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Caramel Apple Dump Cake is the perfect amount of gooey caramel and scrumptious apple filling covered with a soft  buttery crunch topping.

Caramel Apple Dump Cake Dish

This is a recipe that is easy enough to make for a family meal and decadent enough to serve to company! It’s completely versatile too! You can omit the caramel if you like and use any type of pie filling. Are you a big nut fan?? Well throw in some pecans, walnuts or slivered almonds on top with the cake mix for a little extra crunch! Divine!!!

The addition of the caramel says hello there Autumn, let me take a bite!! It’s an apple time of year after all. Let’s get this celebrations started with this beautiful dessert! Add a simple scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or heck just top this baby with some butter pecan for a little extra yum!! Whatever tickles your fancy and makes that sweet tooth happy will be perfect!

a serving of this caramel apple dump cake with fresh mint, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce on a white plate

What you will need for an Apple Dump Cake

  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Apple Pie Filling
  • Butter
  • Caramel Topping
all of the ingredients needed to make this slow cooker caramel apple dump cake recipe

How to make the best apple dump cake

  • In a 9 x 13 Baking Dish or in oval slow cooker spray with cooking spray. Spoon cans of apple pie filling in bottom of dish.
  • Pour caramel evenly on top of pie filling.
  • Sprinkle cake mix on top.
  • Place thin slices of butter on top of cake mix. You can also melt the butter and pour it on top.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or cook in slow cooker on high for 2 hours or low for  4 hours.
Caramel Apple Dump Cake on a white plate. Topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel topping and garnished with mint leaves.

Can I make apple dump cake in the slow cooker?

Yes you absolutely can! It is delicious made in a crock pot!

  • Spray Cooking spray in the bottom of an oval 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Assemble as instructed above.
  • Place lid on slow cooker. I like to place a paper towels or tea towel below the lid to catch extra moisture from dripping down onto cake.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hour.

How can I change up the flavors of a dump cake

Dumps cakes are so easy and delicious. You really can use just about any fruit you like ina dump cake. My personal favorite is apple. I like to top it with chopped pecans or walnuts for extra crunch, but you can use cherry, peach, or any other fruit pie filling you have.

a serving of this caramel apple dump cake with fresh mint, vanilla ice cream, and caramel sauce on a white plate

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Caramel Apple Dump Cake Dish
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Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Nikki Lee
Caramel Apple Dump Cake is the perfect amount of gooey caramel and scrumptious apple filling covered with a soft buttery crunch topping. 


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 2 cans apple pie filling, (21 ounce cans)
  • ½ cup caramel sauce or topping
  • 2 sticks butter, melted or sliced


Oven Baked Caramel Apple Dump Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a 9 x 13 Baking Dish.
  • Spoon cans of apple pie filling in bottom of dish
  • Pour caramel evenly on top of pie filling.
  • Sprinkle cake mix on top.
  • Place thinly sliced pats of butter evenly on top of cake mix. You can also melt the butter and drizzle it on top, if desired
  • Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla or your favorite ice cream!

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Dump Cake Instructions

  • Spray a 6 quart oval or oblong slow cooker crock.
  • Layer as above instructions indicate.
  • Place lid on slow cooker. If desired, place paper towels or a tea towel underneath the lid not touching the cake top to catch water droplets that may form on lid.
  • Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.



You can cut this recipe to 1 stick of butter if you would like to cut some of the fat in the recipe!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving Calories: 359kcal (18%) Carbohydrates: 52g (17%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 17g (26%) Saturated Fat: 10g (63%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 40mg (13%) Sodium: 501mg (22%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 34g (38%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. My husband is diabetic and I am always looking for recipes that I can fix sugar free. I think that I can make a few changes to this recipe to make it sugar free. Sounds great!!

    1. That is wonderful Sherry. I do see sugar free apple pie filling and cake mix in the store. I have tried the pie filling and it was good. I have not tried the cake mix yet. But my mom is diabetic so I need to work on making a few things more friendly for her as well!

  2. Do you like it just as well with only one stick of butter? Sounds like the better amount, to me, but wouldn’t want to spoil the deliciousness of it. Just asking.

    1. I will be honest, I think it is so much better with two! BUT that being said I have made it with 1 and it is good. The only thing that can happen is you may have a few spots of the topping that don’t get covered enough with butter. Just slice them really thin so that you have enough to cover the top well. This is something I don’t make often and it is a treat.

    1. I have not tried that, I am not sure if the jelly roll sides would be high enough. But you can certainly give it a try. I often make two though for a crowd.

  3. I have made this several times. I use a spice cake mix rather than the yellow one and add some chopped pecans on top. The spice cake mix really makes it seem like a “fall” recipe!

    1. A spice cake is wonderful with this and I love pecans in it too. I also have used a butter pecan cake mix as well! Delish too!

  4. 5 stars
    Oh, so good!….my family loves Caramel and Apples so this was perfect. Plus, it’s fall and apple time. This is a keeper. Tried in slow cooker and amazing.

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for the instructions on how to make your own pie filling I think it would be even better when I have extra time. I have a gluten allergy so I have a hard time making a dessert i can enjoy when I have all kids and grands over. This is perfect because I can use a gluten free cake mix and since it’s a bit more dense a scoop of Homemade Vanilla Blue Bell slightly melted will help fix that issue and I can dig in with everyone! Can’t wait to fix this for our next gathering!

    1. I like the mixture of the two! I bet that was delicious! I often add pecans as well, so yummy!

    1. You could make your own apple pie filling with fresh apples, I don’t have that recipe up on the blog yet but I will get that up soon. 4 medium apples, peel core and slice. Melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat, Stir in apples, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon and 3 tablespoons water. Cover and stir occasionally for about 4 to 6 minutes or until apples have softened (but not mushy). In a dish combine 1 tbsp water and 1 tbsp cornstarch. Add into apple mixture and stir until filling has thickened. You can a little more water if the apples happen to produce less juice than desired. You probably would need to double this recipe for the dump cake.

  6. 5 stars
    Let me just say, I made this for our church Harvest Party and I won 1st place in the desert contest! It’s simple and delicious!

    1. Oh my goodness! This just makes my day! I am so glad everyone enjoyed it! Easy recipes can be so delicious and no one even has to know you didn’t work all day on it 😉

  7. 5 stars
    Made this on Monday morning to take to work. It was a hit!!! Thanks for an easy recipe that is sure to please!

  8. Hi,
    I only have the Caramel Apple Pie Filling…. so if I don’t use the caramel sauce, what would I replace it with ??

    1. You do not need to replace it with anything. Just use your pie filling and it will be perfect! Thank you for coming by! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do 😉 So easy and remember you can change out the fillings to change up the recipe too! I love apple the best though! – Nikki

  9. 5 stars
    I LOVE a dump cake! I’ve never made one with apples though but I’m going to make this one! Pinned it–thanks for linking up!

  10. Looks delicious. I used to make a dump cake with cherry pie filling and crushed pineapple with toasted coconut. It was a hit at parties.

    1. Thank you Joanne! I love a dump cake because you can change it up and create something new! Cherry and pineapple sound divine! Oh that toasted coconut takes it over the top! Yum! I can’t wait to try that!!

      1. They are both delicious! My favorite is the oven, but really both are so good!