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Apple Dump Cake

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

Looking for the perfect dessert to make and enjoy with your family? This easy apple dump cake recipe is all you need! It’s a simple, 5-ingredient recipe that will leave your kitchen smelling like pure autumn.

This recipe is perfect for those of you who want to make a cake with minimal effort. All you have to do is dump the ingredients into a pan, and it’s ready in less than an hour!

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!
A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

What is a Dump Cake?

A Dump Cake is a way to make a cake without mixing ingredients. There are no dirty bowls involved, it is as simple as dumping all of your ingredients into a pan and baking it!

They can even be made in the slow cooker if you don’t want to heat up your kitchen during the hot summer months like my recipe for Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake.

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

How to Serve Apple Dump Cake

Apple dump cake can be served warm or cool. It’s best with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream with a drizzle of caramel sauce.

I served mine with homemade caramel sauce (pictured below) which is easier to make than you think and so fabulously delicious. I highly recommend.

How to Store Apple Dump Cake

Apple dump cake can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it covered.

You can also freeze apple dump cake for up to 3 months. To freeze, place dump cake in a freezer bag or airtight container and store it in the freezer.

Reheat in the microwave, or in a baking dish, covered with foil at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until just heated through.

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

Tips for Making the Best Apple Dump Cake

  • Make sure you are generous with the butter. Check the cake partway an make sure there are no dry powdery parts. If there is add a small pat of butter to cover any dry areas.
  • It’s important that the ingredients are spread out evenly across the cake so it bakes evenly.
  • For a square pan and a smaller cake, you can easily halve the recipe, but the bake should be about the same.
A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

How to Make Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Caramel and apple are a classic combination. For my tastes, a little caramel drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream is enough sweetness for this dessert but if you want to add the richness of caramel and make Caramel Apple Dump Cake you can!

The recipe remains the same except between the apple cinnamon layer and the cake layer you will lay down a cup of homemade caramel sauce. Then proceed with the recipe as written.

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

Other Apple Dump Cake Variations

Dump cakes are super easy to make and experiment with. Try some of these ideas:

  • Use a Spice Cake Mix for even more fall flavour!
  • Use Walnuts instead of Pecans.
  • Swap the pie filling for other fruit pie fillings.
  • Make it caramel apple flavour as outlined in the section above.
A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

About the Ingredients for Apple Dump Cake

Apple Pie Filling – You can use homemade apple pie filling or store bought.

Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon or you can swap in apple pie spice.

Cake Mix – I used Butter Pecan Cake Mix but honestly didn’t think it made a difference in flavour. Any vanilla or yellow cake mix will work.

Butter – Salted Butter, cut it cold and let it get to room temperature.

Pecans – Pecan Halves. Could substitute with walnuts!

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

Looking for More Easy Fall Desserts?

Check out some of my favourite fall dessert ideas:

These Apple Pie Cupcakes feature a decadent vanilla cinnamon cupcake filled with apple pie filling and topped with vanilla cinnamon buttercream and even more apple filling!

An easy recipe for Baked Pumpkin Donuts that results in soft fluffy and flavourful cake donuts without yeast in just 30 minutes.

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes feature a rich and fluffy chocolate cake topped with a luscious peanut butter frosting, all topped off with fall sprinkles and a Reese’s cup.

This Apple Pecan Monkey Bread is a delicious autumn treat featuring my favourite combo – apples and caramel!

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

How to Make Apple Dump Cake

Yields: 12 Servings | Prep time: 10 Mins | Cook time: 55 Mins

Ingredients for apple dump cake.

Ingredients:

2 cans (20 oz each) Apple Pie Filling
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 box Cake Mix
1 cup Butter, Cold
1 cup Pecan halves

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

apple pie filling in a baking dish.

Spread both cans of apple pie filling into bottom of prepared baking dish.

Cinnamon sprinkled on top of apple pie filling.

Sprinkle over with the cinnamon.

Dry cake mix covering the apples.

Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the top of the cake.

Squares of butter spread across the baking dish on top of the cake mix,.

Cut the butter into thin squares and place evenly across the entire pan.

Pecans spread out across the dish.

Top with pecans, placing them evenly across the pan.

A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until light golden brown, mostly dry on top and apples are hot and bubbling up around edges.

Serve warm.

Apple Dump Cake
Yield: 12 Servings

Apple Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Apple Pie Filling
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 box Cake Mix
  • 1 cup Butter, Cold
  • 1 cup Pecan halves

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch pan.

Spread both cans of apple pie filling into bottom of prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle over with the cinnamon.

Sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over the top of the cake.

Cut the butter into thin squares and place evenly across the entire pan.

Top with pecans, placing them evenly across the pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until light golden brown, mostly dry on top and apples are hot and bubbling up around edges.

Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1 Slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 455mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 3g

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A delicious apple dump cake recipe that is easy to prepare and makes a great fall dessert served warm with ice cream and caramel sauce!

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