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The Apple Dump Cake Recipe You Didn’t Know You Needed

Slice of fresh apple dump cake with whipped cream

The Apple Dump Cake Recipe You Didn’t Know You Needed

When I was growing up, my mom used to make this apple dump cake in the fall, when fresh apples abound. For a true seasonal experience, you can take the family to pick the apples at a nearby orchard. But store-bought apples work just as well. With just nine easy-to-find and affordable ingredients (which you may already have on-hand!), you'll have this dump cake whipped up and ready to serve in no time!

Apple Dump Cake Ingredients

This recipe doesn't get any easier — it has just nine ingredients: flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, eggs, oil, vanilla and, of course, apples.

Apple Dump Cake recipe ingredients

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How to Make Apple Dump Cake

As the name suggests, this recipe is a true “dump” idea. That is, you literally dump all the ingredients into a bowl, stir to combine, and pop it in the oven. It doesn't get any easier than that. The hardest part is controlling yourself as the sweet smells begin to seep throughout your home. Tempted taste-testers will quickly appear and you'll have to stave them off for the hour it takes this apple dump cake to bake.

Fresh apple dump cake
Fresh from the oven!

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How to Serve Apple Dump Cake

Whether you serve it as a dessert or enjoy a slice for breakfast, the best way to eat it is warmed. If for dessert, it's ideal to drop a scoop of fresh vanilla ice cream on top and watch it slowly melt on top. Or, if you have a slice for breakfast, toss a dollop of whipped cream (I like TruWhip) on top for a sweet touch. There's no wrong way to eat this tasty treat!

Slice of fresh apple dump cake with whipped cream
Top your fresh apple dump cake with a dollop of whipped cream (as shown) or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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The Best Apples to Use for Apple Cake

If you've been to the grocery store lately, then it's no surprise that apple options abound. Gala, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Braebrun, McIntosh, Empire, Red Delicious … the list goes on and on. But take note: there are some types of apples that just bake better than others. For this apple dump cake, I prefer Red Delicious, but you also can't go wrong with a tart Granny Smith.

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Slice of fresh apple dump cake with whipped cream

Apple Dump Cake

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  • Author: Ashley Haugen


This is a delightful fall dessert or breakfast idea. It will fast become your family's favorite!


Units Scale
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups peeled and sliced apples


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, beat eggs, add 2/3 cup oil and 1 tsp. vanilla.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and apples.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix thoroughly.
  5. Put into a greased and floured 9×13 pan.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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