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


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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?

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

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.

Cookbook Queen

I love apple pie, apple crisp, apple anything. LOVE THIS!!

Also, I love the pie chart. But I noticed you left out cookie dough. Which is one of the most important food groups.

Colleen @ What

Honestly, couldn’t be easier!! Love this. I highly enjoy your pie chart!!!!!!! 🙂

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. 🙂


I’m the same way;;can’t eat raw apples, but cooked I can! This dessert was made for me! 🙂


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!


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.


Love the pie chart! Love the apple dessert too!


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.


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…

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

Dump cake is my new fav, and this version is gonna top that list. I totally love your pie chart, and I agree with it wholeheartedly. And fruit from a can is fruit, for sure!

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

oh I am SO trying this one!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

Now this is a way that fruit desserts can be acceptable. Slathered in brown sugar crumbled ice creamy topping. An apple a day?

Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

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?


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.

Jill @ Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Love the pie chart! Looks soooo good!


Love love love the chart too!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

Love the pie chart…i think mine would look like that too 🙂 Love the recipe

Averie @ Averie Cooks

I’m now the only person who’s never made a dump cake – and there are so many varieties and this looks awesome. Apples, oats, brown sugar, the ease of cake mix -mmmm, YES!


Apple cake is so delicious!

Carrie - Carrie

I love your pie chart. I kinda want to make one now. How to even start giving things percentages?

Cookie Sleuth

Loving the pie chart! This definitely counts as fruit. 🙂

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.

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! 😉

Jen @ Savory Simple

Your chart made me laugh! It’s good to evolve as a blogger 🙂 This apple pie dump cake looks superb.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet

I love that pie chart but man this fruit dessert passes the love test!


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…:)

Carla @ Carlas Confections

Your pie chart is hilarious! And the perfect one too I might add! This looks perfect, and just amazing with the ice cream on top!


Hmm, I guess we don’t have apple pie filling here in The Netherlands?
What can I use?

It looks like, really good. (;


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.


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 ??????

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.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

I am with you on your chart for sure! I may change up a few of the percents a little, but fruit should get 1%, and peanut butter cups at 40% sounds about right to me.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

I want to dump that cake in my mouth so bad right now….also, fabulous pie chart! You’re all math-y and stuff.

Anne @ Have a Cookie!

Love the pie chart and really love the dump cake. Sort of a quick apple crisp. Whatever it’s called, I can’t wait for our heat wave to end so I can make this!!

Ashley - Baker by Nature

(jaw dropped) – This looks amazing!!I’m a huge fruit fan (don’t get me wrong, peanut butter cups are my life), so I am totally on board with this fruit stuffed cake. It’s perfect for the upcoming fall season.


Looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it.


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.

Holly Dahlquist

I want a pie chart! How does one go about making it (the pie chart). I know all about desserts!

Julie @ Table for Two

I love the sound of this dump cake. I’m a fan of dumping all ingredients into a pan and baking them and out comes a warm and delicious dessert. I can get behind this. Yes.


This post has me cracking up. I love you and I love your pie chart. And that is probably the most gorgeous apple pie photo I have ever seen! Swoon! xoxo


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.


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!


LOVE your chart ~ this pie cake looks amazing!


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!


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!


Brillant! ahah. I love apples in desserts!

Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

Yum!!! Fruit is probably more up around the 20% on my pie chart….love fruity desserts! This looks stellar!

Rachel Cooks

Loving the pie chart–hysterical! And this cake needs to happen in my house ASAP. This will make the baby in my belly (okay….ME) verrrrrry happy.

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

I have never had or made a dump cake, it sounds good enough to make the fruit worth eating.

Kim @ Treats & Trinkets

I love apples in baked goods, but I hate peeling and chopping or shredding. Cans work just fine for me.

And there’s no such thing as excessive peanut butter cups.

sally @ sallys baking addiction

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!