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Easy & Irresistible Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe

Enjoy the irresistible flavors of the best strawberry dump cake recipe. This delicious dessert combines the sweetness of strawberries with a buttery cake topping. The whole family will enjoy this no fuss dessert.

strawberry shortcake dump cake

If you’re craving a delicious dessert without the hassle of complex recipes, a strawberry dump cake might just be your answer.

The combination of strawberry pie filling, cake mix, and butter creates a luscious, fruity dessert with a golden brown, buttery topping that’s irresistible to anyone with a sweet tooth.

A strawberry dump cake is both delicious and easy because it requires minimal effort and delivers maximum flavor. 

If this is your first dump cake recipe, you will be shocked to learn that the simplicity of this perfect dessert lies in the fact that you literally “dump” the ingredients into a baking dish, making it perfect for busy days or when you’re short on time. 

This strawberry dump cake recipe is ideal for family gatherings, potlucks, picnics, or even as a weeknight treat. The warm, comforting flavors of strawberries and cake make it a delightful dessert to enjoy year-round. Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or simply craving a sweet indulgence, a strawberry dump cake is always a crowd-pleaser.

strawberry shortcake dump cake

How to Make a Strawberry Dump Cake 


  • 1 box of Betty Crocker Strawberry Cake Mix
  • 2 sticks of melted butter or 2 sticks of thin slices of butter
  • 2 cans of strawberry pie filling
  • Fresh sweet strawberries for garnish
  • vanilla ice cream
  • a baking dish
strawberry shortcake dump cake ingredients

Simple Steps

Spray an 8×8 baking pan with non stick cooking spray or grease with butter.

Spoon the strawberry filling into the bottom of the baking dish. 

Sprinkle the dry cake mix on top of the pie filling. 

cake batter over strawberry pie filling

Pour the melted sticks of butter over the top of the cake mix. Or slice butter and scatter it on top of cake mix. Don’t worry about the dry spots, the butter will melt covering the whole thing.

Top the dump cake with slices of fresh berries

strawberry shortcake dump cake before baking

Bake until your dump cake is bubbly and cooked, about 40-45 minutes in a preheated oven to 350 degrees f.

strawberry shortcake dump cake

Serve warm with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnish with fresh strawberries. 

strawberry shortcake dump cake with vanilla ice cream

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How to Store Strawberry Cake Mix Dump Cake 

Cover your dump cake with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container. Store the in the refrigerator for a few days.

When you want to have a quick dessert, scoop out some into a microwavable bowl and heat up the dump cake at 30-45 seconds.

Easy Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe FAQs

Do you refrigerate dump cake after baking?

Yes, it’s generally a good idea to refrigerate dump cake after baking, especially if you have leftovers or if you plan to store it for more than a few hours. Allow the dump cake to cool completely before covering it tightly with plastic wrap or transferring it to an airtight container. Stored properly in the refrigerator, dump cake can typically last for 3-4 days. Just be sure to reheat individual servings in the microwave or oven before serving if you prefer it warm.

What is the biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake?

The biggest mistake to avoid when making a dump cake is not properly distributing the cake mix and butter. It’s important to ensure that the cake mix is evenly sprinkled over the fruit filling, and the melted butter is drizzled evenly across the top. This helps create a balanced and delicious texture throughout the cake.

Is dump cake supposed to be gooey?

Dump cake is typically meant to have a moist and tender texture rather than being overly gooey. The texture of a dump cake can vary depending on factors such as the type of fruit used, the amount of liquid in the fruit filling, and the baking time. Ideally, a dump cake should have a slightly moist crumb, with the cake mix forming a golden, crispy topping. However, it should not be overly gooey or soggy. 

Why is it called a dump cake?

A dump cake gets its name from the method of “dumping” the ingredients into the baking dish. In an easy dump cake recipe, simple ingredients are layered in the baking dish without any mixing bowl or prep time. A box of cake mix and a fruit filling are “dumped” into the dish, and then melted butter is poured on top. As it bakes, the ingredients meld together to create a delicious cake with a gooey, fruity filling. 

Do you have to refrigerate dump cake?

Since dump cakes are often made with canned fruit pie fillings or other non-perishable ingredients, leftover dump cake be stored at room temperature for 3-4 days. 

Can I use a different flavor of cake mix for a strawberry dump cake?

While the classic version of a strawberry dump cake uses strawberry cake mix, you can experiment with different cake mixes. For example, both vanilla cake mix or a box of white cake mix are a great option. 

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Strawberry Shortcake Dump Cake Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Dump Cake Recipe

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
This Strawberry Dump Cake Recipe couldn't get any easier! 3 ingredients and you are done with an easy dessert that's perfect for weeknights or get togethers alike!


  • 1 box of Strawberry Cake Mix 

  • 2 sticks of butter, melted 

  • 2 cans of strawberry pie filling 

  • Fresh strawberries for garnish


    1. Spray a 8x8 Casserole Dish with non-stick spray or grease with butter.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees,
    3. Spoon the pie filling into the bottom of the casserole dish. 
    4. Sprinkle the cake mix over the strawberry pie filling. 
    5. Pour the butter over the top of the cake.
    6. Top the dump cake with slices of fresh strawberries. 
    7. Bake until your strawberry shortcake dump cake is bubbly and cooked, about 40-45 minutes. 
    8. Serve your strawberry dump cake warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

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Saturday 24th of December 2022

Can I half the recipe? I only have 1 can of strawberry pie filling

momma lew

Wednesday 28th of December 2022

You can, just try and spread the filling as much as you can.


Friday 1st of July 2022

In one spot it says to use two cans of strawberry pie filling, later in the article it says to use one, which is it?

momma lew

Saturday 2nd of July 2022

Sorry about that, it is 2 cans. I just updated it.


Monday 27th of September 2021

Thanks soooo much for this recipe.

ronaak mehta

Sunday 9th of August 2020

Wow. It looks delicious. I love chocolate cakes. So, I will try to make it. Your recipe will help me. Thanks for sharing.

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