Tap here to get 5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners

Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake

4.88 from 8 votes

posted: 09/14/16

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy

Apple and pumpkin combine perfectly in this delicious FOUR INGREDIENT Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake!

The Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake as a single scoop of vanilla ice cream on top while caramel is being poured.


So I have this really . . . . weird personality trait.

Whenever I’m reading a book . . . particularly a really intense book . . . I sort of . . .

I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s not like I become the main character, because that would be a little psycho. It’s more like I become so engrossed in it, that I get lost in the reality of the book. So if the main character in the book is a woman and she is fighting with her significant other, I have to regularly remind myself that Nathan and I are not in an argument. ????

A collage on the creation of the Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake. A layer of sautéed apples, then pumpkin puree, then a layer of cake mix, and some cubed butter.

You guys . . . I’m such a nut.

Anyway, I’ve been binge watching Real Housemoms of New Jersey (it’s okay, you can totally judge me, I judge myself . . . and my husband has been very open about his judgement of me) while my family is sleeping and I’m working or while I’m working out . . . .

So now I have to remind myself all the time that I have no drama in my life. That there aren’t people regularly talking behind my back confessional style while wearing entirely too much make up. And, no, no I am not in fact capable of installing a pool with a swim up bar and grotto in my new backyard. ????

In a glass casserole dish, the Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake has a huge piece of it gone showing the moist pumpkin and apple inside.

So much less complicated than the twisted relationships of RHONJ . . . or my brain . . . is this Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake.

You guys, it doesn’t get much more simple than this.

It’s literally four ingredients. Looooove desserts like that. Here are two things I’m going to say about this. Nope, scratch that, three:

  1. For those of you who can’t deal with all the premade ingredients – just skip this one and make my totally from scratch Caramel Apple Cobbler!
  2. The pumpkin in this baby is intense! I loved it but if you don’t love pumpkin, I suggest that you either not make it or you put in pumpkin pie filling instead of pure pumpkin.
  3. The absolute best way to eat this is hot out of the oven with some vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce . . . . or straight from the pan once it has cooled and the photo shoot is over and it is nap time and you are watching RHONJ by yourself. #jussayn

Edited to Add:  So I just remade this for a video, and decided to throw some spices in with the pumpkin. I liked it better, guys. Why didn’t I think of this before?? It’s good in it’s original form too, but I love the hint of fall the spices give it, which are now reflected in the recipe. It’s worth the extra step and two more ingredients, right?

The Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake has a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel on top.


4.88 from 8 votes

Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake

(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Apple and pumpkin combine perfectly in this delicious FOUR INGREDIENT Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake!



  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix the pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.
  • Spread the apple pie mix over the bottom of the pan. Spread the pumpkin over that. Sprinkle the cake mix (just the cake mix, none of the mix ins) over the pumpkin. Then cut the butter into equal pieces and set the tabs of butter on top of the cake mix.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes uncovered or until the edges begin to brown.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

did you make this

Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake

I'd love to see what you made! Tag me @lisasimplejoy and hashtag it #simplejoyrecipes!

The Apple Pumpkin Dump Cake as a single scoop of vanilla ice cream on top while caramel is being poured.

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

Reader Interactions


    Have a question? Use the form below to submit your question or comment. I love hearing from you & seeing what you made!

    Rate This Recipe:

  1. Bobbie says

    5 stars
    My 14 year old made this for her dad cuz he loves Apple crisp and pumpkin bars. Perfect combo of both ????and

    P.S. The house smells amazing

    • Lisa Longley says

      Bobbie, I can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart to know that a 14 year old is making my recipes. Please tell her I’m completely impressed. I wasn’t that put together when I was 14.

  2. Britta says

    Can this be made dairy free?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, Britta. I’ve only tested this recipe as is.

  3. Jann Hayes says

    5 stars
    We loved it! Easy to make too.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad it was a hit, Jann!

  4. Lee says

    I’m definitely going to make this. In the picture, I am assuming vanilla ice cream is suggested, but what is being poured over that? Thank you.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Caramel sauce!

Broccoli Pasta"Omg! I didn’t think anything so simple could be so good!"
Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta Recipe"My family absolutely loved this recipe. Even my finicky eaters."
overhead photo of a gray skillet filled with beef and broccoli recipe, garnished with sliced green onions
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry"I have made this a couple or more times. It’s easy & quick to prepare. I like this for a quick meal. It will be my go to recipe."

5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners