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This dessert is commonly known as the “cherry dump cake,” and oh, how easy it is to make! it’s just like the title says, The Easiest Dessert Ever (Only Three Ingredients). That’s right–only three ingredients! And what’s even better is that these three ingredients are things that you are easy to keep on hand. One ingredient is butter, and that is something I like to buy in bulk, then store in the freezer. It saves money, and it’s more convenient for me. The other two ingredients I keep in my pantry at all times so this is a quick and easy dessert to make.
One of the best parts about this dessert is it can also be made GLUTEN FREE!! It’s so easy to make a yummy, gluten-free dessert.
It was years and years ago when I FIRST made this recipe (I was in my early 20’s), I am happy to make it anytime as a dessert ! Seriously, it is so great when it comes to needing a SUPER easy, yummy dessert. Hosting a dinner party for friends, or any kind of gathering takes a lot of work. Often times, dessert is just one more thing to worry about. With this recipe though, there is no need for dessert-related anxiety. It literally takes only five minutes to make (and about 40 to bake)! And, to top that off, it is fool-proof! There is hardly any room for mistakes–it’s that simple. Just watch that oven timer, and you will be fine!
The Easiest Dessert Ever (Only Three Ingredients)
Ingredients for 9 x 13 pan:
- 2 cans of cherry pie filling 21 oz each (or any other fruit pie filling you desire i.e. blueberries, peaches, etc.)
- 1 box of yellow cake mix (or any other cake flavor according to your preference – my favorite is yellow cake). Use gluten-free cake mix for a gluten-free dessert.
- 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
- optional sliced almonds
Ingredients for 8 x 8 pan:
- 1 can of cherry pie filling 30 oz (or any other fruit pie filling you desire i.e. blueberries, peaches, etc.)
- 1 box of yellow cake mix (or any other cake flavor according to your preference – my favorite is yellow cake). Use gluten-free cake mix for a gluten-free dessert
- 1 – 1 1/2 stick of butter (1/2 – 3/4 cup) I think it’s a little better with 3/4 cup of butter!
As you can see, there are many variations you can try with this recipe– which makes it even more wonderful! For my cake mix when I make it, I use a gluten-free mix. Of course, any cake mix will do though.
To make this dessert:
Dump the entire contents of the cherry filling can into the bottom of the pan.
Next, add the entire bag of cake mix, and even it out by spreading the mix across the entire span of the pan. Cover the cherries completely.
Lastly, melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Pour the butter evenly across the top of the dry cake mix. There will be spots that don’t have butter on it, don’t worry it all works out in the end. If you’d like, you may sprinkle chopped almonds or pecans on top of the dessert.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 -45 minutes. The time is the same for either size pan.
CROCK POT VERSION:
Or, if you would rather not heat up the house by turning your oven on, you can bake this dessert in the crock pot instead! Layer the ingredients the same way you would when preparing a pan for the oven. Let the dessert bake for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low.
And there you have it! The quickest, simplest dessert to ever grace your home! Or at least, my home! 🙂
If you would like, you can serve this dish topped with whipped cream or a side of ice cream. Or, perhaps, even both!
I hope you also enjoy this delicious sweet treat! Talk about a win all-around!