Apple Pie Filling And Cake Mix Cobbler is a tasty treat for the family for the holidays to enjoy. If you love apple pie and warm cobbler, you will absolutely love this recipe I’m going to share with you. It’s a great dessert to make during the hot days of summer, or anytime any time at all. It’s extremely simple to make, and only takes a few minutes.
APPLE DUMP CAKE
The incredibly tasty Apple Dump Cake is a super easy dessert, despite the not-so-great name! Apple pie filling, cake mix, and butter are layered in a 9 x 13 pan and baked until golden. This is a perfect dessert for last-minute entertaining!
APPLE DUMP CAKE RECIPE
Talk about an easy dessert to put together on short notice! That’s the wonderful thing about any dump cake, and this apple version turns out beautifully! My apple pie dump cake is a very popular family dessert, no matter the time of year!
Tender sliced apples are topped with a boxed yellow cake mix and melted butter, then baked until golden. Serve it up nice and hot, or allow your dump cake to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
If you love everything apple, try my fabulous Apple Cider Pancakes (complete with cinnamon apples and caramel apple cider syrup)
❔ WHAT IS
Any ‘dump cake’ is a cake that is made using ingredients that are literally dumped in a baking dish (or crockpot, or instant pot) together. There is no mixing required, and no extra dishes or mixing bowls are used.
Typically, fruit or canned fruit is used as the base of the cobbler-type dish. The base is topped with a boxed cake mix and a wet ingredient like melted butter or lemon-lime soda.
So my apple dump cake is an apple pie filling and cake mix dump cake. The flavor and textures are surprisingly good, and your friends won’t guess that it’s a cake mix recipe!
- 40 oz Apple Pie Filling (2 20 to 21 oz cans, for fresh apples see notes below)
- 1 box Yellow Cake Mix (white cake mix or spice cake mix also work)
- ¾ cup salted Butter (melted – or use 18 oz Sprite/7 Up/Sierra Mist lemon lime soda)
*Be sure to see the recipe card below for ingredients, amounts & instructions!*
USING FRESH APPLES INSTEAD OF CANNED APPLES
The baking time is long enough that even a semi-firm apple variety would work quite well.
- I would suggest peeling your apples before using them, and you would need to add some sugar and spices.
- Use a ½ cup of sugar, 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, and a ¼ teaspoon allspice with your peeled, cored, and sliced fresh apples. You will need roughly 6 cups of cut apples, or enough to cover the bottom layer of a 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Combine these ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl and substitute them in the directions for the canned apple pie filling.
🔪 STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS
- Start with preheating your oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and coating a 9 x 13 baking pan or 3-quart casserole dish with butter, or a non-stick cooking spray. Distribute the canned apple pie filling over the bottom of your baking dish.
- Next, pour the boxed yellow cake mix over the bottom layer of apple pie filling. Gently shake the pan, or tamp it down on the counter to evenly distribute the cake mix.
- Distribute the melted butter evenly over the top of the boxed cake mix, use a spoon if needed, or drizzle the melted butter into the pan.
- Bake in your preheated oven at 350ºF (175ºC) for 45 to 50 minutes, or until golden brown on the top and bubbling around the edges of the baking dish or pan. It is up to you whether you enjoy this dessert straight out of the oven, or after allowing it to cool for about 15 minutes.
I opt to eat it while it’s nice and hot and serve my apple dump cake with either whipped cream or some vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
💭 ANGELA’S TIPS & RECIPE NOTES
- If desired, additional spices and/or a teaspoon of vanilla extract can be added to the apple pie filling layer. A dusting of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, or allspice, are all wonderful spices to stir in quickly. *I love nutmeg, and highly suggest a nice bit of freshly grated nutmeg to this delicious apple dump cake!
- Yellowcake mix is my preferred combination in this recipe, however, white cake mix and spice cake mix are also great flavor options!
- A 20-ounce bottle of lemon-lime soda, such as 7 Up, Sprite, or Sierra Mist, is also a popular switch for the butter. My family likes this version as well but prefers the buttery taste over the soda cake mix cobbler.
APPLE DUMP CAKE
Easy Apple Dump Cake recipe with just 4 simple pantry ingredients! Cake mix & apple pie filling transform into a delicious apple dessert perfect for any occasion.
Perfect for a simple treat with the family or feeding a crowd. You are going to love how easy this recipe comes together!
Sarah here from Feeding Your Fam stopping by to bring you this classic recipe for Apple Dump Cake. This is one of those recipes that has been in the family recipe books for years, and for good reason, it is a keeper!!
WHAT IS DUMP CAKE?
Dump Cake is pretty much exactly what the name says. All you need to do is literally dump the ingredients in a pan and bake. The results are a cross between an apple crisp and apple cobbler. This is the perfect, simple apple dessert recipe!
