Cherry dump cake in a small white dessert dish.

Discover the irresistible flavor of cherry dump cake. Bursting with juicy cherries and a perfectly crisp topping, this dessert brings a delectable sweetness to your dining table.

This cherry dump cake is more than just a dessert—it’s a celebration of simple baking and the delightful flavors that result from it. The vibrant cherries provide a juicy, sweet base that pairs perfectly with the crumbly, buttery topping. You don’t need to be an expert baker to craft this delectable treat. A cherry dump cake is the perfect dessert for any occasion, whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply treating yourself on a quiet evening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use canned or frozen cherries?

Yes, you can! If using frozen cherries, let them thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to using them in the recipe. For canned cherries, use 45 to 60 ounces of cherries packed in water, not syrup, and drain well.

Why is my flour mixture not spreading evenly?

Dump cakes can sometimes be tricky to spread evenly. If you notice raw spots while baking, simply use a spoon to flatten the high spot so it can absorb some liquids.

Do I need to pit the cherries?

Yes, the cherries need to be pitted before being used in the recipe. This can be done with a cherry pitter or by hand.


For those with dietary restrictions, there are several easy substitutions you can make.

  • If you’re sensitive to gluten, use a gluten-free all-purpose flour mix.
  • To reduce the sodium content, opt for unsalted butter and a pinch less salt—you won’t lose any of the flavor!
  • For a vegan version, substitute the butter with a plant-based butter alternative.
  • If you are avoiding sugar, replace the sugar with a natural sweetener like stevia or erythritol.

Please note that the final taste and texture may be altered by using substitutions.

Serving Suggestions

A cherry dump cake is an excellent standalone dessert, but it pairs wonderfully with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Its rich flavor makes it the perfect finale for a hearty dinner. It’s also great for celebrations and holiday meals, and is sure to impress your guests.

Cherry dump cake on a white dessert plate with ice cream on top.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Store your leftover cherry dump cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. To reheat, place a slice in a microwave-safe dish and heat it on a low setting until it’s warm to the touch.

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