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Apple Dump Cake

This effortless and simple apple dump cake is a decadent and easy dessert you'll love.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 258 kcal


  • 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 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick butter, cold and sliced into pats
  • ¼ cup butter, melted


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x13 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 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.


  • When buying the cake mix, it is best to pick one that doesn’t have pudding mix in it; check the label to make sure.
  • You’ll want to use a 9×13-inch cake pan so that the texture and consistency are right. I’ve used an 11x7-inch pan before, and it turned out a little too thick, which changed the delicious texture of the dump cake.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your dump cake as the recommended baking time approaches.
  • Because dump cakes are so gooey and moist, it can be hard to determine if they’re done. It’s normal to see some wet spots and some spots that are more crisp and done. 


Sodium: 112mgCalcium: 28mgVitamin C: 10mgVitamin A: 445IUSugar: 35gFiber: 4gPotassium: 202mgCholesterol: 30mgCalories: 258kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 7gFat: 12gProtein: 1gCarbohydrates: 41gIron: 1mg