Apple Dump Cake with Pie Filling
This apple dump cake will make you say OMG (just ask Robin below)! With just 5 ingredients and no bowls, this dump cake with apples is ready in under an hour and tastes just like homemade apple crisp, but way easier to make.
I made this apple dump cake and OMG !!!! It was absolutely wonderful. We made it exactly as described and wondered how the dry cake mix was going to be …. no worries… it was awesome. This is a keeper and will be made over and over. Thank you so much Beth for this wonderful recipe.-Robin
This Apple Pie Filling Dump Cake is the perfect way to ring in fall
We live 10 minutes from an apple orchard and I’ve been stalking their website the past few weeks waiting for them to say that the u-pick honey crisp apples are ready!
I’m not really a big apple connoisseur – but I do know that honey crisps that come straight from the tree taste amazing! There’s just something joyful about munching on an apple while you fill your bag full with a haul to take home.
This apple dump cake recipe is all about ease.
It uses apple pie filling instead of whole apples which cuts down on preparation time. Some people may be more inclined to make a yummy fall recipe if it’s quick and easy to make meaning they don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
What is Dump Cake?
A dump cake is known for ease because you dump ingredients into the cake pan. Most dump cakes are made in 9×13 inch pans. Most dump cakes use canned/frozen/fresh fruit or canned pumpkin.
Dump cakes are known for sprinkling a box of dry cake mix over the ingredients in the pan and then adding melted butter on top of the cake mix.
It’s magical what happens inside the oven. The result is a cobbler like dessert with fruit pieces and cake mixed together! It’s not the type of cake you cut into neat squares, just scoop it onto your plate and eat!
Apple Dump Cake Recipe Ingredients
- apple pie filling
- spice cake mix
We like to use a spice cake mix in this recipe because it adds a lot of flavor. I saw online that Duncan Hines makes a caramel apple cake/cupcake mix and that would be delicious too! So if you find that in your grocery store, lucky ducky you!
How to Make Apple Dump Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Add the apple pie filling to the bottom of the pan.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the filling, then sprinkle the dry cake mix evenly over that.
- Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the dry cake. Add the butter pieces evenly.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden yellow.
Apple Dump Cake Recipe Tips
- It’s okay if the melted butter doesn’t cover all of the cake mix!
- This recipe turned out great using a box of gluten free yellow cake mix.
- If you bake this in a smaller pan, the baking time will need to be increased.
How do you know when dump cake with apple pie filling is done baking?
Unlike traditional cakes, the toothpick method won’t work for an apple dump cake with pie filling. The top of the dump cake should look golden in color and look and feel like a “crust”. But once you break the the crust, the cake will be moist because of the fruit.
Rule of thumb: look for the top of the cake to be golden in color.
How to serve Apple Dump Cake with Pie Filling
Most people prefer a warm dump cake, since it does resemble a cobbler. Serve dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a classic dessert.
Apple Pie Dump Cake Storage
Store in the fridge covered with a lid. Best eaten within 3-4 days.
Can Dump Cake Be Made Ahead of Time?
Most people prefer a warm dump cake, since it does resemble a cobbler. So with that in mind, yes, you can make apple spice dump cake ahead of time, but I would recommend not making it more than 1 day in advance. You can re-heat the entire pan in the oven.
Does apple dump cake need to be refrigerated?
If eaten within 24 hours, you can store it at room temperature. For longer storage I recommend covering and storing it in the refrigerator.
Apple Dump Cake with Pie Filling FAQs
The number one mistake people make when making a dump cake is mixing it. Dump cake ingredients are purposely supposed to be layered, so do not mix them.
It’s important to remember that a dump cake isn’t like a traditional cake in terms of a light, fluffy texture. A dump cake is a mash up between a cake and a cobbler, where the layers separate into a filling and a crust. Because they contain a lot of moisture from the added fruit, the bottom layer (the filling) of the dump cake will be moist.
If your dump cake has a powdery texture, it’s probably because the cake mix or butter wasn’t evenly spread. If you notice this happening while baking, you can use a spoon to spoon juice from the corners onto the dry spots and put it back in the oven.
Dump cakes are amazing! There are a lot of different variations so you’ll be able to find one that you love!
Dump cakes gained popularity particularly during the 1960s and 1970s. The concept of dump cakes, which involve layering ingredients and “dumping” them into a pan without extensive mixing, was well-suited for the convenience-focused cooking trends of that era.
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Easy Dump Cake with Apple Pie Filling
- 2 cans apple pie filling, 20 oz per can
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 1 box spice cake mix, 15.25 oz
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted, 1/2 cup
- ½ stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces (not melted), 1/4 cup
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Melt the 1 stick of butter, allow the butter to cool slightly.
- Empty the 2 cans of apple pie filling into the pan, spreading to make an even layer.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg over the pie filing.
- Sprinkle the box of spice cake mix evenly on top. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the cake mix.
- Place the pieces of butter on areas of the cake mix where there isn’t enough melted butter.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the top is brown and the apple juices are bubbling.
- Allow the cake to cool slightly before serving. This is not the type of cake that you can cut into slices, it’s more scoopable like apple crisp.