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Caramel Apple Dump Cake

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This delicious caramel apple dump cake is super simple to make, a breeze to serve, and perfect for sharing. Try making a tasty fall dump cake today! 

If you have never tried to make a dump cake…you are missing out! Here are some of my other favorite dump cake recipes: Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake, Dump Cake with Peaches, Recipe for Strawberry Dump Cake, Blueberry Dump Cake, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Dump Cake! You can also try this Strawberry Crumble which is very dump cake like!

Anther great fall classic to try is this simple pumpkin chocolate chip cake!

This is a great way take some very simple ingredients and elevate them to a whole new type of dessert. This caramel apple dump cake is indulgent, tasty, and so so simple to make that literally anyone can make it work. You don’t have to be great in the kitchen to have this dessert go well for you.

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pin showing the finished caramel apple dump cake ready to eat.

What the the world is a “dump cake” and why does it sound so gross?!

If you have never made a dump cake or heard of “dump cakes” you are probably a little confused…rightly so…it sounds awful. 

Truthfully the name is just a lazy way of describing how the recipe is created. You will literally just dump the ingredients into the pan, there’s no mixing to combine the ingredients together first!  

a bowl full of the finished caramel apple cake ready to serve.

Since we’re all about taking boxed cake mixes to the next level around here this is some magical kitchen fun for the whole family. Anyone can succeed at layering the ingredients and then baking them, right?!

Dump cake recipes like this caramel apple version are stress free and the end result is super moist, tasty, and easy to serve in a hurry!

A horizontal view of a bowl full of the finished dump cake recipe.

Ingredients needed for a caramel apple dump cake:

One of the best things about dump cakes is that you can keep a lot of the ingredients on hand in the pantry. When I feel like making a sweet treat or need a quick dessert to share I know I’ll be able to make one of these caramel apple dump cakes without much muss or fuss.

For this recipe you will need caramel nibs, yellow cake mix, butter, and apple pie filing. That is literally all you need to make an incredible dessert. The whole house will smell amazing while this is baking and by the time you get to dig in everyone will be thrilled.

Ingredients needed to make caramel apple dump cake.

This easy dump cake dessert is perfect for fall but truthfully we make it all year long. It has all those great gooey flavors of fall mixed together so it does make more of an appearance during the cooler months.

Serve this one up with some whipped cream, or ice cream and you’ve got yourself an amazing dessert with very little planning, prep, or work!

A top down look at the finished recipe ready to eat.

How to make caramel apple cake mess free!

We aren’t kidding about this being an easy recipe. It’s truly simple. All you have to do is gather the ingredients and then we will be layering them in the baking dish strategically.

Once the layers are ready the whole thing goes into the oven…that’s right, we weren’t kidding about there being no mixing either! Check out how simple it is to take something bland and boring like a boxed yellow cake mix and turn it into a delicious dessert that everyone will devour!

Another look at the ingredients we will need, laid out and ready to begin the recipe.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13×9 pan with a light coating of nonstick spray

Apple pie filling on the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

Evenly spread both cans of pie filling in the bottom of the pan 

Caramel bits being added to the apple pie filling in the baking dish.

Sprinkle in caramel nibs 

Cake mix sprinkled on top of the apple pie filling and the caramel nibs and evened out.

Evenly layer on cake mix 

Butter sliced and evenly layered on top of the cake mix.

Pour melted butter over cake mix or place sliced butter evenly over the entire surface 

Baked caramel apple dump cake ready to serve.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until golden brown 

Cool slightly, serve with ice cream if desired, and enjoy!   

close up of the finished caramel apple dump cake ready to eat.

Kitchen Essentials for Dump Cakes:

If you are trying to pick out some of the best supplies to stock your kitchen for cake mix recipes and baking in general, these are some of our favorites and must have items.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough.

Another top down look at a bowl full of finished caramel apple cake mix crumble.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

For dump cakes in particular you will need a rectangular cake pan. You can use glass pyrex style ones or even casserole baking dishes!

A spoon full of the finished caramel apple dump cake ready to eat.

Do you want to make more cake mix recipes?

If you are looking for more cake mix recipes you could not have landed in a better spot on the web. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes made with boxed cake mixes that I think you’ll love.

There’s something for everyone and each of these recipes is simple and straightforward, no muss, no fuss. Just simple desserts that the whole family will enjoy.

Try out Apple Pie Cookies, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cake Mix Snickerdoodle Cupcakes, Twix cookies, brownie batter dip, key lime cookies, chocolate cherry cookies, vanilla cake with strawberry filling.

More options are these butter pecan cookies, banana bread with cake mix, 3 ingredient cake mix cookies, cinnamon donutsfunfetti sugar cookie trufflesred velvet cake mix cookies.

There’s more! Don’t miss out on these lemon cake mix cookies, and even cream soda cake mix cupcakes!

close up of the finished caramel apple dump cake ready to eat.

Printable Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe:

Here’s the printable version of this super simple recipe. You’ll find pretty quickly that these recipes are incredibly easy to make and serve. There’s not much to it really and once you’ve made one you kind of get the hang of it for the next time.

Here you’ll find everyone on one page so you can keep track of ingredients and instructions. It is especially nice to have it all on one page if you have little helpers in the kitchen for this easy dessert recipe creation!

Yield: 12 Servings

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

A top down look at the finished caramel apple dump cake recipe ready to eat.

This delicious caramel apple dump cake is super simple to make, a breeze to serve, and perfect for sharing. Try making a tasty fall dump cake today!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • Yellow cake mix
  • 11 oz bag caramel nibs
  • 2 cans apple pie filling
  • 2 sticks butter, melted or sliced thin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13x9 pan with a light coating of nonstick spray
  2. Evenly spread both cans of pie filling in the bottom of the pan
  3. Sprinkle in caramel nibs
  4. Evenly layer on cake mix
  5. Pour melted butter over cake mix or place sliced butter evenly over the entire surface
  6. Bake 40-50 minutes or until golden brown
  7. Cool slightly, serve with ice cream if desired, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 543mgCarbohydrates: 59gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 2g

All nutrition information is calculated as a courtesy to the reader. Please do your own calculation for complete accuracy.

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