One, Two, Three Fruit Crisp Made with Canned Cherry Pie Filling, Yellow Cake Mix and Walnuts

++ I always use canned cherry pie filling but I see no reason why another type of canned pie filling, such as blueberry, couldn’t be used as well !!

Here’s another dessert recipe which can be put together quickly using a few items you probably already have in your cupboard; 1. a can of crushed pineapple, 2. a can of cherry pie filling and 3. a yellow cake mix.  You’ll also need some butter and nuts – that’s it!!

The original recipe, which I found long ago, was called Dump Cake because you ‘dump’ in the pineapple and the cherry pie filling, then you ‘dump’ the yellow cake mix on top of the fruit, scatter on some butter and ‘dump’ on some walnuts or pecans.  Fifty minutes later, you’re enjoying a delicious and easy dessert.  I served this last night topped with Maine Wild Blueberry Gelato – yummy!!

Ingredients and Method      Grease a large casserole or baking pan        Oven at 350

  • 1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling
  • 1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, including the juice
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Grease a large casserole or baking pan. Mix the cherry pie filling with the crushed pineapple (including the juice).  Spread cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple on bottom of casserole/baking pan.

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Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly on top.  Using a potato peeler, drop slivers of butter equally over the cake mix.

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Now sprinkle on 1 cup of chopped nuts.

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Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes, until nuts are lightly browned and filling is bubbling.

I honestly can’t think of anything that tastes so good and yet is so easy.   Enjoy !!

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“A Little Help from My Friends” Chocolate Cherry Nut Cake

Chocolate Cherry Nut Cake - My Yellow Farmhouse.comYour Friends !!

I “invented” this a few years ago when I needed a dessert for some friends who were planning to drop by. I usually have a least one box of chocolate cake mix, walnuts and a can of cherry pie filling in my “larder” – so I made a simple and delicious cake which turned out so well I’ve been making it ever since.   I know most people don’t have lots of extra time, so it’s always good to have a little help from your friends – even if those “friends” come in a box, bag or jar!!

++ As an aside, if you ever see something on this idea – buy it!  It comes in so handy ’cause it’s not electric, it’s small – so it’s easily stored – and all the parts can go in the dish washer. I use mine all the time, even though I have electric “gadgets”.

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Oven at 350 F             9″ x 13″ pan           Bake for 40 – 45 minutes

Ingredients a.k.a “Your Friends”!

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix    (I like “Duncan Hines” Devil’s Food)
  • 1 (21 oz.) can of cherry pie filling   
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13″ x 9″ pan.

Spoon cherry pie filling on top of the cake batter.  (Many of today’s cherry pie fillings contain ‘more sauce than cherries’, which results in a bit more sauce in the ‘Chocolate Cherry Nut Cake’.  If you prefer a slightly less runny cake, use about half to two-thirds the ‘saucy’ part of the cherry pie filling.    ++ I used ALL the sauce.)

With a knife, swirl the cherry pie filling a bit, trying not to go all the way down with the knife. (Looks like peanut butter & jelly, doesn’t it?)

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Sprinkle on 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cup nuts.

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Bake at 350 F for 40 – 45 minutes.

++ The cake is done when 1. it pulls away from the sides of the pan and 2. a knife put into the center of the cake comes out clean.

++ Don’t confuse the melted chocolate chips with the cake batter. If some chocolate does stick to the knife – taste it. You’ll know if it’s uncooked batter. (That’s what I do!)

Chocolate Cherry Nut Cake - My Yellow Farmhouse.comThere’s a cake called “Earthquake Cake” ’cause the top of the cake comes out with cracks.  My ‘Chocolate Cherry Nut Cake’ has a similar, cracked appearance.

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