This easy but delicious strawberry dump cake is made with only three ingredients. It is so simple and quick to make. You'll be amazed at how delicious it is with so little effort!
Delicious fresh strawberries, with butter and cake mix, is all you need. This comes together in 10 minutes (most of that time is cutting the strawberries. This is one of those recipes that you can magically whip up when you want a quick but delicious dessert! If you want an easy strawberry upside down cake, it's also made with fresh strawberries.
Love to make and enjoy easy cobblers? This easy blueberry cobbler is one of the favorite recipes on my site! And, I can't ignore how popular this three ingredient peach cobbler is on Pinterest! It goes viral on there at least a few times a year!
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Why I love this recipe
I LOVE fresh strawberries. This three recipe dessert is a super easy way to keep the flavor of the strawberries in a delicious hot dessert. And, of course, anything with ice cream on top is extra delicious, especially in the summer!
During strawberry season, I always have extra strawberries and am looking for uses for them. This is a great way to use them up. The recipe takes less than 10 minutes to assemble, most of that is slicing the strawberries. With a 30 minute bake time, you will have a wonderful dessert on the table in less than 40 minutes.
Yellow Cake mix - I like using Betty Crocker or Dunkin Hines cake mixes. Stock up when they are on sale!
½ cup of salted butter, melted - that's one stick of the 4 stick two cup box of butter.
2 quarts - that's two of the larger retail packages of fresh strawberries (not Costco size!). Love my fresh strawberries! Each container has 16 oz of berries. Cut these up in slices then cut the slices in ½. Cut up, these make almost 5 cups.
If you have a different brand of cake mix, go ahead and use it. You know I'm all about using what you have!
As far as the fresh strawberries, go ahead and substitute frozen if it's already at home or the price is good. I would NOT recommend canned strawberry pie filling. I bought some to test it and I'm not a fan. It looks good as you can see from the picture below.
There is something about the taste that I didn't enjoy. And I'm not someone to speak negatively about canned fruits. Some of the recipes pictured below use canned fruits and are delicious!
More three ingredient dessert recipes (with fruit)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Cut strawberries by slicing and then cut them in half. Large strawberries may need to be cut again. I like my cut up strawberries to be roughly the same size.
Melt the butter in a microwave medium-sized bowl. Mix cake mix into melted butter. I use a large fork. Set aside.
The final texture will be a crumble-like texture (it's not a batter).
3. Spread layer of strawberries onto bottom of sprayed 11 x 13 baking dish.
Spread thin layer of the cake & butter mix evenly on top of the strawberries. Do not stir!
Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Topping should be a light brown and fruit should be bubbly and peek through crumble mixture.
Vanilla ice cream is so delicious on top of this easy strawberry cobbler!
This three ingredient dump cake can be stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Cool, and then ensure the dish is covered.
I would not recommend freezing.
No, just use the cake mix, butter and the fresh strawberries.
It depends on what part of the country you are from. These fruit and cake mix recipes are known as cobblers or as dump cakes in different areas. I use the names they are most recognized as near near me.
If you have them, add them! I make this with between 5-6 cups of cutup strawberries. I would say you could comfortably use up to 10 cups. Make sure your baking dish is big enough and add to the baking time. Make sure the top crust doesn't get overcooked.
Other delicious berry recipes
Easy Strawberry Dump Cake - 3 Ingredients
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 2 quarts strawberries Once the 2 quarts of strawberries are cut up, they are approximately 5 cups worth.
- ½ cup butter melted - 1 stick butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Mix melted butter with cake mix using a large fork then set aside
- Add cut up fresh strawberries into a well-sprayed casserole dish (9 x 13)
- Sprinkle cake mix and butter filling evenly over top of strawberries. DO NOT stir.
- Bake for 30 minutes until topping is a golden brown color and strawberries are bubbling.
- Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.