Cherry Dump Cake

This Cherry Dump Cake has sweet cherry pie filling, a cheesecake layer and a buttery cake mix topping. Top with a scoop of ice cream for the easiest, yummiest dessert!!

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Cherry Dump Cake with a scoop of ice cream

The moment my hubby gave this a try, his first comment was “Kelsey, you need to put this on the blog STAT.” And I agreed. You guys….this stuff is unreal. And if you’re looking for a simple dessert to impress, stop looking because this is THE ONE.

If you’ve tried my Easy Cherry Berry Cobbler, this one is similar, but I think I might like it even better! This Cherry Dump Cake has a cheesecake-like layer that makes it creamy and absolutely irresistible!!

Cherry Dump Cake on a white plate

Cherry Dump Cake Ingredients

  • Cherry Pie Filling – You could use blueberry or raspberry pie filling instead (or a combo!)
  • Whipped Cream Cheese – Be sure to specifically get the “whipped” variety as it’s easier to stir than regular
  • Granulated Sugar
  • One Large Egg
  • Yellow Cake Mix – White works just fine, too. I tend to think yellow cake mix has a little more flavor, which is why I use yellow
  • Butter – I like to use salted butter in this recipe

How to make Cherry Dump Cake

There are essentially 4 layers to this dump cake. The photos below go through each step:

Variations of Cherry Dump Cake

Let’s just start by saying that this dump cake is absolutely scrumptious as-is. However, if you don’t have any cherry pie filling or yellow cake mix, there are different options…

Black Forest Dump Cake – Cherry pie filling, omit the cream cheese layer, chocolate cake mix
Blueberries & Cream Dump Cake – Blueberry pie filling, keep the cream cheese layer, yellow or white cake mix
Cherry Berry Dump Cake – Cherry Pie Filling + 2 cups of frozen berries, keep or omit the cream cheese layer, yellow or white cake mix
Double Cherry Dump Cake – Make the recipe as-is, but swap the yellow cake mix for cherry chip cake mix

Cherry Dump Cake on a white plate

How to Store A Dump Cake

I like to serve it when it’s still warm from the oven with a big ‘ol scoop of vanilla ice cream! But if there are leftovers, it’s best to store it in the fridge.

Simply let the dump cake cool to room temperature, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to five days. When you’re ready to enjoy, you can eat it cold or warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave.

Spoon with Cherry Dump Cake

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Cherry Dump Cake

This Cherry Dump Cake has sweet cherry pie filling, a cheesecake layer and a buttery cake mix topping. Top with a scoop of ice cream for the easiest, yummiest dessert!!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Servings 12


  • Oven


  • 2 21 oz can cherry pie filling
  • 1 8 oz tub whipped cream cheese softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 pkg yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 c salted butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350ยฐF.
  • Dump the cherry pie filling into a 9×13 baking pan.
  • Stir the cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the egg and sugar until well combined.
  • Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the cherries.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Slowly pour the melted butter over the cake mix.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes until golden brown on top.
  • Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.
Keyword cherry dessert, cobbler, dump cake


  1. 5 stars
    Oh. My. Word! This is absolutely fantastic. My mom actually asked if we could have it for dinner tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‚. Itโ€™s soooo good! Made it exactly according to the original directions. Perfection.
    Iโ€™m looking at your other recipes now. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for Valentines Day dessert! Was amazing- my daughter who doesnโ€™t like Cherry pie loved it. Only thing I did different was use homemade Cherry pie filling instead of canned.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Maggie – Yes, that should be fine! It might take just a few minutes less to bake (as there will be a little more surface area), so I’d decrease the time a bit and see how it goes! Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Lyn – It really is delicious!!! I just updated the recipe to be a little more clear. Instead of microwaving, simply bring the whipped cream cheese to room temperature so you can stir it easily! I hope that helps! -Kelsey

    • I’m wondering if the butter simply didn’t get to some of the cake mix on top. Then you might have some powdery spots which is totally fine. If you want to make sure there aren’t any spots like that, you can certainly mix the melted butter and cake mix and sprinkle it on top before baking instead!! -Kelsey

  3. I made your pumpkin dump cake for Thanksgiving and it was delicious. Iโ€™m going to try this one for Christmas. Can 2 boxes of cake mix be used to make that layer thicker? Probably just a little more time in oven and double the butter?

    • Hi Britt – Though I’ve never tried it with two boxes of cake mix, it should work just fine. I’d maybe recommend mixing the cake mixes and the (doubled) melted butter so the butter gets to all the cake mix. (If you don’t, I’m thinking the bottom of the layer of cake mix wouldn’t get the moisture from the butter and might be dry). Hope that helps!! -Kelsey

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