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Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

Only 4 ingredients in this Strawberry Dump Cake recipe! Cake mix and strawberry pie filling come together to make a luscious strawberry cake with little effort. One of the easiest dump cake recipes ever!

Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe - Only 4 ingredients in this simple sweet dessert! Cake mix and strawberry pie filling come together to make a luscious strawberry cake with little effort. One of the easiest dump cake recipes ever!


Dump cakes are one of my all-time favorite family desserts to make. The name leaves something to be desired, but the taste and ease of preparing? It’s perfection. I’ve made several of these cake mix hacks already on my blog including this popular Caramel Apple Dump Cake

If you’re short on time and don’t feel like preparing a fussy dessert, this is the cake you need to make. 

Ingredients

Seriously. Just look at these simple ingredients.

  • Strawberry Pie Filling. You can use one or two cans depending on how saucy you want the cake to be.
  • Cake Mix. I like using yellow cake mix, but white cake mix will also work. I like Betty Crocker cake mixes, but any brand should work.
  • Butter. This is KEY. The butter is what is going to bake the cake mix. I like salted butter.
  • Sugar. I like how it adds the crusty sweet topping to the cake. A little extra bit of sweetness!

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    Yep, only four ingredients to make this easy strawberry cake recipe. 

    Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

    How to Make Dump Cake in the Oven

    1. Start by preheating the oven to 350F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
    2. Spread the strawberry pie filling on the bottom of the baking dish.
    3. Sprinkle the cake mix over top of the pie filling making sure it’s completely covered.
    4. Place the butter pads evenly over the cake mix. Sprinkle sugar on top.
    5. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let the cake cool for 10 to 15 minutes before dishing out in serving dishes.
    6. Add to plates and top with whipped cream, ice cream and/or fresh strawberries. 

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    Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

    How to Make Dump Cake in a Slow Cooker

    It’s super simple to convert this oven dump cake recipe to a crockpot dump cake. Use the same ingredients and measurements.

    1. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. 
    2. Spread the strawberry pie filling on the bottom of the crockpot.
    3. Sprinkle the cake mix over top of the pie filling. Spread the butter pads evenly over the cake mix. Sprinkle with sugar.
    4. Cook on low heat for 4 hours. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream or fresh strawberries. Yum!
    Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe - Only 4 ingredients in this simple sweet dessert! Cake mix and strawberry pie filling come together to make a luscious strawberry cake with little effort. One of the easiest dump cake recipes ever!

    Recipe Tips

    • It’s important to use enough butter to cover the cake mix. The butter is what will bake the cake mix and leave it crispy and golden. Check the cake while it’s baking around the 30 minute mark to make sure there is no powdery spots. If there is, just add a pad of butter to the area.
    • Use two cans of strawberry pie filling for a saucier cake. 
    • Make sure you DO NOT STIR the ingredients in the baking pan. Layer and leave them be.
    • Check the expiry date on your cake mix. I’ve been known to forget about them in the back of my pantry so I wanted to pass this along.

    Recipe Variations

    The sky is the limit with how you can modify this recipe switching out the cake mix and pie filling flavors.

    Here are a few ideas:

    • Swap out the yellow cake mix for chocolate cake mix and make a Chocolate Strawberry Dump Cake. Serve with some hot fudge sauce, too!
    • Try a new pie filling like cherry or blueberry. Strawberry pie filling can be hard to find depending on where you live. I was lucky to find it at our local Walmart when Metro didn’t even carry it.
    • Mix some fresh strawberries with your pie filling to give it a strawberry boost.
    • Make a cinnamon sugar topping by mixing together 3 tablespoons sugar with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of the butter.

    Topping Ideas

    Eat it plain, but it tastes SOOOOO good with a few sweet toppings.

    Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe - Only 4 ingredients in this simple sweet dessert! Cake mix and strawberry pie filling come together to make a luscious strawberry cake with little effort. One of the easiest dump cake recipes ever!

    Storage Instructions

    After the cake has cooled and your family is done devouring it, store the leftovers covered in the fridge for up to three days. I recommend heating it in microwave when you serve it again to soften it up a little and really bring out those luscious flavors.

    If you want to freeze your dump cake, go for it! It freezes well for up to three months. Make sure to store it in a freezer safer container. Thaw it out in the fridge the night before you want to serve it. You can reheat it in the oven (for the full cake) or in the microwave (if you froze individual servings). Easy peasy.

    Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe - Only 4 ingredients in this simple sweet dessert! Cake mix and strawberry pie filling come together to make a luscious strawberry cake with little effort. One of the easiest dump cake recipes ever!

    What Does Dump Cake Taste Like?

    It depends on the ingredients. This dessert tastes like a cross between a strawberry cobbler and a strawberry cake. The filling is sweet and gooey while the cake is buttery and golden. Together, they are the perfect marriage. 

    Why is it Called a Dump Cake?

    It’s pretty self-explanatory once you read the recipe. All the ingredients are literally “dumped” in a baking dish. My spouse had never tried a dump cake before and thought the name was hilarious. It doesn’t sound too appetizing when you think about it, right?! 

    Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe - Only 4 ingredients in this simple sweet dessert! Cake mix and strawberry pie filling come together to make a luscious strawberry cake with little effort. One of the easiest dump cake recipes ever!

    More Dump Cake Recipes

    You’ll also like these Strawberry Butter, Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies, Strawberry Cheesecake Bars, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Strawberry Cream Pie, Strawberry Lemon Fool and Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream.

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    4.31 from 13 votes

    Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
    Only 4 ingredients in this simple sweet dessert! Cake mix and strawberry pie filling come together to make a luscious strawberry cake with little effort. One of the easiest dump cake recipes ever!

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 box yellow cake mix 432g/15.25oz box
    • 1 can strawberry pie filling 540ml/21oz can
    • ½ cup salted butter cold and sliced into square pads
    • 3 tbsp sugar
    • strawberries for garnish, optional

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch casserole dish.
    • Spread strawberry pie filling on the bottom of the casserole dish.
    • Sprinkle the cake mix over top of the pie filling. Make sure it’s fully covered.
    • Spread butter pads evenly over cake mix. Sprinkle sugar on top.
    • Bake for 1 hour. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes.
    • Add to plates and top with whipped cream or ice cream and fresh strawberries.

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    Notes

    For an extra strawberry boost, use two cans of strawberry pie filling.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 541kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 800mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword dump cake, Strawberry Cake, Strawberry Dump Cake, Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

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    5 Comments

    1. Stacie, so excited to try this. My husband prefers chocolate over anything else when it comes to dessert, but I am convinced he will fall in love with this.

      My question is do you put just the cake mix powder over the strawberries, or mix the cake mix according to the box instructions and pour wet batter over the strawberries. I apologize if you mention this in your blog and I missed it.

      Warmest regards
      Kat

      1. Hi Kat! You just sprinkle on the dry cake mix powder right from the box. Ignore the box directions. We just want the cake mix itself.

        I hope you both love it!

    2. charlene meidinger says:

      this is a great recipe and when I can get home after the pandemic is over with it will im sure be a hit at our family reunion as al of us love strawberries any way they can be fixed!!!

    3. Paula Martinelli says:

      I love this, and I am visiting my family in Brazil I will make it for dessert for our Sunday family lunch. Thanks for sharing this Yummy cake!

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