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Apple Dump Cake

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This effortless and simple apple dump cake is a decadent and easy dessert you'll love.
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Table of Contents
  1. APPLE DUMP CAKE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE DUMP CAKE RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
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This recipe for Apple Dump Cake is so easy. All you have to do is literally dump the ingredients together and pop it in the oven. Best of all, it tastes just like it was made from scratch, even though you’re saving time and energy by using a box of cake mix.

Like any dump cake, this apple one is best when served warm with your favorite vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top. Try making this easy No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream or Homemade Whipped Cream to complete your dessert.

apple dump cake

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APPLE DUMP CAKE INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 9 large Granny Smith Apples peeled, cored, and diced
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 6 cups cold water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 stick butter, cold and sliced into pats
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Apples or Apple Pie Filling: You can use any type of apples that you prefer in this dump cake. You could also use apple pie filling in place of the fresh apples to save time, however I think the fresh fruit really enhances this cake. It’s also great if you’re trying to figure out what to do if you have too many apples at home!

Cake Mix: There are multiple flavors of cake mix that would work in your dump cake. I would stick with a white cake mix and stay away from chocolate. Other cake mixes that would taste good include French Vanilla, Spice, Vanilla, or White.

Toppings: If you’d like to add some crunch to your dump cake you can top it off with nuts like pecans or walnuts. You can also add a drizzle of caramel to the top for some extra sweetness.

HOW TO MAKE THIS APPLE DUMP CAKE RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

STEP TWO: Pour 6 cups of cold water into a large mixing bowl.

STEP THREE: Add the ¼ cup of lemon juice to the cold water.

STEP FOUR: Peel, core, and chop the apples into small square pieces. Place the chopped apple pieces into the lemon water. This will prevent the apples from browning.

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STEP FIVE: Using a colander, completely drain the diced apples.

STEP SIX: transfer the drained diced apples back into the same large mixing bowl.

STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar, and apple pie spice over the top of the apples. Using a spoon, mix the apples in the baking dish to coat all sides of the apples.

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STEP EIGHT: Pour the coated apples into the buttered 9×13 baking dish, making sure to spread the apples evenly.

STEP NINE: Top the apples with the cake mix. Gently shake the pan to help distribute the cake mix.

STEP TEN: Arrange the cold butter pats evenly on top of the dry cake mix.

STEP ELEVEN: Using a spoon, drizzle the melted butter between the butter pats. Tilt the pan back and forth to cover as much of the top with butter as possible.

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STEP TWELVE: Place the Apple Dump Cake in the oven and bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

STEP THIRTEEN: Serve warm.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store leftover dump cake at room temperature (on the counter) for 1 to 2 days. It could also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. Storing in the refrigerator will extend the shelf life for a few days.

IN THE FREEZER: To keep apple dump cake for even longer, you can store leftovers in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you plan to serve, thaw overnight before reheating.

close up shot of apple dump cake with ice cream on top

I love dump cake recipes because of their ease and deliciousness. It’s seriously as simple as dumping all of the ingredients together into a pan, and baking.

This apple dump cake is always a favorite, because it resembles a classic apple pie. I love to serve it warm out of the oven, topped off with our favorite vanilla ice cream. This dessert is a classic and comforting end to any meal.

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Apple Dump Cake (without Caramel)

5 from 4 votes
This effortless and simple apple dump cake is a decadent and easy dessert you’ll love.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 9 large granny smith apples peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar tightly packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp apple pie spice
  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 stick butter cold and sliced into pats
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray
  • Pour the 6 cups of cold water into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the ¼ cup of lemon juice to the cold water.
  • Place peeled, cored, and diced apples into the lemon water.
  • Using a colander, completely drain the diced apples.
  • Transfer the drained diced apples back into the same large mixing bowl.
  • Sprinkle the diced apples with the sugars, cinnamon, and apple pie spice. Using a large spoon, toss the apples until well coated.
  • Pour the coated apples into the buttered 9×13 baking dish, making sure to spread the apples evenly.
  • Top the apples with the cake mix. Gently shake the pan to help distribute the cake mix.
  • Arrange the cold butter pats evenly on top of the dry cake mix.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle the melted butter between the butter pats.
  • Place the Apple Dump Cake in the oven, and bake for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Serve warm.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 202mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 445IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Treena says

    5 stars
    Seriously this is one of my all time favorite recipes. Simple ingredients, simple to put together and makes your home smell amazing while it’s baking!

  2. nancy says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe but i have a question. Why are there 2 conflicting recipes printed on this page? Did you forget to delete the first one?

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