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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88 Responses
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    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 ??????

  3. 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…:)

  4. 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! 😉

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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. 🙂

  13. 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.

  14. 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?

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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