How to Make Strawberry Dump Cake with Only 3 Ingredients

This is the ultimate no-fuss sweet treat. It comes together in less than an hour!

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This simple strawberry dump cake is for anyone who’s short on time and in desperate need of dessert. You do exactly what the name suggests: dump the ingredients into a baking dish without mixing. I fell in love with this simple cobbler-like dessert after making it only once! The filling is warm and gooey while the cake topping is golden and buttery.

You can serve each slice with fresh strawberries and whipped cream for garnish—or eat a spoonful right out of the 13-by-9-inch pan.

How to Make a Strawberry Dump Cake

Strawberry Dump CakeJenna Urben for Taste of Home

I’m going to walk you through how to make the best strawberry dump cake recipe, but feel free to use your favorite canned fruit or pie filling instead.


Strawberry Dump Cake IngredientsJenna Urben for Taste of Home

  • 1 box (15.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 (21 ounce) can strawberry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup butter, cold
  • Optional: Fresh strawberries and whipped cream

Editor’s Tip: This is the best white cake mix, according to our Test Kitchen experts.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Baking Dish: I love the durability of a Le Creuset dish—it’s worth the splurge.
  • Spatula: This spatula is all one piece, so there’s no dirty crevice between the end of the spat and the handle.
  • Oven Mitts: You can’t go wrong with non-slip mitts!


Step 1: Preheat the oven

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. (FYI: This is the scientific reason we always preheat to 350° when we bake.)

Step 2: Gather the ingredients

Open the box of cake mix and strawberry pie filling, then set both aside. Slice cold butter into small pats (about 12-16).

Step 3: Assemble the dump cake

Pats Of Butter On Dump Cake MixtureJenna Urben for Taste of Home

To make the strawberry dump cake, pour the strawberry pie filling into a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and spread out evenly using a spatula. Then sprinkle the cake mix on top, making sure to cover all of the pie filling.

Finally, top with pats of butter. I placed the butter evenly across the baking dish and in each corner.

Step 4: Bake

Bake the dump cake for 45-60 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.

Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Serve topped with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream, if you have them!

Dump Cake Recipe Tips

Strawberry Dump Cake In Baking DishJenna Urben for Taste of Home

  • Don’t mix the pie filling and cake mix together. Just dump and bake!
  • Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Once the dump cake has fully cooled, store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave until warm.
  • To make a strawberry dump cake that’s dairy-free or vegan-friendly, use plant-based butter and whipped topping.
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Jenna Urben
Jenna is a food blogger focused on sharing allergy-friendly recipes. Her favorite ingredients include sweet potatoes, chickpeas and squash.