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Caramel Apple Dump Cake

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Move over pumpkin spice there is a new fall flavor in town! This caramel apple dump cake is a game changer in the world of dump cakes! A spice cake paired with apple pie filling and caramel nibs. Every bite is bursting with fall flavors and is loaded with caramel apple flavor. 

Caramel Apple Dump Cake in a glass bowl.

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Instead of a caramel sauce, I used caramel bits; they are little caramel round balls, and boy, are they delicious. Now, I used a spice cake mix to really enhance the warm spices of this easy dessert. This is an easy recipe and pairs great with whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

If you are a lover of dump cakes, I have more for you. Try my blueberry dump cake or this pumpkin dump cake recipe.

  • Perfect Dessert for Fall
  • Easiest Dessert
  • Simple Ingredients
  • Easy Apple Dump Cake
  • Entire Family Will Love It
  • Cozy Dessert

Ingredients for caramel apple dump cake

Ingredients for apple dump cake sitting on a marble countertop.
  • Apple Pie Filling – I used canned pie filling for this cake to make it super simple.
  • Cinnamon – Add in some cinnamon for an extra dash of warm spice.
  • Caramel Nibs – You can buy these in the baking aisle beside the chocolate chips.
  • Walnuts – These add a nice crunch to the cake.
  • Spice Cake Mix – I used a spice cake mix, but you are welcome to swap it out with a different cake flavor.
  • Butter – You will want to use real butter, not margarine.

Variations To Recipe

  • Drizzle on dulce de leche instead of caramel nibs
  • Chop up soft soft caramels and place on top of the apples if you want instead of the nibs.
  • Drizzle an ice cream caramel sauce over the cake for extra caramel for serving.
  • Swap out the apple pie filling with another type of pie filling.
  • Serve with butter pecan ice cream or caramel ice cream for added flavor.
  • Instead of cinnamon use apple pie spice.

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

How To Make

Collage of creating a caramel apple dump cake.
  1. Step One: Preheat the oven and grease your 9×13 baking pan.
  2. Step Two: Place the apple pie filling in the bottom of the cake pan. Spread out the pie filling. (Photo 1)
  3. Step Three: Sprinkle cinnamon over the top of the fruit. Do a little bit, not a ton of cinnamon. (Photo 2)
  4. Step Four: Layer your caramel nibs and walnuts over the top. (Photo 3)
  5. Step Five: Next, you will spread the spice cake over the top in an even layer. Use your hand to spread it out. (Photo 4)
Collage of baking caramel apple dump cake.
  1. Step Six: Pour melted butter over the cake, and bake as directed. Once done, spoon up the cake. (Photos 5 & 6)
Caramel Apple Dump Cake in a bowl.

Storing Leftover Cake

If you have any leftovers of this crowd pleaser easy cake, simply place in an airtight container. Then store the cake for up to 4-5 days in the fridge. You can eat the leftover dump cake cold or warm it up in the microwave.

You can also freeze the cake if you want. Just place in a freezer friendly container and freeze for 2-3 months. Then thaw in the fridge overnight.

Two glass bowls of Apple Dump Cake.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you mix up the cake mix before you bake it?

No, you do not mix the cake at all. The beauty of a dump cake is that you will dump the ingredients into the pan and bake.

Can I use a different flavor of cake?

Yes, you can use any flavor of cake mix you would like. The spice cake adds a lot of flavor, but you can use any flavor of cake mix you prefer.

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Glass bowl of caramel apple dump cake.
5 from 5 votes

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Try out this caramel apple dump cake for a simple dessert. A spice cake paired with caramel and apple pie filling. A must make dessert.


  • 2 cans apple pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup (177 3/7 g) caramel nibs
  • ¾ cup (87 ¾ g) walnuts chopped
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 2 sticks butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13×9 baking dish with nonstick spray
  • Pour pie filling in bottom of dish
  • Sprinkle on cinnamon
  • Layer caramel nibs and walnuts
  • Evenly sprinkle on cake mix
  • Spoon on melted butter making sure it is evenly distributed and most of the surface is moist
  • Bake 40-45 minutes
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving
  • Devour!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 400kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 71g (24%) Protein: 5g (10%) Fat: 12g (18%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0.3g Cholesterol: 2mg (1%) Sodium: 504mg (22%) Potassium: 137mg (4%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 42g (47%) Vitamin A: 12IU Vitamin C: 0.2mg Calcium: 185mg (19%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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  1. 5 stars
    I love dump cake recipes! So easy. This one is delicious! I had it with coffee for breakfast (don’t tell my kids!)

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