Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake

It was brought to my attention that apparently “dump cakes” are on trend these days.

I had no idea what a dump cake was but I intended to find out. And as it turned out, it’s as easy as cake-making can possibly get! I thought I’d start with a beginner-level 3-ingredient recipe, which as it turns out, was unbelievably easy! There are no measuring cups or mixing bowls involved, which means drastically reducing the number of dishes to overfill your sink or dishwasher! No muss, no fuss is what dump cakes are all about!

And not kidding, all you need ARE in fact THREE ingredients: Immaculate Baking Chocolate Cake Scratch Baking Mix, your choice of pie filling (I picked cherry only because it pairs so well with chocolate, and seems like a winning combo for Valentine’s Day) and butter. Now honestly, how could anything that’s made with these three glorious ingredients NOT taste good?

dump cake 1Preheat your oven to 350°F. You don’t even have to grease your 13″x 9″ pan, just pop open your 2 cans of pie filling and dump them in evenly. Now I’ve pretty much stayed away from pie filling ever since I started baking, so you are always welcome to make your own fruit compote from scratch! Just know that the beauty of dump cake is supposed to make things easy for you!

DSC07678And the dumping continues! Next step is the box of unprepared cake mix. Don’t even have to worry about any of the other ingredients as listed on the box. All you need is the mix! Okay, so I’m obviously biased, but I’d say that this is a true testament to how good the cake mix is! Because there aren’t really any extra ingredients that the cake mix can hide behind and muddle its way through. The mix has got to be good and stand on its own for this dump cake to taste fabulous. And I’m so proud to tell you that oh yeah, Immaculate Baking has got the right mix!

DSC07679Finally, here’s where things get interesting. Butter makes everything taste better, and we certainly need this little ingredient to bring everything together. I used 1 stick of butter, where I cut slices of butter over the surface, spreading them out as evenly as I could. It gave the end result a nice crunchy layer, almost like a brownie. I have seen other recipes call for melted butter to drizzle over, too. Now pop the whole thing in the oven and bake for 45-60 minutes, and voila, your cake is ready to wow and delight!

DSC07682Who knew something with so few ingredients could taste this flavorful? And now it’s your turn to the dumping, but The Queen’s hoping that this is all the dumping anyone will be doing leading up to Valentine’s Day 🙂

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