The last few days have been rather more exciting than we’d have liked. Hurricane Matthew dropped by for a visit. Luckily we didn’t have any damage here in Tampa, but we were stuck inside for a couple of days. So, to while away the time, I made one of my favorite easy desserts, a cherry dump cake. This recipe is ridiculously easy and tastes so good. You definitely need this one on your go-to list for easy desserts that will get rave reviews.
So, if you are looking for an easy recipe that is a cinch to put together for company or to take for a potluck, this one is SO easy to whip up. And it tastes good either warm from the oven or at room temperature! Of course, you could use any pie filling you’d like, apple and blueberry are both tasty, too. But cherry is my family’s favorite. And I think the almond extract and almonds are what takes this recipe over the top and adds an extra layer of decadent flavor.
Cherry Dump Cake
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2 21 oz cans cherry pie filling
15.25 oz. box of yellow cake mix
1 tsp. almond extract
1 stick butter
slivered almonds, about 3/4 c.
Pour both cans of cherry pie filling into a mixing bowl.
Mix in 1 tsp. of almond extract.
Spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray. (Well, of course, Pam is my spray of choice 😉 )
Spoon the cherry pie filling into the pan and spread the mixture out so the cherries aren’t all in one spot.
Next, sprinkle the entire box of cake mix evenly over the cherries. It will be a pretty thick layer.
Melt the butter in a microwave-safe measuring cup. Tip: I place the butter wrapper over the butter in the cup. It is a great “lid” that stops the butter from splashing out while melting.
Drizzle the butter evenly over the cake mix.
Sprinkle on the slivered almonds to your taste. I didn’t measure how much I used, but I would guess about 3/4 of a cup.
Bake at 350° for 55 minutes or until it is golden brown and bubbly.
Let it cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. It will help the filling thicken back up a bit and make it easier to serve. I just use a large spoon to dish it up.
Top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Yum!
See how easy that is? This would be a great recipe to get the kids involved with. And it is so yummy, too! Since Fall is here, I think I am going to experiment next with making a pumpkin dump cake. I am thinking a spice cake mix and pecans would make this really good. What do you think? Stay tuned. I’ll let you know how that one goes! 🙂
And if you (or your family) need a chocolate fix, try this lava pudding cake.
It’s a dump cake, too, but made in the crock pot.
Can you tell how much I love dump cakes? Anyway, give one of these a try and let me know how you like it!
P.S. Here is a post I wrote about preparing for natural disasters (besides making a dump cake) that’s relevant to everyone, not just us in hurricane zones.
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