Double Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake: 5 Ingredients!

Delicious Double Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake recipe is made dairy-free and vegan and just as flavorful as the favorite, easy dessert recipe. The classic easy dump cakes use a boxed cake mix with cherry pie filling. Dairy-free chocolate chips and chopped pecans are added for even more flavor. Make this easy vegan dessert recipe in the oven or see tips for making it in a crockpot.

Two servings of chocolate cherry dump cake with whipped cream on top on a table.
Make this chocolate dump cake cherry infused with canned cherry pie filling.

It’s cherry season here on our farm. Wait! I don’t live on a farm (It just sometimes feels like I do). I’m a big fan of cherries with chocolate but I do wish there were a better name for this Cherry Chocolate Dump Cake.

I tried changing it to chocolate cherry clutter cake, but, in the end, I’ll stick with the dump cake moniker. It’s popularity is undeniable!

Interestingly enough, the Dump Cake came onto the scene at the same time as the wacky cake, in the early 1900s. This was a time when people were forced to be creative with desserts either due to a lack of available ingredients or time.

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Are you wondering how to make a dump cake? Good! Because there are only a few easy steps to make this tasty vegan chocolate and cherry dump cake:

Step One: Cherry Pie Filling

A hand pours a can of cherry pie filling into a white baking dish.

Let’s start this cherry pie filling dump cake by opening two cans of cherry pie filling. Spread it all into the bottom of an ungreased 9X13 cake pan. You can use low sugar pie filling if you prefer.

Cherry pie filling in the bottom of a white baking dish.

Spread the pie filling evenly across the bottom of the baking dish.

Step Two: Add Dry Cake Mix

Next, sprinkle the dry, chocolate cake mix over the cherry pie filling. See below for vegan cake mix options. I used a gluten-free vegan chocolate cake mix and it worked perfectly!

Step Three: Melted Vegan Butter Pour Over

Looking down on cake mix that's been topped with butter.

Next, place the vegan butter in a microwave-safe dish and heat until melted. I heat it in 30-second increments.

Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix. Be sure to spread the love a little and get an even amount across the cake mix.

Use a spoon to gently stir any areas of dry cake mix that might be peaking through the melted butter.

Step Four: Chopped Pecans + Chocolate Chips

I’ve seen some 3 ingredient dump cake recipes that exclude the pecan and chocolate chip toppings. I’m sure those are great too, but by adding just two more ingredients, you’ll take this vegan dessert over the top!

Chopped pecans on top of an unbaked cake.

Spread the chopped pecans evenly across the top of the melted butter.

Chocolate chips have been added to this unbaked chocolate dump cake.

Next, spread the chocolate chips over the top. You can adjust the amount of toppings if you’d like — either by adding more or less chocolate chips and pecans.

Step Five: Bake!

Bake the cherry chocolate cake in the oven for 50 minutes. Yes, that is a long time to wait, but I know you can do it!

Remove the chocolate dump cake from the oven and let cool for 10 – 15 minutes.

This dump cake with cherry pie filling is really good when it’s warm.

Vegan Cake Mixes

I’m sure you could create your own cake mix, but this recipe is for chocolate cherry dump cake recipes using cake mixes. Today, there are plenty of accidentally vegan foods in grocery stores, including cake mixes!

Here are some favorite vegan chocolate cake mixes for chocolate dump cake recipes:

Expert Tips for Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipes

Use these tips and tricks to make this sinful double chocolate cherry cake recipe perfect every time:

  • For vegan butter I use Earth Balance
  • I love adding about 1/2 cup coconut flakes to the top before baking for some added flavor
  • Substitute half of the vegan butter with coconut oil
  • Use lite cherry pie filling if you’d like
  • Make this as a 3 ingredient cake by leaving off the chocolate chips and pecans on top (but those do add a nice touch!)
  • Halve this recipe and bake it in a square 8X8 or 9X9 inch baking pan, and reduce the cooking time by about 20 minutes
  • Make a cherry brownie dump cake by substituting a brownie mix for the chocolate cake mix (just be sure to use one that’s dairy-free)
  • Make chocolate cherry dump cake in a crockpot by following all the instructions above, except doing so in your crockpot. Then cook on high for 2 hours.
  • Serve with Coconut Whipped Cream!

Delicious Vegan Cake Recipes

For more vegan cake recipes, try my vegan vanilla cake recipe. It’s a glamorous (but easy) cake for Birthdays, parties, or even weeknight treats. Here’s my wacky chocolate cake for another super easy, but tasty cake. You should also check out my vegan chunky monkey cake. Imagine peanut butter, chocolate, and banana all in one cake. It’s delicious!

And since you obviously like chocolate cherry dessert recipes, these vegan chocolate cherry cupcakes are divine! For a change of pace, be sure to try this almond butter cake with chocolate drizzle over the top!

Of course, if you want to skip the cake and go straight for the chocolate, this Vegan Fudge recipe is perfection!

Looking down on two plates with chocolate cherry dump cake and forks between them.
This Choc Cake with Cherry Pie Filling is Best with some Vegan Whipped Cream on top!

That’s it in this recipe for dump cake!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Two servings of chocolate cherry dump cake with whipped cream on top on a table.

Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Make this easy vegan Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake for the ultimate indulgent sweet treat! Serve with coconut whipped topping or vegan ice cream for even more festive flavor!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Marly


  • 2 15 ounce cans cherry pie filling
  • 1 16.5 ounce box chocolate cake mix (dairy-free, egg-free)
  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Open the 2 cans of cherry pie filling and spread into the bottom of an ungreased 9X13 cake pan.
  • Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the cherry pie filling.
  • Next, place vegan butter in microwave-safe container and cook in 30-second increments until melted. Drizzle melted butter over the dry cake mix. Be sure to spread the butter evenly across the cake mix.
  • Evenly spread the chocolate chips over the top and then follow with the chopped pecans.
  • Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 – 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
  • Store this cake by covering and refrigerating. It will keep 3 – 5 days in the fridge.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Sodium 132mg6%
Potassium 199mg6%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 620IU12%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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22 Responses to Double Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake: 5 Ingredients!

    • It is so good. If it weren’t so rich I’d probably eat more of it! Maybe I’m glad it is so rich now that I think of it!

  1. Hey Marly! Me and my Mom just read this. I like YOUR FARM! Now you have a farm and a park that’s Marly’s (smile).
    This cake sounds so good to me right now. We tore through the tres leches (my mom couldn’t believe that it was vegan). I need to make another vegan sweet-maybe we’ll make this tonight.
    Hope your’e doing well, Marly. I’ve been sick this last week, but I’m going to write you back soon-wanted to tell you something…

    • I like it. I can just name everything in my world after…ME! That’s Marly’s grocery store…where she went and bought some coconut milk to make her very own Tres Leches cake (based on your recipe). It looks so good. I can’t wait!

      You won’t be disappointed with this cake. It is one of the easiest cakes I’ve made. I would make it more often, but I can’t fool myself into thinking it is even remotely healthy, so it is just an occasional treat here. Oh, you’ve piqued my curiosity. I’m looking forward to your email!

  2. You’re not the only one that loves to change things around a lot. I’ve been there and done it many times…I believe it was also for the better ;o) In your dessert’s old title…absolutely for the better!!!
    Marly…a big smile was plastered on my face when I saw the photos of your cherry tree. So many fond memories.
    Your recipe sounds simple enough to whip up in no time at all!
    Thanks for sharing and flavourful wishes, Claudia

    • I love the trees in this yard. It’s true – this is one of the simplest recipes out there. It takes awhile to bake, but it’s just so easy to throw together and put in the oven while you have dinner going. I love it!

  3. Marly,
    It was so wonderful talking with you this morning. I only wish we lived closer so that we could schedule regular chats over coffee or tea. This cake looks fabulous…as do those beautiful cherry tree pics. Thank you for sharing!

    • It’s not one of the more healthier foods we’ve had, but it is a nice treat. I wish we could get together too. Who knows, maybe one of these days we’ll find ourselves in nearby cities. You have so many exciting days ahead of you – I’m looking forward to updates! Marly

  4. My Dad was just saying something about a cherry cake – I think he was hinting for Father’s Day. This clutter cake looks scrumptious – love the name. Your cherries are coming along great! You’ll be enjoying them soon…

  5. Hi Marly,

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. THis sounds delicious! I love changing things around too and have had most of my coworkers change to using Allison yay. Thanks for giving me the courage. Have a great day!


    • Wow, that is a great step! I think you had it in you all the time. It just helps to know that others have done it too. Best wishes! Marly

    • Like peanut butter and jelly! The two just go together so well. Of course, I think chocolate goes with just about anything…except my hips trying to fit into my favorite jeans!

    • It is so difficult to keep portion sizes reasonable because that crunchy topping keeps calling for one more bite. Good thing it’s so rich…that really helps!

    • Sorry, but I think eggs are gross! They smell gross, they look gross, and the texture is gross. They’re gross to the third power (cubed)! 😉

  6. I am so jealous Marly, wish I had fruit trees in my yard. My parents had peach, apple, apricots, cherry and grapes. I miss walking out to the yard and picking a piece of fruit and eating right off the tree, no pesticides. When we first moved to our current home I was working a ton of hours and asked the landscapers to put in all low maintenance plants and trees, with a half acre lot we could have had a number of fruit trees, I made a big mistake, now that I am home I long for what I grew up with.

    • It’s never too late. Plant one now! Mine were way overgrown when we moved here – very little pruning has been done to these trees. So we’ve been in the process of pruning them back. it’s not easy to do, but necessary to prolong their life…and to get more fruit. Our plumb tree is producing more fruit this year than it has in the past and it still has very little fruit on it. I’m going to do some fierce pruning to it this year. Watch out plumb tree!

    • I’ve been thinking about this some more. Only plant a fruit tree if you don’t have any squirrels. Otherwise, your it increases your stress too much. I’m constantly running out in the yard with my hands flailing shewing the little buggers off! I spray the fruit trees with the cayenne pepper spray and that certainly is helping, but we’ve been getting a lot of rain so it’s been a constant battle to get out there before they do. Also, I wouldn’t recommend cherry trees. We have two of them and I LOVE the cherries, but pitting them is not my favorite thing in the world. That said, I’m not planning a George Washington or anything…not planning to chop them down. 😉


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