Make dessert quick, easy, and incredibly delicious with a 3-Ingredient Chocolate Covered Strawberry Dump Cake that’s ready for the oven in just 5 minutes! Whether you need a single-serving treat to satisfy a sweet tooth, a special dessert for a romantic date night for two, or a full-size cake to feed a crowd, this rich and fudgy dump cake is a perfect solution — no baking skills required!
As I write this post, it’s Friday before the long holiday weekend. It also happens to be our anniversary on Sunday, so I’m in the midst of packing my suitcase (and the three kids’ suitcases) for a weekend getaway. The boys will spend Saturday and Sunday with my parents while Keith and I sneak off to celebrate 12 years of marriage. Where did the time go?!
I’m so looking forward to uninterrupted adult conversation, quality time with my guy, shopping, dining out, and maybe even romantic desserts for two…that I don’t have to bake!
As you probably know by now, I am NOT a baker. I don’t love the measuring, the science, and the accuracy required to make a fancy cake work. I don’t love the intricate decorating. I don’t love the mess of flour and powdered sugar all over my kitchen, or the laborious individual cookie cutting. BUT, I sure do love dessert – and cake in particular.
Seriously…just 3 ingredients!
When I want a quick and easy dessert that I know will impress and taste amazing, I always find myself returning to the dump cake recipe that Aunt Bee shared with me many years ago. You can see her 5-Minute Cherry Crunch Dump Cake in this ancient post, and I have since found a zillion similar recipes all over the Internet. The original recipe is obviously great, but with anniversaries and Valentine’s Day on the brain, my mind automatically goes to chocolate. And what could be more romantic than a chocolate-covered strawberry with a glass of champagne?
I know! How about individually-portioned miniature chocolate-covered strawberry dump cakes that have a rich fudgy crust and a warm, gooey molten chocolate inside?! Paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (and a glass of champagne), this dessert is romantic, easy, and most of all: incredibly good!
Step 1: Place strawberry filling in a small ramekin or oven-safe bowl.
Step 2: Sprinkle dry chocolate cake mix over top.
Step 3: Add butter.
Step 4: Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes.
Your hot date doesn’t need to know that the dump cake only required 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes of your time. He will be too busy devouring the dessert, gazing into your eyes, and wondering how in the world he landed someone with such incredible skills in the kitchen! After twelve years of marriage and 3 little boys, you can take it from me: the way to a man’s heart is definitely through his stomach!
- ½ cup strawberry pie filling
- ½ cup dry chocolate cake mix (just the dry mix)
- 2 tablespoons butter, sliced into thin squares
- Optional, for serving: vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, or fresh strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray two ramekins, large mugs, or oven-safe bowls with cooking spray.
- Place ¼ cup of strawberry pie filling in each ramekin. Sprinkle ¼ cup dry cake mix over pie filling in each ramekin. Divide butter over top of the cake mix in each ramekin, trying to cover as much of the cake mix as possible.
- Place ramekins on a baking sheet and put in the oven.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes (or until cooked through and bubbly).
Want a Single-Serve Option? Want to Serve Four? You can scale the ingredients for as many servings as you need. Cut the ingredients in half for one cake, or double them for four cakes.
Want to Prepare a Full-Size Cake to Serve a Crowd? Use an entire 21-ounce can of pie filling, an entire 15.25 ounce box of cake mix, and a full stick of butter. Bake the cake in a 13-inch by 9-inch baking dish for about 40-45 minutes.