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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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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Making this today, can’t wait! All things make sense now that I have mastered your chart! ???

Care Crosby

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.


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.

Julie Spady
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!!


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!!


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!!!


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!!


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!!

LARY@ Inspiration Nook

Love this. Will have to make it for the mister soon!

Nonna Bobbi
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…


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.

Jerika Cupie Cake

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


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.


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!

Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake

Totally love your dessert pie chart! This looks like a great treat for this fall or anytime!


I’ve still never made a dump cake…probably because of the name, lol. Yours looks delicious though, especially with that scoop of ice cream on top!

Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker

I’ve been seeing dump cakes for years, but never made one. I love this version with apple pie filling and a crisp topping!


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!


Are you kidding me? Nom. nom. nom.

luv what you do

What an awesome recipe. I can’t wait to make that this fall for football games and potucks!


That looks absolutely amazing!


First off, never apologise for peanut butter cups! =D Oh and the cake looks so easy and wonderful. What a great idea!


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

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

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!!

Kristy (Sweet Treats & More)

Your photos are beautiful! Love that pie chart:)

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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