This Apple Dump Cake recipe is an easy and irresistible dessert with just four ingredients: apple pie filling, cake mix, pecans, and butter!

A close up picture of apple dump cake on a spoon with vanilla ice cream.

Cozy Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Early Fall, I crave apple desserts—any kind! This recipe has got to be the easiest apple dessert recipe on my site! My kids love helping me make it, and it’s one of those recipes that build their kitchen confidence!

With just four ingredients and five minutes of prep time, you can enjoy this simple dessert anytime you want. Do not let the name dissuade you! This Dump Cake is sweet, savory, and cozy with very little effort. Dump the ingredients into the baking dish and bake it. Easy and delicious!

Dump Cake (Apple) Ingredients and Cost Breakdown

Per Serving Cost: $0.77

Recipe Cost: $6.19

  • (2) 21 ounce cans apple pie filling – $3.28
  • 16.25 ounce box white cake mix – $1.00
  • 12 Tablespoons salted butter – $1.20
  • ¼ cup pecans – $0.71

    NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have. 

    • covered 9×13 pan
    • serving spoon (I love this set, and it’s such a great value.)                  

    How to make Apple Dump Cake with Pie Filling

    1. First, pour the pie filling into a 9 x 13-inch pyrex pan and smooth it into an even layer.
    2. Then, sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the pie filling.
    3. Next, space out the butter pieces evenly over the cake mix.
    4. Finally, sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top. Bake until golden brown and the sides are bubbling, about 35-40 minutes.

    Apple Dump Cake Variations

    • This recipe will work with any pie filling, even pumpkin pie filling!
    • One variation my family loves is cherry pie filling and chocolate cake mix. instead of white cake mix.

    Serving and Storing Apple Cobbler with Cake Mix

    You can store the Dump Cake in an airtight container on the counter for up to two days. However, it will stay fresh for another day if stored in the fridge.

    SERVE: This dump cake is best served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

    STORE: Leftovers and be covered with foil and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    FREEZE: Once cooled, transfer the cake to a freezer-safe container and freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw the dump cake in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

    RE-HEAT: Re-heat individual servings in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. Or you can reheat the entire apple dump cake by placing it in a 325 degree F oven until heated through, about 15-20 minutes.

    Apple dump cake on a white plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
    Dump cake on a white plate with ice cream and on a red and white checkered napkin.

    Apple Dump Cake Recipe FAQs

    What is a dump cake?

    A dump cake is one of the simplest desserts you can make. They’re made with a base of canned pie filling, a layer of dry cake mix, and pads of butter on top. There is no stirring involved with dump cakes, and true to their name, you just dump the ingredients into the pan, and that’s it!

    What is the difference between a dump cake and a cobbler?

    Both use similar ingredients. However, the main difference is that a cobbler is typically made with a pie crust topping or biscuit while a dump cake is made with a cake mix. Both have a layer of fruit filling.

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    Apple Dump Cake is an easy and irresistible Fall dessert that's made with just 4 ingredients: apple pie filling, cake mix, pecans, and butter!
    4.50 from 28 votes

    Apple Dump Cake

    Recipe Cost $ $6.19
    Serving Cost $ $0.77
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 40 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes
    8 people
    Apple Dump Cake is an easy and irresistible Fall dessert that’s made with just 4 ingredients: apple pie filling, cake mix, pecans, and butter!

    Equipment

    • 9×13-inch pan

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 2 21 ounce cans apple pie filling
    • 1 16.25 ounce box white cake mix
    • 12 Tablespoons salted butter, cut into 12 pieces
    • ¼ cup chopped pecans

    FOR SERVING:

    • vanilla ice cream

    Instructions

    • Move oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Pour the pie filling into a 9 x 13-inch pyrex pan and smooth into an even layer.
    • Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the pie filling.
    • Space out the butter pieces evenly over the cake mix.
    • Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the top. Bake until golden brown and the sides are bubbling, about 35-40 minutes.
    • Let the cake cool for 10 minutes, and then serve with vanilla ice cream (optional).  

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    Nutrition

    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 575mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 2.4g | Sugar: 50g | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1.3mg

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    1. Made this for a party. Only thing different I did was add cinnamon and some brown sugar on top. Mine took much longer than the 30-40 minutes to bake. Very good and a big hit. Thank you