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Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Grab a plate and silverware and dive right into this easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake. A tender and moist spiced cake with tender apples throughout topped with nuts and a caramel drizzle that is the perfect amount of sweetness. Add a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream and you have a straightforward dessert is crowd worthy. 

Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.


It’s not the most glamorous name for a dessert, but it sure tastes good! While it might not be glamorous by name, the steps to making it couldn’t get any easier.

Ingredients to make caramel apple dump cake.
Steps to make caramel apple dump cake.
Steps to make caramel apple dump cake.

I have been making dump cakes for years, and this Caramel Apple Dump Cake is one of my family favorites. We love eating it with a scoop of ice cream, so the hot cake melts down the ice cream a bit, it is divine. Adding in the spices to the cake mix really gives it a more homemade flavor I think that sets it apart from other dump cake recipes. 

Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

Where to Serve Caramel Apple Dump Cake

My caramel apple dump cake recipe is great for whipping up for unexpected guests, family gatherings, potlucks, summer BBQs and more. There is never a wrong time to make a dump cake in my opinion.

Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

What Is A Dump Cake

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    Dump Cakes are one of the simplest desserts you can make. It’s literally just “dumping” the ingredients into a baking pan – no mixing, sifting, beating or anything fancy. The ingredients all bake together in the oven, and the result is pure decadence!

    I have an ample amount of cake mixes in my pantry from a sale I took advantage of earlier this year. I’ve been using them up in the form of cake mix cookies and dump cakes. One of my favorite recipes is Caramel Apple Dump Cake. It’s made with butter pecan cake mix, apple pie filling, and some caramel sundae sauce. Add a few spices and some pecans, and you have a fantastic dessert to delight your family’s sweet tooth.

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

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    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake

    I’m waiting for a sale on the pie fillings, and I’ll be stocking up with a bunch. I had some apple pie filling leftover in my pantry to use for this recipe. I used two cans to cover the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan. You get that perfect ratio of cake to tender apple bits in every single bite. 

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

    Tips for Making Caramel Apple Dump Cake

    • Butter | It’s important to make sure you use enough butter on top. It will cook and brown the cake mix. If you don’t have enough, you’ll be left with a few powdery parts that don’t appear prepared.
    • Nuts| This option is something you can skip or choose to do. I used pecan halves because it is what I had in my pantry. You could use pecan pieces or leave them off if you prefer. The nuts add the perfect amount of crunch and nutty flavor. But, if you want, feel free to skip over nuts entirely. 
    • Spread Evenly | Make sure with a dump cake you work at spreading each layer of ingredients evenly. You want to make sure as the butter melts over the cake mix, it can bake evenly. So with each layer of filling, cake mix, caramel, and butter it is all evenly spread over the cake. 

    Caramel + apples is a perfect match! I plan to make a few more dump cake variations to use up the rest of my cake mixes.

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

    How to Make Caramel Apple Dump Cake

    Spread apple pie filling on the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top.

    In a bowl, stir together cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Sprinkle over the apple mixture.

    Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the mixture in the pan. If you can’t find Butter Pecan cake mix, use yellow cake mix instead.

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

    Cut the butter into thin squares and place evenly on top. Do not leave large gaps.

    Top with pecan halves.

    Put in the oven at 350F to bake for 50 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

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    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

    Does A Dump Cake Need to Be Refrigerated 

    Yes! You can serve your dump cake hot, but once it has cooled down, it does need to be refrigerated. The reason being is you have pie filling in your cake; it will spoil if left out on the counter. Now toss in the fridge and eat the rest cold, or just warm it up in the microwave for that fresh out of the oven taste. 

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

    What is the Difference Between a Dump Cake and a Cobbler?

    The difference between a dump cake and cobbler are slightly different. A cobbler has a streusel topping whereas a dump cake is mainly cake with pie filling. They get mixed up, because they both are a cake-like dessert that generally has fruit. 

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake - One of the easiest cake recipes you will find! Made with butter pecan cake mix, caramel sundae sauce, apple pie filling and pecans.

    Can You Freeze Dump Cake 

    You will find that there will be a slight texture change to a frozen dump cake, but the flavors will taste the same. Just allow the dump cake to cool, and then store in the freezer properly for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge before serving. 

