June 11th, 2015

Black Forest Dump Cake

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Sometimes, I crave a rich, chocolate dessert, but I just don’t have the energy to do anything time-consuming or fancy. Enter the Black Forest Dump Cake. 

Black Forest Dump Cake

Talk about a delicious, no-effort dessert. This cake is so easy, I had my boys put it together while I made dinner.

I popped it in the oven when we sat down to eat and an hour later, dessert was served.

Although the chocolate chips are optional in this recipe, I think the vanilla ice cream is an absolute must.

Now I always keep the ingredients for this recipe on hand so I can make it for last minute company, or whenever a dessert craving strikes!

Black Forest Dump Cake

Preparation 5 mins Cook Time 60 mins Total Time 1 hr 5 mins


  • 2 (20 oz.) cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 (18.5 oz.) box Devil's Food cake mix
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Dump the cherry pie filling into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the unprepared cake mix evenly over the cherry pie filling.
  3. Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix and sprinkle with chocolate chips, if using.
  4. Bake for 1 hour (Don't worry if there are a few dry patches in your cake. It won't matter when you scoop it up and top it with ice cream). Spoon warm cake into serving dishes or bowls and top with vanilla ice cream.
2 reviews

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Dine and Dish



  1. INCREDIBLE!!!! It’s STUNNING & I’m sure delicious too!!!

  2. Ellie from Canada says:

    Step 2 is confusing, should the cake mix be sprinkled on top of the cherries? Looks yummy and easy!

  3. Um cake? And chocolate? And ice cream? Heck yes!!!

  4. would this work with sugar free cake mix and pie filling?

  5. My mom used to make a peach dump cake with canned peaches and yellow cake mix. I never thought before to switch up the flavors, but Black Forest is one of my FAVorites. One tip for the butter, I have always sliced it into thin pieces and spread them out as evenly as possible on the dry cake mix. I don’t usually get many dry patches that way. Although she’s right, any dry spots are not a problem once scooped up and topped with ice cream. And you MUST have ice cream with this kind of dessert! (I think I might even try chocolate ice cream…)

  6. I suspected this cake was doomed when I added the unprepared, packaged cake mix. I was right. It was too sweet from the cake mix and it felt like something (substance, maybe?) was missing. A huge disappointment.

    • Yes, it is sweet and rich, but we had it at a quilting workshop, and then I made it for a Quilting Getting ready for Christmas workshop this weekend and everyone loved it. The recipe I got from the one that made it for the first workshop added one bottle of hot fudge sauce over the cake mix, after the butter was drizzled on. I am sure the ice cream would lesson the sweetness and richness, but every now and then, something like this hits the spot! I would say you are one of a few that does not like something like this!

  7. My son is excited to try this one. In the oven now and it smells delicious. Thank you


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