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3 Ingredient Apple “Dump” Cake


3 ingredient Apple Dump Cake Recipe Hip2Save

If you’re looking for an easy cake that doesn’t even require a mixing bowl, try this yummy three ingredient apple “dump” cake! This dessert tastes like a cross between a cake and an apple cobbler and so perfect for Fall.

Apple “Dump Cake”

(Adapted from Come Together Kids)


one yellow cake mix
7 apples, sliced
1 stick of butter
sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (optional)

How to make an apple dump cakeDirections:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease or spray a 9×13 cake pan. Slice apples and place them evenly in the pan (optional step —-> sprinkle a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice over apples). Sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the apples. Melt butter and drizzle over the top of cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-50 minutes until the apples are tender and cake gets nice and brown on top. (Tip: The water from the apples should soak in with the cake mix but if you’re noticing the cake mix isn’t completely cooking, just sprinkle a little water over those areas and put back in oven). Serve with some vanilla ice cream on top if desired.

Easy 3 Ingredient Apple Dump Cake Hip2Save
This was a super easy dessert and a great way to make use of fresh apples! Another perk – it makes the house smell amazing!

[h2s_box]Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.[/h2s_box]

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* Paleo Pancakes

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Comments 71

  1. Brooke

    Oh, Lina!! You’re making it so hard for me to be on an elimination diet! I tried to look away, but you sucked me in. This is good made with peaches also.

  2. Cbears711

    Thank you Collin! I was about to go on Pinterest to find an apple recipe. Glad I checked Hip2Save first, this looks delicious!

  3. Lauren

    I have never made anything like this before, does anybody have any suggestions on what type of apples work best? Thank you!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      These were pink lady apples and we enjoyed!

      • Lauren

        Great. Thank you Lina:)

    • Jessica

      I have made this numerous times (its my go-to) and honestly, I like it better with canned apples (or peaches). I think its a texture thing for me, but the fresh apples don’t seem to soften enough.

      • Yoko

        Maybe, you can microwave fresh apple before putting in the oven to soften.

    • racr

      Golden delicious, gala, jonagold

  4. kim

    Do you have to mix the cake mix with ingredients first? or just dump dry mix over top apples?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You literally just dump it in over the apples. 🙂

  5. Alison Matalanis

    I love this! So easy… Has anyone seen the “dump cake” cookbook that you can order from TV? I guess there is even a “dump” dinners cookbook, too. I’m not sure about having that many “dump” recipes. Thanks, Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I saw it at Walgreens! Ha ha

    • Yoko

      You can buy “dump cake recipe books” on Amazon. Check there.

  6. Kelly

    This looks fantastic! I am going to have to try it. On a side note, I have the same milk glass bowls. I am fairly certain everything tastes better when served in vintage milk glass 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Totally agreed. 🙂

  7. Jenn

    Hi Lina – not sure if this has been asked before – but your pictures are always so beautiful – what type of camera and / or photo editing software do you use?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I use a Nikon d5100. This photo was with a 55mm lens. I use picmonkey.com free editing online even though I have photoshop because I’m so slow at it! Lol Thanks so much!

      • Lucy

        Is picmonkey really free? I tried to sign up yesterday but couldn’t find the signup link. Only an upgrade link (not free).

        • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

          There are basic functions that are free. It will have a crown next to it if it’s a royalty or ‘monthly membership fee”.

          • Kymrie

            I love picmonkey! I used it to edit my wedding photos, since our family-friend-photographer no longer does editing. They turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! Now quite professional, but perfectly fine for me!

  8. em

    This looks delicious! Do you think it would work with peaches, too? THANKS!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! I want to try that too!

    • Steph

      Yes this is wonderful with peaches! I’ve made it for years using a large can of peaches with juice. I’m sure it would be good with fresh peaches as well.

    • jan

      I’ve made it for years with 2 cans of peaches (or 1 larger can) cut 1 in pieces and a can of crushed pineapple. Cake and butter the same (though I usually only use 1/2 stick cut up over top) 350 for 1 hr

  9. Lauren

    Dump cake is a family favorite for us. I’ve always made dump cake with canned blueberry pie filling and a can of diced pineapple (plus the cake mix and butter). Love it and it’s so easy! I’ll have to try the fresh apples next time 🙂

    • kim

      I use cherry pie filling and diced pineapples, it is delicious and so easy!

  10. molly

    Love this cake! Have made it many many times in a dutch oven by the campfire!! (if in a hurry, canned apples work too!)

  11. Dianne

    made it last night with cherry pie filling and chocolate cake mix……delish!

  12. ~jenn~

    I like dump cakes. I like to use the coupon from the inside of a Duncan Hines cake mix that will give you a free cake mix with the purchase of Wilderness fruit fillings.
    I make this same cake with the filling instead of sliced apples.
    Some suggestions; this is definitely better when warm. Also, do your best to make the cake mix powder flat after you pout it over the filling. That way you can lightly tilt the melted butter back and forth to cover as much of the cake mix powder as possible. Only the powder that is covered by the butter will crisp and you don’t want to miss out on any of the crispy!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh I like that tip! Thanks Jenn!

    • Tasha

      I do the same thing. I’ve used canned peaches(or apples). And I use pie filling to coat the bottom of my pan. I agree it tastes better hot.

