It takes a lot of work to make a pie from scratch, and let’s face it — you just don’t always have the time. But, this caramel apple dump cake makes it easy to get all of the traditional flavor of apple pie without all of the effort. Besides, this unique take on a fall dessert staple is almost too simple not to make.
There are many variations on this recipe, but essentially, it can be made with just four ingredients. This recipe from Soulfully Made proves that yellow cake mix, apple pie filling, caramel sauce and butter is all you need to have on hand to yield a delicious, seasonal dessert that’s sure to please a crowd.
Not only does this version only require four ingredients, but it also requires little to no work to bake, which is the beauty of dump cakes. All you have to do is layer the pie filling, caramel, cake mix and butter into a baking dish and pop it in the oven.
You can top with ice cream, whipped cream or serve it all on its own:
Given how uninvolved the process is, you’ve got an excuse to make this yummy dessert any time. Consider this your new go-to fall recipe.
If you’ve got a little extra time to spend making this dessert, you can also try this version from Wine and Glue that involves melting caramel candies with evaporated milk to create a caramel that will be even thicker than the store-bought stuff.
A recipe from Centsless Deals suggests adding pecans to the mix for an added bit of fall flavor and crunch. You can add the pecans (or walnuts) on top along with the butter right before you toss it in the oven. Keep a few extra on hand for garnish, too, if you’d like.
Caramel apple dump cake isn’t the only way you can add a bit of ease to your fall dessert-making spree. If you’re signed up to bring a pumpkin dessert to Thanksgiving or a fall get-together, you might also be interested in trying your hand at a pumpkin pie crunch cake instead of baking a predictable pumpkin pie.
The recipe from Spend With Pennies combines canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, yellow cake mix, pecans and a few other ingredients to incorporate everything you love about pumpkin pie into a dessert with a cake-like texture.
Ready to rethink the way you create classics such as apple pie and pumpkin pie this season? Any of these recipes are a great place to start, so start dumping those ingredients in and get to baking!