Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe, the best fall dessert dessert recipe with fresh apples, caramel, and a cake mix.
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Ohh, I’m so excited about this Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe! It’s the BEST dump cake I’ve ever had and super easy to make. If you like caramel apples, you’ll love this. Best part is that this Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe uses FRESH apples. Only a few other ingredients so prep time is minimal.
Ok, let’s talk about this super-duper-yummy Caramel Apple Dump Cake.
Yes, there are recipes out there for caramel apple dump cakes but most (if not all…) use canned apple pie filling AND caramel. Whoah, talk about sugar overload.
There’s plenty of sugar in this recipe as it is, so no need to double-up. Since fall is quickly approaching (I’m still holding onto summer though…) fresh apples are plentiful. This fresh apple dump cake is perfect.
How to Make a Dump Cake?
Ever wonder what is a dump cake or how to make a dump cake?
If you’ve never made a dump cake before (although I’m hoping you all made my Pina Colada Dump Cake), they’re easy to make. Typically you just “dump” the ingredients in the pan and no mixing bowls or other pans are needed.
A recipe for dump cake generally has a layer of fruit or some type of filling on the bottom of the pan, topped with a cake mix, and melted butter. There are many variations though!
Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe:
For this easy dump cake recipe, you can use your favorite flavor cake mix (I used a Pillsbury yellow cake mix) and nuts (I used Diamond shelled whole walnuts). I personally loved the nuts in this Caramel Apple Dump Cake because it added a nice crunch but you can leave them out.
My best tip for using apples in this fresh apple dump cake recipe, is to make sure you chop the apples into small cubes so they can bake through in the oven. If you put huge slices or chunks of fresh apple they may not cook through. My cubes were probably about 1/2-inch in diameter.
Once you have your apples chopped into small cubes, place them in a lightly greased pan. Pour the caramel on top of the fresh apples, then pour the caramel on top, then sprinkle with nuts.
Spoon the cake mix on top, then drizzle the melted butter over the top. Then bake! That’s it!
Like I mentioned above, I really liked using fresh apples. Canned apple pie filling and caramel together is a lot of sugar and can get really mushy and goopy.
You can eat this Caramel Apple Dump Cake warm or cold. I like it warm with some ice cream and a little more caramel and nuts are nice additions. Whip cream or whipped topping would also be great.
Here’s a quick video to see how quick this Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe comes together…
Hope you enjoy this easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake!
Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe
Caramel Apple Dump Cake recipe, an easy dump cake recipe full of fresh apples, caramel, and a cake mix.
- 6 cups finely chopped peeled, and cored apple (about 3 large apples)
- 1 cup caramel ice cream topping
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups walnuts
- 1 (15.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Pour apples into a single layer into prepared pan. Drizzle caramel on top of apples. Sprinkle cinnamon on top then spoon walnuts on top in even layer.
- Sprinkle cake mix on top so that apple mixture is completely covered. Drizzle melted butter on top.
- Bake dump cake at 350 degrees F for 45-60 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold. Store in refrigerator.
SNAPPY TIPS: I didn't chop my walnuts, but you could use chopped nuts. You can use more melted butter on top if the cake mix still appears dry.
SNAPPY SUBSTITUTIONS: Instead of caramel topping you could use butterscotch. Instead of walnuts you could use pecans or your favorite nut, or omit entirely. Instead of cinnamon you could substitute apple pie spice.
Looking for more caramel apple recipes? How about my fun cocktail Caramel Apple Cheesecaketini, or cupcakes like these Caramel Apple Butter Cupcakes, or cobblers like these Amaretto Caramel Apple Mug Cobblers. A few other good looking caramel apple recipes are these Snickers Caramel Apple Salad (Spicy Southern Kitchen), Salted Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars (Jo Cooks), and Caramel Apple Float (Lovely Little Kitchen). Yum!
(NOTE: photos/post were slightly updated October 2017. Giveaway has ended and winner was notified and received prize.)