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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake (Four Ingredients!)

This chocolate cherry dump cake is the perfect blend of rich chocolate and sweet cherries – and only takes four ingredients to make! The whole family will love this quick dessert recipe.

chocolate cherry dump cake

Have you heard of a dump cake? I know it sounds a little strange . . . but they’re pretty awesome. No fancy schmancy baking techniques, just good old-fashioned dump-into-the-pan-and-go magic.

And the star of the show today? The irresistibly decadent chocolate cherry dump cake!

This dessert features layers of rich chocolate cake mix, tart cherry pie filling, oodles of melted butter, and a shower of chocolate chips.

It’s like someone took the concept of happiness, baked it, and served it with a side of vanilla ice cream. This cherry and chocolate dump cake is going to be a new favorite recipe!

chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling

It’s a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day, or just if you’re looking for a chocolate fix. With fruit.

And I have great news: if you can open a can and operate an oven, congratulations – you’re overqualified.

This cake recipe is all about the art of dumping (ingredients, that is). It’s so easy, even your kitchen-averse friend who once burned water could pull it off.

cherry chocolate cake with pie filling

So – get ready to dump, bake, and bask in the glory of a cake that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Your taste testers will be lining up, spoons in hand, wondering how you whipped up such a masterpiece.

Let’s show the world that sometimes, the best things in life are the simplest. Or, in this case, the dumpiest. Happy baking!


  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) chocolate cake mix
  • 2 cans (42 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Optional toppings: whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or powdered sugar for dusting

Tips and Thoughts for This Recipe

Canned cherry pie filling can have pits – it’s rare, but it happens. Watch out for this as you pour the cherries out.

When a dump cake is baked, it comes out like a cross between cake and melty cobbler. It can be difficult to determine doneness. You’ll see wet spots, dry cake mix, and the top will look crisp. Make sure the fruit is bubbly around the edges.

cherry chocolate cake with pie filling in a bowl with ice cream

Store covered in plastic wrap or an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4-5 days maximum. You can freeze them for up to one month.

chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling

Get the printable recipe for this dessert below:

Yield: 12 servings

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

cherry chocolate cake with pie filling

This cherry chocolate cake with pie filling is SO easy to make! Only four ingredients and ready in under an hour.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 42 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes


  • 15.25 ounces chocolate cake mix (1 box)
  • 42 ounces cherry pie filling (2 cans)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with butter or non-stick cooking spray.Preheating the oven
  2. Pour the dry chocolate cake mix evenly into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.Chocolate cake mix poured out into the baking dish
  3. Open the cans of cherry pie filling and carefully spoon over the cake mix layer. Spread it out as evenly as possible.cherry pie filling spooned over the chocolate cake layer
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the stick of unsalted butter in the microwave. Drizzle it evenly over the cherry pie filling layer in the baking dish, trying to cover all the cake mix evenly.
  5. Sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips evenly over the top of the cake. They will melt and create a gooey, chocolatey layer.Adding the chocolate chips to the pie filling and cake mix
  6. Bake the cake for 42-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake mix layer comes out clean.chocolate cherry dump cake baked and cooling
  7. Once the cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly. You can serve it warm as is or with your choice of toppings like whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or a dusting of powdered sugar.Piece of cake removed from the corner of the pan


Optional toppings: whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or powdered sugar for dusting

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 298mgCarbohydrates: 71gFiber: 3gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g

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If you enjoyed this cherry and chocolate dump cake, let me know in the comments. I’d also love for you to check out these other recipes:

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