Caramel Apple Dump Cake [5 ingredients]

Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
Total 55 mins

Caramel Apple Dump Cake: sweet tender apples are swirled with caramel and topped with a spiced cake in this easy to make dump cake with just FIVE ingredients!

Caramel Apple Dump Cake in a jar with ice cream and caramel on top.

This Caramel Apple Dump Cake is my GO TO dessert recipe for any kind of get together.

It is always a crowd pleaser and it’s incredibly easy to whip together with minimal effort on your part. 

Sweet tender spiced apples make up the base of the cake with swirls of sweet caramel throughout.

Then we have a beautiful top layer that is soft, buttery and has a few little delicious crunchy spots.

Serve this caramel apple dump cake warm with vanilla ice cream and extra caramel drizzled on top and just wait for everyone to start begging you to share the recipe! 

Caramel Apple Dump Cake in a white casserole dish.

What is a dump cake?

Common question and I get it, it’s not exactly a super appeasing name. 

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However, dump cake just simply means a cake that you dump the ingredients in the pan and bake it! 

This caramel apple dump cake is just like that, we layer everything together in a casserole dish and pop it into the oven.

It couldn’t be any easier and you will be shocked at how incredibly DELICIOUS the final cake is!

Caramel Apple Dump Cake Ingredients on a cutting board.

Caramel Apple Dump Cake Ingredients

This apple dump cake only uses 5 easy ingredients:

  • apple pie filling
  • cinnamon
  • caramel squares
  • cake mix
  • butter

You can also use nutmeg, in addition to cinnamon, to spice up your cake a little more — but it’s totally optional.

Can I use a different cake mix for my Caramel Apple Dump Cake:

I get this question a lot and want to make sure I touch on it here. YES! You can use different cake mixes.

For this particular caramel apple dump cake, I would recommend yellow cake mix, white cake mix, vanilla cake mix or a spice cake mix. 

If you use a spice cake mix with spices already added to it, I recommend pulling back on the cinnamon in the recipe so it doesn’t wind up being too overpowering. 

Caramel Apple Dump Cake with caramel squares on top before baking.

How to make Caramel Apple Dump Cake?

  1. In a greased 9×13 casserole, spread the cinnamon and apple pie filling mixture.
  2. Arrange the sliced caramel squares on top of the apple layer.
  3. Sprinkle the top evenly with the boxed cake mix.
  4. Pour the melted butter on top and sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon, if desired.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the edges are bubbling.
  6. Serve warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and extra caramel drizzled on top.

It couldn’t get any easier, but after that first bite I know you will be hooked. It’s the perfect combination of apples, caramel and sweet moist cake.

Caramel Apple Dump Cake in two bowls with ice cream and caramel sauce.

After the first time I made this Caramel Apple Dump Cake, Jorge literally talked about it for two straight days.

He said it was one of the best desserts I have made in a long time and he begged me to make it again ASAP.

This dump cake is one of the best EASY Fall desserts that I have made in years! Everyone BEGS for the recipe after they try it!

After many requests, I am now officially making this at Thanksgiving. That’s how good it is!

So what are you waiting for, it only takes 10 minutes to put together! Please leave a review below in the comments if you try it!

Yield: 12 Servings

Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Caramel Apple Dump Cake in a jar with ice cream and caramel on top.

Caramel Apple Dump Cake: sweet tender apples are swirled with caramel and topped with a spiced cake in this easy to make dump cake with just FIVE ingredients!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 (20 oz) cans apple pie filling
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups caramel squares, sliced in half
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter

Optional toppings:

  • Caramel Sauce
  • Vanilla Ice Cream


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13×9 casserole dish and set aside.
    2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together apple pie filling, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour into the casserole dish and smooth with a spatula.
    3. Arrange carmael squares on top of apple filling layer and then top with yellow cake mix. Smooth cake mix into an even layer.
    4. Pour melted butter evenly on top of the cake mix. You can add more cinnamon on top of the butter if you would like (I do!).
    5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the edges are bubbling.
    6. Scoop into serving bowls and top with ice cream and caramel sauce, if desired.

Nutrition Information:


12 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 323Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 389mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 3g

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40 Responses
  1. Cheryl Davitz

    I wonder if you could use a gluten free cake mix? My dil is gluten free. This would be an easy recipe to change. 

  2. Candy

    This was one of the easiest tastiest desserts I’ve made in a long time. My family of 8 was still talking about it the next morning. I made it with yellow cake mix. I melted the butter and spooned it over the top covering every spot of cake mix Lol. 
    Pure deliciousness!!!

  3. Laqualla Johnson

    I am making this, is my cake mix suppose to be like cake after it has been cooking or is it just dry mix that turns a little hard on top but just cake mix under the hard crust that it has created.

  4. Christy Lambert

    This was delicious and even good served cold the next day. My hubby whipped this up as our Valentine’s dessert and it was delicious both last night, warm and today, cold. Thanks!

    1. Jessica

      Hi Vicki! If you wanted to use fresh apples, I would probably soften them a little in a pan with butter, sugar and cinnamon first. Otherwise, the apples will never soften enough.

    1. Jessica

      The temp is at the very beginning of the recipe: Preheat oven to 350°F. The time is #5 on the directions list: Bake for 45 minutes.

  5. Jen wiley

    Looks absolutwly delicious! Do you use salted butter or non salted? Also, when using a Dutch oven did you have to adjust cooking time? Thx

    1. Jessica

      I used unsalted butter! 🙂 And it really depends on the size of the dutch oven. If it is a large dutch oven, you shouldn’t have to adjust the time very much. Maybe add a few minutes and check. Hope this helps!

  6. Carol Boshell

    I put my butter in the freezer.  Then use a cheese grater and grate the hard butter all over he surface of the cake mix.  I do this on ALL dump cakes.  Quick, easy and full coverage!

  7. Brooke

    Did you have a preference on the caramel sauce you poured on top of the ice cream? Was it homemade, or did you buy it from a jar? And if you bought it from a jar, which brand do you prefer? Thanks!

  8. Shannon Eggleston

    It looks as though you might have used a bundt cake pan in the pics. What do you think? Or, is it better to stick with the standard casserole dish? Looks delicious!! Can’t wait to try this one out! 

    1. Jessica

      In the pictures I used a dutch oven. You can absolutely use one too, but every other time I have made this I use a standard casserole dish because it gives you the perfect amount of apples and caramel to crunchy cake topping! 

  9. Kathy

    Wow! Now I know what to do with my leftover Kraft Caramels from Halloween that I bought from the store to make caramel apples with! I was seriously trying to imagine all the ways I could use it but would have never thought of this one, yum!! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe!

  10. Karen State

    This sounds perfectly yummy. Can I make it a few hours ahead or does it have to be served straight from the oven? Thank you!

    1. Jessica

      It is best straight from the oven. The caramel is all gooey and the apples warm…and the top crispy. 😉

      If you need to make it ahead, I always put it all together…but don’t bake it until you are ready!

  11. Michelle @ My California Kitchen

    Ummmm….oh my gosh..I can’t stop drooling! All of that melty caramel and ice cream, yes please!! I can see why you made this twice in one week!!

  12. Kerri

    This is probably a dumb question……do you make the cake mix according to directions or just dump the cake mix on top?

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