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Cherry Peach Dump Cake

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Dump cakes are, quite possibly, the easiest potluck recipe ever, which means you need this recipe in your life. Who doesn’t love easy recipes?

This Cherry Peach Dump Cake is the perfect easy and fast potluck recipe! It's simple and cheap to make with only 5 ingredients!

I discovered dump cakes a few years ago by accident. I think I was googling “what to use canned pie filling in” and a recipe for dump cake filled my screen. I was amazed, awed, and drooling within a matter of seconds.

As I’ve mentioned, summer is busy. It’s also full of parties: backyard BBQs, swim parties, 4th of July potlucks, you name it. I always struggle with what to bring to a potluck. You can’t really bring a cake; if it’s too hot the frosting will melt. Pies are hard to serve. Anything with chocolate is just going to melt. And you know that the someone is going to stop by Safeway on their way and get chocolate chip cookies so you don’t really want to bring those.

A dump cake is the solution to this problem. They’re easy, fast, and they feed a lot of people.

Did I mention this recipe has only 5 ingredients? And you don’t even need to dirty a bowl or a mixer (or even a spoon)?

This recipe is winning at life on so many levels.

Easy Cherry Peach Dump Cake Recipe

The main ingredients in a dump cake are: canned pie filling and/or fruit, cake mix, and butter. That’s it!

That’s what I love so much about dump cakes: you can just go through your cabinet to make your favorite flavor. You probably don’t even need to shop – everyone has canned fruit and pie filling in their pantry. My “cantry” is filled with all sorts of canned goods that could make an entire meal! That’s why I’m so excited to partner with Cans Get You Cooking, Safeway, and Albertson’s to bring you this recipe.

Plus, if you’re like me, you tend to not rotate your canned goods. Better make a dump cake before that can of peaches expires!

How to make a Cherry Peach Dump Cake

Canned goods are one of the best ways to get food from farm to table. Canning locks in the nutrients right after picking, making them a great choice for any meal, especially if you live somewhere it’s hard to find fresh foods. Using canned foods is a great way to add vitamins to any meal – and that meal gets on the table a lot faster too. Growing up we ate out of our pantry several times per week. I snacked on canned pears, my mom fried up canned potatoes, and I still love canned green beans.

My favorite part about using canned goods? They’re typically half the cost of frozen and 15-20% cheaper than using fresh. I’m all about saving money, so I stock my pantry with lots of different canned goods.

I especially like to buy canned fruit, like peaches, and canned pie filling, like cherry. Then I can make dump cakes easy and fast!

Want to see how a dump cake is made? It’s so easy I took process shots for you.

How to make a Cherry Peach Dump Cake

Simply dump the fruit into an oven proof dish. I used a casserole dish, but you can also use a 9×13″ pan. (And hey, I’ve even used a crock pot.) I also added chopped pecans.

You can use ANY fruit you have in your pantry. Just pick two or three flavors that you think will go good together.

How to make a Cherry Peach Dump Cake

Sprinkle a cake mix over the top (the mix, don’t make the batter). Then cube up some butter and sprinkle that over the top. Bake it and you get this:

How to make a Cherry Peach Dump Cake

The butter melts and the cake mix becomes almost like a crunchy cobbler or crumble on the top. It’s a mix between the two. The fruit cooks and gets gooey and if I’m not careful I’ll eat the entire crust out of the pan with a fork.

But it’s much more fun to serve this dump cake warm ala mode.

This Cherry Peach Dump Cake is the perfect easy and fast potluck recipe! It's simple and cheap to make with only 5 ingredients!

These cakes serve at least 8-10 people, making it the perfect party dessert. With less than 10 minutes of active time (more like 5) and only 5 ingredients, almost all of which can be purchased for under $1 each, this recipe is a total win.

What flavor would YOU make your dump cake?

This Cherry Peach Dump Cake is the perfect easy and fast potluck recipe! It's simple and cheap to make with only 5 ingredients!

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Servings: 10 servings

Cherry Peach Dump Cake

An easy cake for a party! Dump in some canned fruit and pie filling and top with a cake mix. Super easy and it feeds a crowd!


  • 1 21 ounce can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 15 ounce can sliced peaches in juice or light syrup, drained
  • 3/4 cup nuts — chopped (pecans, walnuts, or almonds)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix — 9x13 pan size, about 18-19 ounces
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 2.8L casserole dish or 9x13” pan with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the cherry pie filling in the bottom of the dish. Drain the peaches and pour them on top of the cherries. Sprinkle the nuts over the fruit. Open the cake mix and sprinkle the power evenly over the top.
  3. Slice butter into small pieces and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake mix. Make sure to make it even so that it all melts into the cake mix.
  4. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the fruit starts to bubble up around the edges and the edges start to turn golden. I baked mine in a casserole dish that was deeper than a 9x13” pan so it took 40 minutes. Different pans will have different baking times, so start checking after 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Store covered in refrigerator.

