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Sep 11

Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake

This Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump cake is so easy to make and FULL of fall flavor from the apples, pumpkin, and spice cake mix!

{Before we start talking about this amazing cake, I’d like to take a moment to honor the day. 12 years ago our world changed forever and I don’t think that anyone will forget where they were and exactly what they were doing during that moment. My heart goes out to everyone who was touched by that no-so-long ago September day, and to all those still dealing with the aftereffects. My thoughts and hugs are also with all of those in the military that have or are currently keeping us safe, and their families too.

I’m proud to be an American today, and I’m proud that I am able to have this blog, to speak my thoughts, and do do what I love to do because of the freedoms we have. Thank you for reading!}

Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake | | The BEST pumpkin dessert yet! #pumpkin #fall #apple

Hi my name is Dorothy and I’m addicted to Fall flavors.

Seriously, I think I have a problem. We hit September and all I can think about are pumpkin, apple, and caramel. It’s all I’ve felt like cooking lately! But you all don’t mind, right?


The result of my addiction today is a combination of two of my favorite fall flavors: apple and pumpkin.

Did you know that those two flavors rock when they’re together? Pumpkin + Apple = Good.

So I did them together for you today!

Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake | | The BEST pumpkin dessert yet! #pumpkin #fall #apple

Last year, I remember seeing Pumpkin Dump Cakes all over the place. I was totally enthralled because I’d only made one dump cake in the past and they just sounded so good. So, when perusing my Fall Pinterest board, I came across Shelly’s version and decided I was going to make my own.

Have you ever had a dump cake before? I’d never heard of them until last year. Basically you put a bunch of fruity stuff in the bottom of a baking dish and then “dump” a cake mix on top. Some sort of magical spell happens in the oven and itΒ bakes up almost like a crumble, but it tastes like cake and fruit.

When you look up recipes for Pumpkin Dump Cake, you’ll see most call for evaporated milk. That’s not one of my pantry staples and I always forget to buy it. There was no way I was going to the store again this week, so I decided to use my other favorite milk, of the sweetened condensed variety.

Now, I need to make it perfectly clear: evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are not the same thing. They start out the same way (cooking down milk) but SCM is, well, sweeter. So I don’t add any sugar to this dump cake; the sweetened condensed milk and the apples are enough.

Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake | | The BEST pumpkin dessert yet! #pumpkin #fall #apple

After I mixed up the pumpkin layer and added it to my pan, I added some lightly cooked apples. 90% of the time I like to cook my apples before adding them to anything because I cannot stand rubbery apples. I cooked these Granny Smiths in some butter, cinnamon and sugar before adding them to the pumpkin.

Then the dump part happens – with a cake mix. I used a spice cake mix for this cake because it pairs so well with the Fall flavors of the apple and pumpkin. You can totally use yellow if you like, but I love the taste of the spice. Throw in some pecans and then you add the magic: butter.

This cake is not low-fat. This cake has lots and lots of melted butter poured over the top. It’s okay, it’s Fall. You need an extra layer to keep you warm during the winter months. πŸ˜‰

Once it bakes it becomes crumbly and sweet. The pumpkin tastes and has the consistency of pumpkin pie, and the apples add a little extra something to the flavor.

This is my most favorite Fall dessert yet!! Well..besides these. And these. And this.

You have to try this. You won’t be sorry.

Plus, if you make it you can join me in my Pumpkin Addiction. I don’t want to be alone!!

Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake | | The BEST pumpkin dessert yet! #pumpkin #fall #apple

We can start a group or something. Fall Flavors Anonymous? But I don’t think I want to quit pumpkin quite yet. Or apple. Or caramel. I’ve got too many good ideas for that! :)

Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake

Yield: 12-16 servings


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) plus 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium sized Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-15 ounce can Pumpkin Puree
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 box Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13” pan with cooking spray.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small frying pan over medium-low heat. Add apples, sugar, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until apples are semi-translucent. Remove from heat until ready to use.
  3. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Pour into the bottom of the prepared 9x13” pan.
  4. Sprinkle cooked apples over the top of the pumpkin.
  5. Sprinkle entire cake mix evenly over the top of the pumpkin and apples. Sprinkle with pecans. Melt remaining 1 cup butter and pour evenly over the top of the entire pan.
  6. Bake for 44-50 minutes (mine took 48) until the center is set and it is golden brown around the edges.
  7. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Have you checked out my FALL pinboard? It’s full of amazing pumpkin, apple, and pecan flavors!

