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Chocolate-Covered-Cherry Dump Cake

My mother-in-law loves chocolate-covered cherries, and I used to make this chocolate cherry dump cake every year for her birthday. Now we've moved away, but I make this for my kids on her birthday and they still feel near her. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min.
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix pie filling, chocolate chips and extract; spread into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix and pecans; drizzle with melted butter.
  • Bake until top is set and filling is bubbly, 35-40 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 331 calories, 20g fat (10g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 197mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • nthomas1223
    Mar 19, 2020

    Tried your recipe just now. Terrible. Followed per the letter. Way too much butter. Omg. What a waste of good money especially now. I will not make it again.

  • Sherry
    Jan 2, 2020

    This was delicious! I did not have the extract or chocolate chips on hand, but it turned out fine. Everyone loved it, but we all agreed that a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream would have cut the sweetness.

  • Karen
    Mar 28, 2019

    I have several diabetics that like lower sugar options. I use a chocolate sugar free cake mix,no sugar added cherry pie filling, sugar free choc chips. Top with a sugar free cool whip. No one even notices the sugar free ingredients in the final product! I also use 3/4 cup butter.

  • Debglass11
    Jan 23, 2018

    Good dump cake recipe! I used sliced almonds instead of pecans, and next time I think I'll cut the butter down to 3/4 cup, as I think one cup was a bit too much. The combination of cherries and chocolate were yummy together. Great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!Volunteer Field Editor

  • LauraManning
    Apr 23, 2017

    Really good!! I used 1/2 cup sliced almonds instead of pecans and only 3/4 c melted butter on top.

  • alfoa
    Apr 16, 2017

    This was great, tasted just as I had hoped.

  • shawnba
    Feb 12, 2017

    Very good. I thought it would be more like a cobbler, but was pleasantly surprised at it's cake like texture. I'm already thinking of flavor variations!!