Cake Mix Apple Cobbler

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Cake Mix Apple Cobbler Recipe – you will love my cake mix apple cobbler recipe as it is SO easy, a family favorite and perfect for anytime you need a sweet dessert!!! I’m not sure if you have ever had cake mix apple cobbler, but it is a true southern staple in the fall and winter months. Cake mix will give this amazing tangy flavor to the apples, with just a hint of spice.

Cake Mix Apple Cobbler

This cake mix apple cobbler aka apple dump cake is our favorite fall dessert! Make homemade apple cobbler easy with this recipe!

Making apple cobbler with cake mix is an easy way to make this fall favorite dessert in no time!

Also known as apple dump cake, this delicious dessert is made with thinly sliced apples seasoned with brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and baked with an easy cobbler topping made from cake mix.

Ingredients to make apple dump cake

  • granny smith apples
  • brown sugar
  • seasonings: cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
  • cake mix
  • butter
  • milk

How to make cake mix apple cobbler

Step 1: Peel and cut the granny smith apples into thin slices and place them in a large mixing bowl.

Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to the sliced apples.

Use a spoon to mix together the brown sugar and seasonings until the apples are completely coated.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, mix together the yellow cake mix, milk, and melted butter until it forms a thick batter.

Step 3: Grease a 9 by 13 baking dish and pour the apple slices into it.

Pour the cake mix cobbler batter over the top of the apples, then use a rubber spatula to spread it out evenly.

Step 4: Bake the apple dump cake at 350 degrees for 38-43 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

While this is delicious all by itself, our favorite way to serve apple cobbler is warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. It can’t be beat!

If you are looking for an easy apple cake recipe with fresh apples, this recipe is for you!

I prefer the flavor of freshly baked apples in any baked dessert.

Try this recipe the next time you go apple picking with your family!

It is such an easy fall dessert! Fall is the time for bonfires, pumpkin patches, and baking up all of your favorite seasonal treats.

Give this easy apple cobbler a try this year! You won’t be disappointed.

CAKE MIX APPLE COBBLER

This Cake Mix Apple Cobbler is the perfect fall dessert! Made with a homemade apple filling and topped with a sweet topping made with cake mix, it’s equal parts easy & delicious!

White pan of Cake Mix Apple Cobbler with a black serving spoon
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September is here! For many people, this marks the unofficial end of summer and start of the fall season. I’m one of the those people who isn’t quite ready to fill my house with pumpkins, but am starting to embrace the cooler temperatures and fall flavors. What says fall more than a warm dish of apple cobbler?

This fall hits a little different this year. My oldest started kindergarten and my youngest is in preschool a couple mornings a week. My house is quiet (and a little cleaner), and we are all adjusting to this new routine. It sounds so cliché to say, but holy moly does time fly! I wouldn’t say I’m sad we are at this point already, but more in awe of how they have grown and become their own person that I can send out into the world (even if just for a few hours). I’m thoroughly enjoying my hugs and snuggles when they get home!

APPLE COBBLER VS. APPLE CRISP

All apple desserts may be delicious, but not all are created equal. While both include a sweet, spiced apple filling, there are some distinct differences in the toppings of a cobbler & crisp. This applies no matter what fruit is used. 

Cobblers – topped with a biscuit or cake-like topping 

Crisps – topped with a streusel topping often made with butter, flour, sugar and oats. The oats crisp up when baked, hence the name. Crumbles are a dessert similar to crisps, but usually do not include oats. 

One thing they all have in common: I want them all. 

THE BEST BAKING APPLES

There are a handful of apples that are considered best to hold up to baking, but beyond that it’s mostly just personal preference. For the most part, you want an apple that is a little more tart & crisp to hold up to baking and to pair well with the other filling ingredients. Here’s some that work best for pies, crisps and cobblers:

  • Honeycrisp – developed by the University of Minnesota and generally one of my favorites!
  • Granny Smith
  • Braeburn
  • Golden Delicious
  • Fuji
  • Gala

It’s fun to play around with using different varieties and even combining 2 different kinds of apples. You really can’t go wrong using any of these on the list. 

HOW TO MAKE CAKE MIX APPLE COBBLER

This Cake Mix Apple Cobbler is made with a homemade apple filling, much like you’d use for an apple pie or crisp:

  • Sliced apples 
  • White sugar 
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Lemon juice
  • Cornstarch

Combine all of these ingredients in a bowl and toss until the apples are well coated. Pour the apples into a greased 8×8 baking dish. 

The apples are then topped with the cobbler topping, which only requires 2 ingredients! In a small bowl, combine dry cake mix and melted butter. The mixture will be fairly crumbly and thick. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples and gently press down. 

Mixing bowl of cake mix and melted butter next to pan of sweetened apples
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Bake the Cake Mix Apple Cobbler in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes until the topping is golden brown. Before placing in the oven, I like to place a baking sheet under the baking dish to catch any juice that can bubble over the edge while baking. I hate cleaning my oven.

White pan of Cake Mix Apple Cobbler with ice cream on top
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HOW TO SERVE CAKE MIX APPLE COBBLER

I think this goes for most apple desserts, but this Cake Mix Apple Cobbler is best served warm. If you are able to time it right to serve it as soon as it comes out of the oven, that’s perfect! If not, don’t worry! You can easily reheat it to enjoy it later. 

Reheating whole pan – 350 degrees for 15 minutes

Reheating individual servings – place a scoop on a microwave safe plate and microwave in 30-second intervals until warmed through

Top each serving of Cake Mix Apple Cobbler with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or both!). You can also drizzle with some caramel sauce for an extra treat!

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.

Pineapple dump cake served on a glass dessert plate.
This incredibly easy dessert combines canned pineapple with cake mix for a delightfully tropical flavored treat!
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❔ 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!

🥘 INGREDIENTS

  • 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.

  1. I would suggest peeling your apples before using them, and you would need to add some sugar and spices.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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