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posted: 08/30/14

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This Caramel Apple Dump Cake is ridiculously easy to make, but so delicious that it will become your new favorite fall dessert!

This Caramel Apple Dump Cake is ridiculously easy to make, but so delicious that it will become your new favorite fall dessert!

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You guys! I made my first apple recipe of the season!

Are you ready for apple season? For the onslaught of all things gooey, apple, cinnamon and delicious? For all things pumpkin and candy corn, pies and cobblers? I know I am! I mean, honestly, is there anything better than fall baking?? #ithinknot

This Caramel Apple Dump Cake is ridiculously easy to make, but so delicious that it will become your new favorite fall dessert!

Here’s the thing. This cake was actually supposed to be bars! I was basing them off my World’s Best Caramel Brownies that I made again recently. When I was making them, I was thinking how awesome they would be if I could just fallify (that’s totally a word, by the way) them.

So I traded out the chocolate cake mix for vanilla, threw in some cinnamon, took the chocolate chips out and put apples in and badda bing badda boom . . . . badda mush.

But! All is not lost. When I took them out of the oven and saw that there was no way in heck they were going to set, I decided that my bars were in actuality just a misunderstood cake! I broke out a fork to taste the thing that had made my kitchen smell SO fantastic, and I was totally rewarded with my absolutely favorite new apple dessert.

This cake could not be easier. You are totally going to love it’s mixture of apple, cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla. Serve it hot with a little vanilla ice cream, and it is totally heaven.

This Caramel Apple Dump Cake is ridiculously easy to make, but so delicious that it will become your new favorite fall dessert!

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4.5 from 2 votes

Caramel Apple Dump Cake

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Ingredients

  • 11 oz caramel bits
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk divided
  • Vanilla Cake Mix I used Pillsbury's 15 oz box
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup of butter melted
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 20 oz can apple pie filling

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Melt together the caramels and 1/3 cup of the evaporated milk over medium low heat, stirring often.
  • While the caramel is melting, mix together the cake mix and the cinnamon until fully combined. Then add the melted butter, the vanilla and the remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Divide the mixture in two.
  • Spread half of the cake mixture over the bottom of the 9 by 13 pan. Bake for eight minutes.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, very carefully spread the apples over the cake mix. I did this by dropping big chunks of apple on the cake and then pouring the liquid from the filling over the top. If you try to just dump the whole can on the cake, it will be a big mess.
  • Pour the caramel over the apples and then top with clumps of the remaining cake mix. Bake for 20 to 25 more minutes or until the caramel at the edge begins to bubble and the cake at the edge begins to brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Author: Lisa Longley

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This Caramel Apple Dump Cake is ridiculously easy to make, but so delicious that it will become your new favorite fall dessert!

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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.

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  1. Pat says

    What are caramel bits? Or can you use the caramel sauce that you put over ice cream?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You can find caramel bits in the baking aisle near the chocolate chips. They work great in this recipe! I can’t speak to the caramel sauce as I haven’t used it in this.

  2. Barbara says

    I can’t believe someone would correct you on calling this a dump cake, what difference does it make ,it sounds delicious and will make this DUMP CAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!111

    • Lisa Longley says

      Lol Barbara!

  3. David says

    Should it be refrigerated between servings?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yup! Hope you enjoyed it David!

  4. Carol says

    I made this and found it very, very sweet, too sweet. There is way too much caramel sauce. Half the amount would be enough. I made it to the exact directions, dish size and all. It did look good though. I might try it again with smaller amount of caramel bits.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m really sorry you didn’t like it Carol! I’ve made this a few times, I don’t have an overly sweet tooth, and I love it every time.

  5. Carolyn Walker says

    Can I use yellow cake mix?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would think that would fine

  6. Inge says

    Should the butter unsalted?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I used unsalted, but I think salted would be fine in this recipe.

  7. Mary Frances says

    4 stars
    It just seems there are always POLITICS involved. I will not name sides, but for me it is obvious.
    I am so sorry for these people but, but more sorry for the hurtful comments. God bl;ess you and I will indeed be making this DUMP CAKE :-);-) Hugs

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