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Apple Dump Cake

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Last Updated on January 20, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Bake a sweet and delicious treat this apple season by following this Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe. This easy caramel apple dump cake consists of canned apple pie filling, your preferred brand of cake mix, butter, and caramel bits.

This irresistible apple cake dessert serves up to eight people – the perfect dessert for the holidays or when you need an easy midweek dessert to enjoy any time of the year! 

Apple dump cake on a serving plate, remaining apple dump cake in a baking dish on a cooling rack in the background, checkered linen cloth.

The easy dump cake recipe combines several simple ingredients to leave you with a sweet and tasty dessert that you can serve after dinner or even bring with you to special events and family gatherings.

If you like apple pie and the taste of caramel, expect to be impressed with my favorite apple dump cake. Best of all, you’ll only need a handful of ingredients to put this baked treat together.

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Apple Dump Cake Ingredients & Substitutions:

Apple dump cake ingredients on a marble countertop.

Yellow Cake Mix: Use any brand of yellow cake mix that you have at home or like to buy from the store, such as Pillsbury or Duncan Hines. White cake mix or spice cake mix can be used in this box cake mix recipe. I personally love using the Aldi brand of cake mix when I make dump cake recipes.

Apple Pie Filling: You’ll need two 20 oz. cans of apple pie filling for this recipe. Homemade apple pie filling can also be made with fresh apples for this easy apple dump cake recipe.

Butter: Use one stick of butter cut into sliced pieces for this dump cake. Melted butter can be drizzled over the dry cake mix for a more even distribution. I prefer unsalted butter for this recipe.

Caramel Baking Bits: The caramel baking bits enhance the taste of this apple pie dump cake, making it taste more like a caramel apple. You can choose to leave these out if you prefer to make just an apple dump cake.

Equipment You Need for Apple Dump Cake

I personally love serving this dump cake right in the 9×13 baking dish. That being said, if you are serving this for guests or a holiday occasion, you’ll want a pretty baking dish for serving! Below are a few of my favorite baking dishes to not only bake but also serve this and my other dump cake recipes. I have also been known to use my oval baking dish to elevate the serving look of this dump cake!



Serve this dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

This apple pie filling dump cake is best enjoyed warm, but you can also serve it at room temperature or chilled leftover apple dump cake, and it’ll taste just as delicious!

How To Store Apple Dump Cake

Saving leftovers is easy and stress-free. You can let your cake cool down before wrapping the pan in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and placing it in the fridge in an airtight container to keep it fresh. You can keep it refrigerated for up to three days to preserve freshness!

The cake tastes good when served warm or cold, so you can eat it straight from the fridge or heat it for a few seconds in the microwave.

You can also store this delicious apple dump cake recipe in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw the frozen dump cake in the fridge overnight before reheating or serving chilled. 

Recipe FAQ’s:

Which brand of cake mix do I need to use?

The brand of the cake mix doesn’t matter. You can use a brand name or a generic brand from your local grocery store. Use what you like when making your favorite cake mix recipes!

Where can I find apple pie filling?

It’s easy to find apple pie filling in the baking aisle at the local supermarket. If you can’t find it, you can prepare the apple pie filling yourself by browning sliced apples in butter, cinnamon, and sugar.

How long does this dump cake need to bake in the oven?

Once you’ve put the dump cake in the oven and have it set to 350 degrees F, allow it to bake for a minimum of 50 minutes. However, you can leave it baking for as long as 60 minutes. Be sure to check it periodically to make sure it’s not overcooking.

What variations can I make to this apple dump cake?

Add pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice for warmth.

Make cherry dump cake, pumpkin dump cake, or even blueberry dump cake by replacing the apple pie filling with pumpkin pie filling, cherry pie filling, or blueberry pie filling.

Use gluten-free cake mix for gluten sensitivities.

Use white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips instead of caramel bits.

Make your own apple pie filling instead of canned apple filling

Other Dump Cake Recipes You’ll Love

I hope you enjoy this easy and delicious recipe for apple dump cake! If you try it, please come back and leave me a comment letting me know how you liked it. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I love hearing from you!

Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

You’ll be baking a sweet and delicious treat with ease when you follow this Apple Dump Cake recipe. It won’t take long to prepare and will leave you with enough dessert to serve a minimum of eight people.


  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 - 20oz cans of apple pie filling
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup caramel baking bits


    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Add both cans of apple pie filling to a 9x13 cake pan or casserole pan
    3. Dump the cake mix over the apple pie filling, in an even layer.
    4. Slice butter into 12 equal pieces, and arrange them on top of the cake mix.
    5. Sprinkle caramel bits all over the top of the mixture.
    6. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until golden.
    7. Remove from the oven, and serve warm.

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