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Apple Pie Dump Cake

A serving of Apple Pie Dump Cake with vanilla ice cream on top

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…

Apple pie filling in a baking dish

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

Dry vanilla cake mix sprinkled over apple pie filling in a baking dish

Spread that evenly over the apples.

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

A stick of butter cut into slices

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.

Apple mixture with oat crumbly topping in a baking dish

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.

Oat crumble topped apple pie dump cake in a baking dish
Half-eaten baking dish of oat topped apple pie dump cake

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.

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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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89 comments on “Apple Pie Dump Cake”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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. 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!

  5. 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!!!

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