This Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake is an easy dessert to make when you want a caramel apples fix! Perfect fall flavors for autumn or any time of year!
Caramel Apple Dump Cake
Some of the best desserts are ones that you can throw together and put in the oven before a gathering, and that is the case with my Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake! With creamy caramel, rich apple filling, and crunchy pecans, this is going to be a hit!
Different from a cobbler or a crisp, this dump cake has a buttery pecan topping that will resemble a pecan pie. That said, I think this recipe is even easier.
My Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake is something that you can use to teach the kids to bake. With pretty basic instructions, you’ll be mixing some spices into the apples, adding some gooey caramel, and creating the topping. Then into the oven it goes!
That is the beauty of a dump cake. Just enough steps to show everyone how things are done, but not enough that they will feel overwhelmed.
This is one of those autumn desserts that is naturally vegetarian, but you can tweak it a bit in other ways to allow it to be served to the entire family.
If you are trying to make it vegan, make sure that you are using a vegan spice cake mix and consider using applesauce instead of butter. I have not tried making it this way and although it might change the topping consistency some, it should still be delicious!
This is the perfect dessert because you can find these simple ingredients at almost any grocery store. Whether it is apple season or not, you can keep the cans of apple pie filling in your cabinets so that when you’re looking for easy dessert recipes, this one is ready to go.
Looking for more caramel apple recipes? Try my Caramel Apple Snickers Salad and my Caramel Apple Crescent Rolls!
- All of the ingredients for this easy apple dump cake are shelf stable other than the butter, so you can shop well before you want to make this delicious dessert and bake it as desired.
- Prepare to add a caramel drizzle on top of each helping.
How To Make Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake Recipe
Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake Ingredients:
2 cans apple pie filling 21 oz
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup salted caramel (or plain caramel) topping
1 box spice cake mix 15.25 oz
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup whole pecans
9×13-inch baking dish
Nonstick cooking spray
Rubber spatula or spoon
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, add each can of apple pie filling, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Gently stir a few times to mix, but be careful not to break up the apples.
Step 3: Add the caramel sauce and stir to combine everything.
Step 4: Pour your mixture into the greased casserole dish and spread it out evenly.
Step 5: Sprinkle the dry cake mix on top of the caramel apples mixture.
Step 6: Pour the melted butter on top of the dry cake mix.
Step 7: Sprinkle the whole pecans all over the top of the cake mix and melted butter.
Step 8: Bake for 50 minutes or until the cake turns a beautiful golden brown.
Step 9: Once done, allow the cake pan to cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before serving.
This Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake is best served warm with whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream, but this crowd pleaser will taste great at room temperature as well. Don’t forget to drizzle some extra caramel on top! Enjoy!
How To Store Leftover Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake
Store any leftover dump cake in the baking pan under plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Can I Use Fresh Apples In This Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe?
Maybe. I prefer using canned fruit fillings here because it is an incredibly easy recipe and adding steps like peeling and cutting the apples, working with apple pie spice, and more adds additional steps.
If you want to work with a fresh apple mixture, you can, the only thing is that you will be missing some of the gooiness that the canned filling provides. That said, it will end up being a delicious cake either way, so it is really up to you.
What Do I Do If I Can’t Find Spice Cake Mix?
This easy dump cake recipe does use spice cake mix because it has such a rich number of additional fall spices, but if you’re in a bind, you can use a different cake mix.
With the additional spices already in this recipe, if you substitute a white cake mix or yellow cake mix, you’ll still have some good flavor going.
I highly recommend trying to find the spice cake mix for this easy recipe, but it’ll still be an impressive sweet treat with an alternative box of cake mix.
Are You Looking For More Tasty Caramel Desserts? Here Are Some Of My Favorites:
- Caramel Turtle Rice Krispie Treats
- Copycat Starbucks Frappuccino
- Milky Way Brownies
- Chocolate Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Caramel Cookie Bars
- Salted Caramel Marshmallow Acorns
- Salted Caramel Triscuit Cookies
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This Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake is an easy dessert to make when you want a caramel apples fix! Perfect for autumn or any time of year! As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases. This calculation is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or dietitian. This calculator is a guide, but makes no guarantee of being exact or fully accurate.
Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 453Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 488mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g
This Caramel Apple Pecan Dump Cake is an easy dessert to make when you want a caramel apples fix! Perfect for autumn or any time of year!
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
This calculation is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or dietitian. This calculator is a guide, but makes no guarantee of being exact or fully accurate.
COLLEEN M HARRIGAN says
I made and enjoyed this recipe this past weekend. I didn’t have any pie filling but I had lots of apples so I peeled and sectioned apples and then sautéed them in a little butter until softened. I added all of the remaining ingredients as described (except I halved the cloves and nutmeg as I find them to be strong flavors. ) This came out beautifully at the time described. My family happily devoured almost half of the recipe within 5 minutes! Delicious! I will make this again.
The smells from the oven were amazing. I put half the cloves and nutmeg, added an extra can of apple pie filling and it was a little on the dry side. Not sure why? I think it will do well with a scoop of ice cream.
Alli Doubek says
I’m not sure why it was dry either, but I hope it still tasted amazing! (You’re right, it is SO good with ice cream!)