Caramel Apple Dump Cake

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With just a handful of ingredients, this delicious cake is ready to put in the oven in just 10 minutes and is a cross between baked caramel apples and apple cobbler.

A plate with apple dump cake, caramel sauce, and whipped cream on top with a coffee cup and apple in the background.

Fall is here!  Fall is here!   That means I’ll be baking with all the apples and pumpkins over the next few months.  Fall is totally my favorite food season.

Some of my favorite fall apple recipes include Apple Cider Donuts and Apple Puff Pastry Turnovers.  For fall pumpkin recipes you can’t beat my Pumpkin Coffee Cake for breakfast or my Pumpkin Mac n Cheese for dinner.

Sometimes when I’m looking through food pictures there one that stops me and I just know I have to make it.   That’s what happened with this caramel apple dump cake.   As soon as I saw it I put the ingredients on my grocery list because I knew I was making it.

The best part was that there were only a handful of ingredients and it’s a dump style cake so everything gets put into the dish it’s being baked in and there’s no mixing required.   This means less mess to clean up and a super easy dessert!


  • apple pie filling
  • apples
  • caramel sauce
  • white cake mix
  • apple pie spice
  • butter
  • vanilla extract

To Make the Cake:  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish.   Place the apple pie filling and chopped apple in the bottom of the pan.  Spread caramel sauce over top.   Pour the white cake mix on top of the apples and sprinkle with apple pie spice.   Melt the butter, mix with the vanilla, and pour over top of the cake mix.  Bake for 50 minutes.

A baking dish filled with apples and caramel sauce.

This cake was seriously easy to make.   I put it together right before giving my son his bath and popped it into the oven.  By the time bath and bedtime routine was over I was pulling this cake out of the oven.

I loved that this cake made my entire house smell like fall.  You could smell the apples, cake, and spices baking in the oven and I really felt like fall had arrived.

Can I use other cake flavors?

You can certainly use other cake flavors.  Yellow cake or spice cake would be great in place of the white cake in this recipe.

Do I have to use fresh apples?

No you don’t.  I actually only used fresh apples in this recipe because I had so many sitting on the counter and wanted to use them in a dessert. I knew they would bake well in this cake so I used them.  If you don’t want to use fresh apples just use 2 cans of apple pie filling.

A glass baking dish with apple cake and a spoon in the dish.

I don’t have apple pie spice, what can I use?

You can make your own!  It’s 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon of allspice, and 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom.   If you don’t have all those ingredients you can just use cinnamon and nutmeg in this recipe and it still will taste amazing.

Can I just make an apple pie dump cake?

You certainly can.  If you aren’t a huge fan of caramel or you have all of the ingredients except the caramel don’t worry.  You can make this cake as written and just leave out the caramel sauce.  It will still turn out just fine.

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I couldn’t wait to dig into the caramel apple dump cake.  One thing about dump cakes is that there is no slicing.   You just grab a spoon and dig in!

I really wanted to have a piece with ice cream on top but we were out.  So I went for second best and topped mine with whipped cream and more caramel sauce.

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The cake was amazing!   It was sweet, had plenty of caramel in it, and the apples were baked and tender.  It’s really a cross between apple cobbler, apple pie, and a cake.

The cake mix forms a nice thick topping on top of the gooey caramel apples.   The apple pie spice really came out in the apples as well.

Top view of a plate of caramel apple cake, two forks, an apple, and a coffee cup.

While the whipped cream was a nice touch on top I’m definitely going to try it topped with vanilla ice cream next time. 

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A plate with apple dump cake, caramel sauce, and whipped cream on top with a coffee cup and apple in the background.

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This delicious cake is ready to put in the oven in just 10 minutes and is a cross between baked caramel apples and apple cobbler.


  • 1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 3/4 c. caramel sauce
  • 1 (15.25 oz) box of white cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • 12 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the apple pie filling into the bottom of the pan and spread it around. Sprinkle with the chopped apples.
  3. Pour the caramel sauce over top of the apples in the pan.
  4. Sprinkle the white cake mix evenly over top of the apple mixture then sprinkle with the apple pie spice.
  5. Melt the butter in the microwave. Whisk the vanilla into the butter.
  6. Pour the butter mixture over top of the dry cake mix trying to moisten as much of the mix as you can.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes or until the filling is bubbling.
  8. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.


Recipe adapted from Savory Experiments

A plate with a pile of Apple DUmp Cake covered in caramel sauce and whipped cream on top.

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