INGREDIENTS FOR APPLE DUMP CAKE:
This is all you will need to make this delicious Apple Dump Cake Recipe
- Apple pie filling: You’ll need a 20-oz can. I prefer to get the kind that indicates “extra apples!”
- Cinnamon: You’ll sprinkle the apples with plain ole ground cinnamon for extra flavor.
- White or Yellow Cake mix: Use what you have on hand- even spice cake would work in this case
- Butter, unsalted: Ok, you can use salted if you prefer. You’ll need 1 cup, or 2 cubes of butter, sliced into squares.
HOW TO MAKE A DUMP CAKE
The first step to making this dump cake recipe is to get your oven heating up to 350ºF. Then prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by spraying the bottom and sides with cooking spray.
Pour the apple pie filling into the bottom of the prepared pan and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with the cinnamon.
After the apple pie filling is evenly spread in the pan, sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the pie filling, using the back of a spoon or spatula to spread even.
Next, slice the butter into about 1 tablespoon pieces and place on top of the cake mix. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes.
The cake is done when the top is golden brown and the apples underneath are hot and bubbling.
Serve warm and top individual servings with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!!
Crockpot Apple Cobbler
Make cake mix apple cobbler in the crock pot – nobody will guess it started with a boxed mix! A delicious and simple dessert you can make any time of year.
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
If you’re looking for an easy dessert, this crockpot apple cobbler is as easy as “set it and forget it”. You’ll use the slow cooker for this delicious treat, and using a cake mix as the base makes it convenient and simple.
Why this recipe works
Did you know that you can make apple cobbler with cake mix (sometimes called apple dump cake)? It’s the perfect shortcut, saving you the time of measuring out all the dry ingredients yourself.
Within minutes you’ll have all the cobbler ingredients layered and ready go. When you return home not only is dessert ready but your house will permeate that sweet, warm aroma of baked apples and cinnamon! It’s the perfect easy dessert!
Ingredients you will need
You can use a yellow cake mix instead of white, if you prefer.
How to Make Crockpot Apple Cobbler
These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this recipe. Please scroll down to simply print out the recipe!
It’s as simple as layering the ingredients, setting your slow cooker, and walking away!
- Empty both cans of apple pie filling into the Crockpot. If you like, sprinkle apples with cinnamon sugar.
- Mix cinnamon into the dry cake mix, then sprinkle the dry cake mix mixture on top of the apples.
- Spoon the melted butter onto the cake mix layer. Do not mix the butter with the cake mix. The moisture generated by the slow cooker will bake the cake.
- Cover and cook on high setting for 4 hours (or on low for 6 hours).
- Spoon cobbler into dishes and serve topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Expert Tips & FAQs
Can I use other pie fillings instead of apple
Yes, you can use your favorite pie filling instead of apple! Use any of fruit pie fillings, home-canned or from the grocery store. Simply substitute the same amount of peach, blackberry, cherry (try our crockpot chocolate cherry cobbler!), or any other pie filling you like. Our readers have commented saying that peach pie filling is a perfect substitute for apple!
Can I use other cake mix flavors?
Yes, you can change out the cake mix flavor in this recipe. Many have raved about yellow cake instead of white cake mix, while others have used spice cake mix and even caramel apple cake mix. If you use a cake mix that already has spices, you can leave out the cinnamon sugar in this recipe.
Try other variations like chocolate cake mix with cherry pie filling or French vanilla cake mix with strawberry pie filling. We also think lemon cake mix with blueberry pie filling would be amazing! Be sure to leave a comment with your favorite variation!
Can I use fresh apples instead of canned pie filling?
Using fresh apples in this crockpot apple cobbler instead of pie filling is totally fine. You can make your own apple pie filling using our filling recipe from this apple pie.
Can I make this gluten-free?
We are not gluten-free experts, however, we have heard from a couple of readers that they were able to substitute the regular cake mix with gluten-free cake mix. Please let us know how it works for you!
Can I double this recipe?
Yes, you can double this recipe, just make sure that you are using a 6-quart slow cooker or larger.
Can I double the cake mix for more crust?
We have not tried doubling only the cake mix. My only concern would be that you would have pockets of the dry mix because of the height of the mix in the crock.
Can I use my Instant Pot?
Yes, you can make this apple cobbler on low for 4 hours in your Instant Pot.
Can I use salted butter?
Yes, you can use either salted or unsalted butter for this recipe.
What can I use instead of butter?
If you would like to keep the calories down, you can use margarine or any other butter substitutes like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Earth Balance, etc.
Can I add nuts?
Yes, you can add nuts to this apple cobbler depending on the texture you prefer. If you like the nuts soft, I would add them to the crockpot with all the other ingredients, just sprinkle them on top. If you prefer the nuts toasty, about ten minutes before serving, toast the nuts in a skillet on the stovetop. Add the toasted nuts on top when serving.