Slow Cooker Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake


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Make this easy Slow Cooker Chocolate Cherry 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, slow cooker apple dump cake, lemon spoon cake or even chocolate lava cake.

close up of cherry chocolate cake with spoon in it.
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I’ve tried to dump cake in the slow cooker a few times where you dump the cake mix and 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! You may also like my slow cooker brownies.

Slow Cooker with the ingredients in it; chocolate cake mix, butter, and cherries

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.

MIX!

  • Add the cake mix to a medium-sized bowl
  • Melt the butter and add it to the mix.
  • Stir until just combined.
chocolate cake mix with butter pouring in, and a photo next to it with it completly mixed

Assemble:

  • Spray the slow cooker with non-stick spray.
  • Add the cherry pie filling to the slow cooker and spread out to an even layer.
2 cans of cherry pie filling in slow cooker

Spread:

  • Spread over the chocolate cake mixture.
  • I find this is easier if I put dollops of the mixture over the cherries, then spread out.
cherry pie filling with raw cake mix (and butter)

Cook:

  • 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.
Serving Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake with a wooden spoon

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.
cherry chocolate dump cake in a bowl with ice cream on top

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?

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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake done cooking ready to serve

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

4.12 from 25 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Cherry pie filling topping with a mixture of butter and chocolate cake mix.

Ingredients 
 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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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Sarah’s Notes

Can I use another filling in this?
Yes! If you think it will go with chocolate. My other favorite is berry pie filling or adding a a drained can of pineapple tidbits along with the cherry pie filling.
Can I use a white or yellow cake mix with this recipe?
Yes! Use the same size box I have listed in this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 811IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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49 Comments

  1. Jill Marks says:

    5 stars
    OK I MADE THIS YESTERDAY!! I ASKED IF I COULD USE APPLESAUCE INSTEAD OF BUTTER!! AND LET ME TELL YOU THE APPLESAUCE WORKED!! NO FAT!! TURNED OUT PERFECT.
    GOING TO TRY SPICE CAKE MIX WITH APPLES, LEMON AND BLUEBERRY!! I’AM GOING TO HAVE FUN DOING DIFFERENT COMBO’S! THANKS SARA 🙂

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Great to hear Jill! Thank you for letting me know.

    2. Mona says:

      Try using a can of peaches with blueberry filling. Yummo!

  2. Jill Marks says:

    This looks so good!! But can i use 1 cup of unsweetened Apple sauce instead of the Butter?

  3. Mysty says:

    Can this be made in an InstaPot? If so what would the time ratio be?
    Thanks for any info.
    Mysty

  4. Carmen says:

    Can I use a 2 qt it’s just me in the house and it sounds good but all I have is a 2 qt.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I’m unsure how it would fit! You could give it a try.

    2. Stephanie Hughes says:

      I think I would decrease the recipe by half for a 2 qt!

    3. Toby says:

      Use 1 can of cherries, 1/2 box of cake mix & 1/2 stick of butter.

  5. Michelle says:

    5 stars
    Awesome!!!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Can this be made in an oven?

  7. Bob says:

    It says it’s 456 thousand calories??

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      kcal is the same as calorie. it’s 456 calories.

  8. Heather says:

    Can this be made w/a boxed gluten free chocolate cake mix? I have Celiac disease and need to tweak this. Thanks for your help!

  9. Cora Tooley says:

    1 star
    Not a fan. Will throw away.

    1. Tonya says:

      I tried it too. Didn’t like how mushy it was.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Better to say nothing than something mean

      1. Kate says:

        NOT TRUE when talking about a recipe! People want to know if it’s a good one – or not.

  10. Joan Malueg says:

    5 stars
    Hubby isn’t fond of chocolate cake, so I will try this recipe using yellow cake mix with canned apple pie filling instead.

    1. Stephanie Hughes says:

      How did yours turn out?