Thursday

Fresh Apple Cake

When the produce is so bountiful this time of year, I am always happy to find a tasty and easy recipe to add to our collection.  This recipe is so darn simple, and you can sub in whatever type of fruit you have on hand.

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Fresh Apple Cake

Ingredients:
Fresh Fruit, sliced if large (I used two Rome apples)
Package yellow cake mix
Stick of butter

Layer your apple slices (or other fruit) at the bottom of a pan that has been coated with non-stick spray.


Sprinkle on boxed cake mix.

I didn't even use the entire box -- save a little if you please, and then you can use it to make single-serving versions of this same recipe when you get a sweet tooth!


Melt an entire stick of butter.
Don't judge me.


Pour butter over the fruit and dry cake mix.

Edit: Usually, I've found that the butter and the moisture from the fruit is enough to soak into the dry mix and create a nice cooked crust.  If, however, when cooking, you find that some of your cake mix still looks powdery, you can try sprinkling a few tablespoons of water over those areas to ensure thorough cooking.  You could also do this preemtively at this point when you've poured the butter over the dry cake mix.


Bake at 350* for approximately 35-45 minutes -- it's done when it is nice and bubbly.

We topped ours, of course, with a little vanilla ice cream.  Americana at its best!


Three ingredients, and a stellar recipe.  I can truly recommend this as a must-try!

I'd love to hear your tweaks to the recipe that have worked well for you -- I made this recipe last month using blueberries and it was positively delicious :)  Happy baking, ya'll.


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130 comments:

Courtney said...

I love any recipe with 3 ingredients. Looks yummy=)

Amanda said...

Drooling! Definitely going to make these tonight since I have all those ingredients :)

Dee Stephens said...

I've made this before with cherries and pineapple.

Sarah O said...

I love easy recipes and this is definitely going in my must try list.

Amanda said...

Delicious! So simple, yet looks so delicious!

Michelle Shuck said...

Yum! Looks delish! Just might have to try this at the beach next week :)

Carolina Charm said...

WOW - this looks unbelievable!! I will definitely be trying this!!!

Leslie said...

That looks really delicious and not too hard! I will be trying that out. :)

Crystal @MissCrystalMakeup said...

Looks awesome! I saw a similar one with sprite added to make a cobbler. Think I'll try both. :)
xo

Sarah said...

The things you can do with a cake mix! Yummy and summery, perfect!

Katie of At Home When Im With You said...

That looks so good!! Might have to try it this weekend :)

Jess said...

Wow, this looks absolutely delicious! I'll definitely have to try it this summer.

Worthington said...

So I guess this is like a softened version of apple crisp? Cute!

Sunkissed and Southern said...

This looks amazing! I saw everyone tweeting about it. ;)

KW said...

Making with peaches and plums for my dinner party tonight. Can't wait ton give a full report, thanks for the inspiration!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Ohhh it looks awesome! I'll have to try it!

Leslie said...

I think I am going to the store after work to get what I need to make this. It looks amazing and so easy!

susanz said...

How much fruit should be used?

mandra418 said...

Could you put oatmeal on top?

Kendra said...

Mine's in the oven as I type this. Thank you for the recipe. I used fresh apples and topped mine with old fashioned oats and sprinkled cinnamon on top. Looks amazing.

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Found this recipe on Pinterest. It looks delicious and I'm your newest follower. :) Megan

Sonja Combs said...

Do you happen to have a picture from with the final apple baked cake? I would love to see what it looked like.

Anne Puckett said...

So I just tried this and there is dry cake mix on top that didn't bake. Is it supposed to be like that? Followed recipe exactly.

Devan said...

Made this tonight and it was AWESOME!!! I did sprinkle a little cinnamon and brown sugar on the apples before putting the cake mix on and then I put it on broil for a minute or two at the end....

none said...

Jamie I like to make this recipe at home because it looks really good w/vanilla -ice cream

Kim said...

I just made this and it is OMG good!! I added brown sugar and cinnamon and topped it with vanilla ice cream....INSANE!! The one thing I might try next time is to mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in with the cake mix. I hoping that the brown sugar will keep thing moistue. Either way THANKS for the recipe!!
Kim

~Mel~ said...

You know what else rocks? Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar and crushed pecans or walnuts on top of it. The brown sugar caramelizes and is oh, so good!

Denise MacColeman said...

This did not come out like a cake, more like baked apples with a crumbly topping. Not a keeper, sorry.

Cynthia Campbell, MA, MFT said...

Has anyone modified to mini muffins for portion control and serve many?

BeverlyJY said...

