Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

by Carol Kicinski on November 27, 2012

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Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Years ago on a road trip with the hubby, I called an old friend from high school, informed her that we were about an hour away and wondered if it was convenient for us to get together for a few minutes on our way through town. Without hesitation, she enthusiastically invited us over to her home.

We arrived to a fresh pot of coffee, a lovely table set with flowers and a freshly baked cake. “Do you always have a cake ready for when people stop by with hardly any notice?” I wondered. “Oh no, I just whipped it up.” Whipped it up? In less than an hour? Seriously?

It turns out it was a dump cake – made with cherry pie filling, canned crushed pineapple and cake mix – just dump and bake. What a concept!

Recently I had a similar need to create a hospitable atmosphere with not much notice and I recalled this dump cake. Would it work with a gluten free cake mix? I didn’t know but I didn’t have time to second guess myself.

My pantry yielded no pineapple but it did yield a large jar of Bakers Naturals Cherry Pie Filling (made with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors), some gluten free chocolate cake mix, and sliced almonds. Good enough – Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake it would be!

I dumped, I baked and, with no back-up plan, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Well, it worked! And it was delicious!

I served the cake warm with some lightly whipped cream but I am guessing ice cream would be pretty perfect as well.

I used Kinnikinnick gluten free chocolate cake mix but I am guessing any kind would work as well.

It doesn’t have the most glamorous of names but it tastes pretty darn good and really, it couldn’t be easier!  I am thinking maybe if you call it a chocolate cherry cobbler and don’t tell people how easy it is, you will score even more points!

Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake Recipe


1 (27 ounce jar) cherry pie filling
1 gluten free chocolate cake mix
1 cup butter
1 cup sliced almonds


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour the cherry pie filling into a 9 by 13 inch baking dish and spread evenly in the pan. Sprinkle the chocolate cake mix evenly over the top of the cherries. Cut the butter into slices and distribute evenly over the top of the cake mix. Sprinkle on the sliced almonds and bake for 1 hour or until the crust is set and the cherry mixture is hot and bubbly. Serve warm.


This Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake recipe serves 10 – 12

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Jeanne December 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I love dump cakes! This looks amazing, so glad to know it will work gluten free.


Carol Kicinski December 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Yes, it worked great! Maybe a little too great :) SInce it is so easy I am tempted to make often.


Lynne H December 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Wow, sounds great and can’t wait to make it – it will be tonite!! Also, it will go on my travel list when we go to Stone Mt., GA for the holidays. It will go nice in my foil lined market bag with my OJ wreath cookes and my choc/choc chip candy cane cookies. I want goodies when they are all eating the pies I bring from Millers Dutch Kitchen in Florida. P.S. – the whipped cream will be the coconut milk whipped cream I got from you quite some time ago – it is awesome!!! Thank you a million times for what you do for all us GF people – you are awesome too!!!!!


Carol Kicinski December 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Thank you so much Lynne! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!


mswestfall October 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm

This is the 50th Simply Gluten Free recipe I have made and it didn’t let me down. I also made a version with apples and yellow cake mix. My husband can’t stop talking about how much he loves it! Thank you Carol for your wonderful recipes. While I don’t have Celiac Disease, I do suffer from Gastroparesis and find the less gluten I eat the better my digestion system functions!


CarolKicinski October 23, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Wow! You just made my night. Thank you so much!!! I am glad a gf diet helps!


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