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!

Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Yield: 12 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

    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:
Yield: 12 servings Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 323 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 389mg Carbohydrates: 55g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 33g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
If you love this Caramel Apple Dump Cake, make sure and check out it’s very fancy sister the Caramel Apple Dream Cake!

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