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Apple Dump Cake

This is one of those, it is so easy, I am not sure I should post it, recipes. It is also one of those I assume everyone knows about it recipes.

But I am learning that you all love the recipes that are so easy they are not really a recipe. I have also learned that just because my generation is very familiar with a recipe, it does not mean that the younger generation, or that everyone, is familiar with it.

Today’s recipe is for a simple dump cake. Dump cake is not a pretty name for a dessert, but they are called dump cakes because you pretty much just dump everything in the pan. It really is that easy.

I grew up eating various forms of dump cake like peach, cherry, and pumpkin. They are so easy to make because they contain everyday ingredients. They are also usually a very inexpensive dessert to make.

Today’s dump cake is a simple Apple Dump Cake. This can be made with a yellow cake mix, a spice cake mix, and even a gluten free yellow cake mix.

Really you cannot go wrong with this recipe.

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  1. Seeing your recipe for today, apple dump cake, prompted me to write because I had just finished having my version of dump cake for breakfast. I made peach last night. My cake uses 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 2 Tablespoons of baking powder plus a teeny bit of salt. Stir well to make a batter, meanwhile preheat oven and put one stick butter in 9×13 pan to melt while oven is heating. When ,melted simply pour the batter over the butter then dot with canned pie filling of your choice. OR. I used 4 cups of frozen peaches and added a tablespoon or 2 of Tapioca plus half cup of brown sugar and a teaspoon of cinnamon, stir well, let sit 5 minutes, stir again and pour over cake batter. Bake 45 minutes to one hour at 350 and enjoy. Great way to use homegrown,canned fruit instead of store bought and when you live in a rural area , sometimes it is easier to make scratch than to run to town.

  2. Try chocolate cake with cherry pie filling! This is a great recipe that everyone should have in their box! And it yields itself to so many variations to fit your mood! Thanks for posting it!!!!!

  3. My mom used to make this all the time with pineapple. For years I thought that it was pineapple upside down cake 😛

  4. Jeri Lou says

    This is actually the same type of recipe I make in Dutch Ovens over charcoal when we camp. If you can get your hands on a caramel cake mix try that with the apple…Oh man is that good. Technically, if you want to cut calories, you can leave the butter out all together and put aluminum foil over the dish through most of the cooking to keep the steam in…the pie filling as enough liquid and comes up through the cake mix…there might be some spots of dry cake mix left, but they mix in easily.

    • I am glad to know it works in a dutch oven. That would be great for camping. And I will have to try the tip for no butter and the foil tip. That makes sense and would cut the calories. I never thought to do that, so thanks!

  5. My fiance’s grandmother showed me this (since its his favorite dessert) the only difference is that I don’t melt the butter I just slice it and place it over the yellow cake mix and sprinkle pecans over it all! I have baked this for my family once and they always ask for it now! Definitely a go-to recipe when you need something quick and easy!

  6. Wow!!!
    LOVE LOVE LOOOOVE your site!!! I had an emergent need for an apple cake for Rosh haShanah, and no time to fool around in the kitchen, so I googled 2 ingredient cake, and found this. I had some frozen apple slices from last Autumn’s apple pickin’ excursion, which I dumped into a pan with a cup of honey and 2 Tbs cornstarch. While that thickened on low heat, I browsed through your awesome site, then poured the mix into 2 pans, and sprinkled on my GF cake mixes. Since there was so much thick apple juice, I only used one stick butter per cake. I’m so glad I made an extra cake to keep at home, because they came out EXCELLENT! Kudos to you! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m a newly diagnosed Ciliac pt, and look forward to trying more of your recipes!

    • Your version of the cake sounds delicious! I am so glad it worked for you. And I hope you enjoy my recipes. I love making gluten free eating a little easier and I love sharing regular food that everyone will enjoy that is gluten free.

  7. I never knew there were so many kinds of dump cakes. My grandma made it this way: can of crushed pineapple UNdrained, topped with cherry pie filling, yellow cake mix, then butter. Until recently I thought “Dump Cake” was always made this way! Hehehe loving the apple and the chocolate cherry versions. A whole new world of dump cake,awaits!

  8. margaret haas says

    I tried this recipe exactly as the recipe stated. It did not come out looking like the picture. However it was real good.
    looked and taste like apple crisp.

  9. My whole family loves this recipe. I have also added cinnamon and chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts) and it’s fabulous!

  10. Angel Davis says

    I will definitely try this recipe. I will keep you posted on how it turned out

  11. I love dump cake recipes and I usually make them for our local treasure hunters club meetings. I also began making them with sugar free cake mixes and sugar free pie fillings as we have many diabetics in our club and they come out excellent! Since I cannot find a sugar free spice cake mix I simply add some spices to yellow or white sugar free cake mixes and once again get rave compliments!

  12. What size cans of apple pie filling do you use…# oz. ??

  13. Is the cake suppose to rise? It did not when I made it in 9×13 pan.

  14. Can I use a white cake mix instead of yellow?

  15. Andrea Gregory says

    Trying this now with yellow cake, Apple pie filling and gonna add a touch of cinnamon and vanilla extract to the melted butter… Hope it turns out. Thank you

  16. Pamela Ortega says

    I just made this but with a Spice Cake Mix instead of a Yellow Cake Mix

  17. I made this for years for my kids as they were growing up…my son is now 42 years old and when he comes home to visit, this is the first dessert he asks for lol!
    I always make it with the pineapple, but they like it with apples also. 🙂

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