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Recipe for Step-Monster's Cherry Crunch

Updated on October 29, 2010

My father married a woman back in the late 1970's who of course became my step-mother. Let's just say at first (several years) we did not get a long that well. She was however a great cook and served us many dishes that were out of this world. She had one recipe that I would always look forward to eating and that was her Cherry Crunch dessert dish.

It not only tastes great but the one hour it's baking - it permeates the house with an aroma that is intoxicating and creates an anticipation that will make your sweet tooth have a seizure awaiting it's removal from the oven. Her nickname "Step-Monster" came from the movie years later called "Saint Elmo's Fire" - Demi Moore's character was trying to figure out how to bury her step mother and would refer her to as the step monster throughout the movie.

Anyway - back to the recipe:


  • 2 cans of cherry pie filling.
  • 1 stick of real butter.
  • 1 Duncan Heinz Extra Moist Yellow Cake Mix. (no substitutions or it won't taste as great).

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease large rectangular baking dish with Pam or Butter.
  3. Open cans of cherry filling and layer contents into dish.
  4. Open cake mix and pour over cherry pie filling and level.
  5. Melt stick of real butter (salted) and drizzle evenly over the entire dish.
  6. Bake for about 1 hour on center rack of oven or until the top is golden brown.

Easy Recipes ~ Cherry Crunch

Cherry Crunch Recipe aka Dump Cake
Cherry Crunch Recipe aka Dump Cake

Post Cherry Crunch Recipe Information

It's not really an ingredient of the recipe but a feature and not an option - When your cherry crunch is ready out of the oven - Add a scoop of Blue Bell's Homemade Ice-Cream while your dump cake is still warm and enjoy.

The flavor is out of this world - and will have your entire family clamoring for a serving long before it's done. Actually I think real estate agents should use this recipe instead of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven when having an open house to make potential clients feel more at home. I bet it would close a lot more homes!

You can of course use apple or peach pie filling instead of cherry - I have tried them all over the years but cherry seems to be the best choice for this easy dessert recipe.

This dessert will quickly become a family tradition in your household after you have only made it one time.


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      Grace 6 years ago

      Thanks Jon! This is a great recipe! You can use any pie filling. (My favorite is blueberry pie filling, using the same cake mix & butter. Peach pie filling works great too!)

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      Jon Sterling 7 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      You should be able to buy these ingredients just about anywhere in the world. :D

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      This sounds great too Jon - I'll make sure I bring back some of those ingredients the next time I'm in the US.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      great recipe. thank you

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Going to send this to some Realtors that I know. Making the houses smell good as well as being able to offer potential buyers a taste treat is always a good idea. Thanks!

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      Thanks Farm Girl - and yes it is a great warming comfort food type recipe for those cold winter evenings spending time with the ones you love.

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      Montana Farm Girl 8 years ago from Northwestern Montana

      Yumo...made a blueberry coffee cake Sunday that was divine!! Always looking for yummy recipes, especially good ones to make come winter. This will be perfect, warmed, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!!!