Sweets from friends:
Bakery-Style Pumpkin Sugar Cookies with Maple Cinnamon Buttercream by Eat Cake For Dinner
Pumpkin Cheesecake Rolls by Sweet Bella Roos
Pumpkin Praline Fudge by Something Swanky

71 Responses to “Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:07 am (#)

    Your writing in this post is excellent. Addicted to fall flavors, butter/and it’s okay, rubbery apples… LOL love it all :)

    And the cake, of course, is going to be a winner with all that good stuff in there. Including the fat free sweentened cond milk. That’s like ordering a diet soda with your mega combo meal :) Gotta try to save a few cals where you can, right? :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 11th, 2013 at 6:37 am

      LOL! So true. :) I find regular SCM to be like regular milk – to thick!


  2. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:36 am (#)

    I already share your pumpkin addition! The pairing with apples is perfect!! This sounds amazing!!


  3. Madison posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:13 am (#)

    I love the pumpkin and apple combo! I bet this is so amazing and has the perfect amount of crunch and chew factor. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 11th, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Totally! Thanks Madison!


  4. Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:14 am (#)

    Fabulous fall flavors Dorothy! And thank you for the remembrance too. Perfectly said.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 11th, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Thanks Erin! I struggled with how to post appropriately today. :)


  5. Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:24 am (#)

    My favorite fall dessert is pumpkin dump cake (and it’ll be my birthday cake this year! yay for November birthdays!). This version looks delicious!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 11th, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Thank you Mary-Clay!!


  6. Tieghan posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:28 am (#)

    I am with you an the fall flavor addiction! Pumpkin, apples, squash, pumpkin pie spice, they are all my all time favorite and I love this season because of that!! I have never made a dump cake, but now I really want to!! I love this!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 11th, 2013 at 6:30 am

      Someone is going to need to get me into a program. I’m so addicted!


  7. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:32 am (#)

    I approve of your fall flavor addiction! Bring on the yummy and decadent fall flavors! :) I’ve never made a dump cake (the shame!), but this has totally convinced me to give it a try!


  8. Jersey Girl Cooks posted on September 11, 2013 at 5:53 am (#)

    I love fall baking. This sounds easy and delicious!


  9. tanya posted on September 11, 2013 at 6:14 am (#)

    I’ve never made a dump cake or a poke cake. What am I waiting for? Fall is my favorite time of year for baking!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 11th, 2013 at 6:29 am

      Don’t wait any longer Tanya!! You need this in your life!


  10. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on September 11, 2013 at 9:43 am (#)

    I have had dump cakes on the brain lately! I have only made one but loved it! This looks wonderful!


  11. tahnycooks posted on September 11, 2013 at 10:32 am (#)

    I totally agree that apple and pumpkin = GOOD!! Who can deny a dump cake?! I love to eat all the corners than, work my way in the middle….it’s a mad sickness I have with my methods of eating Dorothy!! This looks scrumptious.


  12. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on September 11, 2013 at 10:55 am (#)

    We made a pumpkin dump cake every year, but I love this one more! First the apples – pumpkin and apple is an incredible combo and one that just screams fall. Way to put them together. And then Spice Cake – we use butter cake mix, but as I’m reading your recipe, I’m like why haven’t I thought of spice cake and pumpkins? Duh! What I really love is the fact that it doesn’t have to have pretty slices to knock the socks off of its eaters. Give me a fork and some whipped cream and this is what I call fall on a plate!


  13. Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) posted on September 11, 2013 at 11:18 am (#)

    My brain is still processing the fact that it’s already September and summer is over. How time flies! And this dump cake looks beautiful.


  14. Tamara Coleman posted on September 11, 2013 at 11:34 am (#)

    Well, this is a must try! Im obsessed with anything pumpkin this time of year :)


  15. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on September 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm (#)

    Fall flavors are all I can think about lately! I love how incredibly easy this cake is, and full of pumpkin flavor.


  16. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#)

    “Hello, my name is Jocelyn, and I can’t stop baking with fall flavors too!” It’s ok with me if you keep sharing your pumpkin and apple addiction with us :-)


  17. Mom posted on September 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm (#)

    Sounds wonderful. I was going to make a pumpkin pie this weekend to take to Frank & Sue’s but I might do this instead! YUM!
    Nice remembrance for 9/11 too. I’m proud of you!
    xoxo, Mom


  18. colleen brannon posted on September 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm (#)

    I’m so addicted to these flavors that I bought LARGE bottle of pumpkin pie flavoring (to add the flavor to everything) This cake looks absolutely perfect! I have t bake it as soon as I get a whole day off. Love your ideas keep them coming!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you so much Colleen!


  19. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm (#)

    I’ve seen so much pumpkin goodness today that I just had to start a pumpkin Pinterest board :) This cake takes the cake though! I just want to dive right in!


  20. Yvonne @ bitter baker posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm (#)

    Hooray for pumpkin season!! This looks scrumptious! :)


  21. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on September 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm (#)

    Oh my!! I have never made pumpkin dump cake before but I love dump cakes and I looove pumpkin so this will definitely have to happen ASAP. Love your blog, Dorothy. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      Thanks so much Erin!!


