Wreck It Ralph Chocolate-Cherry Dump Cake

I almost sat this round out.   I just didn’t see the appeal of watching an animated-pixilated cheese-fest.   (And I didn’t want to up $3.99 to rent it on Amazon.)

Then—I must give credit where credit is due—I saw Evelyne’s Cherry Coke Mentos Fudge post.  I was inspired.

What a fun ride!   Glad I decided to swoop in and finally post up for January’s Food ‘n Flix.

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Wreck It Ralph is hosted by Amy’s Cooking Adventures.  You can see her announcement post here.

Ralph is a “bad guy” who wants to be loved and accepted.  He has a heart of gold to match his height and girth.  When his fellow video game characters shun him from a big party, he sets out to win a medal to prove he’s a hero.   A series of unfortunate events lands him in Sugar Rush, a Candyland race on crack.

Or, as my hero, Calhoun, observes, a “Saccharine Saturated Nightmare.”

So Evelyne and Amy got me going on this quest, but Calhoun kept me interested.  As soon as Jane Lynch’s voice came out of Calhoun’s computer-generated mouth, I was laughing.   I would love to hang out with Sergeant Calhoun, kick some butt, and listen to her harsh wisdom:

  • Flattery don’t charge these batteries, civilian!
  • The kitten whispers and tickle fights end now!
  • The selfish man is like a mangy dog chasing a cautionary tale.


Despite my preconceived ideas about the film, I found myself giggling throughout and being inspired by the many food references.  Here are some “almost made” options:

  • A layer cake with different colored layers (via the penthouse cake where everyone’s apartment is the owner’s favorite flavor).
  • A sandwich cookie riff from the OREO  chant (à la the Wicked Witch of the West’s guards).
  • “Children of the Candy Corn” cupcakes (or something).

But, what I landed on was a Wreck-It Ralph Dump Cake.

Wreck It Ralph Chocolate-Cherry Dump Cake


  • 1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix
  • 6 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 T. Bailey’s
  • whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries
  • sprinkles


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom of 9 x 9″ pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spread pie filling in baking dish. Evenly sprinkle brownie mix on top. (It will be a thick layer.)
  3. Combine coconut oil and Bailey’s.  Drizzle on top of brownie mixture.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes or until mostly dry on top and bubbly around edges. Cool 10 minutes before scooping up.
  5. Serve warm in martini glasses with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry on top.


This is indeed a saccharine saturated dessert—super rich and super sweet, almost too much, actually.


What was my inspiration for this sweet dessert?


  • Of course, I pulled the cherries from Ralph’s exit from PacMan and the Bad-Anon meeting.
  • I used a dump cake technique because Ralph lives in a dump.
  • The chocolate brownie came from the fact that he hates chocolate, at least at the beginning.  When he finds himself landing in a puddle of chocolate at the end of the film, he confesses to loving it!
  • I served this in a martini glass as a reference to the gin-swilling Gene of the penthouse.
  • The sprinkles are an homage to Vanellope and her Sugar Rush world.   (By the way, Sarah Silverman also kept me giggling throughout the film.)
  • Finally, the Bailey’s was just because…

I’m glad I “forced” myself to watch this film and participate this month!


Totally inappropriate aside: 
As I was explaining to The Hubs how I came to my inspirational recipe, he asked, “Dump cake?  Why aren’t you calling it a ‘dooty’ cake?”  He’s hilarious.


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If you’re interested, join us for the February feature film,  Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner hosted at CulturEatz.   Look for an announcement post soon at Food ‘n Flix.


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