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Easy Strawberry Dump Cake

This Easy Strawberry Dump Cake requires only three ingredients, making it perfect for when you need a quick and delicious dessert. Just dump the ingredients in the pan, bake, and voila, dessert is served. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

Plate of vibrant strawberry dump cake on a plate topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Best Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

This recipe is a lifesaver when I need a quick dessert fix without the hassle. I mean, who has time for complicated baking projects? Everything comes together right in the baking pan, which means no extra dishes to wash—talk about a win! It’s become my go-to for last-minute dessert needs and is always a hit at potlucks. With just three simple ingredients, this recipe always comes through as one of the easiest dessert recipes in my arsenal.

If you love quick, easy dump cake recipes, you should try my Caramel Apple Dump Cake.

Easy strawberry dump cake made with just three ingredients and topped with cream and strawberries.

Ingredients for the Easy Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

  • Strawberry pie filling – Creates the fruity strawberry filling for the easy cake.
  • Box of yellow cake mix – Provides a delicious cakey layer on top of the strawberries.
  • Salted butter – Melts into the cake mix, creating a rich golden crust.
Dump cake ingredients on the counter.

Making the Easy Dump Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat – Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the pie filling – Evenly spread the canned fruit filling over the bottom of a 9×13-inch cake pan.
  3. Layer the cake mix – Next, sprinkle the box of cake mix over the pie filling, using the back of a spoon to create an even layer.
  4. Add butter – Add thin slices of butter over the top of the cake mix, ensuring that you cover as much of the dry mix as possible.
  5. Bake to perfection – Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until the top turns a delightful golden brown and the fruit filling bubbles around the edges.
  6. Allow to cool – Once baked, allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Collage showing four steps to make the cake.

Variations and substitutions

Homemade filling – Instead of cans of strawberry pie filling, you can use four cups of homemade pie filling. This adds a fresh, homemade touch to the dessert.

Cake mixes – For the classic flavor, swap the yellow cake mix with white or vanilla, or try a chocolate cake mix for a chocolate strawberry dump cake or lemon for a lemon strawberry cake. 

Butter – While salted butter is recommended for its flavor-balancing properties, you can use unsalted butter if preferred.

Crockpot method – This recipe can also be made in a crockpot. Layer the ingredients in the same order as you would in a baking dish, cover, and cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours. This slow-cooking method results in a perfectly baked dump cake with minimal effort.

Add fresh berries – For extra fruitiness, add two cups of sliced fresh strawberries on top of the pie filling layer. This enhances the fruity flavor and adds texture to the dessert.

Gluten-free – Use a box of gluten-free cake mix to make a gluten-free version of this cake. You will also want to double-check that your pie filling is gluten-free. From my research, it seems to be a mixed bag for canned fillings.

Warm strawberry dump cake in a pan with a large scoop removed.

Tips for success

  • Use dry cake mix – Do not prepare the cake mix according to the box directions. You should only use the dry mix.
  • Avoid mixing – Avoid the temptation to mix the cake layers. Just dump the layers in the order mentioned above and bake. No mixing is required. This maintains distinct layers and allows the cake to bake evenly.
  • Cover with butter – When adding the butter, try to cover as much of the dry cake mix as possible. This helps create a golden and crispy topping while ensuring all parts of the cake are adequately moistened during baking. I prefer using the pats of butter as it provides a more even distribution than melted butter, which tends to pool in one area.
Forkful of easy dump cake with strawberry filling.

How to Store the Delicious Cake

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days. They can be reheated in the microwave in 30-second intervals or in a 300-degree F oven for 10-15 minutes until heated. 

Serving of strawberry dump cake on a white plate.

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Easy strawberry dump cake made with just three simple ingredients topped with whipped cream.

Easy Strawberry Dump Cake

This easy strawberry dump cake simplifies dessert with just three ingredients: strawberry pie filling, yellow cake mix, and butter, all layered and baked to perfection in one pan. It’s an uncomplicated solution for busy days or when you need a last-minute sweet treat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories

Ingredients
  

  • 2 (21-ounce) cans of strawberry pie filling 4 cups
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • ¾ cup salted butter cut into thin slices

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spread the pie filling in an even layer in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix over the pie filling and spread it into an even layer with the bake of a spoon.
  • Place the thin slices over butter over the cake covering as much of the dry mix as possible.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the top is golden and the fruit is bubbling. Allow the cake to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 4-5 days.
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