Cherry Coconut Dump Cake


It's sweet and sophisticated, simple and speedy: 15 minutes of hands-on time and you're done (really). There's nothing not to love about this dessert.

Cherry Coconut Dump Cake
Most dump cakes call for cans of syrup-packed fruit. Our cherry dump cake is just as easy, but uses whole, frozen cherries for the best possible flavor. Serve warm, with scoops of vanilla ice cream. Get the recipe: Cherry Coconut Dump Cake. Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
12 to 15 serves

If you stash some frozen cherries in the freezer, it can truly become your back pocket sweet treat, because you should have everything else on hand. It's pretty served straight from the pan, or in big scoops with vanilla ice cream. Dish it up at your next dinner party and no one will ever guess that you dumped all of the ingredients together, stuck it in the oven, and drank a glass of wine while it was baking.


  • For the base:

  • Butter or nonstick spray, for baking dish

  • 8 cups frozen cherries (about 2½ lbs)

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • For the cake mix:

  • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoons lime zest, plus more for serving

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter or nonstick spray.

  2. Make the base: Toss cherries, sugar, lime juice, cornstarch, flour, and salt in the baking dish.

  3. Make the cake mix: Combine coconut, flour, sugar, lime zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and sprinkle evenly over the base. Using the largest holes on a box grater, grate the butter evenly over the surface of the cake.

  4. Bake until cake is golden brown and set, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool 30 minutes before serving and top with additional lime zest.

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