    Once you try a dump cake, I don’t think you will ever look back! It is the perfect way to dress up a box cake mix, to give it that homemade feel and taste. You can play around with flavors, and they are so easy to whip up and toss in the oven. 

    You’ll also love this Black Forest Dump Cake, Peach Cobbler Dump Cake, Cranberry Cobbler Dump Cake and Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake.

    Try Nobby Apple Cake, Apple Pie Egg Rolls, Apple Compote, Air Fryer Apples, Copycat Taco Bell Air Fryer Caramel Apple Empanadas and homemade caramel sauce.

    Have you ever tried a Caramel Apple Dump Cake?

    4.45 from 501 votes

    Caramel Apple Dump Cake

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 6
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 50 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour
    A simple recipe for Caramel Apple Dump cake made with butter pecan cake mix and apple pie filling!

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 1 box butter pecan cake mix
    • 2 cans apple pie filling about 4 – 5 cups
    • ½ cup caramel sauce
    • ½ tsp cinnamon
    • ¼ tsp nutmeg
    • tsp allspice
    • ¾ to 1 cup salted butter
    • 1 cup pecan halves

    Instructions

    • Spread the pie filling on the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan. Drizzle caramel sauce evenly over top.
    • In a small bowl, mix together the spices. Sprinkle over top of the caramel apple mixture.
    • Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over top of the caramel apple mixture.
    • Cut butter into thin squares and place evenly over top the cake mix. Make sure to not leave any large gaps.
    • Top with pecan halves.
    • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 50 minutes or until cake topping is golden brown.
    • Served with whipped cream or ice cream. Tastes delicious hot or cold.

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1piece | Calories: 1089kcal | Carbohydrates: 166.5g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 21.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 23.7g | Cholesterol: 82.6mg | Sodium: 829.2mg | Fiber: 4.9g | Sugar: 63.7g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword apples, caramel, caramel apple dump cake, dump cakes

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    124 Comments

    1. Made this today & split it into two pans smaller pans to share one with a neighbor. I used a butter yellow cake mix & omitted the pecans because I was out. This was delicious and a great alternative to the typical dump cakes. Great to have these ingredients on hand for whenever you want an easy dessert.

    2. Can you use fresh apples?

      1. I haven’t tried it with fresh apples – just the apple pie filling. If I were to use fresh apples, I’d make sure to mix them with sugar and cinnamon so they’ll be sweet.

    3. Thanks for the recipe! Lived it, and it was great with butter pecan ice cream !

    4. Patty Rice says:

      Do you need to grease the pan? I see no mention of it.

      1. Hi Patty,

        Thanks so much for pointing that out! Yes, you should grease it. I updated the recipe card.

    5. Judy Harris-Betts says:

      This is a real hit!!!!! Making again today for family !!!! Can’t say enough about how great and easy this is!!!

    6. I’m making a grocery list now, this will make my husband extremely happy. Lol. One question, is thus carmel sauce like ice cream topping or is it melted carmel? Not sure which to get. Thanks

    7. Brandon Lipford says:

      I hate the consenty if cooked apple I know I’m weird but can you use apple sauce instead of pie filling?

      1. It will taste different for sure, and should work. You could try it and see what you think. Let me know if you do. I’d love to hear how it went.

      2. I would use cooked fresh apples with applesauce, you need some thing to be solid about it. I think apple sauce alone will not make you happy with the end result.

    8. Can’t wait to try this, sounds soooo good an easy to.

    9. Sherry Lee says:

      I like super easy recipes . No time for cooking things that required a lot of kitchen time these days. This is as complicated as I will do.

      1. I can only find butter pecan cake mix with pudding. Will this work? I’ve noticed a lot of dump cake recipes say don’t get a cake mix with pudding.

        1. I haven’t made it with a pudding cake mix so I’m not sure. You can use another flavor of cake mix though. Yellow cake mix is also good!

    10. 5 stars
      I have just a little comment, if your butter doesn’t get onto all of the cake mix, lighty spray Pam on the spots. I know sometimes the butter has trouble getting over some tall apples sticking out..I also spray my rolls when they come out of the oven with Pam..gives them a shiny look!

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