Make this easy Slow Cooker Chocolate Dump cake for your next event, warm and gooey chocolate with tangy cherries. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
Warm desserts are pretty rare nowadays. In the crockpot, you can make so many warm decadent desserts like this one, apple dump cake, lemon spoon cake or even chocolate lava cake.
I’ve tried dump cake in the slow cooker a few times where you dump the cake mix then drizzle over butter. Doing that can leave dry spots and wet puddles in other spots.
Taking the time to mix the butter (I use 2 sticks) with the cake mix before adding on top of the fruit is the best way to ensure an even cakey layer.
This chocolate cherry dump cake is a great starter recipe to try. Imagine the possibilities!
How to make crockpot dump cake:
- Cake mix – I use a 15.25-ounce box of Betty Crocker chocolate fudge cake.
- Salted butter – 1 cup (2 sticks)! Yes, I use one cup. If less is used the cake will be very dry.
- Cherry pie filling – 2 cans – be sure not to grab the sugar-free version for that can have an off taste if you are not used to the flavor.
- Add the cake mix to a medium-sized bowl
- Melt the butter and add it to the mix.
- Stir until just combined.
- Spray the slow cooker with non-stick spray.
- Add the cherry pie filling to the slow cooker and spread out to an even layer.
- Spread over the chocolate cake mixture.
- I find this is easier if I put dollops of the mixture over the cherries, then spread out.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours.
- Don’t open the lid during the cooking time.
How do I serve dump cake?
- Serve warm chocolate cherry dump cake right out of the slow cooker.
- Top with whipped cream or ice cream.
- Place the leftover in the fridge. Reheat in bowls in the microwave.
Can I use a different type of fruit in this?
Yes! You can use berry pie filling in this recipe or add a drained can of pineapple along with the cherries.
What other warm desserts can be made in the crockpot?
- German Chocolate Spoon Cake – chocolate and coconut in a warm dessert.
- Lemon Spoon Cake – so much lemon zest in this!
- Berry Crumble – This recipe is on the healthy side!
- Crustless Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie – Who needs the crust anyway.
- Scalloped Apples – Like baked apples but a prettier presentation.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake – One of the most popular recipes here on the blog!
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Slow Cooker Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake
- 42 oz. cherry pie filling (two 21-oz. cans)
- 15.25 oz. chocolate cake mix (I use Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cake)
- 1 cup salted butter (2 sticks) melt in microwave
- Spray the slow cooker with non stick spray or rub with oil or crisco.
- Add the cherry pie filling to the slow cooker, spread out to an even layer.
- In a medium-size bowl combine the cake mix and melted butter. Only mix until just combined.
- Add this cake mixture on top of the cherries in dollops, then spread out in an even layer.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 2 hours and 45 minutes to 3 hours or until the cake is set.
- Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
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Martha Pellerin says
I make this for family, for company. I have NO problems with this recipe. If you do you either have a crock pot that needs replacing or you don’t follow directions. It’s one or the other. Every time I serve to guests they ALL ask for the recipe.
This turned out great. Not sure why when a recipe fails, people feel compelled to leave ridiculously nasty comments.if a recipe didn’t work, that sound like a personal problem.
Not sure what I did wrong but it was very sludgy. I mean, it’s chocolate so it still tasted good, but I don’t think it was supposed to be that soft
I don’t know how anybody can mess this recipe up. I even put one canna cherries and one can of apples separating the two with parchment paper putting the cake mix in in three hours I had two different cakes. There’s nothing wrong with the recipe. If it didn’t turn out it was either the person making it or the crockpot.
Unfortunate there are so many bad comments. I guess it’s not worth trying. Good to know.
I found when you put double paper towel over the cake in the last hour off cooking to soak up the moisture (change paper towel after 30 minutes with new), it works great to enjoy this cake recipe, enjoy.
Debbie Potter says
Just made this today. Followed the instructions and it turned out beautifully. So simple to make and so delicious. Plenty left over to snack on later too. Looking forward now to trying more of your recipes.
This is the most terrible mess I’ve ever tried to make!!! I followed the directions and it NEVER cooked even after 4.5 hours!!! 2 sticks of butter is way too much combined with the condensation on the crockpot lid. This is just a nasty mess!!!!!
Judith L Hummel says
Horrible. I cooked it on high for 3 hours, and it was basically hot batter with cherry pie filling. I threw out thw whole hot mess. And it was dessert for my son, as we were celebrating his bday. We had plain vanilla icecream.
I do this all the time. However I put the cake mix directly on the canned fruit and then add the cold butter on top of that cut up and placed directly on top. No melting butter. Turns out great everytime and no mixing bowl to clean.
Mine also turned out . Delicious . I made for a Pot luck . It was liked but all who had it .
The cake mix never cooked. I even cooked it longer. After 3.5 hours, it was very hot but the cake mix never cooked. It was like a chocolate sludge. I followed the directions exactly. Will not make again.
I seem to be having the same issues. I think there is too much butter along with the condensation in the crockpot.
Elizabeth Collins says
Made this today and was a big hit with my family! Served warm with vanilla ice cream. Delicious!