Yrs ago it was called Bids Nest Pudding a recipe from an Old school teach of mine. Like in the 70's
except I mixed the bater the way it was to be without all the butter then poured it ocer the apples. It is still YUMMY and very easy bake the same way

CJ Tice said...

I make this with apples & cherries. Only dif is i put dollops of cream cheese over it b4 the cake mix. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

Cyndi said...

I bet a spice cake would be great. I wonder if mixing the butter/cake mix first would solve the powder problem? I bet chopped apples in the bottom of muffin cups and then mixing the batter and dividing into the muffin cups would work for portioning. Love the carmelized brown sugar idea too!

Cindy Gardner said...

Has anyone tried a sugar free cake with this...hubby is diabetic but would love to try this....

Jan said...

@ Cindy Gardner, saw a similar recipe on another site where they did frozen berries, sugar free cake mix and instead of butter, poured a can of diet Sprite over the top.

runzwitsizrs said...

The first time I made this, I had the dry spots on top. The second time I made it, before I baked it, I just gave the dry spots a spritz of spray oil. Second time was a charm. Thanks for the recipe. Delish and simple.

Cindy G said...

I had some nectarines and a single apple going soft...I don't see why you couldn't use any fruit...any cake mix...let your imagination go wild!

The Anderson Family said...

ooohhhh April...I am so excited about this recipe! If it weren't nighttime I'd run to the store for the ingredients right now. Yum.

Found you on Pinterest!

teresa
{hugsandpunches.net}

Marne said...

I just made for a work potluck tomorrow and it didn't turn out and I tossed it. I didn't know how much fruit so it looked like a crumbly sugar cookie with apples. I expected more of a cake based on the recipe title. Would make something from scratch next time. Bummer...

Katie said...

I was thinking exactly that, mix butter in with cake mix and use spice cake...did you try it?

Katie said...

I was thinking exactly that, mix butter in with cake mix and use spice cake...did you try it?

laura said...

I have found if you cut the butter into thin slices and put it on top of the cake mix you will not have the dry areas. I do this instead of melting the butter and pouring it on top.

laura said...

If you cut the butter into thin slices and place on top of the cake mix you will not have the dry batter problem. Do this instead of pouring the melted butter on top

laura said...

I have found if you cut the butter into thin slices and put it on top of the cake mix you will not have the dry areas. I do this instead of melting the butter and pouring it on top.

Rhonda said...

You can use the sugarfree cake mix and sprite zero in place of the butter and it works great.

kkise said...

Just put it on the oven.. Can't wait..

Tina said...

@kkise: what version did you use & how did it turn out?

Tina said...

I think I'd like to try the spice cake mix & definitely a sugar free or low cal version. It seems too easy not to make it for the upcoming holidays. Pictures of yours, anyone?

Andrea Bastien said...

Same her e. It was my favorite growing up. My mom called it "dump cake" because u dump everything in a pan. For an added touch she used walnuts on top also

Suzette Hamilton said...

I made this. It was not great. But it was ok. May try different fruit next time.

Suzette Hamilton said...

I made this. It was not great. But it was ok. May try different fruit next time.

innataliesshoes said...

OMG. This looks amazing! I'm going to have to remember this for when I need a dessert in a flash!

The Smiths said...

Made it! SO good!!! Added some peaches with my apples!

Jenny Holiday said...

Oh my gosh...this looks great! So trying it! :) I'll be sure to blog it and link it when I do. :)

xo

S.Haley said...

I make something similar also but have always known it to be called a " Dump Cake" as well. I use strawberries,blueberries, & 2 sticks of butter sliced up and put on top before baking to ensure no dry spots. I also like to put pecans on mine. I am definitely going to try the apple next time I make it.

Guille said...

This is not a cake. It's like a cobbler but it is called "Dump Cake" because you literally dump 3 ingredients in a baking pan and bake.

Unknown said...

I made this last night and it was amazing!! I did use two sticks of butter instead of one and sliced one and a half on top and than when it was about 3/4 of the way done i mixed the top layer of the cake a little to bring out the dry areas and melted the other half stick and poured it over the top than continued baking and it came out perfect!!

Unknown said...

Oh and I used a spice cake mix instead of vanilla!!

Shirley Bagalay said...

This is really good,...I drizzled caramel ice cream topping over the ice cream when seved warm...so good!! I also mixed some Granny Smith apples in with the regular baking apples for a touch of tartness...excellent!! I added some chopped pecans on top of the cake mix also before the melted butter for extra crunch, too... :o)

Gretchen Carroll said...

It's called a dump cake...my aunt taught me how to make it over 30 years ago. Try it with other fruits...you can even try canned berries or cherries, and I don't recall melting the butter ahead of time, but shaving it onto the cake mix...but I may be wrong. I'll try to melt it instead.