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  1. Dump cakes are pretty much the best dessert ever! I’ve only made a peach kind before, so I bet the cherry added in is delicious! Such a great recipe!

  2. “Cantry.” Hee hee. You should meet my mother-in-law. Queen of cans. The woman uses canned POTATOES. Weirds me out. But pie filling, I am down with.
    This recipe will make my own mom very happy. She is not much of a baker, and she has a 6 ingredient and under rule. Winner!

  3. I’m not sure which is worse, name-wise: dump cake or poke cake. They both make me blush!

    However, names aside, both are cakes I adore. And this looks like a beauty. Maybe I can try to think of alternate names for both of the cakes? Like, “melange cake” and “acupuncture cake”? 

  4. I can’t believe how easy this is! I love it.

  5. The middle school girl in me snickers every time I hear “dump.” Tee hee hee! Love this cake, despite its name! 🙂

  6. Is it just me or does it look like she used the peach juice? It says that she drained. Has anyone tried to make this?

  7. The food of my childhood was canned strawberries, just thinking of them now makes me realise how much I loved but hated them; the flavour was great but the texture was ghastly! This dump cake looks delicious, it is so cool how a box of cake mix and some butter makes a crumble-like topping. The name though makes me laugh every time 😀 

  8. I just reminded me how infrequently I make dump cakes. Which is such a complete shame for the family…and me! Love this one! Cherry and peaches are such a great combo.

  9. I struggle with what to bring to potlucks, too! I love the idea of a dump cake and this cherry-peach combo! Yum! 

  10. I have never tried a dump cake for some reason, but it is definitely on my to do list. This looks so good 🙂

  11. Dump cakes are the best! So easy and sooo good! Cherry and peach are a match made in heaven! 

  12. This dump cake looks so amazing and will be perfect for family events I can never seem to find time to bake for. I love the fact you can switch out the fruit and have any flavor.

  13. I have never heard of this kind of cake, but I like cake spy’s sense of humor!  This looks like everything you would want Ina dessert, and colorful, too!  I can’t wait to try it, and glad that it seems so easy!

  14. Can you believe I have NEVER had a dump cake?!
    I KNOW. I suck at all things being in the know about food blogging.
    BUT, it sounds fun to make and I am definitely okay eating it! SO, I am all for this cherrylicious goodness. Pinned!

  15. This cake looks amazing! I love the cherry and peach flavors in here and how easy it is! 

  16. I love dump cakes! Delicious!!!

  17. My mom’s version called for mini marshmallows sprinkled on top of the butter. It is also good with fresh rhubarb!

  18. I love blueberry pie filling mixed with a 20 ounce can of undrained crushed pineapple. Blackberry pie filling mixed with peaches or pineapple is very good too. I have also used fruit cocktail mixed with cherry pie filling too. Try apple pie filling but use a spice cake mix, for a little extra fruit add some applesauce. 

  19. Made a cherrie one with pineapple a few years back and it was super and so easy Loved it and so did eveyone else

  20. This looks great and so easy.  Do you think I could use a gluten free cake mix?

  21. I’m going to make a peach pie filling, peaches in  juice(drained)  dump cake! I don’t think it can be too peachy do you? I don’t have any other pie filling right now. We are also 30 miles from nowhere & it’s Mothers Day & I want a dump cake!!! Thanks for your recipes!!

  22. I have always put fruit(apple,blueberry, peach or pears) on the bottom. then 1/3 of cake mix, then can of drained crushed pineapple. add rest of mix, cover with the thin pats of butter, then bake

  23. I grew up thinking of “dump cake” as “cobbler”, as you intuitively mentioned their similarity. My mom would let me help her dump the drained fruit info the glass dish and shave the butter with the butter knife. 😊 Such fun memories. An option for those of you that wish to make this cake but find yourselves without a can of pie filling: you can use just the fruit if you then sprinkle the fruit with tapioca pearls. Don’t be shy about it, either. But remember, you won’t have the added sugar from the pie filing, so if your fruit is tart, you’ll have to sprinkle on sugar as well. Ooh, I just thought of another yummy combination possibility: peaches and raspberries (fresh, frozen…whatever. Yum!) I also like to sprinkle on cinnamon when I’m doing peach and/or use a spice cake. It’s amazing! It would work well for apple as well.

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