This Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe might just be my easiest dessert recipe EVER! Just 5 ingredients and 5-minute prep and you’ve got a DELICIOUS ooey-gooey, Fall dessert.
This is a very important recipe. Why? Because it’s officially the FIRST crockpot dessert recipe I’ve ever made!
This slow cooker caramel apple dump cake might just be the best thing I’ve ever eaten…ever. It’s so good and BONUS, it’s crazy easy, made in my all-time favorite kitchen tool (the crockpot), and it tastes like cozy, Fall, warm, spiced, caramel-y perfection.
What is a dump cake?
Dump cake is a cake you make by dumping all the ingredients in a pan and baking it. This caramel apple dump cake is just that but instead of a cake pan, it’s a crockpot!
I know, I know. Dump cake doesn’t exactly sound like the yummiest thing ever, but I promise it is!
This combination of ingredients seriously tastes like Fall. It’s nice and crispy on the outside while remaining soft and gooey on the inside.
- Apple Pie Filling – I use one can but if you prefer more apple, use two!
- Pecans – add an amazing crunchy texture.
- Caramel Ice Cream Topping – use jarred topping or make this homemade salted caramel sauce!
- Spice Cake Mix – don’t make the cake; just use the dry cake mix!
- Unsalted Butter – keeps the cake gooey on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside, all while providing a rich, buttery flavor.
- Vanilla Ice Cream – for serving!
How to make
All you have to do is dump a bunch of ingredients into your crockpot, forget about it for hours, and come back to a delicious dessert!
- Grease your crockpot then dump in apple pie filling and spread evenly.
- Top with pecans and caramel sauce.
- Pour in cake mix and spread it out evenly, gently pressing down.
- Top with cubed butter, then cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
Can you use homemade apple pie filling?
I like to use store-bought, canned apple pie filling for convenience but if you’re feeling ambitious you can absolutely try the filling from my mini apple pies! (*not tested)
Can you make dump cake in the oven?
You sure can! To cook it faster in the oven, simply spread the pie filling in a greased 9×13 inch baking dish, drizzle with caramel, dump the cake mix over the mixture, top with butter, sprinkle on chopped pecans, and bake at 350ºF for roughly 45 minutes! (*not tested)
The best part about a dump cake is that you can play around with flavors! You really can’t mess it up!
- Try other flavor combinations. Use any pie filling—cherry, peach, blueberry, raspberry, rhubarb with any dry cake mix—white, yellow, chocolate etc. Or give my crockpot carrot cake or crockpot pumpkin dump cake a try!
- Use homemade pie filling. Feel free to whip up a batch of your own pie filling instead of canned.
- Add marshmallows. Pour a bag of mini marshmallows into the crockpot in the last 30 minutes of cooking for some ooey-gooey sweetness.
How to store
Dump cake can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days, in the refrigerator for 4-5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat, just microwave or bake until heated through!
Thanksgiving dessert anyone? Nobody needs to know how easy it is. 😉
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 (20 oz) can apple pie filling you COULD use 2 if you want more apple, but I like 1
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans plus more for serving
- 1/2 cup jarred caramel ice cream topping plus more for serving
- 1 (15.25 oz) box spice cake mix not made - just the dry cake mix
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter cubed
- Vanilla ice cream for serving
- Grease crockpot with cooking spray.
- Dump in apple pie filling and spread with a spatula to evenly cover the bottom of the crockpot.
- Top filling with pecans and then caramel.
- Pour in cake mix and use your hands to spread it out evenly and gently press it down.
- Top with cubed butter.
- Cover and cook on LOW 4-6 hours (5 was perfect for me), or until cake is cooked to your liking.
- Scoop and serve with vanilla ice cream and an extra sprinkle of pecans and drizzle of caramel.
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
This post was originally published October 18, 2017 and has been updated to provide more detailed content.