Slow Cooker 3 Ingredient Cherry Dump Cake–all you need to make this recipe is a cake mix, cherry pie filling and butter. Dump all the ingredients in your slow cooker and turn it on. This recipe is so easy and hands off but tastes amazing especially when served with vanilla ice cream.
Slow Cooker 3 Ingredient Cherry Dump Cake
When my husband and I were still in college and struggling students we were introduced to this cherry dump cake recipe. At that time we made it in the oven and it was one of our favorite desserts. It took minimal time and money…a college student’s dream. Every now and then I still make this dessert but I’ve learned to make it in the slow cooker. Basically you pour in a can of cherry pie filling and sprinkle it with cake mix (white or yellow) that has a stick of butter cut into it. I cooked mine on high for 2 hours but you could just as easily cook it on low for 4 hours.
One thing that I like to do when baking in the slow cooker is use paper towels. You simply put the food in the slow cooker and then place a double layer of paper towels over the top and finally put the lid on. The paper towels absorb the condensation instead of letting it drip down on the food. I do like a crispy top on my slow cooker 3 ingredient cherry dump cake so I stick the cake under the broiler for a couple of minutes before I serve.
National Cherry Dessert Day
Today is national cherry dessert day. Yes, there’s a day for that. And I’m celebrating by giving you all these other great cherry dessert ideas. They all look so amazing!
Cherry Ice Cream from Ashlee Marie
Black Forest Cupcakes from Life Made Simple
Cherry Cheesecake Brownies from Creations by Kara
Cherry Almond Vanilla Cupcakes from Baking with Blondie
Cherry Turnovers from The Baker Upstairs
Vegan No-Bake Cherry Fruit Crisp from Namely Marly
Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries and Boozy Cherry Molasses from Foodie with Family
Frozen Cherry Limemade Pie from Real Mom Kitchen
Cherry Berry Dutch Oven Cobbler from Hey Grill Hey
Chocolate Cherry Brownie Pizza from Gather for Bread
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What Slow Cooker Did You Use?
For this Slow Cooker 3 Ingredient Cherry Dump Cake recipe I went with my 3-quart casserole crock made by the Crock-Pot brand. I have loved this casserole shaped crockpot for recipes just like this. I love that the crock insert is completely oven and dishwasher safe. I love how if you want to brown the top of a cobbler you can do that quickly in the oven. Or if you want to bake something in the oven and then put it into the crockpot and keep it warm on the counter, you can do that too. They cost around $40 and I think totally worth the investment!
- 2 (21 oz) cans cherry pie filling
- 1 (15.25 oz) white or yellow cake mix
- 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
- Open the cans of cherry pie filling and dump the contents into the bottom of a greased slow cooker.
- In a separate bowl use a pastry blender or fork to cut the butter into the cake mix. The consistency will be very crumbly. Evenly sprinkle the cake mix mixture over the top of the cherry pie filling.
- Place a double layer of paper towels gently on top of the slow cooker and then place the lid on top of the paper towels to secure them in place.
- Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-6 hours.
- Remove the lid and discard the paper towels. If desired, place the crock insert under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to crisp up the top of the dessert.
- Scoop into bowls and top with vanilla ice cream.
You can easily halve this recipe. Use one can of pie filling and half a stick of butter and half the cake mix.
This recipe is easy to swap out with different fruit. I have used other fillings such as apple, peach, etc. It is quite full of sugar so if you want to use a low sugar pie filling you probably won’t know the difference.
I used my 3 quart casserole crock for this recipe. A 6 quart oval slow cooker would work nicely as well.
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