This sweet and moist apple dump cake is ready in no time.

No fancy ingredients or methods, this is an easy apple dessert. Simply dump the ingredients in a pan and bake! All of the classic flavor of apple pie in a cobbler-style cake with almost no effort.

Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Apple Dump Cake on a plate with ice cream and apples

An Easy Apple Dump Cake!

A dump cake gets its name from how easy it is to prepare. Simply dump in the ingredients and bake. No mixer, no stirring!

  • Just five ingredients! So easy!
  • The addition of fresh apples is optional but we love the flavor it adds.
  • This takes about 5 minutes to prepare, perfect to pop into the oven while you sit down to dinner!
  • This simple dessert has room for variety, so save this recipe formula for future mix-and-match dump cake dessert combos!
  • Cook apple dump cake up to a day in advance and keep refrigerated until ready to reheat and serve.
cake mix , apple filling , butter and cinnamon to make Apple Dump Cake with labels

Ingredients in Apple Dump Cake

Cake Mix – No need to buy a fancy brand or specific flavor. Try white cake, yellow cake mix, or even spice cake mix!

Apple Filling – Use fresh fruit to up-level your dump cake! Homemade apple pie filling works in this recipe too or a used canned from the store. I love to add a few fresh apples if I have them on hand.

Optional Additions & Variations

Dump Cake Combos – Dump cakes are so easy to make and the options are endless! Try some of the following…

  • Dark chocolate or fudge cake + cherry pie filling
  • White cake + peaches
  • Yellow cake + blueberry or raspberry
  • Red velvet cake + blueberries
process of adding all ingredients to pan to make Apple Dump Cake

How to Make a Dump Cake

This cake is quick and easy to throw together. Perfect for a last-minute dessert for the next potluck or picnic.

  1. Spread the pie filling & fresh apples into a baking dish.
  2. Top with the dry cake mix.
  3. Pour melted butter on top of the cake mix. Do not stir the layers.
  4. Bake until golden brown and cool per the recipe below.

Drizzle the cake with caramel sauce or top with ice cream if you’d like.

cooked Apple Dump Cake in the pan with a spoon

Storing Leftover Dump Cake

Keep leftover apple dump cake in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It’s very moist so won’t last long on the counter.

Easy as (Apple) Pie!

Did you make this Apple Dump Cake for a crowd? Leave us a rating and a comment below!

Apple Dump Cake on a plate with ice cream and apples
5 from 38 votes↑ Click stars to rate now!
Or to leave a comment, click here!

Apple Dump Cake

An easy cake to make with simple ingredients & just a few minutes of prep!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
buy hollys book


  • 1 box cake mix 15.25 oz, white cake, yellow cake or spice cake mix
  • 2 cans apple pie filling 21 ounces each
  • 3 large apples optional
  • ¾ cup butter melted
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or to taste, or 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Peel apples, remove the core, and dice into bite-sized pieces. Spread diced apples on the bottom of the prepared bottom. Top with apple pie filling.
  • Evenly sprinkle cake mix over top of pie filling. DO NOT MIX.
  • Pour melted butter over cake mix and sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until browned and cooked through.


  • Fresh apples are optional but add great flavor to the cake.
  • Use white, yellow, or spice cake mix. 
  • Do not mix the layers together. 
  • Ensure you cover as much of the cake mix as possible with the melted butter to avoid dry spots.
5 from 38 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 217 | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 337mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
cooked Apple Dump Cake in the pan with ice cream and apples with a title
taking Apple Dump Cake out of the pan with writing
plated Apple Dump Cake with writing
Apple Dump Cake cooked in the pan and plated with writing



Like our recipes?
Follow us on Pinterest!

Follow us on Pinterest

Recipes you'll love

About the author

Holly Nilsson is the creator of Spend With Pennies, where she creates easy, comforting recipes made for real life. With a passion for nostalgic flavors and simplified techniques, Holly helps busy home cooks create delicious meals that always work. She is also the author of “Everyday Comfort,” which promises to inspire even more hearty, home-cooked meals.
See more posts by Holly

Follow Holly on social media:

pinterest facebook twitter instagram

Free eBook!

Subscribe to receive weekly recipes and get a FREE Bonus e-book: Quick & Easy Weeknight Meals!

You can unsubscribe anytime by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of emails you receive.

Latest & Greatest

5 from 38 votes (29 ratings without comment)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. I decided to use the spice cake variation and added chopped pecans. I mixed the cinnamon and some chopped pecans with the chopped apples for my first layer. I omitted the cinnamon from the top layer because the spice cake contained it already. I added chopped pecans to the cake layer.

    I served it with cool whip. It was SO good! Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe! I can’t wait to try it different ways (cake and fruit types).5 stars

  2. Absolutely delicious!!!!! I did make the filling rather than using the canned and it was perfect.
    Thanks for such a wonderful and easy recipe.5 stars

  3. I made the dump cake for Sunday supper dessert … if it lasts that long sitting on the counter! My husband had a “taste” with some ice cream and he positively raved about it. I actually split it and baked in two pans .. one for us, one for my friend whom I’m cooking for … one pan was 8×8 (foil), the other about 8 x7 (glass). I just tried to divvy it up fairly equally. The cake in the foil pan seemed to cook faster.

    Long story short… THANK YOU HOLLY for another simple, yummy recipe!!! It’s a winner!!!5 stars

  4. Yum Yum Yum!!!!! This is definitely a keeper. Prep time took me a little longer than “normal” but it was so worth it. It is now one of my favorite dessert recipes. Thank you for a great recipe!5 stars

  5. Going to make this tomorrow using your recipe for Apple Pie Filling instead of two cans of apple pie filling. I plan on doubling the filling recipe for this Dump Cake. Stay tuned….5 stars

  6. Hello,
    I haven’t made yet as there are only two of us. So, my question is, can you cut this recipe in half for two people. If so, would it be in an 8×8 size pan?5 stars

    1. Hi M C, I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure. But I think it would work just fine to half the recipe! I would try it in an 8×8 pan. If you try it, I would love to hear how it works out!

  7. If I make a pumpkin dump cake, would it work if I prepared and dumped the pumpkin filling part first, then followed by layering the cake mix /applesauce mixture?

  8. What a moist cake! I told my husband as it was cooling that I thought I made a mistake because I added the apple pie filling by hand after mixing the cake mix and applesauce, leaving the apples in slices. Before he had his second forkful to his mouth he said “I don’t think you should change a thing!”
    Have you ever made this with blueberry pie filling? I think he would like that too.