This delicious double chocolate cherry dump cake recipe is made with a boxed chocolate cake mix and cherry pie filling. Dairy-free chocolate chips and chopped pecans are added for an even more gooey delicious chocolate flavor.
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 Chocolate Dump Cake.
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.
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- Using cherry pie filling makes this recipe easy to throw together and full of indulgent flavor too
- Chocolate cake mix is drizzled over the cherry pie filling creating a dense, chocolate-infused cake layer.
- Garnishing with chocolate chips and chopped pecans means each bite is full of gooey chocolate flavor and crunchy baked pecans.
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Cherry Pie Filling — You’ll need 2 15-ounce cans of lite or regular cherry pie filling.
- Chocolate Cake Mix — Make sure the ingredients don’t include eggs or dairy.
- Vegan Butter — Any vegan butter or dairy-free margarine will work.
- Dairy-free chocolate chips
- Pecans — You’ll need 1 cup of chopped pecans.
How to Make Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
Are you wondering how to make a dump cake? There’s a little more to it than simply combining a chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling, but not much. In fact, there are only a few easy steps to make this tasty vegan chocolate and cherry dump cake:
- Spread cherry pie filling across the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 cake pan.
- Sprinkle dry cake mix over the cherry pie filling.
- Drizzle melted butter over the dry cake mix, spreading it evenly across the cake mix.
- Spread chocolate chips and chopped pecans over the top.
- Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
- Allow it to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions:
Step One: Cherry Pie Filling
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 9×13 cake pan. You can use low sugar pie filling if you prefer.
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
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 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.
Spread the chopped pecans evenly across the top of the melted butter.
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
- Oven — Bake the cake in the oven for 50 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Crockpot — 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.
I made this Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake and it was delicious! We had it for desert that evening and then for breakfast the next morning. So easy to make and tastes incredible!
Serve individual slices in a bowl. It’s particularly good when the slices are warm and have any of the following on top:
Store this cake by covering and refrigerating. It will keep 3 to 5 days in the fridge. It can be frozen in freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months.
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:
- Duncan Hines — Many of these cake mixes don’t have dairy and eggs (always read package labels), including this Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (paid link).
- Betty Crocker — A lot of these cake mixes also don’t have eggs these days (again, always read labels), including this Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix (paid link).
- Pillsbury — Some of these cake mixes are accidentally vegan as well, but I always check the labels because it’s changing every day. This Pillsbury Dark Chocolate Cake Mix (paid link) is made without dairy or eggs.
- Simple Mills — For an organic, gluten-free option, Simple Mills Chocolate Cake Mix (paid link) is made with almond flour and organic ingredients.
- You can add about ½ cup coconut flakes to the top before baking for some added flavor
- Halve this recipe and bake it in a square 8×8 or 9×9 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)
More Chocolate Dessert Recipes
If you love chocolate cake, be sure to try vegan lava cake or any of these tasty chocolate dessert recipes.
Of course, if you want to skip the cake and go straight for the chocolate, this Vegan Fudge recipe is perfection.
That’s it in this chocolate cherry dump cake. enjoy!
Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
- Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C.
- Open the 2 cans of cherry pie filling and spread it into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 cake pan.
- Sprinkle the dry cake mix over the cherry pie filling.
- Next, place vegan butter in a 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 to 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
- Store this cake by covering and refrigerating. It will keep 3 to 5 days in the fridge.
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This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.