Apple Spice Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 40 mins
Servings: 8 to 12 servings
Yield: 1 cake
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
483 Calories
25g Fat
64g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 483
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 519mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 64g 23%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 45g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 118mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy apple dump cake is a cobbler-like cake and it takes just a few minutes to prepare in one pan with a cake mix, pie filling, butter, and nuts. It's a fantastic cake to make when you're craving a sweet dessert or treat and short on time or when unexpected company stops in.


For the Cake:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted. plus more for the pan

  • 1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling

  • 1 (18-ounce) box spice cake mix

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, or walnuts

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk, or half-and-half

  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) unsalted butter

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

Make the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oven to 350 F / 180 C / Gas 4. 

  3. Grease a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan.

  4. Spread the pie filling evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking pan.

  5. Sprinkle dry cake mix over the apple filling.

  6. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over cake mix layer and then top with the chopped nuts.

  7. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.

  8. Meanwhile, make the optional caramel sauce.

Make the Caramel Sauce

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, combine brown sugar, evaporated milk or half-and-half, 4 tablespoons butter, and a pinch of salt.

  3. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 6 minutes.

  4. Add the vanilla and cook for 1 or 2 minutes longer.

  5. Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside to cool slightly. It will thicken as it cools.

How to Serve

  1. Serve the cake warm drizzled with the caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream—or all 3 for a decadent treat.


  1. Leftover cake can be stored in the refrigerator for four to five days and eaten warm or cold. To rewarm, cover the cake with foil and pop it in a 350 F / 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. The cake also freezes well. Slice it into squares and freeze the individual squares on a parchment-lined sheet pan. When they are completely frozen, transfer them to freezer-safe bags or containers. The whole cake also can be frozen in this manner. Freeze for up to four months.
  3. To reheat, thaw the cake at room temperature for about an hour and reheat in a heated 350 F / 180 C / Gas 4 oven for about 20 to 30 minutes or until it's warm.
  4. Store leftover caramel sauce in a clean jar and refrigerate. Rewarm when you want to use it or let it come to room temperature.


  • Double the pie filling for a fruitier cobbler-like cake.
  • For spiced peach dump cake, make it with peach pie filling instead of apple.
  • Omit the nuts entirely.

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