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Easy Apple Spice Dump Cake

This apple spice dump cake is easy to throw together and creates a warm cinnamon coffee cake like dessert in no time at all. An easy Fall treat you’ll love with boxed cake mix, pie filling and just a bit more.

Apple Spice Dump Cake

This apple spice cake dump cake is our latest creation! I guess you could call it a cross between an apple pie filling dump cake and a sort of coffee cake dump cake, it came out so good! We are all about easy dump cake recipes here on The Typical Mom (affiliate links present)

Caramel Apple Spice Dump Cake

Filled with cinnamon and apples it is the perfect Fall dessert…..or year round really, let’s be honest. I love dump cake recipes because they only require 3-5 ingredients which I can usually keep in my cupboards so if company shows up unexpectedly I have it all on hand to throw together.

This happened just the other day and I luckily had all the ingredients to make this easy pumpkin pudding cake recipe on hand….everyone loved that one!

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Apple Spice Dump Cake

Now with the filling you can use any flavor you like but apples is what we chose. Once you get the hang of how it is done you can then swap it out for a number of different combinations. You can make your own homemade pressure cooker apple pie filling or buy canned.

  1. Casserole dish – 9×13″ size
    1. Cooking spray to make it non stick
  2. Apple pie filling – we’ve used this one
    1. Fresh apples aren’t recommended for this cake
  3. Dry cake mix
    1. This is the box of cinnamon swirl I bought and would recommend. It comes complete with a brown sugar topping mix you’ll want too.
    2. Yellow cake mix won’t taste the same at all
    3. Spice cake mix is great in our pumpkin pudding cake. If that’s all you have I’d make this version of dump cake.
  4. Melted butter
  5. 1/2 cup nuts is great – I used walnuts but candied pecans would be good too
  6. Ice cream, whipped topping or whipped cream is great on top

You could omit the extras at the end and just make it a 3 ingredient dump cake too. Mix and match the flavors of the mix with different fruits and see which is your favorite combination.

easy apple dump cake

3 Ingredient Apple Spice Dump Cake

There is NO need for a mixing bowl when making this type of dessert, unlike our applesauce spice cake. You just sprinkle, layer and bake. You can see how it is somewhat layered inside of your 13×9 pan. I used a glass one but you could spray an aluminum baking pan too. As with any dump cake there isn’t a lot of mixing, it just bakes all together in the oven.

There is usually just a little powder left on top from the muffin mix. Don’t worry too much about that. Once it is served up it’s not a big deal. Same thing happens from time to time with our Instant Pot dump cake.

Is dump cake supposed to be mushy?

I guess you could describe it as such. Very moist would be a better description but either way you won’t be able to slice it like a traditional cake. Instead, allow it to cool slightly to solidify more, 10 minutes will do, and then use a large serving spoon to scoop out individual portions to serve.

Can you use fresh apples instead of pie filling to make apple dump cake?

Not really. There isn’t enough moisture for the dry boxed cake mix to absorb without the fruit glaze in the can. You can make a fresh apple cake but it would need more liquid in the batter to get tender and moist.

Apple Spice Dump Cake 2

Dump Cake with Apple Pie Filling

Just layer as directed and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until it is somewhat firm in the middle. Served up immediately this apple spice dump cake is wonderful. Add just a bit of vanilla ice cream on top too for the perfect dessert. Same directions go for Blueberry pie filling dump cake flavor etc. It’s plenty for 8-12 people easily. Bring it to a potluck or for a holiday get together.

How do you know when a dump cake is done?

The middle is no longer wet and when a toothpick is inserted there should be wet fruit and moist crumbs of cake attached. There shouldn’t be raw dough on it, if so add another 5 minutes and test again. It’s rather cheap to feed a bunch of people too which is usually important when you’re on a budget. After you try this here are a few more desserts you will enjoy:

Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake

Just like with our Cinnamon roll breakfast casserole this too is semi-homemade though everyone may think it is from scratch really. Using ready made main ingredients saves time and time for you.

Want to make this even faster and not turn your oven on? You can make something similar in a slow cooker with this Crockpot apple dump cake recipe!!

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

Do you refrigerate dump cakes?

A dump cake can be served hot or cold, with or without whipped or ice cream. Most people prefer their pie filling dump cake to be served warm with some sort of topping. There is a slight appeal to a refrigerated texture though. It’s all about preference really. A leftover dump cake can definitely be stored for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

Even with something like our Pumpkin pie dump cake which is amazing, I wouldn’t leave it out if there is some left. The texture will get weird and there is more chance for it to spoil. Just transfer it to an air tight container or put foil right over your pan to store. 

How do you reheat dump cake?

If you have smaller portions, I would microwave it on a plate. If you have an entire peach dump cake for example, then heat it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until warm. Again, serve it with whipped cream or ice cream and it’s like new again! Let us know what you think and if you added any other goodies inside!

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Apple Spice Dump Cake

This apple spice dump cake is easy to throw together and creates a warm cinnamon coffee cake like dessert in no time at all. An easy Fall treat you’ll love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, cake, cinnamon, dessert, dump, spice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Calories 337kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1 box cinnamon swirl cake mix 21 oz., I used Krusteaz
  • 1/2 c butter melted
  • 1 can pie filling apple, 21 oz
  • 1/2-3/4 c walnuts chopped, optional


  • Spray a 13×9 baking pan.
  • Pour apple pie filling on bottom and spread out evenly.
  • Sprinkle cake mix portion of your cinnamon swirl cake mix on top of the apple pie filling and spread out evenly.
  • Melt your butter and pour evenly on top of this cake mix.
  • Then open the brown sugar bag in your cake mix box and sprinkle that on top spreading out evenly.
  • Sprinkle nuts on the top if desired and put into oven preheated to 350 degrees.
  • Bake until golden brown on top and middle is starting to firm up, approx 50 minutes.


Nutrition Facts
Apple Spice Dump Cake
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 373mg16%
Potassium 190mg5%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 250IU5%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Saturday 14th of October 2023

This is delish! I use an 8x8 and it always comes out perfect. Everyone always asks for the recipe and says they prefer this over regular apple pie ❤️ Thanks for sharing this recipe!


Wednesday 4th of October 2023

I meant to say not the link in the recipe, but the link way above...cinnamon 'n spice apple pie filling (which is unavailable at this time). Maybe that's why the recipe link goes to a different pie filling...

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 4th of October 2023

Ok so I fixed that link to one that is in stock for everyone.


Wednesday 4th of October 2023

Your photo shows caramel apple pie filling, but the link goes to apple cinnamon pie filling. Which one to use??

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 4th of October 2023

Either one with cinnamon or without is fine


Saturday 22nd of July 2023

I made this delicious dessert for our weekly family dinner and all I can say is, yum!! So easy to make, too! Definitely will be making this again!!


Saturday 2nd of October 2021

This apple spice dump cake recipe was a big hit! Super quick and easy. I think next time I would add maybe a little more apple pie filling or use a 9x9 inch pan. Delicious!

The Typical Mom

Monday 4th of October 2021

Oh yay

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