JeanneAnn Pine said...

I am using pears and put some brown sugar on top

Brenda said...

This looks so yummy! Now you've got me thinking about using chocolate cake and some kind of fruit.

yearning4Christ said...

OMG!!!! I am going to try it for the Canadian Thanksgiving as the desert..I love the fact that it's so simple and with my busy schedule something like this is always welcomed..Thank you so much for sharing.....

Kari said...

If you use a little apple cider with the apples I think it would help firm up your crust. I usually make this but I cook the apples on the stovetop a bit with cider sugar, cinnamon to make an almost apple pie filling to put on the bottom to work withe the butter. I also cut the butter up into pats instead a little more work but the crust is delicious! Yummy

Margo said...

My Mom made this years ago but melted butter in pan and added cake mix to totally coat. Then crumbled mixture over apples. No dry spots!

Scribbles and Splatters said...

Made this last week and everyone LOVED it! Another one is in the oven right now :) Thanks for the recipe!

Becka said...

When we made it, it seemed to be really mushy and almost as if it wasn't baked all the way. we left it in longe too. we knew it wouldn't be bad to eat cause here are no eggs in it. any suggestions on how to fix the "not thoroughly cooked" problem? still tasted good though.

Rebekah said...

This isn't exactly dump cake. True dump cake is a little more involved than this and usually uses pie filling, not fresh fruit. This is close, but this is definitely more of a poor man's version. I'm still gonna try it though!

Rebekah said...

This isn't exactly dump cake. True dump cake is a little more involved than this and usually uses pie filling, not fresh fruit. This is close, but this is definitely more of a poor man's version. I'm still gonna try it though!

Rebekah said...

This isn't exactly dump cake. True dump cake is a little more involved than this and usually uses pie filling, not fresh fruit. This is close, but this is definitely more of a poor man's version. I'm still gonna try it though!

Rebekah said...

This isn't exactly dump cake. True dump cake is a little more involved than this and usually uses pie filling, not fresh fruit. This is close, but this is definitely more of a poor man's version. I'm still gonna try it though!

Tina said...

I made this tonight. It was delicious even though there were some dry spots in the cake mix. Next time I would try mixing the cake mix with the butter before dumping it over the apples. It would be great over peaches, too. It's almost like a very sweet cobbler more than a cake. My husband loved it.

Brandi-Lee said...

This was so easy and really tasty. I did a couple revisions based on other comments...mixed the apples in a bit of cinnamon and sugar, and added a sprinkling of oats and brown sugar on top of the cake mix. Then added the full stick of butter. :) Oh and there were a COUPLE small dry spots, mainly around the edges, but I just covered them with a bit of water (as said in the recipe), stuck it back in the oven and it was great. Served it with some whip cream. I will SO make this again!!

Katie Showalter said...

Easier: two cans of peaches, strain some of the juice. Cake mix, buyer. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg. Go! Best cobbler.

Katie Showalter said...

Uh, butter. Not buyer. :)

Jana Shaw said...

Yes, I usually make this with two cans of pie filling - same or mixed flavors. I got it as a "dump" recipe for cobbler. I've also used canned fruit - if it's already sweetened, I don't add sugar. If it's not already sweetened, then I add white sugar and brown sugar. It is good when done correctly. But, it is difficult when using fresh fruit to know how much to use.

jensen7 said...

I did one exactly like this with fresh picked blueberries!

Describe Yellow said...

Absolutely delicious! thanks for the idea. I made mine with fresh apples and added a little cinnamon to the mix...so yummy

Jessica Smith said...

Made this yesterday for my brother for his birthday and he absolutely loved it! He wants more lol. I did change it up. I used two sticks of butter. Cut them in slices and melted a wee bit. Used one stick in the beginning and halfway through baking I added the other stick and stirred it up a bit to moisten the dry spots. I also put brown sugar and cinnamon on my apples. So yummy and worth trying this recipe Ty much;D

laura fisher said...

Try a can of sprite instead of the butter...amazing and a lot less fat.

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

making it right now!

Amy King said...

I made this tonight taking the advice from other comments. I sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon on the apples first, and only used 1/2 the bag of cake mix. I didn't have yellow cake mix so I used white. After pouring the butter on, any spots that were still dry, I sprayed it with spray butter. It was delicious and my husband loved it. Next time I think I will Peel the apples though.

Lindsay @ Kinky Tail said...

Just showed this to my boyfriend.. I do believe we'll be trying this later in the week.

Looking forward to it!

Kathy said...