  13. Melanie

    If anybody is on a low fat diet, you can pour one can of cream soda over the cake mix instead of the butter. I’ve haven’t done it over apples but it is so yummy over peaches so it probably would work well over apples too. Love the recipes on here!

    • Carrie C

      Thanks for the great tip!! 🙂

  14. Karly

    I add some caramel sundae topping over the apple pie filling before putting the top on. Once that is heated up it is yummy. Can also then drizzle it on top to make it pretty and good w the ice cream.

    • kim

      Great idea with the caramel…will have to try that. Thanks

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  15. Becky

    WOW Lina! You are AWESOME! Thanks for these super easy recipes! So easy for us working moms’ to throw together!

  16. Jewel

    A variation to this recipe is to use apple pie filling.
    Yummy served with ice cream 🙂

  17. Danielle

    Has anyone tried dairy free butter alternatives yet?

    • Katrina

      Someone above mentioned using a can of cream soda instead of butter.

    • Kelly

      Earth Balance makes a dairy free/soy free butter now. I use it for all my cooking and baking and everything comes out great with it!!

  18. erikam01

    I have sprayed dry parts with Pam before.

  19. Mackyjane

    This is absolutely delicious with peaches too!

  20. Jennifer

    Can’t wait to try this. Making it for my hubby’s birthday!

  21. Steph

    I cut my butter into the cake mix using my food processor and then sprinkle over the top. Not a problem with dry cake mix in lumps as when I melted the butter. Just FYI.

  22. linda

    This sounds delish! Can’t wait to try it. Do you know of other Dump recipes for both Dinners and Deserts??? Would love to try more. Lina, you rock! Thanks for your awesome recipes.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh thanks Linda! I will be making our favorite pumpkin version this fall. That one is awesome too. 🙂

      • Carrie C

        Will you be sharing the pumpkin one, too?? I hope!!! 🙂

  23. Lisa

    Use the cinammon spice cake mix! 🙂

  24. Ararat

    Thank you, ladies, for the recipe! I just baked it, then made hot tea and enjoying it right now with my wife and mother in law 🙂 good stuff!!

  25. rf

    the picture shows the skin on the apples, do I leave it on?

  26. KJM

    If using a lg. can of peaches with the juice and adding a can of crushed pineapple, the pineapple would need to be drained, right? Otherwise, so much liquid.

  27. Janice

    I make this all the time with two reg. cNs of peaches in their own juice. Always a fav with guests. Served with French vanilla dryers of course.

  28. Carrie C

    This was absolutely fabulous!!! Made it last night with Jonathan apples from a local orchard. YUMMY!!!! THANKS SOOOOO MUCH for sharing this!!! 🙂

  29. Delena Icard

    I just put it in the oven using the Harris Teeter Diet Cream Soda (12 oz) instead of butter. Will let you know how it turns out. FYI- I peeled my apples

    • Delena Icard

      I also used Pillsbury sugar free yellow cake mix- trying to make it as sugar free/figure friendly as possible

  30. Delena Icard

    My cake turned out wonderful! Hubby loved it- sugar free pillsbury yellow cake mix, peeled apples, cinnamon and 12 oz of diet creme soda.

  31. ihearthip

    Oh my. Had this after dinner tonight. Perfect way to celebrate the coming of Fall!

  32. donna

    This cake was delicious and so easy to make :-). I brought it to a ladies brunch this morning and it was fantastic! Thank u for the recipe! As another commenter said, it would be wonderful to have the recipe for the pumpkin version, too!

  33. Jill Seik

    Sorry do you peel the apples?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I didn’t but you can! Just preference on that.

  34. K3llyb

    Maybe I’m in the minority but it was really gross once it got cold. It was okay warm if you got an edge but otherwise was not good the next day

  35. Vanessa

    Try sprinkling walnuts on apples….nice flavor!

  36. AndreaCOMO

    I’ve ALWAYS said that I’m SO not a baker (ironically my in-laws are amazing bakers). I’m a LAZY cook (the less ingredients the better for my attention span). This afternoon, I made this with my girls using 5 apples, cinnamon, brown sugar, yellow cake mix, butter and water too. Just had it for dessert. My girls and I LOVE it! Can’t wait for my husband to come home to try it out too (he’s into sweets). Thanks for this recipe which I will use from now on creatively. (we have a toaster so we re-toast dessert leftover like this)

  37. Laura Evans

    Want more idea

  38. Amani

    How much yellow cake mix do you add? I’ve seen various box sizes in the store… Can you tell I’m not a baker! Lol

    • Judie Dutton

      I used a 16.5 oz. box of yellow cake mix. Hope this helps.

  39. Judie Dutton

    I took 6 cups of sliced apples, added 1 cup sugar, 2 Tblsp. flour and 1 teas. cinnamon. I covered with saran wrap and nuked for 5 minutes. Came out like apple pie filling, and the dump cake turned out perfect. It was delicious, and no undercooked apples! Thanks for the recipe, Lina! I have tons of apples and am always happy for a new recipe.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s great! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Lisa

    What if you cover with foil for about the first 30 mins? would that cook the apples better and release more of their moisture into the cake mix?

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