Strawberry Dump Cake

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This Strawberry Dump Cake is just 3 ingredients and so easy to make. Top with whipped cream of ice cream for a delicious and decadent dessert.

strawberry dump cake in a bowl topped with ice cream


Dump cakes have been around for decades, they are definitely not new. But they are a classic and still around for a reason. They are fast, easy, tasty, and they just work! Pumpkin Dump Cake is a fall version. If you like chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Dump Cake is another. Also don’t miss this Apple Dump Cake. This version uses strawberry pie filling (you could really use any fruit) for a sweet berry twist!

Why You’ll Love This Strawberry Dump Cake

  • Easy – just 3 ingredients is all you need. No mixer and nothing to even measure!
  • Fast – dump cakes take a max of 5 minutes to prep and get in the oven. Faster than your oven can even preheat!
  • Delicious – strawberries give this the taste of summer and it is the perfect dessert. Top with ice cream or whipped cream for the perfect treat.
strawberry dump cake ingredients

What You’ll Need

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  • Strawberry Pie Filling – you do want the juices and mix from the filling to add moisture, so don’t just swap fresh berries.
  • White Cake Mix
  • Butter – I always bake with unsalted butter

How To Make Strawberry Dump Cake

  • Layer – pour the strawberry pie filling into the base of a 13×9 inch baking dish, and spread into a single layer. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top. Finally place the pats of butter evenly over the top of the cake mix, so as they melt it will mix with the cake mix.
  • Bake – Place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes, until the top is golden brown and set. Remove and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
pats of butter ontop of cake mix in baking pan

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure to use canned strawberry pie filling for this recipe. You can not just swap in fresh berries, you need the liquid and gel that is in the pie filling for the moisture. But if you want fresh strawberries, you can definitely chop some up and add them to the base of the pan with the pie filling!
  • Cut the butter into small pieces, so you have enough to cover the entire 13×9 inch pan. Some recipes call for melting the butter and pouring it over. Either works, I just find this method gets the cake covered more evenly.
  • Let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes after it comes out of the oven. The strawberry part with be bubbling hot and not only burn your mouth, but be very hard to serve.
  • If you can’t find strawberry pie filling, you can use any pie filling you like and follow the same recipe.
  • Want to make your own cake mix? Go for it! There are a lot of recipes out there for your homemade cake mix, and they would work great. You just need the dry ingredients, so don’t just use any cake batter recipe thought.
strawberry dump cake baked in pan with pieces missing

Topping Strawberry Dump Cake

One thing about dump cakes like this, is they are more like a cobbler than a traditional cake. The top does not get light and fluffy like a cake. So topping with Vanilla Ice Cream or Homemade Whipped Cream is my favorite choice. It isn’t something you would add Vanilla Frosting to.


If you have leftover dump cake, make sure to cover and keep at room temperature for 2-3 days. It is best served the day you make it, and it is best served warm. So any leftover pieces I like to to microwave to warm up and then top with ice cream.

strawberry dump cake in a bowl with ice cream

More Strawberry Dessert Recipes

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5 from 6 votes

Strawberry Dump Cake

By Erin
This Strawberry Dump Cake is just 3 ingredients and so easy to make. Top with whipped cream of ice cream for a delicious and decadent dessert.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 21 oz cans strawberry pie filling
  • 1 15.25 oz box white cake mix
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Cut butter into small pieces, about 40 pats of butter total
  • Pour pie filling into the base of a 13×9 inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the top.
  • Arrange the pats of butter evenly over the top of the cake mix so it is evenly covered.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and completely set.
  • Remove from the oven and let the cake cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
  • Serve topped with ice cream or whipped cream if desired.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 38mg | Sugar: 5g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 152
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  1. 5 stars
    I love anything with strawberries during the summer, and I make dump cakes all the time. This is great!

  2. 5 stars
    The Strawberry Dump Cake was absolutely divine! It was so simple to make, yet tasted like I spent hours in the kitchen. The cake was moist and the strawberries added a wonderful, fresh flavor.

  3. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite cake to make! Very easy and always turns out really good! I’m getting excited for strawberry season!