Apple Pie Dump Cake

So now I am making fruit stuff.

I feel like I am changing.

Evolving as a food blogger.

Incorporating fruit into my dessert repertoire.

See?  I just said repertoire.  Does it make me sound more legit?


I have decided that fruit may have a small place in the dessert world.

Wanna see my dessert pie chart?


That was made after lots of very scientific research on my part.

You see where fruit lies on the chart?  If I had a laser pointer I would be using it now.

Fruit 1%

One percent.

Not to be confused with peanut butter cups at 40%.  Which I am sure some of you think is excessive.  But to that I say, make your own very scientific pie chart.  I’m not messing around here.

Science is happening.

I mean, I made a PIE CHART!


So here’s the thing.

Pie used to be 0.5%.  But it’s now an official whole number.

Fruit can thank this Apple Dump Cake for it’s advancement in dessert evolution.


I know there are some of you fruit snobs out there who won’t actually consider this cake as fruit.

Probably because it’s fruit from a can.

But hey.  Something is better than nothing.

Plus, I am allergic to apples in their raw state.  BUT I can eat them cooked, canned and floating in high fructose corn syrup.  Because that’s the way God made me.

You can argue with God on your own time.


So today we’re talking about the 1%.

Apple Pie Dump Cake.

I am sure most of you at one point or another have had a dump cake.  It’s better than it sounds.

Last year I even made this one.  Which will pretty much rule your fall-time months.

It’s the perfect dessert for pot-lucks, Labor Day, Memorial Day, weeknights, Christmas, Thanksgiving, weekends, Kwanzaa,….

Ok yeah, it’s a dessert for all times.

Well, maybe not birthdays.  Fruit on birthdays is illegal.


Just start with 2 cans of apple pie filling.  Dump it in a 9×13…


Then cover it all with dry cake mix.  Use vanilla, not chocolate, please.


Spread that evenly over the apples.

Then get you some butter.  Slice it up and layer it all over the dry mix.


If you’re feeling extra special top all that with an oat/brown sugar mixture.  If you like nuts in your dessert you can put them on there too.

You could refer back to the pie chart for that, though.  Do you see how nuts have no place?  They fall in at <1%.  Memorize the chart.


That took you all of 5 minutes.  See how easy fruit can be?

Then just bake it.

It will look like this…bubbly and golden.


Then you should dig in…with a spoon or a shovel.
Ok, fine. A spoon…
Oh. And you might want to top it with some ice cream and caramel sauce. The apples will be happier.



Apple Pie Dump Cake


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 2 (21 oz) cans apple pie filling
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into 1/2 Tbsp slices
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Pour both cans of apple pie filling into the bottom of the dish
  4. Spread the dry cake mix on top of the apple pie filling
  5. Evenly place the butter on top pf the cake mix
  6. In a bowl combine the oats and the brown sugar and sprinkle that on top of the whole cake
  7. Bake for approx 50 minutes, golden and bubbly.
  8. Cool on wire rack.
  9. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream


88 Responses

  1. When I read the title was all “Uggghhh, I don’t wanna peel apples.” And then there was more whining about the injustices of the world, like why peanut butter cups have calories. Then I saw the apples are from a can! And I think I love you. Is that okay?

  2. Haha I love that you made a pie chart! I was going through my peanut butter recipes recently and realized that I don’t have as many as I originally thought. As for fruit, I love fruit in desserts and totally disagree that birthdays cannot have fruit.

  3. Marie B.

    My husband said: Don’t get any ideas! Lol. But, it’s fruit I said and my friend at therapy would like it! Looks quick, easy & yummy! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. Lori

    I made this last night, only it never occurred to me to put oats and brown sugar on it! I will for sure be trying it your way! Thanks!

  5. MelindaB

    My husband has the same issue with apples–he’s allergic to raw apples, but can eat them baked into a pie or crisp. I’ve made something similar to this cake using peaches, because those are his very favorite (although he prefers canned to fresh. I think he’s got something wrong with him. :-P)

    Looking at your pie chart of desserts, I was reminded of “How I Met Your Mother”, and Marshall’s bar chart of his favorite pies, and pie chart of his favorite bars. Then I wanted peanut butter cups and remembered that I don’t have any.

  6. I also noticed that your chart left off the cookie dough. It deserves a separate slice.

    and yes. now that you used the word repertoire you are officially legit. too legit to quit.

    I hope that song is stuck in your head because whenever I hear or see the word legit MC Hammer dances across my brain in his parachute pants.

