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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!}

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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 it 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. 😉

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 comments on “Spiced Pumpkin Apple Dump Cake

  1. 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? :)

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

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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. I love fall baking. This sounds easy and delicious!

  9. 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!

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

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

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

  16. “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. 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. 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!

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

  21. 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. :)

  22. 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 (100° on Monday???), and I can’t wait to see what other fall goodies you have coming! :)

  23. 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 :)

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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

  27. 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!

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

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

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

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  39. Danielle Luipersbeck Reply

    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!

  40. Do you use salted or non salted butter.

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