pecans instead of walnuts. My dump cake was done in just over 30 minutes. I served this slightly warm with dollops of Cool-Whip. My family adored this dessert. Very good. NOTE: If you cut your butter into very thin slices and layer them over the dry cake mix/nut layer, you should have enough to cover the whole dry layer and end up with a topping that looks like a crisp/cobbler. I don't always get the results I want if I melt the butter and drizzle it over. Read More
(136)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/08/2004
This is not a cake recipe. First I called it pudding then I decided it was more like cherry crisp except not crisp. The flavor is strange with the cake mix and I had to mix it all together after cooking for it to taste okay. It does taste okay... but it is not cake. Read More
(20)
86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 45
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2012
I mixed the cherry pie filling together with the pitted sweet cherries (yes, I kept the liquid.....it's like when you make a regular dump cake with the cherry pie filling and whole can of crushed pineapple with juice). I also used chopped pecans instead of walnuts. My dump cake was done in just over 30 minutes. I served this slightly warm with dollops of Cool-Whip. My family adored this dessert. Very good. NOTE: If you cut your butter into very thin slices and layer them over the dry cake mix/nut layer, you should have enough to cover the whole dry layer and end up with a topping that looks like a crisp/cobbler. I don't always get the results I want if I melt the butter and drizzle it over. Read More
(136)
Rating: 4 stars
08/06/2004
Very Tasty! The trick to getting all the cake mix to bake is to cut very thin slices from a cold stick of utter and lay them as close together over top of the cake mix layer. Read More
(118)
Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2003
This cake is just awesome. Quick, easy and so GOOD! For those of you who were complaining about having dry cake mix after baking - you need to use more butter. I usually use a whole stick and it turns out terrific. I also substitute pecans for the walnuts. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2010
I can see how some people weren't impressed with this BUT I LOVED it! I'd give it 5 stars for flavor alone but gave it 4 just because of the non-cake like consistency. If you are thinking of making this be warned that it is not a cake rather more of a dessert (you spoon it into dishes). The woman who said the trick is to cut very thin pieces from a stick of butter and cover the _entire_ top is correct. I did this and didn't have the crumbly problem others mentioned. Instead the top turned out a bit crusty with the gooey cherry stuff underneath. Keep an eye on temp so the top doesn't scorch (my oven runs hot). Serve with whipped cream. (I skipped the nuts; a personal preference.) Read More
(52)
Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2007
By reducing the cake mix to 1/2 and the butter to 1/2 cup then pouring the juice from the can of cherries over top instead of beneath the mix it will make it moist and all will be cooked. Next time I will use an 8x8 pan so the fruit is thicker and still reduce the mix to 1/2. Read More
(39)
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2007
This recipe is good when you want to whip up something quick. I think people are mislead about dump cakes. Most people expect it to be like an actual cake but it's supposed to be like fruit filling with a crunchy topping. I used pecans and slice up a really cold stick of butter and placed the butter slices on top that way you get more even coverage. Dump cakes are great!!! Give them a chance!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/08/2004
This is not a cake recipe. First I called it pudding then I decided it was more like cherry crisp except not crisp. The flavor is strange with the cake mix and I had to mix it all together after cooking for it to taste okay. It does taste okay... but it is not cake. Read More
(20)
Rating: 4 stars
04/21/2010
very good flavor. instead of the thin slices of butter I grate a frozen stick over the top of the cake mix works like a charm. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
03/20/2003
My cake turned out with the cake mix still there. I did just as it said. Don't know what I could have done different.?? Used it with vanilla ice cream after I removed some of the cake mix that didn't make a cake Read More
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