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Buttery Apple Cherry Dump Cake Recipe (Made in the Crockpot)


This Apple Cherry Dump Cake recipe is ridiculously easy to make and ridiculously tasty to eat. I am a huge fan of easy dump cake recipes, and this one using canned pie filling is buttery and delicious! Plus I’ll show you how to make it in a crockpot which makes it perfect for serving at a party.

Apple Cherry dump cake with pecans and cherries in a bowl topped with whipped cream in front of a slow cooker.
Let’s make this easy Apple Cherry Dump Cake recipe.

You’ll love this crockpot dump cake

This cherry apple dump cake can be made easily with just a few pantry ingredients. It’s dessert magic that is perfect to share with your family and friends.

And when you make this dump cake in a slow cooker, your house doesn’t even heat up making it perfect for any time of year!

If you need a dessert for a crowd that is also the epitome of comfort food and literally takes no effort, this is the recipe for you.

Related: Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake

This Crock Pot Apple and Cherry Dump Cake is sweet and has that signature butter-y cake batter topping.

The way it all works together is a dream come true for this sweet-loving gal.

I mean, I’m lazy and I love easy cake mix desserts. Could there be anything better than a dump cake for me?


Ingredients to make an apple cherry dump cake on the counter next to a crock pot.
What you need to make slow cooker apple cherry dump cake.

All of these ingredients can be kept in the pantry making this a great last-minute dessert to throw together! (And by last minute I mean you don’t have to go to the store. But it will still take 2 hours to cook in the Crock-Pot).

You need a can of Apple Pie Filling, a can of Cherry Pie Filling, cinnamon, chopped pecans, a box of yellow Cake Mix and butter.

I wouldn’t say that Cherry Pie is my favorite dessert. That would be like choosing your favorite child.

But I do crave it several times a year. But finding a good cherry pie can be hard. This dessert helps me curb that craving.

Cans of cherry and apple pie filling next to a crock pot for a dump cake.

But cherry pie filling can be used in a bunch of different types of desserts so I can get my fix with this yummy dump cake recipe.

And when you mix it with apples, the flavor is sweet and wonderful. 

Just be sure to double-check the label for the apple pie filling. Sometimes they add in spices and if that is the case, you won’t want to add any more cinnamon. 

Also, don’t be afraid to add a sprinkle of sea salt over the top. You know that sweet and salty thing is ridiculously good. I use salted butter too. 

The only equipment you need for this is a crock pot. I use the one in the photo all the time but here is an updated version of it.

How to Make Apple Cherry Dump Cake

Cherry pie filling in a slow cooker next to apples.

Step 1

In the bowl of a crockpot, dump in the apple and cherry pie filling.

Step 2

Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top.

Making apple cherry dump cake in a crock pot with pecans.

Step 3

Evenly spread the yellow cake mix over the fruit.

Step 4

Drizzle the melted butter over the dry cake mix.

Step 5

Top with pecans.

Making a dump cake in a crock pot.

Step 6

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.

To Serve

Dump cake with pecans and apples and cherry pie filling.

There is no wrong way to serve a dump cake.

Serve the apple cherry dump cake warm, straight out of the slow cooker or let cool to room temperature. 

I typically like my dump cakes on their own but they are also delicious with a little bit of whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or Cool Whip.

For a party

Making apple dump cake in a slow cooker with cherry pie filling.

If you are having a party, you can keep the crockpot on the counter and pair it with a serving spoon so your guests can serve themselves.

Better yet, have a dump cake party and serve a punch of different types of dump cake recipes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to use pie filling?

I’ve made a lot of different kinds of dump cakes. And there are a few reasons why using pie filling in a dump cake makes a lot of sense. In fact, it is my preferred way of making them. Pie filling is just plain easy. There is no cutting or washing required like when you use fresh fruit.

Us lazy people love to make dump cake because all it requires is opening and dumping. Pie filling is also sweeter than fresh fruit and has more liquid. You can sweeten fresh fruit up with sugar, but you just aren’t going to get the moisture that you get from pie filling. 

You can absolutely make dump cake with a mixture of canned filling and fresh fruit if you want to take the time to clean and dice the fruit. But I really don’t think it will change the flavor all that much. You may get a little bit of extra texture, though. 

How do you store leftovers?

To store leftovers of this apple cherry dump cake, scoop the cooled cake into a container with an air-tight lid. Keep it in the refrigerator for a few days.

Top Tips

  • To get more of that crunchy crust texture on top simply lay down a few paper towels across the top of the bowl before adding the lid. It will catch any condensation that may make it soggy!
  • You can leave out the nuts or change up the type to suit your taste preferences.
  • Don’t have a slow cooker? You can make this the old-fashioned way in the oven too. Just layer everything in a baking dish and bake for an hour.

The Name Dump Cake is Horrific

I recently had a video chat with a mentor of mine who is based in the UK. And when we were talking about my love of dump cake recipes, she looked absolutely horrified.

She was like do you know what “dump” means in the UK? 

And I was like, yup, means the same thing here… And yet still, dump cakes are bae. As a boy mom, I’m used to a little potty talk.

And the fact that these types of desserts are SO easy to make – open and dump – makes me move past the name. 

Cherry Crock Pot Dump Cake With Apples is YUM!

Apple cherry dump cake in a bowl next to a crockpot.

This Slow Cooker Apple Cherry Dump Cake comes together quickly, is totally hands-off and always a crowd-pleaser! If you haven’t made a dump cake lately, you should absolutely try this one! 

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Crock Pot Cherry Apple Dump Cake

If you love the ease of crock pot cooking, you'll love this Cherry and Apple Dump Cake recipe! It's so easy to make and perfect for parties!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Calories: 420kcal
Servings: 12 servings



  • In a crockpot dump in the apple and cherry pie filling.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top.
  • Evenly spread the yellow cake mix over the fruit.
  • Drizzle the melted butter over the dry cake mix.
  • Top with pecans.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours.
  • Serve warm, straight out of the slow cooker or let cool to room temperature.


To ensure that the cake mix crust is as crispy as possible, lay a layer of paper towels under the slow cooker lid to catch any condensation that may fall from the lid during cooking. 
Don’t want to use the slow cooker or crockpot? You can make this apple cherry dump cake in the oven instead. Layer all of the ingredients in a 9×13 baking dish. Bake in a 350 degree oven for an hour or until golden brown.


Serving: 12Servings | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Melody Nelson says:

    If I double the recipe in a 7 quart – do I still cook for 2 hrs?

  2. Melody Nelson says:

    Can I double recipe in a 7 quart & keep the cooking time the same at 2 hrs?

  3. Lori Hartsoe says:

    Can I double the recipe to completely fill the crockpot?

  4. k. wilson says:

    what size crock pot . i have 4 qt and 6qt .

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