3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake

5 from 17 votes
3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake is an amazing fall dessert. It is perfect for busy days but does not sacrifice a single bit of flavor.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
apple spice dump cake in brown bowls

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3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake is an amazing fall dessert. It is perfect for busy days but does not sacrifice a single bit of flavor.

apple spice dump cake in s brown bowl with another bowl of cake and cake in a glass baking dish in the background

This 3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake is bursting with fall flavor with the moist spice cake and sweet apple goodness. It only takes three pantry staples and a few minutes to assemble. Then you can smell all that apple goodness through the whole house. It will tempt even the pickiest dessert person.


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What We Love About This Easy Apple Dessert Recipe

This easy apple dump cake recipe takes only three ingredients and is perfect for weekdays or weekends.

  • 5 Minute Prep: Mix the box of cake mix, butter and the apples and you are done.
  • Simple Ingredients: Only 3 ingredients for this easy recipe.
  • Family Friendly: Parents and kids alike will love this warm apple cobbler like cake.
  • Adaptable: Can make it with different cake mixes such as vanilla cake mix or butter cake mix for the perfect fall dessert.
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Stores great in an airtight container.
ingredients needed to make an apple dump cake recipe

Ingredient Notes for this Perfect Dessert

  • Can of Apple Pie Filling: Two 20-ounce cans of apple pie filing
  • Spice Cake Mix: The spice cake mix is full of all those delicious warm spices that are synonymous with fall
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted butter, cut into thin pats or melted butter
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Equipment Needed for Apple Cake

  • 9 X13 baking pan

How to Make 3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake

These are the basic steps for making apple spice dump cake. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

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STEP 1: PREP

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then grease a 9X13 cake pan with cooking spray. Then, add the pie filling and spread to cover the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top of the pie filling. Next, place pats of butter on top of the cake mix, covering evenly and as much of the cake as possible.

STEP 2: BAKE

Finally, bake for 40 minutes. A toothpick or knife inserted in the center should come out mostly clean (there may be a little of the pie filling on it).

Prep and Storage Tips for the Apple Dump Cake Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

It is so quick to make this easy apple dump cake recipe that there is no need to make it in advance. In fact, it is wonderful to serve this cake warm.

HOW TO STORE THIS CAKE MIX RECIPE

Store at room temperature well covered or in an airtight container for up to three days or in the refrigerator for up to five days.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS EASY DESSERT RECIPE

Freeze this delicious apple dump cake for up to six months in the freezer.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS SIMPLEST DESSERT RECIPE

Reheat pieces of the dump cake in the microwave until warmed through, then cover the top with vanilla ice cream or your favorite toppings.

Frequently Asked Questions about this 3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Of course, you can make this cake with a gluten-free cake mix or even a sugar free cake mix.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF CAKE MIX?

This is a great recipe to make with almost any flavor of cake mix that you have on hand.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE MAKE WITH OTHER CANS OF PIE FILLING?

Indeed, peach pie filling, pumpkin pie filling or any flavor that you enjoy.

apple spice dump cake in brown bowls and in a glass baking dish

Expert Tips for Making This 3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake Recipe

  • Add Nuts: Walnuts, pecans or other nuts add a satisfying crunch and are great additions to this dump cake.
  • Variation tip: Make your own apple pie filling with fresh apples and slice them and add to the cake mixture for this perfect cake.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add a sprinkle of your favorite spices to a yellow cake mix, try adding additional spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  • Dust: Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Use a sugar free apple pie filling to lower the calories.
  • Alternate Cooking Method: Slow Cooker or Instant Pot can be a great way to make this apple dessert.

What to Serve with 3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake

  • Scoop of Ice Cream
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Whipped Cream

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apple spice dump cake in brown bowls

3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake

5 from 17 votes
3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake is an amazing fall dessert. It is perfect for busy days but does not sacrifice a single bit of flavor.
Print Pin Rate
Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Equipment

  • 9 x 13-Inch Cake Pan

Ingredients

  • 40 ounces apple pie filling 2 cans
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 12 Tablespoons butter 1 1/2 sticks, sliced into thin pats

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Add pie filling and spread to cover the bottom of the dish.
  • Sprinkle entire box of cake mix on top of pie filling.
  • Place pats of butter on top of the cake mix, covering evenly and as much of the cake as possible.
  • Bake for 40 minutes. A toothpick or knife inserted in the center should come out mostly clean (there may be a little of the pie filling on it).

Expert Tips

  • Add Nuts: Walnuts, pecans or other nuts add a satisfying crunch and are great additions to this dump cake.
  • Variation tip: Make your own apple pie filling with fresh apples and slice them and add to the cake mixture for this perfect cake.
  • Alternate ingredient: Add a sprinkle of your favorite spices to a yellow cake mix, try adding additional spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
  • Dust: Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.
  • Dietary consideration tip: Use a sugar free apple pie filling to lower the calories.
  • Alternate Cooking Method: Slow Cooker or Instant Pot can be a great way to make this apple dessert.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 417mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 374IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2mg

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2 thoughts on “3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake”

  1. 5 stars
    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make apple dump cake recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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