  22. Amy posted on September 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm (#)

    I’ve heard of dump cakes before, but I never actually stopped to figure out what they were. Hearing your description — like a crumble but with cake — makes me think that I need to try this myself!! I’m honestly amazed at your dedication to bake with pumpkin despite this heat (100Β° on Monday???), and I can’t wait to see what other fall goodies you have coming! :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      I can’t stop! My a/c bill is killing me… :)


      • Amy replied on September 12th, 2013 at 10:02 pm

        Oh my gosh, tell me about it… We have a tiny house and PG&E still costs a fortune from all of my baking!

  23. Emily posted on September 11, 2013 at 6:59 pm (#)

    Yum- this looks gooood. I’m totally with you about rubbery apples (and the magic of dump cakes!). Thanks for sharing my pumpkin cheesecake rolls :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      You’re welcome Emily! Thank you!


  24. Chris posted on September 12, 2013 at 5:59 am (#)

    Dump cakes are a staple of Boy Scouts and anyone who enjoys cooking in a cast iron dutch oven, either in the back yard or in the backwoods. We’ve got an event scheduled for this weekend and I was contemplating what kind of yummy thing I was going to come up with to top our evening off. Looks like I found it!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

      I didn’t know that Chris! Good to know! Thanks and enjoy!


  25. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:38 am (#)

    I love that this has both apple and pumpkin! This is perfect for fall!!


  26. Holly C. posted on September 12, 2013 at 11:11 am (#)

    Hello Dorothy! The pumpkin dump it cake sounds so yummy.How can you wrong with anything pumpkiny & cinnamony (?) know what I mean. More important, to me anyway, it the fact that you mentioned 9/11. Yes, it was a day most of us will never forget,but sadly, I believe some people have. Former New Yorker ( Long Island), that is truly a day I will not forget. Many lives were taken..,even those that came to the aid unknowns. I am referring to the Police,Firefighters and others who so generously gave their all. I knew someone from Elementary school through High School that lost his life that horrible day. So, what I’m getting at is Thanks from the bottom of my Heart for thinking and mentioning 9/11. ~ Holly


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      You’re welcome Holly! I struggled because I’LL never forget and, even though life goes on…it really is still there. And we need to remember it! Thanks so much for your comment!


  27. Melissa posted on September 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm (#)

    Love, love, love this. I think I need to make it – I’m already in full blown addiction with you. I even have a scarf my best friend gave me that I named, my “pumpkin latte scarf.” Bring on fall and all the great recipes! And I love your voice on your blog- so fun and friendly!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 12th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

      Oooh, I want that scarf! :) Thanks so much Melissa!


  28. Danielle @ posted on September 12, 2013 at 2:52 pm (#)

    This dump cake looks FANTASTIC. I can’t wait to feature it!


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  32. Shannah @ Just Us Four posted on September 17, 2013 at 6:02 am (#)

    Wow…apples + pumpkin + spice = pretty much my favorite three things in a baked item. I definitely can’t wait to try this out.


  33. Mandy's Recipe Box posted on September 20, 2013 at 8:56 am (#)

    I can almost smell this. It looks incredible. I already have my Fall insulation on but what’s a little more? :)


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  37. Audra posted on September 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm (#)

    Great recipe! Question – do you store leftovers in the fridge or room temp?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 29th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

      I stored them in the refrigerator! It tastes best room temp or warmed, so you can microwave it for a few seconds before eating, or leave it to room temp before serving!


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  40. Danielle Luipersbeck posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:28 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made it for my husband’s work Thanksgiving dinner. Taste is amazing! But I have a question…the cake part is more like a soft mousse or custard, is this right? I tested after an hour to make sure the middle was done and my knife was clean. Just want to make sure I got the texture right before I send hubby on his way tomorrow. Thanks!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 14th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

      Yes! It’s kind of like a custard/pumpkin pie consistency. The “cake” comes from the cake mix on top! :)


  41. Kassidy posted on December 24, 2013 at 6:19 am (#)

    Do you use salted or non salted butter.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 24th, 2013 at 6:30 am

      In that recipe I used salted. Unless otherwise stated, I normally use salted butter out of habit, although I’m trying to switch to unsalted. You can decrease or increase salt by 1/4 teaspoon per stick of butter if you’re subbing one or the other!


      • Kassidy replied on December 24th, 2013 at 6:32 am

        Thanks for the reply I made this for Thanksgiving and used salted butter I was just making sure. It was extremely good and a huge hit. Have a Merry Christmas

        • Dorothy Kern replied on December 24th, 2013 at 10:04 am

          I’m glad you liked it Kassidy! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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