Semi-Homemade Cherry Cake

Cherry cake made easy with cake mix and pie filling
Diana Rattray
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
279 Calories
8g Fat
49g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 108mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A box of yellow cake mix makes this cherry cake a snap to prepare with cherry pie filling. The pie filling is swirled through the cake batter just before it goes into the oven. If you love fruit cobblers and cakes, this dessert will satisfy both cravings.

The cake is made with the cake mix, eggs, and oil as directed on the package, but with only 1/2 cup of water. This makes an easy, beautiful cake, and it needs no frosting. Serve the cake with ice cream, whipped cream, or whipped topping. Or simply dust the cake with confectioners' sugar. Frost it with a basic vanilla frosting if you prefer a frosted cake.

See the tips and variations below the recipe instructions for more flavor ideas.


  • Cooking spray

  • All-purpose flour, for the pan

  • 1 (15.25-ounce) package yellow cake mix, plus the oil and eggs as called for on package

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling

  • Sifted powdered sugar, optional garnish

  • Whipped topping or whipped cream, optional garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  2. Grease and flour a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan or spray it with baking spray with flour.

  3. In a large mixing bowl with electric mixer, prepare the cake mix according to package directions, using oil or melted butter and eggs, but add only 1/2 cup of water.

  4. Spread the batter into a greased and floured 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Spoon cherry pie filling evenly over the batter, then swirl into the batter just enough to give a marbled effect.

  5. Bake the cake in the preheated 350 F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the cake bounces back when lightly touched with a finger. 

  6. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack. Sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar or serve with ice cream or whipped topping. 


The oil and eggs are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Recipe Variation

  • Replace the cherry pie filling with blueberry pie filling.
  • Use apple or peach pie filling but chop the fruit coarsely before spooning it over the batter. Bake as directed.
  • Use a butter pecan, white cake, cherry chip, French vanilla, or a similar cake mix in the recipe.
  • For black forest flavor, make the cake with a chocolate or fudge cake mix. 
  • Sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped pecans over the pie filling before swirling it into the batter.