Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe

I've been making dump cakes for years, but mostly bake the traditional cherry-pineapple version. Recently, I happened to have two cans of cherry pie filling on hand, as well as a chocolate cake mix, so I decided to take the plunge and try the Chocolate-Cherry Dump Cake recipe variation, or you might refer to it as a Black Forest dump cake.

Here's the result:

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe, a variation on traditional dump cake.

Look good? It was good!

The recipe is a variation of this one, but to make it easy, I'll include the directions for this version right here.

Chocolate-Cherry Dump Cake (Black Forest dump cake variation)


  • 2 cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix (your favorite, from devil's food to fudge)
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • chopped nuts or coconut (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • "Dump" both cans of pie filling into a 9x13 pan. Spread evenly.
  • Open the cake mix packet and distribute the dry mix on top of the cherries. DO NOT STIR.
  • Cut the butter into chunks and distribute the chunks over the cake mix. 
  • Add chopped nuts or shredded coconut if using.
  • Place the cake pan into the preheated oven. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, until the pie filling bubbles through the nicely-browned cake.
  • Serve warm with or without a scoop of ice cream on top. 

That's all there is to it! This would be a wonderful Valentine's Day dessert or just a special treat for anyone who loves chocolate-covered cherries.

Have you tried this recipe yet? How about the original cherry-pineapple dump cake or another version? Feel free to leave a comment to share your favorite dump cake recipe variation.


  1. It sounds delicious Susan! I have made a dump cake with yellow cake mix before, but never with chocolate or devils food. What an excellent idea and recipe.

    1. Cynthia, we love the yellow cake variety so much, it took me a long time to try the chocolate. I was pleasantly surprised and very glad I did!

  2. Dump cakes make people think that you spent a long time making an elegant dessert. I learned to make them so many years ago that I don't remember when or where or from who. I learned the pineapple/cherry version first, too. I made a strawberry with white cake mix the other day and it was delicious. A huge spoon of whip cream and it was ready to go.

    1. Glad to hear from someone else who's been making and enjoying dump cakes for years. The strawberry with whipped cream sounds absolutely fabulous and perfect for summer! Thanks so much for commenting, GrandmaMarilyn! Your visit is much appreciated.

  3. I remember reading your other recipe for dump cake, and really liked it. I believe there is a whole book of recipes for these, but who needs a book when we have you! Thanks Susan looks delicious and just what my sweet tooth needs.

    1. Sam, bet we could both learn some tricks from the dump cake book, but for now I'm pretty satisfied what I've figured out on my own. You've got me thinking, though, that I might be overlooking something that I'd totally love to try! Thanks for the reminder, and your comment as always!

  4. I'm drawn to sweets today, and this page is no exception, looks amazing!

    1. So am I, Barbara. Must be something in the air, you think? Naahh, I'm drawn to sweets most days! Glad you stopped by!

  5. would it work if you used brownie mix instead of cake to make it extra fudgy?

    1. Shannon, I don't really know if a brownie mix would work, but I wonder about the texture being too heavy. It might be a very tasty experiment to try, though. I mean, how bad could it be? You could always eat it with a spoon - or a knife, depending on how that texture worked out! :) Let me know if you try it. I'd love to know how it turns out. The fudginess really does sound delicious!


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