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Recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake

This recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake is easy to put together and it's bound to become a family favourite and popular for any gathering. It's one of those desserts that become your go-to dessert because everyone always loves it.

caramel apple dump cake in a ramekin with caramel sauce dripping down

This recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake has become a go-to recipe when we need a delicious dessert that is a crowd pleaser. It's a hit EVERY time and who can resist the yummy goodness of apples, cinnamon, salted caramel and the crunchiness of pecans and more?

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This recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake is easy to put together and will be a family favourite. It's one of our go-to desserts everyone loves.

You can get a mix of sweet apples from the apple pie mix paired with fresh apples giving you a bit of that apple tartness. What ties this cake together in my opinion is the combination of the spices, apples and the salted caramel sauce. We use our homemade salted caramel sauce, or you can use a store bought caramel sauce that's entirely up to you.

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Our salted caramel sauce

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This recipe for caramel apple dump cake is amazing to eat while still warm and topped with vanilla ice cream and our salted caramel sauce drizzled on top to finish it off. Of course I'm completely biased as I love caramel sauce and combine that with apples and I'm practically drooling.

recipe for caramel apple dump cake, whole cake in white baking pan

What is a dump cake?

I admit when I first started hearing about "dump cakes" I thought to myself that doesn't sound that appealing lol Well it may not sound appealing but boy oh boy are dump cakes ever delicious and oh so easy to make. Why is that? Because you literally just dump the ingredients in the pan and bake it. Hence them being called dump cakes. It doesn't take any special skills to dump ingredients in a pan.

caramel apple dump cake

That's exactly what we did. We dumped the ingredients in layers in our 8x14 casserole dish and baked that yummy goodness. It doesn't get much easier than that does it? Look at this yummy caramel apple dump cake straight out of the oven can you see the steam coming off of it in the photo above?

caramel apple dump cake in a ramekin

What kind of cake can you use in this caramel apple dump cake?

This time around we just used a vanilla cake but you most certainly have some options when it comes to this recipe for caramel apple dump cake. Here are some of the cake flavours that you can use:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Spice Cake Mix
  • Butter Pecan Cake Mix
  • Carrot Cake Mix

recipe for caramel apple dump cake

If you do use a spice cake mix and you don't like a strong flavour when it comes to cinnamon etc.. you may want to cut back on the cinnamon and skip the nutmeg if you had planned on using it. I personally enjoy it with the spice cake and I've used 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with the spice cake and the nutmeg and loved it but I like bold flavours.

caramel apple dump cake

Let's get to this delicious recipe shall we?

Yield: 10-12 servings

Recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake

caramel apple dump cake in a ramekin with caramel sauce dripping down

This recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake is easy to put together and will be a family favourite. It's one of our go-to desserts everyone loves.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 boxes of vanilla cake mix
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of chopped butter
  • 2 cups of apple pie apples (canned apples)
  • 2 apples chopped
  • ¼ cup of caramels
  • ¼ cup of chopped pecans
  • ¼ cup of caramel sauce
  • 1 apple sliced for garnish
  • 2-3 tablespoon caramel sauce for garnish


  1. Pour apple pie filling and chopped apples into the bottom of a 8x14 casserole dish.
  2. Place caramel squares and chopped pecans on top.
  3. Drizzle caramel sauce all over.
  4. Mix cake mix, cinnamon, nutmeg (optional) and brown sugar and place on top.
  5. Chop butter and place on top of dry ingredients
  6. Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes. I found that cooking at a lower temp for longer worked. You want the cake to be fully cooked when you remove it from the oven.
  7. Around the 30 minute mark, you want to place the sliced apples on and drizzle with more caramel sauce.
  8. Remove and serve with ice cream and the caramel sauce


See our post for other cake flavor options

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 632Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 874mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 4gSugar: 66gProtein: 5g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

caramel apple dump cakeThere you have it, does that not look super easy to make this delicious recipe for caramel apple dump cake? Are you going to make it?

bit of caramel apple dump cake

If you make this delicious dessert let us know how you liked it and what variations you tried!

By on December 9th, 2021

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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3 thoughts on “Recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake”

  1. Wow, this sounds amazing! I love that you use cake mix, making it so much easier to make. I am definitely going to have to make some of these soon, these flavors are heavenly! Thank you so much for sharing.


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