BLACK FOREST DUMP CAKE — All you need are a few simple ingredients–like a chocolate cake mix and some cherry pie filling–to make this easy decadent chocolate cherry dessert.
Sometimes, I crave a rich, chocolate dessert, but I just don’t have the energy to do anything time-consuming or fancy. Enter the Black Forest Dump Cake.
Talk about a delicious, no-effort dessert. This cake is so easy, I had my boys put it together while I made dinner. That’s the beauty of the dump cake.
It really is as simple as dumping a few ingredients into a pan. I popped this cake in the oven when we sat down to eat and an hour later, dessert was served.
Although the chocolate chips are optional in this recipe, I think the vanilla ice cream is an absolute must. And honestly, who is going to say no to more chocolate?
Now I always keep the ingredients for this recipe on hand so I can make it for last minute company, or whenever a dessert craving strikes!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make Black Forest Dump Cake
- Cherry pie filling
- Devil’s food cake mix
- Chocolate chips
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
Black Forest Dump Cake
All you need are a few simple ingredients--like a chocolate cake mix and some cherry pie filling--to make this easy decadent chocolate cherry dessert.
- 2 (20 oz.) cans cherry pie filling
- 1 (18.5 oz.) box Devil's Food cake mix
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, optional
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
- Dump the cherry pie filling into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle the unprepared cake mix evenly over the cherry pie filling.
- Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix and sprinkle with chocolate chips, if using.
- Bake for 1 hour (Don't worry if there are a few dry patches in your cake. It won't matter when you scoop it up and top it with ice cream). Spoon warm cake into serving dishes or bowls and top with vanilla ice cream.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 438mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 2gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Dine and Dish
INCREDIBLE!!!! It’s STUNNING & I’m sure delicious too!!!
Ellie from Canada
Step 2 is confusing, should the cake mix be sprinkled on top of the cherries? Looks yummy and easy!
Ellie from Canada
Sorry! My computer is acting up and I didn’t read it correctly. 🙁
Um cake? And chocolate? And ice cream? Heck yes!!!
would this work with sugar free cake mix and pie filling?
I can’t see why not Cathy.
I made this today with sugar free devil food cake mix and sugar free cherry pie filling. I added pecans on top instead of the chocolate chips and skipped the ice cream. It was amazing! ❤️
My mom used to make a peach dump cake with canned peaches and yellow cake mix. I never thought before to switch up the flavors, but Black Forest is one of my FAVorites. One tip for the butter, I have always sliced it into thin pieces and spread them out as evenly as possible on the dry cake mix. I don’t usually get many dry patches that way. Although she’s right, any dry spots are not a problem once scooped up and topped with ice cream. And you MUST have ice cream with this kind of dessert! (I think I might even try chocolate ice cream…)
Thanks Dorinda. Chocolate ice cream sounds like a great idea!
I suspected this cake was doomed when I added the unprepared, packaged cake mix. I was right. It was too sweet from the cake mix and it felt like something (substance, maybe?) was missing. A huge disappointment.
Yes, it is sweet and rich, but we had it at a quilting workshop, and then I made it for a Quilting Getting ready for Christmas workshop this weekend and everyone loved it. The recipe I got from the one that made it for the first workshop added one bottle of hot fudge sauce over the cake mix, after the butter was drizzled on. I am sure the ice cream would lesson the sweetness and richness, but every now and then, something like this hits the spot! I would say you are one of a few that does not like something like this!
My son is excited to try this one. In the oven now and it smells delicious. Thank you
your article is very good. I can’t wait to try it with my family. Thank you for sharing ideas with me. I’m waiting for your next article.
Omgoodness!!! I’ve made lots of dump cakes but I can’t believe I never thought of using chocolate cake mix!! This sounds soooo soooo good! I’m def making this one and I already know it’s going to be delicious!!! (And after that I may try it with strawberry or blueberry pie filling!). Thanks for the recipe.
Can you make this cake in a glass cake pan?????
I don’t see why not.
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This was such a delicious dessert! It was fudgy with a surprise crunchy ribbon. I used the chocolate chips but did not have ice cream so I served it without and it was still so good! Thank you for a great, quick and easy dessert recipe to add to my repertoire.
Gail E Cardenas
After done and cooled add layer of cool whip and refrigerate till ready to serve. So you have cherry filling, cake,and cool whip topping. Instead of a solid cake you can break it in smaller pieces. On top of whip cream you can add some shaved chocolate or some score candy pieces on top.
I do a lot of baking and bring the items into work. Because we have to eat it on the go, typically, dump cakes are a little too “runny/gooey” on the bottom. Has anyone ever tried this recipe, but mix a little of the cake mix into the cherry filling, prior to putting the filling into the bottom of the pan? My guess is it would firm up the filling some, without affecting taste, but what do I know. Comments??
I like your idea of adding some cake mix to the pie filling. I never would have thought of that. Thank you for sharing your thought on this recipe.
Can you be made ahead of time and then reheated in the microwave
That should work fine.