Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

caramel pecan apple dump cake

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Jane Patrick
Ocala, FL

I came up with this recipe to take to our family get together at Christmas this year. Feel free to tweak it anyway you want.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Dump cakes are an extremely easy and popular dessert. This caramel apple version is amazing. It's a cross between an apple fritter and pecan pie. Typically dump cakes just use a fruit filling, but this recipe includes thinly sliced apples which (along with chopped pecans) add texture to the cake. Apple juice amps up the apple flavor. Yum!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 12
prep time 20 Min
cook time 40 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For caramel pecan apple dump cake

  • 1 - 2
    Granny Smith apples (you'll need 1 cup of paper-thin sliced apples)
  • 1/2 c
    apple juice
  • 1 can
    apple pie filling (16 oz)
  • 1/4 c
    chopped pecans
  • 6 tsp
    cinnamon, divided
  • 4 oz
    cream cheese
  • 4 Tbsp
    caramel topping (for ice cream)
  • 1 box
    yellow cake mix (15.25 oz)
  • 1 stick
  • 4 Tbsp
    brown sugar

How To Make caramel pecan apple dump cake

Test Kitchen Tips
For appearance, we topped the cake with additional pecans. A delicious option if you want to try when serving, too.
  • Thinly sliced apples in a baking dish.
    Thinly slice 1 or 2 medium-sized Granny Smith apples. Place into a 9x13 baking dish.
  • Apple pie filling and juice poured over the apples.
    Add apple pie filling and apple juice.
  • Cinnamon sprinkled over the apples.
    Sprinkle half of the cinnamon over apple mixture.
  • Bits of cream cheese over the apples.
    Cut cream cheese into pats and place over apples.
  • Pecans and caramel sauce added to the dish.
    Sprinkle pecans and drizzle with caramel topping.
  • Dry cake mix sprinkled over the apples.
    Add dry cake mix.
  • Pats of butter over the cake mix.
    Top with pats of butter.
  • Cinnamon and brown sugar sprinkled over cake mix.
    Sprinkle with remaining cinnamon and brown sugar.
  • Dump cake baking in the oven.
    Bake at 350 for approx 40 mins - 1 hour depending on your oven.