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Easy Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

Have you ever had strawberry dump cake? Whether you’re an experienced cook or brand new to the culinary world, you’ll love the simplicity of this strawberry dump cake recipe.

The flavor of strawberries combined with the deliciousness of cake delivers some great flavor that you can enjoy without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Serve it for dessert, have it for an afternoon snack, or enjoy it at a party!

Serving of strawberry dump cake with Cool Whip

I’ve also heard this called a strawberry cobbler. Regardless of what you call it, you’ll love the fact that this is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever make.

Convenience of Combining Canned Pie Filling and Cake Mix

Typically, a dump cake uses convenience foods to simplify the recipe. And this is no exception. I like to keep a list of dump cake recipes with ingredients for times when I need a dessert in a hurry.

strawberry dump cake in a pan and on a plate

This is also the perfect dessert to take to a potluck. Other people will be impressed, yet it’s such an easy dessert recipe that requires very little effort.

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients to make this wonderful dessert. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Cans of strawberry pie filling
  • Box of yellow or white cake mix
  • Stick of butter
  • Sliced almonds
strawberry pie filling, yellow cake mix, butter, and sliced almonds

You can also use this delicious strawberry topping in place of the pie filling. It’s delicious and extremely easy to make. The only thing you’ll need to do differently is add more fresh strawberries as you make it.

The full recipe is at the bottom of this post in a printable recipe card. Either scroll down or click on the jump-to-recipe button at the top of the page. You’ll be taken to the very top of the recipe card.

How to Make Strawberry Dump Cake

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9” x 13” baking pan or casserole dish with either butter or cooking spray. Scoop or pour the strawberry pie filling into the baking dish and spread it out evenly.

strawberry pie filling in a pan

Next, sprinkle the dry cake mix over the top of the strawberry pie filling. You can use a knife, spatula, or spoon to gently spread it out evenly.

dry cake mix in a pan

Now sprinkle the almond slices over the top of the cake mix. If you really love almonds, you can always add more.

almonds sprinkled over dry cake mix

Slice the butter into very thin pats.

slicing butter

Place them evenly over the top of the cake mix and almonds. I used to use melted butter, but this process with pats of cold butter is much easier. They melt evenly over the top of the dessert and give it the crunchy texture that you’ll love.

sliced butter on top of the dry cake mix and almonds

Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until the pie filling is bubbly and the top is golden brown.

golden baked strawberry dump cake

Remove the dish from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite topping. We like either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

serving of strawberry dump cake

Extra Tips to Make a Successful Strawberry Dump Cake

The process of making this dessert is super easy. Follow these tips for the best results:

  • Add a few slices of fresh berries to add more texture and flavor.
  • Make sure you grease the pan well so the filling doesn’t stick.
  • Spread all of the ingredients evenly for consistent doneness.
  • Add other nuts if you don’t have almonds. We also like pecans or walnuts.
  • Use the entire box of cake mix.
  • Follow the cooking time and keep a close eye on it to prevent it from burning.
  • Don’t serve it as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let it rest according to the directions. 
  • Top it off with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or your favorite whipped topping (whipped cream or Cool Whip).
serving of strawberry dump cake with Cool Whip topping

Questions About Strawberry Dump Cake

This is such an easy dessert that you probably don’t have many questions. However, here are a few things I want to add:

What Should You Do with Leftover Dump Cake?

Either cover it in plastic wrap or aluminum foil … or put it in an airtight container and refrigerate it. This should be good for up to a week.

How Long Will Strawberry Dump Cake Last at Room Temperature?

It should be good for a day or two. After that, it needs to be refrigerated.

Can You Make This with Gluten-Free Cake Mix?

Yes, you absolutely can. In fact, if you look at the photos in this post, you’ll see that I use gluten-free cake mix.

Can You Use a Different Flavor of Cake Mix?

I prefer using a box of yellow cake mix or a box of white cake mix. However, chocolate is good too.

strawberry dump cake in a pan and on a plate with Cool Whip

More Delicious Recipes for the Easiest Desserts Ever

If you like the simplicity of this strawberry dump cake, you’ll enjoy any of the following desserts:

Pineapple Dump Cake – You’ll get a taste of tropical paradise with every bite!

bowl of pineapple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on top

Cherry Chocolate Cake – Impressive and delicious, this cake made with cherry pie filling is a favorite among readers.

Slice of cherry chocolate cake on a plate

Lemon Bars – There are only 3 essential ingredients in this easy recipe. However, you can add a topping for an even better dessert experience.

lemon bars on a plate and in a pan

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bars – Chocolate and caramel lovers will delight in the nutty goodness of this dessert.

Chocolate caramel pecan bars on a plate

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars – These delicious cookie bars from Out of the Box Baking will have you and your guests lingering at the dessert table.

Brownie and Fruit Dessert Pizza – This puts a whole new spin on dessert pizza. And it’s such a delicious dessert!

Brownie and fruit dessert pizza

Pumpkin Bars – You don’t have to wait until fall to enjoy this flavorful and comforting dessert. It’s delicious any time of year!

Bite of pumpkin bar on a fork in front of a plate of pumpkin bars

All of these desserts are a breeze to make. So next time you’re asked to bring a sweet treat to any event, pick one of them. Or if you want to be a hero, bring two.

strawberry dump cake with Cool Whip

Strawberry Dump Cake

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This easy and delicious strawberry dump cake is the perfect dessert for a family meal or to bring to a potluck.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans strawberry pie filling (two 21 ounce cans)
  • 1 box yellow or white cake mix (approx. 15 ounce box)
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Grease bottom of 9” x 13” baking pan.
  2. Pour strawberry pie filling into baking dish and spread it out evenly.
  3. Sprinkle dry cake mix over the top of the strawberry pie filling.
  4. Sprinkle almonds over the top of the cake mix.
  5. Thinly slice butter and place evenly over the top of the cake mix.
  6. Bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top turns golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Top with either ice cream or a whipped topping of your choice.

Notes

You can use other types of nuts if you prefer. We also like pecans!

Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 258Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 39mgSodium 171mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 2gSugar 12gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Esme Slabbert

Friday 11th of August 2023

I love the ease of a dump cake. I have made one before but not with strawberries, so will have to try this one for sure. Pinned it. I visited you via CHERRY CHEESECAKE BROWNIES – WEEKEND POTLUCK #594 I linked up this week with = Fudgy Chocolate Brownies with Ganache and Tasty Easy Mushroom Florentine Pasta for your next potluck. This is a friendly reminder to come and join us at SeniorSalonPitStop. You will find the linkup information under BLOGGING.

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