Crockpot Cherry Dump Cake

I came back from doing errands and the house smelled awful. “Oh no! The cat’s sick.” I thought, then remembered I’d put some food in the crockpot earlier and the smell was just dinner. Once I realized what it was, it didn’t seem as gross. It’s all in perspective I suppose.

The crockpot stuff was ready, so I wrapped it up and put it away. Unfortunately, the house still smelled and I wasn’t looking forward to Fuzz’s reaction when I brought her home from school. It got me thinking. The only way to undo bad crockpot smell is with good crockpot smell. It seemed like the perfect excuse to try Crockpot Cherry Dump Cake. The bad news is, I can’t turn on the crockpot until 5 since it only takes 3 hours and I serve dessert around 8 or later.

Other versions of the recipe use blueberry pie filling, but here at my smelly home, we’re going with cherry because that’s what we have. I’m leaving the pecans off for now because I don’t want to waste good nuts on something that might not be worthy of them. I think it will be good, though.

crockpot cherry dump cake

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Crockpot Dump Cake....(!)
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Cherry dump cake made in a slow cookier
Serves: 6
  • 1 (21 oz) can cherry or blueberry pie filling
  • 1 package yellow or white cake mix
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut up
  • 1/2 C. chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted if you have time
  1. Rub the slow cooker generously with some of the butter. Place pie filling in the slow cooker. Mix dry cake mix and remaining butter until crumbly, sprinkle over filling. Sprinkle with nuts. Cover and cook on low for 2 - 3 hours. Serve warm in bowls.
To halve the recipe, use half can or more pie filling, 1 3/4 cup cake mix, 4 tablespoons butter and half the amount of nuts. Use this version for small model crockpots. If you don't have a crockpot and want to make a small version, use the half version and bake it in a 9 inch deep dish glass pie plate or an 8 inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until cake mix is golden brown. And of course, you can also make the full version in a 13x9 inch cake pan. It's dump cake! Easiest recipe ever.

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  1. meredith says

    Never tried a crockpot dessert recipe — but the rasberry brownies in a jar and triple chocolate mess recipes might be worth a try!! I’m surprised you didn’t try the brownies!!

  2. says

    Brenda, I have a love/hate relationship with the crockpot. If you have some time, would you send me your favorite recipe?

    Amy, this is my first shot at the recipe, so I’ll have to get back to you on that. However, I think there are some other tried and true crockpot pumpkin recipes out there.

    Which reminds me, I have a pumpkin cake mix dump thing recipe I want to try soon. Not sure when.

  3. says

    Oh, and I am sure peach pie filling would work.

    Meredith, I saw the brownie recipe and the triple chocolate mess. I had some white cake mix and wanted to get rid of that first.

  4. Lindsay says

    Anna- I took a crockpot class at our local culinary center last week and it was excellent. I posted a great chicken recipe from the class on a blog I write for:

    But the best dish by far was a chocolate cheesecake made in the crockpot. It makes sense…cheesecakes require slow, moist heat. It was divine, and was the first one I’ve made that didn’t crack! I’ll try to get the recipe typed up…I just have the hard copy.

  5. says

    Lindsay, that chicken recipe sounds terrific! I love everything about it except the mushrooms, so I will test it without mushrooms.

    I’ll try the chocolate cheesecake too. What’s not to like about that?

  6. Christy says

    My mom makes this exact recipe in the oven with cherries and its delicious. I would leave the nuts in though because its an essential part of this dish- they add a unique texture and taste to the cake mix and I don’t think it will taste the same without them.

  7. says

    Anna, I was going to email my crockpot recipes but can’t seem to find your email on here. If you’ll email me using my addy, I’ll email them back to you. I have quite a few recipes that I rely on.

  8. Debbi says

    What on earth were you cooking that was so stinky? I usually LOVE the smell of my crock pot cooking dinner.

    This dessert sounds super simple and super nummy. I have apple filling here now, maybe I’ll add some cinnamin and raisins and try it tonight.

  9. Sue H says

    I bought a smaller slow-cooker to use for just the two of us. Should I be worried it will expand over the top?? At work now and don’t remember the size. TIA

  10. Kelly says

    I have always wondered what crockpot desserts look like once theyre done. For some reason, I hate making ugly desserts that aren’t aesthetically pleasing. I can’t wait to see photos!

  11. says

    Christy, thanks for the advice. I sprinkled it with nuts just in time. Glad I didn’t leave them off.

    Brenda, thanks for the recipes!

    Debbi, I took a pork tenderloin, cut it into big chunks and marinated it in sage, garlic, lemon, pepper and salt. I normally do this with pork chops and then grill them. However, I needed to use a pork tenderloin so I just dumped the pork and marinade into the crockpot and cooked it altogether. Todd and Fuzz actually ate it. But I will never put a tenderloin in the crockpot again because I didn’t like the final texture. Tenderloin is already tender enough to begin with. I should have just baked it.

    Kelly, I was curious as to how it would look too. It looks nice before you cut into it, but you have to arrange it in a pretty bowl with ice cream to make it presentable.

  12. says

    Hi Sue,

    My crockpot is a 4 quart model and there was plenty of room. In fact, I probably could have doubled the recipe. Going on the assumption that yours is a 1 1/2 or 2 quart, I think could get away with making this as is. However, to be safe, I’d start by making half of the recipe. Half of an 18.25 oz box of cake mix is about 1 3/4 cups. You could measure or if you want to be precise, weigh it. With this recipe, you don’t have to be precise! Also, rather than use half the can of pie filling, you might want to try it with 3/4 of the can. My one complaint about the recipe was that it had a high proportion of crumb to fruit.

    Anyway, you’ve given me a good edit. I’m going to include a note that tells how to make half of this recipe.

  13. Gigi says

    I just emailed this recipe to my mom. She recently got a new crock pot and has been harassing me for recipes. This should fit the bill nicely!

  14. Debbi says

    I loved this! It was so easy and it tasted delicious. We ate ours with apple filling, yellow cake and pecans. It wasn’t the most attractive dessert but the taste was really good. We’ll be making it again for sure.


  15. Aimee says

    I love your blog! I was looking for an easy recipe for desert on Mother’s day. I tried the cherry version but used almonds (only nuts I had on hand) This turned out so good. Compliments everywhere! My mom and my mother in law loved it–which is always good when you can impress the moms. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  16. Waddles says

    This is what we make at camp in a dutch oven over the fire!!!! Only difference is we put some cinnamon sugar on top!!~

  17. Samantha says

    I use this same recipe with a can of sliced peaches in our dutch oven while camping and place on the firepit for about an hour!!! it is so easy and delicious..

  18. Dianna says

    Dump cake has long been a family favorite and the cock pot idea- genius! Just a quick note we have always added crushed pineapple to the cherry pie filling, delicious!

    And the cheesecake recipe good gracious I have to hunt that down it sound fabulous too. Thanks for the great ideas!

  19. Joyce says

    I have made this in the oven for years with the addition of a can of crushed pineapple undrained on the bottom. Awesome!

  20. Steffanie says

    I have a 2 qt. Crockpot that I use for dump cakes and other small recipes. I like to use 1 can of pie filling and 1/2 box of cake mix to get a good filling to cake ratio. And anything goes with combos (pear or apple pie filling are great with spice cake!).

  21. Sue says

    I’ve made this with sugar free cake mix and cherry pie filling with no added sugar (Splenda) and it’s great. Have also tried spice cake and apple pie filling (lots of sugar but so yummy).

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