3-ingredient apple dump cake


This apple dump cake recipe is the perfect sweet treat that can be made with just 3 simple ingredients. It takes only an hour from start to finish, requiring no special skills, and is budget-friendly to boot. The result is a warm, comforting cake bursting with cozy fall flavors that will delight your tastebuds.

What is a dump cake?

Dump cakes involve simply dumping the ingredients into a baking dish without much fuss or complicated steps. Their ease and great taste are what is fueling their popularity. They are great options for gatherings since they serve a crowd and travel well. This apple version delivers on the delicious sweetness you crave from a dump cake.

What do I need to make this cake?

You only need a yellow cake mix, apple pie filling, and melted butter. That’s it! The simplicity makes this cake a breeze to whip up anytime.

How long does it take to prepare?

From gathering your ingredients to enjoying a fresh slice, it takes about 1 hour. Just mix everything up, pop it in the oven, and wait for the magic to happen. The hands-on time is less than 10 minutes.

What is the baking process?

Grease your baking dish, dump in the apple filling, top with dry cake mix, pour over melted butter, and bake 45-55 minutes. The topping will brown and the filling will bubble when it’s finished.

What can I serve with the cake?

Vanilla ice cream is the perfect complement. The sweet cake with warm apples and decadent drizzle is even more irresistible when paired with creamy ice cream.

Can I customize this recipe?

Absolutely! Switch up the cake mix flavor, use different fruit fillings like cherry or blueberry, or mix in fresh apple slices. Get creative with each component and discover new flavor combinations.

I hope this simple, mouthwatering 3-ingredient apple dump cake will soon become your new go-to dessert. It’s hard to resist its charms! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 20 ounces Apple Pie Filling (two cans)
  • Yellow Cake Mix (15 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup Butter, unsalted and melted


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Take a 9×13-inch baking dish and lightly coat it with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Evenly lay out the apple pie filling across the bottom of the prepared dish.
  3. Next, gently sprinkle the yellow cake mix over the layer of apple pie filling, ensuring an even distribution.
  4. Drizzle the melted butter over the cake mix layer, aiming to cover as much surface area as possible.
  5. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 45-55 minutes. You’re looking for a golden-brown crust and a bubbling filling.
  6. Once baked, allow the cake to cool to room temperature before slicing and serving.

Storage Tips

  • This cake keeps well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If an airtight container isn’t available, wrapping it in plastic wrap is a good alternative.
  • Ensure the cake is at room temperature before refrigeration.