How could anyone think this is going to be "like a cake"? This is clearly just "like a dump cake" recipe. It's going to end up more like a crumb topping.

Kate said...

I made this recipe with spice cake, thought it would be a nice alteration, and it was AMAZING!

aweaver said...

Making this right now and it's not looking good. There is still alot of powdering cake mix all over. I tried sprinkling water on top and still didn't work. I just put some brown sugar on top to see what that will do. So far not a success. It's soo weird how things turn out soo differently when you follow the same directions as the next person.

Lauren Hall said...

I learned how to make this recipe years ago! Yes it is yummy. Although less healthy, you can use canned pie filling of any kind of fruit you like.

abogirl said...

We did this in boy scouts with canned fruit (peaches, mmm), either white or yellow cake mix, and slicing the butter. Bake in a dutch oven at the fire and it is wonderful and very easy. Cherry pie filling and a brownie mix is nice, too.

Dawn Allem said...

I have been doing a version of this for years take can fruit peaches or apples drained all the way i like uing 2 cans but have used one and one jiffy yellow cake mix about 79 cents and some butter melted I pour in a 9X13 I use just enough butter to drizzle over the top of the mix then I sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over the top! Ever so yummy

Kelly Hand said...

The bonus to using cold butter on the dry spots is that cold butter makes it crisp. I tossed cinnamon and brown sugar in with apples. I really like this recipe. I have had this with cherries,she couldn't find the recipe. Thank you for posting. :)

andrea acendra said...

Sooo made this as a thanksgiving dessert and it came out YUMMYYYY!!! Everyone loved it!! I added brown sugar and cinnamon to the apples and used 2 sticks of butter..one completely melted that I poured over the cake mix and cut some thin slices from the second stick of butter and placed them on the dry spots..baked it for 45 mins and it came out wonderful!!!!!

Rachael Proffitt said...

I used a mix of large apples, just used the apple cuted and then cut them again. I then used 3/4 a bag of cake up. Part if the mix then the butter. It didn't seems to cover well so then I added another lay of mix and another stick of butter. Still a couple dry spot when I i check half way so added a little. Cooked about 15 minutes until done then broiled about 5 minutes awesome

Cheri said...

Cherries are always great with chocolate cake. Turns out like a Black Forest cake. Serve with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped topping. Strawberries and raspberries work well also. Enjoy

alysa romano said...

What kind of apples and how many about

alysa romano said...

What kind of apples and how many about

Queen Terrell said...

Thanks for the easy recipe, my husband loved it! Here is what I did... I only made a single serving and used half of Honey Crisp apple covered with sprinkles of cinnamon and brown sugar (as suggested) cover it with the cake mixed, used pam spray to cover the mix, used 1/4 c of melted butter, and more brown sugar and baked for 20 mins. After 20 mins I added 1tbs of cut up cold butter then boiled for 15 more mins... viola! a awesome desserts! Next time I will peel the apple Thanks!!

Judy said...

I have made this with 2 bags of frozen rhubarb and its sooooo good

ArtMommie said...

Tried this tonight with oranges, honey and cinnamon added. It was fantastic! Thanks for posting.

Tiffany Helmer said...

She said in a reply to another comment to slice the butter and place it on top instead of melting it :)

Tiffany Helmer said...

She said in a reply to another comment to slice the butter and place it on top instead of melting it :)

Jessica Knorr said...

I have made this before with blueberries (canned pie filling). I always heard it called dump cake. It is really yummy too

E-Dragonblog said...

What size pan do you use?

midwestlady said...

I love this recipe! I even tried it with Butter Pecan cake mix with apples, it is wonderful!!

Thank you for sharing!

Dee said...

Ive used a butter pecan cake mix. Its so yummy .

Tiago said...

Excellent recipes, all that look very tasty!! Last year I leaved in a rent apartment in buenos aires and the owner taught me a lot of amazing argentina meals and snacks. You should try bakery with "dulce de leche", is delicious!!

Chelsea Smith said...

Will have to try! Love normal dump cake with cherries and pineapples :)
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Kathy said...

I've done this with canned fruit before but I bet it's even better with fresh!! TFS

Neal A. Gray said...

I made this and will again...I ate the whole thing in one day it was so good...

bj said...

A must try, for sure. :)

ohmommameyaw said...

I do find it interesting that you didn't post a photo of the cake out of the oven...

We are waiting for ours to cool off - made it just as you shared.. we'll see... smells delish, I just hope it's as good as it smells...

My 6 and 7 yr olds helped me make it...

Donna Mullins said...

I have about 10 minutes remaining and it finally looks like the cake mix is starting to become golden. Smell heavenly and just realized we do not have any vanilla ice cream, but I am game to put what I do have over the finished product.