  7. Darlene

    I LOVE pie charts…

    “I made a pie chart of me favorite bars and a bar graph of my favorite pies!”

    Name that tune…

    When are you going to stop this fruit madness…strawberries…apples…what next?? Papaya? Mango? MY GOD WOMAN!!

    Sorry, lost it there for a minute, I could have sworn I heard peanut butter cups crying…but it was just my stomach growling at the apple deliciousness…

  8. Haha, you’re hilarious with the dessert pie chart. I love that that’s ironic since you made an apple pie cake too. I’ve never heard of a dump cake but holy crapola, it looks good!

    It must be awesome to be at your house, all your desserts. Who eats them all after?

  9. I’m with you on the peanut butter cups, but saddened about the frosting. Buttercream ranks right up there with the peanut butter cups.

    I think my dessert pie chart would need more than just 100%. Is that possible?

    Like 40% pb cups, 40% frosting, 35% cookies, 30% bar desserts, 20%pies, 10% cakes/cupcakes, 10% candy, 5% other.

    Sounds good. I’m going with it.

  10. Emily Fordham

    Thank you for this post!! I love Apple Pie related anything. I also love peanut butter, but recently found out my little boy is allergic. Naturally I was devastated and inwardly sighed every time I saw a peanut butter related dessert. I would feel bad making it and then telling him he couldn’t have any : ( I totally agree with the nuts, it’s the #1 way to ruin a dessert.

  11. Tammy Anderson

    Love the pie chart! Love the recipe!! I’ve made lots of dump cakes but somehow never thought of adding brown sugar and oats. What a healthy fruit dessert! 😉

  12. I’ve made dump cake and it’s a favorite, but I’ve never added oats. I will definitely do that next time. It is easy to grab a fork with this dessert and just take a bite, then another, and another and…:)

    1. Brenda

      Marije i dont use canned fruit you can use 12 large apples peel core and slice then put them in a large pot with 1 liter apple juice, cinnoman, nutmeg, cardomon and pinch of salt, then mix well and add flour simmer over low heat stirring constantly till thickened. this is the bottom of the apple pie dump cake. trust me no cans i believe cans are the easy way out and not full of as much love as the homemade touch. No offense to those who cut corners.

      1. mary

        how about not peeling the apples ???? if the apples were grown at home, you don’t have to worry those nasty chemicals on the skins, RIGHTTTT ??????

  13. Karen C.

    The whole realm of dump cakes is foreign to me. This looks like a good introduction. I like the idea of a previous poster for peaches…love canned peaches…apples are so yummy, too.

    Like the dessert pie chart however my chart varies greatly…you might be appalled, but my chart does not include any peanut butter cups or anything with peanut butter at all. I guess in some regards, that makes me a flawed individual, but I have never liked peanuts or peanut butter.

  14. Love your pie chart. So sciencey. You outdid yourself for this one! Now, dump cakes. Why the weird name but an AMAZING dessert? The dump cake creator was probably not known for coming up with titles of awesome creations on the spot. Just sayin’. Also, caramel and ice cream makes me happy, too.

  15. I totally love your pie chart. I totally agree about fruit. I only except fruit onto my strawberry shortcake and blueberry pie. I might have to make an execption for this cake. Wait not might, tots def.

  16. I can’t believe you’re allergic to apples! I’m pretty sure I couldn’t get through fall OR winter without them. I totally agree with your peanut butter cup 40% though. That’s just truth.

    This cake sounds fab-o-lous to me! I love apples in all forms!

  17. OK so your pie chart TOTALLY cracks me up. I’m so with you on that. My husband is (for some weird reason) really into fruit. He eats tons of it and will regularly pass up a slice of chocolate cake in favor of a slice of watermelon. It just isn’t human!

  18. Melissa

    I came across your blog and love it! Not only do I have a sweet tooth and will use your recipes, I think your hilarious and a great writer:) Thanks for the laughs daily!

  19. Even though I know you’re a chocolate, caramel, cake, brownie, pb gal… I have to admit that apple pie and apple crisps are my FAVORITE Shelly. So I am super excited to see this dump cake on the blog today! Don’t get me wrong, I would be in HEAVEN with a huge slab of your buckeye brownies… but i’m a sucker for apple pie-ish desserts. I love how easy this sucker is too!

  20. Oh how I love this cake (I don’t know if I like the name or the actual cake better)!!! And you made a pie chart – I am straight up IMPRESSED.

