This delicious apple dump cake tastes like fall! It’s a super easy dessert for potlucks or picnics. Just 5 simple ingredients and you’re in business! 

Is there anything better than warm apple cobbler in the fall? This easy apple dessert recipe is just like apple cobbler, without any fuss. 

a photo of apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on top

Even though this easy dessert recipe calls for canned apple pie filling, nobody will know it’s not homemade! And, with just 5 ingredients, this recipe truly can’t be any easier.

You will layer the cans of apple pie filling with dry cake mix, then butter. Walnuts and cinnamon are added in the mix for extra flavor and crunch. 

While I used storebought apple pie filling in this recipe, you can absolutely use this homemade canned apple pie filling recipe to make your own!

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I like to make this desert in the fall l when I need to feed a crowd! You only need 10 minutes to throw it together, then the oven does the rest of the work. It’s the perfect dessert for a fall potluck! 

an overhead photo of apple pie filling, cinnamon and walnuts in a casserole dish

I was tempted to make this a 3-ingredient apple dump cake recipe, but the walnuts and warm spices just added so much great flavor! Of course, you can omit these two items if you want to just work with the apple filling, cake mix and butter. 

Looking for more apple recipes? Check out the other apple recipes on my site.

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Recipe Substitutions And Additions:

  • Instead of walnuts, use chopped pecans or almonds. You can also omit the nuts altogether. 
  • Try a spice cake mix, white cake mix, vanilla cake mix or experiment with other cake mix flavors 
  • Dice 1-2 fresh apples and add to the layer of canned pie filling. 
  • Use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon
a photo of apple cobbler before it goes in the oven

Looking for other types of dump cakes? I recommend: Peach Dump CakeBlueberry Cobbler Dump Cake | Quick and Easy Strawberry Dump Cake | Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake | Chocolate Cherry Dump Cake | Blackberry Dump Cake

a photo of baked apple dump cake in a white casserole dish

Serving Suggestions: 

I recommend serving this easy apple dump cake recipe with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. A bit of caramel sauce drizzled on top is excellent! 

a photo of apple cobbler on a plate with vanilla ice cream

Storing Leftovers:

Store leftover dump cake in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. 

Or store leftovers covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil at room temperature for one day. 

a photo of apple dump cake on a plate
a photo of apple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on top

Walnut Apple Spice Dump Cake (Easy Fall Dessert!)

Yield: Serves 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This delicious apple dump cake tastes like fall! It's a super easy dessert for potlucks or picnics. Just 5 simple ingredients and you're in business! 


  • 1 ½ sticks butter, melted
  • 2 cans apple pie filling 21 ounces
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 15.25-ounce box of yellow cake mix


  1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 9x13'' baking dish with cooking spray. 
  3. Carefully add each can of apple pie filling to the dish, then smooth with a spatula to fill the dish evenly. 
  4. Sprinkle the cinnamon and walnuts over top of the pie filling. 
  5. In a small bowl, combine cake mix and melted butter. Stir with a fork to combine. It should form a crumbly mixture.
  6. Spread the cake mix mixture over the top of the apple layer.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until the top of the cake mix is golden brown. 
  8. Remove from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes. 


You can also spread the cake mix over the apples dry, then drizzle the melted butter over the top of it before baking.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 340Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 30mgSodium 376mgCarbohydrates 43gFiber 2gSugar 26gProtein 3g

The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app and may be incorrect.

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