Easy 4 ingredient Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe is quick and easy to make and tastes amazing. This no fail dessert is made with a cake mix, apple pie filling, caramel, and butter! 4 easy ingredients.
Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake
We are huge fans of dump cake recipes! They are so easy to make and always taste amazing.
I try to keep the ingredients on hand just in case we want to whip up a dump cake for dessert.
Easy dump cake recipes make life so sweet and easy! I love that you can take a box of cake mix and turn it into the perfect sweet treats.
During the summer when we don't feel like turning the oven on we make slow cooker dump cakes. All the sweet dessert goodness without the heat in the house.
The only thing you need to do is evenly distribute the ingredients, bake, and enjoy!
- Apple Pie Filling
- Yellow Cake Mix
- Caramel Bits
Optional Toppings - a scoop of Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, caramel sauce, cinnamon, chopped pecans or your favorite nuts.
Cake Mix - We use a yellow cake mix but you can easily substitute and make this with a spice cake mix or a white cake mix. A different cake mix will change up the flavor so make sure it pairs well with caramel and apples. Check out all of our Yellow Cake Mix Recipes
Caramel Bits - If you don't have caramel bits you can cut caramel squares into half and use those or pour caramel sauce over the apples.
Apples - We used canned apple pie filling but you could use fried apples or homemade apple pie filling. If you decide to use fresh apples make sure they are chopped into small cubes so they bake evenly.
One thing I love about dump cakes is there is no need to use a mixing bowl or extra equipment unless you want to.
Measuring glass/microwave safe bowl - To melt the butter. You can also do this on the stovetop in a saucepan.
9 x 13 Baking Dish - Also known as a 3 quart casserole dish.
Microwave Silicone cover - I swear by these lid covers to help prevent butter splatters when melting butter in the microwave. I have had way too many butter explosions while baking. These lid covers help keep the butter in the bowl and not on the roof of your microwave.
Heat resistant potholders - A couple of years ago, we had a fire scare when we didn't realize we had turned a burner on, and a cloth potholder caught fire. Thankfully we walked by the kitchen and saw the smoke and were able to get it out ourselves. Since then, we have only used these heat-resistant potholders.
How to make Caramel Apple Dump Cake
Make sure to preheat the oven.
Step 1 - Spread apple pie filling in a greased casserole baking dish in an even layer.
Step 2 - Sprinkle caramel bits evenly over the apple filling.
Step 3 - Evenly spread dry cake mix over the caramel bits and apple mixture.
Step 4 - Pour melted butter over the top of the cake mix. There may be areas that are not covered which is fine.
Bake until golden brown.
How to serve Caramel Apple Dump Cake
This dump cake can be enjoyed warm or cold. Top it with whipped cream or a great vanilla ice cream.
Change it up and try it with butter pecan, maple walnut, or cinnamon ice cream. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top for extra decadence.
We enjoy this cake the next day and I am going to admit I might have had some of it for breakfast the day after making it.
How to store?
Store the dump cake covered at room temperature for a day or two. If you plan to keep it longer store it in the refrigerator.
Can you freeze dump cakes?
I would not freeze it if you don't have to. The texture will most likely change after freezing. We have not tried freezing a dump cake.
Slow Cooker Instructions
This recipe can easily be adapted to bake in your favorite crockpot.
Make sure to spray the crockpot with non-stick cooking spray to make clean up a lot easier.
Assemble the same as you would in a baking dish. Cover with the slow cooker lid, cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
Can this recipe be vegan - Yes, make sure to use a vegan friendly cake mix, caramel, and vegan butter.
Can you make Gluten Free Dump Cakes - Yes, try a gluten free cake mix, also check the ingredients on any apple pie filling and caramels.
We use two cans of apples but this can be made with one.
Printable recipe card instructions are below.
Nutrition information, including calories, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin c, potassium, cholesterol, sodium, trans fat, monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and more, will vary depending on the products used.
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Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Evenly spread apple pie filling in a 9x13 casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Evenly spread caramel bits over the apples
- Evenly spread the dry boxed cake mix over the top of the caramel and apples.
- Melt butter, evenly pour over the top of the dry cake mix.
- Bake for 40-50 minutes, enjoy!