    I seriously love how simple and succulent this dessert is – perfect for summer. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  21. Christy

    My mom has had this recipe around for years, with a few changes and it’s her most requested pot-luck meal…. and it’s great for birthdays, it’s my dad’s birthday request each year 🙂 My mom doesn’t put the oats on it, and melts the butter, otherwise it’s the exact same… super sweet and MUST be topped with ice cream, yumm!!! I love the oat/sugar idea…. making that addition next time we make this

  22. SWeetsugarbelle

    You’re growing up! Next thing we know you’re gonna be eating nuts, sniffle sniffle. My b-day is coming fast and I bet you a pie chart the feature desert will come from cookies and cups. My birthday will require the most sinful dessert of all time!

  23. Lovely recipe! Sounds like you might have the same fruit allergy as my brother..I never really hear of anyone having it too often! And I’m from NJ too. Maybe it’s in our jersey water. I wouldn’t be surprised. Haha love your blog!

  24. Melissa

    I love your pie chart, but you want to hear sad? We you are gonna. I love peanut butter, I adore peanut butter cups- a-dore. But I have found that peanut butter (not peanuts, mind you) give me migraines. Yes I tested this theory quite a few times, so sad…but I can eat apples, yum! This dump cake looks fab, I made dump cake once with fresh blueberries and it was not that good, but apples, yum! Gonna try it.

  25. I have evolved into a bit of a chef in my older years. Now 44!!! I just joined Pinterest today and found your recipes. Love the way you have so much fun in writing. Your Chart is AMAZEBALLS!!!!
    Thank You, and keep on doing what you love!!
    Jerika Bateman

  26. Marisa

    So I live just outside Vancouver, BC. There is a chocolate company here called Purdy’s. They make the most amazing peanut butter bars even better than Reese’s (yes, and one of my nickname is Reese so I should know). I think you can order on line … you might want to check them out if peanut butter means so much to you. Fabulous silky peanut butter filling with smooth milk chocolate enrobing it. Yum. It’s Sunday afternoon — I may have to go before they close today.

  27. Nonna Bobbi

    I just found your blog and I think you’re the cutest! I MUST subscribe and I’ll be “pinning” you to my pinterest boards so I can share you with all my friends. Thanks for being here and thank you for NO nuts…Papa hates nuts…smile…

  28. IsiaD

    This is absolutely delicious and so easy. I use Duncan Hines Butter Golden classic yellow cake is so good! I am currently trying to figure out the measurements to make this in muffin tins, thanks for the great recipe!!

  29. I made this just now as was going to make an easy pineapple upside down cake w/a mix but didn’t have the pineapple slices, so, did have apple pie filling and used (3) pkg. of honey nut instant oats mixed w/brown sugar for the topping! Good!!

  30. I was going to make a pineapple upside down cake but had no pineapple rings so made your apple pie dump cake ,using (3) packets of honey nut oats dry cereal mixed with brown sugar for the topping!
    Wowee woosie!!!

  31. Jess

    I am so disappointed! I followed the directions to a t, let it cook for an hour, and the cake mix didn’t cook in the middle, the browns Sugar and oats didn’t melt and mix on top……I don’t know what I did wrong! How can I fix it?? I can’t afford to waste these ingredients and was making it for a church function!! Please help!!

    1. Shelly

      I would cook it a bit longer if you think it’s under-done… but also, this will be a bit loose. If you think it’s cooked enough let it cool a bit. It’s more like a cobbler, less like a cake! I bet it tastes fantastic!

  32. Julie Spady

    I love dump cakes and this one sounds delicious, thanks to Your Homebased Mom. Can’t wait to try it! My 24 year old daughter just realized she is allergic to uncooked apples too. Never heard of it! Shes very sad about that!!

  33. maryann

    My recipe is a little different. Before adding the pie filling we drain a can of crush pineapple into a sauce pan and add the butter to it. Heat on low until the butter is melted. After the pie filling we spread out the pineapple evenly, add cake mix; then spoon all the juice/butter mixture over the cake mix. We had the problem that Jess had sometimes so we figured we needed to add more moisture to the cake mix and this worked out great.

  34. Hi…this recipe looks just like what I need. I need to make it ahead of time though. Will it freeze well? Perhaps I can freeze it before baking? OR Can i premake it and then heat it up again? i’m trying to make enough for 100. How many servings in 1 recipe? Thank you for your great post.

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