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Make dessert quick, easy, and incredibly delicious with a 3-Ingredient Strawberry Chocolate Dump Cake for Two that’s ready for the oven in just 5 minutes! The perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Bowl of Strawberry Chocolate Dump Cake topped with vanilla ice cream

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 chocolate dump cake is a perfect solution — no baking skills required!

WHAT IS STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE DUMP CAKE?

It’s got a funny name, so let’s first explain what I mean by “dump cake.” While it starts with a box of chocolate cake mix, this dessert is really more like a Strawberry Chocolate Dump Cobbler or a Strawberry Crisp with Chocolate Cake Mix, because the cake batter forms a buttery crumb topping over the strawberry filling.

The name of the dessert probably gives it away, but basically you are just dumping 3 ingredients into a dish and baking them together in the oven. That’s it! You don’t have to pull out a single mixing bowl, spatula, or whisk! This is one of those recipes that is perfect for busy moms like myself who want to share comforting recipes with their families, but who don’t always have the luxury of time. And believe me — you’re not sacrificing quality or taste in this easy recipe!

Overhead shot of spoon in a bowl of strawberry chocolate dump cake

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE DUMP CAKE:

Let’s start with the 3 ingredients for this Chocolate Dump Cake with strawberries: a box of chocolate cake mix, a can of strawberry pie filling, and butter.

Seriously…just 3 ingredients!

3 ingredients for strawberry chocolate dump cake for two

Step 1: Place strawberry filling in a small ramekin or oven-safe bowl.

Strawberry filling in white ramekin

Step 2: Sprinkle dry chocolate cake mix over top.

Dry chocolate cake mix sprinkled on top of strawberry filling in white ramekin

Step 3: Add butter.

Sliced butter on top of dry chocolate cake mix.

Step 4: Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, top with ice cream, whipped cream and/or fresh berries and serve warm!

Spoon scooping chocolate dump cake from white ramekin

These individually-portioned miniature chocolate dump cakes have a rich fudgy crust and a warm, gooey molten chocolate inside!

COOK’S TIPS AND RECIPE VARIATIONS:

  • Make sure that you slice the butter into very thin pieces so that you have enough squares to cover the entire cake. You don’t want any larger gaps between the butter squares because you want the butter to melt and cover all of the cake mix.
  • You’ve just got to serve this dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top! The cool creamy contrast with the warm cake is to-die-for!
  • Make a Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake by using a cherry pie filling instead of the strawberry filling.
  • Substitute your favorite flavor of pie filling for the strawberry flavor. Instead of a cherry dump cake, try a Blueberry Dump Cake! Apple pie filling with a spice cake topping would also be divine!
  • Don’t love chocolate? Make a vanilla dump cake by using yellow cake mix instead of chocolate cake mix!
  • 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 at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes.

Strawberry chocolate dump cake for two in white bowl with ice cream and strawberry on top

OTHER EASY CAKE RECIPES THAT YOU MIGHT ENJOY:

Bowl of Strawberry Chocolate Dump Cake topped with vanilla ice cream

3-Ingredient Strawberry Chocolate Dump Cake

5 from 5 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 295.8 kcal
Make dessert quick, easy, and incredibly delicious with a 3-Ingredient Strawberry Chocolate Dump Cake for Two that's ready for the oven in just 5 minutes! The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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).

Notes

  • 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 at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes.
  • Make sure that you slice the butter into very thin pieces so that you have enough squares to cover the entire cake. You don’t want any larger gaps between the butter squares because you want the butter to melt and cover all of the cake mix.
  • You’ve just got to serve this dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top! The cool creamy contrast with the warm cake is to-die-for!
  • Make a Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake by using a cherry pie filling instead of the strawberry filling.
  • Substitute your favorite flavor of pie filling for the strawberry flavor. Instead of a cherry dump cake, try a Blueberry Dump Cake! Apple pie filling with a spice cake topping would also be divine!
  • Don't love chocolate? Make a vanilla dump cake by using yellow cake mix instead of chocolate cake mix!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cakeCalories: 295.8kcalCarbohydrates: 17.3gProtein: 0.3gFat: 12.8gSaturated Fat: 8.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 31.1mgSodium: 325.8mgPotassium: 3.7mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 26.4g
Keyword: chocolate dump cake, Dessert for two, Valentine's Day Dessert
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

This post was originally published in January, 2017. It was updated in January, 2019.

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Hey, I’m Blair!

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  1. Dump cakes are my favorite! I just discovered them a few years ago, and whenever I need a quick dessert for a party, that’s my go-to dish. I love this chocolate strawberry version, Blair! How fun would this be for Valentine’s Day!

  2. Happy anniversary, you love birds!! I love dump cakes, and the fact that this is for two? Romantic perfection! 🙂

  3. These look so cute and delicious! I’m definitely a baker, but sometimes I just want a simple, no-mess, no-fuss dessert. 🙂 This one looks like a keeper!

        1. Thank you so much for your fast response to my question I seen plenty recipes I am anxious to try on here have wonderful day

  4. 5 stars
    Belated Happy Anniversary wishes.

    When I make this dump cake, I melt the butter (unsalted) and mix it with the day cake mix and spread over the pie filling.

    Try with other pie fillers for variety. My daughter loves to sub blueberry, my husband likes cherry and this week, I am going to experiment with lemon.

    Thanks for all your recipes; while I do not make all of them, they provide inspiration and that is always a good thing!

    Warm wishes for many more anniversaries!

    1. Hi, Terri! Thanks so much for your kind wishes! 🙂

      You’re right — melting the butter would work really well too! And I love playing around with different flavor combinations as well. I have a lemon version in mind for the spring, so let me know if you enjoy yours! 🙂

  5. What size ramekins did you use? If you need 0.5 cup filling and 0.5 cup cake mix…is an 8 oz ramekin enough? Can I use a 6 oz ramekin?

    1. Hi, Ryan! The round ramekin that you see in the photo is a 4-ounce ramekin. I wouldn’t go any smaller than that. I also tested it with different sizes, including the rectangular 8 ounce ramekin and a round 7-ounce ramekin. Anything between about 4 and 8 ounces will work! The key is to just make sure that you have a thin layer over butter over almost all of the dry mix so that it’s coated (and not powdery) when it’s done baking. Enjoy. 🙂

  6. Cake for two? This sounds like a deeeeeeeeeelicious idea! What a clever idea using strawberry pie filling too!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is a godsend! It is perfect for when I have surprise guests over but I don’t have the time to prepare somethign more elaborate. So delicious, too!

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is a godsend! It is perfect for when I have surprise guests over but I don’t have the time to prepare somethign more elaborate. So delicious, too! 😀

  9. Blair, how about using chocolate pie filling with a red velvet cake mix, topped with the butter slices. Trying to make a cake for two birthdays to meet what both like.