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.

One piece from a pan of Caramel Apple Dump Cake
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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!

Process shot of ingredients going into 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.

Drizzling Caramel over 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.
Taking a bite of 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. 

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5 from 4 votes

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Simple and sweet describe this easy to make Caramel Apple Dump Cake.


  • 1 package (15.25 ounces) white cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon homemade apple pie spice
  • cup (168g) evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (170 g or 1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 package (11 ounces) caramel bits*
  • 1 can (20 ounces) apple pie filling


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together cake mix, apple pie spice, ⅓ cup of evaporated milk, vanilla, and melted butter. Mix until smooth.
  • Pour half of the batter into a greased 9×13 pan and smooth out to create an even layer.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, mix together caramels and ⅓ cup of evaporated milk.
  • Remove from oven, top with apple pie filling, and then caramel mixture (reserve some for topping later).
  • Crumble remaining batter on top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.


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

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  1. In love with your recipes , going to make a few of them. They all look delisssss. Thanks for sharing them 👏👏👏👏👏

  2. Caramel Apple Dump cake is in the oven. I do believe it’s going to end up too sweet with sugar in the cake mix, apples and caramel. If I make it again I’ll try it with fresh apples and adding no sugar.

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