Caramel Apple Dump Cake

filed under: Cakes · Dessert on November 20, 2019

For a sweet dessert that is easy to make, give this Caramel Apple Dump Cake a try! With just a little prep, you can have dessert ready to share at your next meal! When you realize how easy dump cakes are to make, you will want to add these recipes to your dessert menu options. Try my Blueberry Dump Cake and my Peach Dump Cake.

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Dumping ingredients into a pan doesn’t seem like it would bake into something edible, let alone delicious…but, lucky for all of us, it does! Whoever came up with this idea was genius! The simplicity of this dessert does not take away any of the sweet flavors of the Caramel Apple Dump Cake. Even if you are short on time, this dessert is one you can have on the table, ready to serve, in less than an hour!

One piece from a pan of Caramel Apple Dump Cake

How to Make Caramel Apple Dump Cake

There is no peeling and cutting of apples for this recipe, but you will still get all the flavor of a homemade Caramel Apple Pie! It’s a matter of layering the ingredients and baking the Caramel Apple Dump Cake. Yes, it’s that easy! One important ingredient is the apple pie spice. I encourage you to make your own homemade apple pie spice for this and other recipes. Just remember, if you use a store-bought spice, double the amount in the recipe. For example, this recipe calls for 1 teaspoon so you would use 2 teaspoons if the spice is store-bought.

Process shot of ingredients going into Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Layers of the Caramel Apple Dump Cake

  • In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, apple pie spice, evaporated milk, vanilla, and melted butter.
  • Use half of this batter to layer the bottom of a greased 9×13 inch pan. Smooth it out as best as you can. Leave the other half in the bowl for later.
  • Bake just the bottom layer for about 10 minutes at 350°F.
  • While the base layer is baking, mix together the caramels and the other 1/3 cup of evaporated milk in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Put that off to the side and remove the baking pan from the oven. Pour the apple pie filling over the base layer, followed by pouring most of the caramel mixture on top of the filling. Leave some of the caramel to drizzle on top at the end.
  • Finally, crumble the remaining batter on top of the caramel mixture and bake for 30 minutes. The Caramel Apple Dump Cake will be a golden brown when it is done.

Drizzling Caramel over Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Topping Ideas for Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Besides the rest of the caramel drizzle that you made, a couple of basic topping choices for a caramel apple dump cake are whipped cream or ice cream.  Within those two categories, there are a few variations that can really take this dump cake to a whole new level.   For the ice cream, we almost always have vanilla or vanilla bean as a staple in our freezer.  If you really have a sweet tooth, mix it up with some cinnamon ice cream or a caramel ice cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Making your own whipped cream is probably one of the top recommendations that I will ever give you when discussing homemade desserts.

To do that, you need heavy whipping cream and confectioners sugar. Essentially, from here you just pour the whipping cream into a bowl and whip until peaks start to form.  I would recommend using a hand mixer or a stand mixer unless you are really focusing on those arm muscles.  Slowly add in the sugar and serve.  Super simple.

Taking a bite of Caramel Apple Dump Cake

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5 from 2 votes
Caramel Apple Dump Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

Simple and sweet describe this easy to make Caramel Apple Dump Cake.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Dump Cake, Caramel Apple Dump Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 392 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon homemade apple pie spice
  • 2/3 cup (168g) evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (170g) (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramel bits*
  • 1 can (20 ounces) apple pie filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cake mix, apple pie spice, 1/3 cup of evaporated milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Pour half of the batter into a greased 9x13 pan and smooth out to create an even layer.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together caramels and 1/3 cup of evaporated milk.

  6. Remove from oven, top with apple pie filling, and then caramel mixture (reserve some for topping later).
  7. Crumble remaining batter on top.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe Notes

*If you do not have caramel bits you can use caramel squares or jarred caramel sauce. 

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  • Cristine says:

    I could not find caramel bits anywhere! Can you use a few regular caramels?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, or you can use caramel sundae sauce. (the thick stuff)

  • Connie Wright says:

    I really don’t like the taste of evaporated milk. What would be a good substitute?

  • Mary Ann Hoobler says:

    There was not a recipe for apple pie spice?
    Could you please send it to me

  • Brenda says:

    Can you make this in crock pot?My oven is out just now??

  • Stacey Dixon says:

    Can’t wait to make this. I love dump cakes
    Also love things made with Carmel.
    I would maybe serve it with sea salt Carmel ice cream. Walmart carries it in their brand. It is yummy. Hadd to find sometimes.

  • Jan MCGUIRE says:

    Did I miss the recipe for Apple Pie Spice??

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Jan! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here is the apple pie spice recipe. Have a great day!

  • Bobby Lee says:

    “CRUMBLE”???remaining batter on top?

  • Anne says:

    Wondering the same – how do you ‘crumble’ cake batter? I’m a sucker for anything with caramel – so I need to know!

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Anne! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You would just evenly distribute the remaining batter (the batter you used for the crust) over the top with your fingers. I hope that helps, and have a great day!

  • Joan says:

    How many caramel squares?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Joan! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. If you use the caramel squares, it will be about 35 caramels that come in an 11-ounce bag. I hope that helps, and have a great day!

  • Tracey says:

    Do you need to refrigerate after it’s made ?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Tracey! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, store any leftovers in the refrigerator. Have a great day!

  • Cristy Wolford says:

    Recipe for the homemade apple pie spice Please Thank you

  • Penny says:

    How do you make your Apple pie spice

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Penny! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Here is the link to the homemade apple pie spice. Have a great day!

  • Chris says:

    They all look awesome. Can’t wait to try them.

  • Cindy Rodgers says:

    Hi ! Sounds grest . I would like to use jarred caramel sauce , what size jar would that be ?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Cindy! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Use 11 ounces of caramel sauce for this recipe. Have a great day!

  • Angi Gaissert says:

    my kids and I love easy stuff to make thanks. Angi

  • Sandra Nix says:

    Did not understand the crumble of remaining batter on top. #7. What batter? If I follow the recipe I would do everything but that part….

    Thanks for an answer,
    So you start over baking the remainder of the batter.
    Then crumble first cake on top??? Right or wrong??

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Sandra! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. The batter is what you made in step 2 of the recipe. (You only use half of it in step 3 and the other half in step 7.) I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Jan says:

    I wanted to this cake but while getting things together I stopped when it said 1 TABLESPOON VANILLA. Is that right or is it a type

  • Janice says:

    I wanted to this cake but while getting things together I stopped when it said 1 TABLESPOON VANILLA. Is that right or is it a type

  • Kat says:

    Followed your directions tho after reading comments I was questioning you but you’ve never let me down so I forged ahead. As I followed your recipe instructions it all came together exactly as as you’d said. Delicious!! Thanks so much for all your time you put into your website! I’m a daily recipient of your email!!

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  • Janet Miller says:

    You are awesome….thank you so much for sharing your doable recipes.

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