dump cake

Want to make a chocolate dump cake but don’t have the right ingredients? Check your pantry and fridge again. Maybe you do have what will make a yummy chocolate dessert. So make it a delicious Thanksgiving dessert.

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How do you make a dump cake?

Basically, you need three ingredients – cake mix, butter, and a can of fruit. However, there are plenty of dump cake possibilities.Start with a yellow or white cake mix. If you don’t have a can of fruit, try pie filling. Dump cake recipes are mostly easy and quick to make.

Of course, you could make it easy on yourself and order a cookbook for quick dump cakes if improvising recipes is not your forte.

Click on the link below to order the Delicious Dump Cakes Cookbook from Amazon:

What goes in a chocolate dump cake?

That depends on if you like your chocolate cake smooth and gooey or chunky with a bunch of nuts.

For this recipe, I started with a box of Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix.

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Strawberries and cherries go well with chocolate, but neither seemed very appealing to me.. But I discovered a few toppings that would work just fine. Pecans, walnuts, chocolate morsels and coconut flakes. Nothing more was needed to convince me. In a short time, my chocolate dump cake was baked.

I found a chocolate dump cake recipe that looks very good made by Snappy Gourmet. She suggests a wonderful idea of melting butter in a baking pan in the oven while it’s preheating. Fantastic idea!

I tried this, and it works great. Adding the butter to a dump cake is easier melting it this way rather than cutting a stick of butter into thin slices and adding them to the top of the cake. And it’s less time consuming.

This Chocolate Dump Cake has a brownie-like texture and is both gooey and chunky. Great flavor.

chocolate dump cake
Chocolate Dump Cake
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Chocolate Dump Cake Sugar-Free and Low-Carb Adaptions

In case you need it to be low carb or sugar free, use a sugar-free and low-carb adaptions. Also, you can make the recipe with a sugar-free Eagle Brand milk.

No matter what flavor dump cake you want to make, just one ingredient can change how it tastes. Check out the chocolate dump cake ingredients.

Experiment. Try different flavors, cake mixes, fruits, and toppings. If it tastes delicious, you’ve got a winner.

Here’s the recipe (Incidentally, it turned out really good!):

Chocolate Dump Cake

easy chocolate dump cake made with dark chocolate chips, carob chips, and unsweetened coconut flakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dump cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 24
Calories 110 kcal


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 box Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 small box sugar-free fat-free chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 cup Chatfield’s carob chips
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Coconut Flakes


  1. Melt butter in an oblong glass baking dish in the oven while preheating to 350 degrees.

  2. Pour the dry chocolate cake mix evenly over the butter, then add the dry pudding cake mix next.

  3. Mix the cream and milks then cover the cake and pudding mix with the milk mixture.

  4. If you have any dry mix spots that aren’t covered with the milk mixture, drizzle heavy whipping cream on top of those areas.

  5. Add the chocolate morsels, carob chips, and coconut flakes on top.

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  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes (time may vary depending on your oven).

Recipe Notes

If you had to go buy all the ingredients at once for this recipe, it would cost approximately $15. I had all of the ingredients on hand. If you don’t have some of the ingredients, feel free to improvise and save a few dollars.

About the Recipe

As mentioned, I had walnuts and pecans on hand for this recipe but decided not to add them. If you prefer a more chunky chocolate dessert over gooey, add chopped nuts. The carob chips used in this recipe are made by Chatfield’s which I ordered through Amazon.

Click one of these links to order one or two bags of the carob chips from Amazon:

A Dump Cake for Thanksgiving

In the mood for a dump cake but not feeling a chocolate craving today? Try my pumpkin pecan dump cake, a wonderful dessert to make for Thanksgiving. This creamy pumpkin and pecan dump cake tastes wonderful, holiday or no holiday.

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Pumpkin Pecan Dump Cake – Creamy, Crispy, Crazy Good

Heat up a slice of pumpkin pecan dessert in the microwave. Top it with vanilla ice cream. So good!

I’m happy you stopped by for a visit today. And I’d love it if you come back again.

For right now, though, go enjoy a yummy dump cake.


  1. This looks so good. I love that you melted the butter in the pan first. I can’t wait to try this.

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