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Apple Pie Dump Cake is made with apple pie filling, spice cake mix and a stick of butter. This easy recipe is the perfect dessert for fall. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, and your entire family will thank you!

apple pie filling dump cake with vanilla ice cream on top on a white plate

So what’s a dump cake? A dump cake uses canned fruit for the filling and cake mix for the topping. Sounds odd, but this combination works!

Apple pie filling dump cake is delicious fall dessert that’s basically a mix of baked cinnamon apples under a crumb topping.

This easy apple dessert is a cross between an apple crisp and apple cobbler and much easier to make than homemade apple pie.

My family loves my homemade apple crisp and baked chocolate caramel apples. Homemade desserts are best, but this easy recipe is perfect when you have the urge to bake but don’t have fresh apples or the time to make a completely homemade dessert. We all have days like that!

Apple Pie Filling Dump Cake Ingredients

You only need 3 simple ingredients to make this easy apple dump cake recipe. You can find them in your local grocery stores or online if you don’t already have these pantry staples at home.

  • Apple pie filling — you’ll need 2 cans
  • Spice cake mix — Use yellow cake mix if you can’t find spice cake, plus apple pie spice for added flavor
  • Butter — unsalted butter or salted butter cut into thin slices
cans of apple pie filling, butter and spice cake mix on white background

It’s totally optional, but I usually throw in some ground cinnamon for extra flavor. I add cinnamon to all my apple desserts because I just love the stuff!

If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, leave it out. It really depends upon the can of apple pie filling you have and how much spice it has.

How to Make Apple Dump Cake with Pie Filling

The first step is to preheat the oven and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. You can use butter or non-stick cooking spray here.

Next, spoon the cans of apple pie filling into the baking dish. Spread the apples out so that they cover the bottom of the casserole dish.

If you’re adding cinnamon, sprinkle some over the canned apple pie filling.

spread apple pie filling into baking dish with red spatula

Then, sprinkle the dry cake mix on top of the pie filling. Use a knife or spoon to spread the cake mix evenly over the pie filling.

You want the cake mix to be as even as possible. I usually press the cake mix down lightly into the filling.

This helps to ensure you don’t have clumps of cake mix after baking.

spread spice cake mix over apple pie filling with knife

Finally, place the pats of butter in rows on top of the cake mix. As the butter melts, it turns the dry cake mix into a crispy crust. You can use melted butter if you prefer — I think it’s easier to slice the butter up.

I used 1 1/2 sticks of butter for this apple dump cake. You can use 2 sticks if you feel you need more butter to cover the top.

It’s perfectly fine if your pats of butter aren’t exactly even. Mine usually aren’t perfect!

squares of butter over spice cake mix in baking dish

Cooking Time

This delicious dessert takes 45 to 50 minutes to bake. It’s done when the apple filling is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

If you’re using spice cake mix, the topping will be darker than if you’re using yellow or white cake mix.

The exact baking time depends on your oven. When, the apple cake is ready, remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool down a little before serving.

overheat view of apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream and granny smith apple on the table


There are so many ways to change up this delicious apple dump cake recipe. Use butter pecan cake mix and chopped pecans instead of spiced cake.

Make it a caramel apple dump cake recipe by adding caramel bits or drizzling caramel syrup over the apples before you add the cake mix. You can also spoon some brown sugar over the apples if you don’t have caramel syrup.

Dump cake recipes are very versatile! Vary the fruit filling and cake mix flavors to make pumpkin dump cake, cherry dump cake, peach dump cake, strawberry dump cake, lemon dump cake or blueberry dump cake.

How to Store a Dump Cake

Store leftover apple dump cake in an airtight container.

Does apple dump cake need to be refrigerated? You can leave it on your counter at room temperature if you plan on finishing it within a day or 2.

At my house, this delicious dessert is gone in a day! For longer storage, keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Eat it cold or reheat in a warm oven to keep the topping crisp.

Helpful Tips

Use 2 cans of pie filling for a 9×13 baking dish. 1 can isn’t enough. If you only have 1 can, use half of the dry cake mix and bake in a smaller dish.

If you are using yellow cake mix, you may want to add cinnamon and apple pie spice to the filling for extra flavor.

Do not mix the ingredients together. Keep the layers separate.

Use enough butter to cover the cake mix layer. This is about a stick and a half of butter for a large baking dish and 1 stick for a smaller dish.

More Apple Desserts

If you love apple dessert recipes, try my crescent roll apple dumplings, apple crisp, caramel apple nachos, slow cooker apple cobbler, skillet apple pie and check out even amore easy dessert recipes.

5 from 35 votes

Apple Pie Dump Cake

By: Dee
Apple Pie Dump Cake is made with apple pie filling, spice cake mix and a stick of butter. This easy recipe is the perfect dessert for fall. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, and your entire family will thank you!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 21-oz cans apple pie filling
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • sticks butter cut into thin slices
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter or non-stick spray
  • Spoon apple pie filling into the baking dish, and spread evenly with spatula. Sprinkle cinnamon over pie filling, if using
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix over pie filling, and spread with a spatula or knife so that it covers the apple filling
  • Place pats of butter in neat rows over cake mix, and bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is golden brown and filling is hot and bubbly


If you can’t find spice cake mix, use yellow cake mix with apple pie spice for extra flavor.
Don’t mix all of the ingredients together in the baking pan. Keep all layers separate.
Spice cake will be darker when baked — it’s not burnt.


Calories: 388kcal, Carbohydrates: 58g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 430mg, Potassium: 195mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 378IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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I hope you enjoy this delicious apple dessert as much as we do! It’s a great recipe to serve with any family meal or bring to a potluck! Just don’t forget the scoop of ice cream on top!

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Recipe first published in 2021 and updated in 2023.

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  1. Liz says:

    There are large and small apple pie filling cans, which size should I use? Thanks so much!

    1. Dee says:

      The cans I use are 21 ounces each, so I would say small.

  2. Gerry says:

    I made this for my grandson’s b’day. I changed a couple things. I cut up the apple slices some, added about 1/2-2/3 Cups brown sugar, 1-2 tsp cinnamon, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. I could of used apple pie spice, but didn’t have any, w/ the light br. sugar. And I added about 2/3 cup of walnuts on top.!! This cake was to Die for! SO Good….5 stars