I will let you all know how it tastes.

David said...

I lived in the South for 31 years and it is recipes like this that bring sweet memories to mind!

I just tried this with a pound cake mix and pink lady apples - the things I had on hand. Can't sample it until after dinner (a couple of hours) but wow! does it have a wonderful aroma!!! And it looks beautiful - lightly golden.

I enjoyed the recipes on your blog. Keep posting, you have a new fan!

barbaraj0301 said...

I made this with two pints of fresh blueberries tossed with a little sugar...it was amazing!

Angie Shifflett said...

This looks great!!!!! Gonna try this!!!! Gonna try it with pineapples and cherries. Then ill put walnuts on top

Angie Shifflett said...

This looks great!!!!! Gonna try this!!!! Gonna try it with pineapples and cherries. Then ill put walnuts on top

Angie Shifflett said...

This looks great!!!!! Gonna try this!!!! Gonna try it with pineapples and cherries. Then ill put walnuts on top

maggiemaysgifts said...

Oh, I love easy recipes! Can't wait to try this!

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Alix said...

I did this last night but changed a few things. I also had a bunch of frozen blueberries and added them in with the apples. Ised two sticks of butter, 1½ melted and the other half cut up on top. Also sprinkled cinnamon with the fruit and on top. While cooking I would check for any dry spots and if there was I would just add a bit of butter on that spot. It is delicious!

Sandy Sandmeyer said...

This was a big hit in my house tonight. I added a bit of fresh-squeezed lemon juice along with the butter to help with the moisture. The ice cream was a great addition. Thank you!

AshleyM said...

Just put mine in the oven... can't wait to try it! I added a small amount of cinnamon and sugar on top of the apples and then added some old fashioned rolled oats, honey, & cinnamon to the top. I also used butter cake mix (what I had on hand) and sliced butter on top instead of melting it. Crossing my fingers! It was so easy!

Stephanie Kert said...

Hi i am making this recipe as i write this. I chose this because i am making a heavy dinner..chicken Marsala tonight as we are having company over, so i opted for a light dessert but yet yummy. I tweaked this a little by sprinkling a mixture of sugar and cinnamon over top the apples and cake before baking.

Joanna Ferrero said...

I made this tonight and it was yummy. I sprinkled all spice and cinnamon on the apples before adding the cake mix (used French Vanilla cake mix instead of yellow cake). It tastes like a combo of apple pie and apple crisp - good with whipped cream on top!

In the past I have made a similar type cake with just the cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple. Very easy, very moist.

Thanks for the recipe!

Twinklefairy said...

I have made this 3 or 4 times recently, its always a hit, I add cinnamon and sugar on top of the apple layer, and top with cool whip

SmileSQN said...
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SmileSQN said...

I will try this easy to make recipe with my family! Pray for me, that I do well! Thank you so much for sharing!

Karen Mellinger said...

I was unsure of what size pan to use but chose a 9 x 13 since the picture looked oblong to me. I first sprayed the pan and then sprinkled on a bit of the cake mix. After slicing up 2 apples I could tell it needed more and that the original recipe could probably be done in an 7 x 11. I wasn't concerned since it seemed like many didn't use the entire cake mix. I added 2 more apples. I sprinkled the apples with a mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. I sprinkled a bit of the cake mix over the apples. Next I sprinkled about a cup of the Kraft caramel bits and spread the remaining cake mix. Drizzled with 1 stick of melted butter. I added some chopped pecans and a packet of maple & brown sugar oatmeal to my remaining cinnamon and brown sugar mixture and sprinkled over pan. I wrapped it up by drizzling another stick of butter over the pan and baked it for 45 minutes. YUM!

JnT Elek said...

I just made this with 2 cans of peaches (drained) and sprinkled the peaches with apple pie spice. Instead of melting the butter and pouring it over the cake mix, I sliced the butter in thin slices and placed it over the cake mix. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream It is absolutely delish!!!!!!

Carol Garcia said...

You can use the sugarfree cake mix and sprite zero in place of the butter and it works great.
Thanks for sharing it here

Jean said...

I just made this apple dessert and it was DELICIOUS!!! I added lots of cinnamon on top of the apples in the dish and then added lots of raisins and then topped with the yellow cake mix and then the butter on top! Where there were spots that the butter didn't cover the cake mix, I poured a little apple juice over those spots! YUMMY!!!! Not only made the house smell great, but our tummies very HAPPY!

Redmatson said...

I have made this many times and it is always a success. The only thing different is I slice the butter very thin and place on top of the cake mix.

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