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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. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    BEST Dump Cake EVER!!!

  2. Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says

    You gotta love it when that happens! I love dump cakes and this is a fabulous sounding one even if it didn’t start out that way!

  3. Dana says

    Not really a true dump cake but it does sound tasty!

  4. Mabel Trudeau says

    Can I use fresh apples instead of the can ones Thank you

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes, Mabel, but then you will need to add spices as it isn’t just canned apples, it’s apple pie filling. If you have a favorite recipe for apple pie, you could just use the filling as a sub, and it should be fine.

  5. Angela says

    Do you actually prepare the cake as the box says or do you just use the dry mix? Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Hi Angela! Just the mix :)

      • Angela says

        Great! Thank you. Can’t wait to try this! :)

      • Michele says

        What might happen if I ALREADY made the cake with the box directions and then added the extra LOL

  6. Samantha says

    This is not a dump cake!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      But it’s delicious!

    • Lisa says

      5 stars
      Why doesn’t it?

  7. Bonny Lee says

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Pillsbury Vanilla Cake? Do you mean White Cake?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Nope, I mean their Traditional Vanilla Cake. You can see the box here.

  8. TC says

    Look…this is my first time to see your post, EVER, thank you for the great looking recipes! As for the rediculious, negative, overly obnoxious people who obviously have NOTHING better to do than to correct how you choose to name your recipes, they are likely to be the first ones to try your creative recipies, LOL! People, children are starving, daily someone looses their fight with cancer and so on. Why can’t we find that long lost filter we as a society use to have. Graciously read the post and if it doesn’t suit you, move on. Let’s focus on the importance of kindness and sharing just like Lisa so graciously does and simply be grateful. Let’s ALL try to find the good and not be so quick to criticize! Lisa, thank you for taking the time to post what appears to be delicious, quick recipes. As a Mom, wife and Grandmother, finding quick, good recipes is a blessing!

  9. Lisa Longley says

    Thank you for your kind words :) If you make this, I hope you enjoy it! There are only a handful of blog recipes that I’ve made more than once because I’m constantly making new sweets, but this is one of them! It’s so good right out of the oven :)

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