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Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake

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5 ingredients are all it takes to make this cherry cheesecake dump cake. A box cake mix gets a makeover with cherries, cream cheese, and is baked to perfection. Dump cakes became increasingly popular in the 1960’s.  Its ease to make and delicious results have kept this a superstar recipe ever since.

This Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake is so delicious and easy to make.  It has simple ingredients that you can easily keep stocked in your pantry so you can have a delicious dessert anytime you like.  

Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake

Check out my Instant Pot Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake.  It is even easier to make in your instant pot!

cherry cheesecake dump cake

What Is A Dump Cake

Dump cakes are a dessert that has been around for so many years. Many old school cookbooks showcased dump cakes. 

You take a boxed cake mix, canned fruit, and butter, sometimes other ingredients to whip up a cake or cobbler style cake. 

Just dump it into a pan and bake it in the oven. It magically cooks together perfectly. The butter bakes down into the cake mix and you have a fluffy cake topping. 


Fresh Cherries Or Frozen 

In this recipe, you see I use a can of cherry pie filling along with a bag of frozen cherries. Now, if you have fresh cherries you are wanting to use up, go ahead. 

cherry cheesecake dump cake

Just make sure you pull off the stem and remove the seed. Then mix in instead of the frozen cherries. If working with frozen cherries, you can leave them frozen, no need to thaw them. 


What Flavor Of Cake Mix To Use 

So I used a yellow cake mix but you are more than welcome to reach for a white cake mix or even do chocolate if you want to change it up a bit. 


The yellow cake mix pairs really nicely with the cherries. But feel free to change it up if you have a different cake on hand. 

cherry cheesecake dump cake

Searching For More Dump Cake Recipes 

  • Peaches and Cream Dump Cake | Here is a fantastic pairing. If you love the classic peaches and cream desserts you will love this moist dump cake. 
  • Ninja Foodi Apple Dump Cake | I love apples next to cake, so this was a great one for me. If you have a Ninja Foodi try making this dessert in your appliance. 
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Dump Cake | Calling all lemon lovers. This recipe is one that will go down in history. It is loaded with creamy lemon, cream cheese, and of course your moist cake. 
  • Instant Pot S’mores Dump Cake | If you are a fan of the classic marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker dessert you have to try this s’mores dump cake. 

Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake

How To Store Cheesecake Dump Cake 

You need to store your dump cake in the fridge since the cherries and cream cheese mixture. Cover well or place in an airtight container. Store for up to 5 days. You can eat this cold straight from the fridge or opt to warm it up in the microwave. If you do the microwave it gives it that fresh out of the oven flavor and warmth. 


Ways To Serve This Easy Dump Cake Recipe 

  • Whipped Cream 
  • Drizzle with hot fudge or chocolate syrup 
  • Ice Cream 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Etc 

Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake

Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake

Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

5 ingredients are all it takes to make this cherry cheesecake dump cake. A box cake mix gets a makeover with cherries, cream cheese, and is baked to perfection. Dump cakes became increasingly popular in the 1960's.  Its ease to make and delicious results have kept this a superstar recipe ever since.


  • 1 Can, 21 ounces cherry pie filling
  • 1 Bag frozen cherries
  • 4 Ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Package yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, cut into thin slices


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 13' x 9' baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread cherry pie filling and frozen cherries in prepared pan. (I did not use my entire bag of frozen cherries, you can use as many as you like. I used about 3/4 of the bag)
  3. Scatter cream cheese pieces over cherries.
  4. Top with cake mix, spreading evenly.
  5. Top with butter in a single layer. Cover cake mix completely. Its possible that you may need a few extra slices of butter from another stick. You want to make sure all of the cake mix is covered, so use a bit extra butter if needed.
  6. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
  7. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve warm if possible.


Adapted from Quick & Easy Dump Cakes

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 626mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

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    1. Not at all. That is the beauty of these recipes. You just add the dry cake mix, but make sure you cover the top completely with butter slices. The butter is enough liquid as it cooks and melts to turn your cake mix into pure yumminess.

    1. It could work. The key is just making sure you cover all of the cake mix with butter. Worst case you may want to try making it in a mini loaf pan, that may be a bit easier then a cupcake.

  1. I made this back in the 70’s. It was a little different. You spread a can of crushed pineapple on top of the cherry pie filling. You didn’t add extra cherries or cream cheese. On top of the cake mix and butter, you sprinkled on coconut and nuts. It was called “The Thing”! Good stuff!!!

  2. I learned a long time ago to use room temperature butter and mix it into the dry cake mix, until it resembles crumbs, then spread it over the filling. It gives you a much better, evenly distributed crust.

  3. Fabulous recipe. Ive made dumps cakes before, but this one was a real winner. My community choir often has dish-to-pass gatherings. Last June we had our Annual Meeting and I was looking for something simple to make and I found your recipe. I made it (along with about 4 dozen no-bake cookies) and I came home with only a tiny smidgen for a family member (as compared to the 2 dozen that came home). It was such a hit that 3 people asked for the recipe. Now, as we prepare for our new season we are planning an Meet and Greet and the president of the choir board said in a recent email to the choir, “We’re still looking for whomever brought that cherry dessert at the June Annual Meeting.” I’ve never had a dessert make that much of an impression that people are still talking about it. Thank you so much for sharing it with the world!!

  4. I am trying this cherry cheesecake dump cake with a chocolate cake mix.
    I just made the apple toffee dump cake as well…just for fun because I absolutely love to bake! ❤☺

  5. I made this tonight for our Easter lunch with our Church Family tomorrow. I followed the directions except for the frozen cherries, I substituted frozen mixed berries I had in the freezer. Then to decorate it for Easter I used cool whip for “icing” and then added peeps and mini malt eggs. It turned out really good and cute!

  6. This looks yummy! I must be missing something, this recipe has the same ingredients but it’s about twice the calories of the Instant pot recipe. I wanted to make this but too many calories. What?

    1. It is very possible I have the caloric information incorrect. Our systems for calculating are easily goofed. I will double check it as well

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