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Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts you can make. With just 5 ingredients and 5 minute prep, it’s perfect for any day of the week. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a family favorite dessert.

Apple desserts are always a hit with our family, especially Apple Cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream or my mom’s Apple Cake. If you are a fan of apple desserts, this dump cake is a must-try.

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apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream

Apple Dump Cake ~ Easy Apple Dessert 

Dessert is an every day occasion at our house. I have a huge sweet tooth but I don’t always have time for complicated desserts. That’s what makes a dump cake so good, just dump in the ingredients and bake!

Ingredients Needed:

ingredients for apple dump cake

  • Apple Pie Filling ~ Use homemade apple pie filling if you prefer, but if you need something quick and easy, store bought is just the ticket.
  • Ground Cinnamon ~ Adds warmth and additional flavor to the pie filling. 
  • Yellow Cake Mix ~ Just the mix, not the additional ingredients. This just gets sprinkled over the pie filling. 
  • Pecans ~ Adds crunch to the topping, walnuts would be great too. Don’t like nuts? Just skip them. 
  • Butter ~ Melted butter, no substitutes. Salted or unsalted, whatever you have on hand. 

apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on a plate with a fork

How to Make Apple Dump Cake:

apple pie filling in a cake pan

  • Pour apple pie filling into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.

cinnamon sprinkled over apple pie filling

  • Sprinkle cinnamon over the pie filling. 

cinnamon apple pie filling in a cake pan

  • Mix well and spread apples in an even layer. 

cake mix and pecans sprinkled in cake pan

  • Sprinkle cake mix over apple pie filling, covering all of the apple filling.
  • Chop the pecans and toss over the cake mix.

melted butter poured over apple pie filling

  • Drizzle melted butter over the top. 
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes until top is brown and filling starts to bubble.

apple dump cake with pecans - overhead view

  • Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before slicing.

plate of apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream with a fork

  • Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

How to Store and Reheat:

Store apple dump cake covered in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Set out about 30 minutes to come to room temperature or reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds to serve warm.

Recipe Variations:

Dump cakes have endless flavor combinations. We love Pineapple Dump Cake  and Blackberry Dump Cake plus you can use any fruit or pie filling that you have on hand. You can also switch up the cake mix flavors, I love using spice cake mix too. 

More Apple Desserts to Try:

Apple Fried Pies are always a huge hit. The classic southern treat with a flaky crust that can not be beat.

Easy Apple Crisp is just as delicious as an apple pie but really simple to make with no fussy pie crust!

Apple Upside Down Cake is decadent and delicious. Drizzled with caramel syrup that makes it irresistible. 

Air Fryer Churro Apple Pie Bombs are a viral dessert sensation. A quick and easy dessert that can be made in an air fryer or oven. 

Easy Apple Recipes is a list of my absolute favorite apple desserts, fall drinks and sweet apple breakfast ideas.

apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream

Apple dump cake is a great dessert for beginning bakers and easy enough to get the kids to help with. The warm flavors are comforting and so tasty. 




apple dump cake on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
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Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake is one of the easiest and most delicious desserts you can make for any day of the week.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Cakes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake, apple cobbler, cake mix cobbler, dump cake
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 559kcal
Author: Milisa


  • 2 21 oz cans apple pie filling
  • 15.25 oz yellow cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cups melted butter
  • vanilla ice cream for serving optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Pour apple pie filling into a 9 x 13 inch cake pan.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon over pie filling and stir until well combined.
  • Spread evenly into pan.
  • Top with cake mix, covering all of the pie filling.
  • Sprinkle chopped pecans over cake mix.
  • Drizzle melted butter all over cake mix.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until well browned and pie filling starts to bubble.
  • Cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
  • Top with vanilla ice cream if desired.


Store cooled cake, covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature for serving or heat for about 30 seconds in a microwave to serve warm.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 559kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 601mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g




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