Fill wine or water goblets with Valentine’s Day Cherry Crunch Dessert, and serve topped with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream!

Friends, enjoy this Valentine’s Day Cherry Crunch Dessert for a great holiday dessert. If you’re hosting a Galentine’s Day party, the watch my little video on Instagram for some “sweet” inspiration! You may also love my Lemon Cream Cherry Phyllo Tartlets or easy 4-ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake.

Cherry Crunch Dessert

Cherry Crunch Dessert is also delicious any time of year. We love this “crunch” served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

Each day is a precious gift. How ridiculous to grasp for future gifts when today’s is set before you! Receive today’s gift gratefully, unwrapping it tenderly, and delving into its depths. – Sarah Young

I love this quote from Sarah Young, which tells me that today is precious. A gift.

With something special inside. For everyone! Which makes me think of the gifts that I’ve been given, with the people in my life of family and friends.

Valentine's Day Cherry Crunch Dessert - ingredients

What is a dump cake?

This Cherry Crunch Dessert is sort of like a dump cake. A dump cake is a really simple dessert — usually made with a cake mix + fruit filling — where you actually dump (or pour) the ingredients into a pan, stir, and bake.

Does cherry dump cake need to be refrigerated?

The leftover cherry crunch cake can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.

Warm the leftovers and serve with whipped cream or Vanilla ice cream.

Valentine's Day Cherry Crunch Dessert

The Five Love Languages

Years ago, my husband and I read the book, The Five Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. Have you read this book? Gary writes how most everyone has a primary way to love – to show love or a way they prefer to be shown love.

The ideas are brilliant, and can really help you understand people, family members, your spouse … but what I loved most was figuring out my kids’ love languages.

  • Physical touch
  • Words of affirmation
  • Acts of service
  • Quality time
  • Receiving gifts

Life becomes easier to figure out when you understand yourself, your spouse, your kids. I love The 5 Love Languges of Children, The Secret to Loving Your Children Effectively, to better understand your kids.

A lot of this goes hand-in-hand with our personalities, too.

My love language

One of my love languages is acts of service, because I love cooking for people. But honestly, I can see where over time, I appreciate all 5 of the languages. Here’s the book again, in case you want to order it. The Five Love Languages.

My friend Kristen (her blog is Dine and Dish) reminded me this week, as I was coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas, of her lovely way of serving her family on Valentine’s Day:

I love Kristen’s heart and love for her family!

For many years this is what my husband and I would do, too. We’d make the Valentine’s Day meal fun, exciting, using our good linens and dishes and goblets.

Those kind of entertaining moments–even with just our kiddos–I really do miss. :)

Valentine’s Day Cherry Crunch Dessert

So keeping our precious gifts of family in mind, today I’d like to share a recipe–a family recipe from my oldest sis, Di–a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day.

It’s sweet, red, and your family will love you.

It’s an easy one, where you can always keep the ingredients on hand, and it’s good enough for company!

What do you think about for Valentine’s Day serving each “guest” (your kids) this dessert in a wine or water goblet?

Here’s a tip: To toast the nuts, lay them on a paper towel; cook in the microwave for 1 minute. Rearrange the nuts and cook 1 more minute. Cool and chop!


Print Recipe Pin Recipe
3.42 from 31 votes
Leave a Review »

Valentine's Day Cherry Crunch Dessert

Fill wine or water goblets with dessert, top with ice cream or whipped cream. Serve for a special occasion. (You can make without nuts if you need to.)


  • 2 cans, 21 oz. cherry pie filling (we use lite.)
  • 1 box white cake mix, dry
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
  • Whipped cream or ice cream, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Spread the cherry filling in the pan.
  • Mix together the cake mix, softened butter, and toasted chopped nuts. Sprinkle over the cherries.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until brown on top.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.



Originally posted FEB 2013 on RE
Did you make this recipe?Tag @reluctantentertainer on Instagram and hashtag it #reluctantentertainer!

More dump cake ideas: Pineapple Upside Down Cake Dump Cake [Crazy for Crust], and Black Forest Dump Cake Recipe [Rachel Cooks]. This post originally posted February 2013 on RE. This post has affiliate links. Every purchase from these links supports RE at no extra cost to you. Thank you!  

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to