Easy Apple Pie Cake Recipe

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When you can’t decide between pie or cake, make this Apple Pie Cake! This is an easy cake made with cake mix and apple pie filling. Make homemade filling or use your favorite canned filling to make it even easier. 

It’s a cross between a regular cake and a poke cake and so, so good! Serve it warm with ice cream for dessert or serve it as a decadent breakfast cake. It’s great any time of day!

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I love recipes that can pull double duty, and this easy apple cake is one of my favorites. You can serve it for dessert or breakfast! It’s such a great cake and perfect any time of day.

Easy Apple Pie Cake Recipe

  • This easy apple cake starts with a cake mix. You can use spice or yellow cake – both work great! 
  • The apple part of the cake comes from apple pie filling. Make my homemade apple pie filling or use canned to make it really easy.

That’s all you need, but if you want a finishing touch, you can add a dusting of powdered sugar or a simple glaze. 

I love this apple pie dump cake warm with scoops of ice cream, but it’s also great served cold or at room temperature. And, as I already mentioned, it’s the perfect cake to serve for breakfast or dessert!

All the ingredients needed to make apple pie cake

Ingredients

Cake Mix: I used a spice cake mix because I had it in my pantry but you can also use yellow cake mix (add 1 teaspoon cinnamon).

Oil, water, and eggs to make the cake (following the package instructions).

Apple pie filling: use half of my homemade recipe or a full 21 ounce can.

For serving: Powdered sugar, ice cream and/or caramel sauce

How to Make an Apple Pie Cake

1. Cake Mix: Prepare the cake mix following the package instructions. Next, pour the batter into a prepared 9×13” pan.

2. Apples: Drop the apple pie filling evenly over the top of the batter.

3. Bake: Bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350°F.

4. Serve: Cool the cake for 20 minutes before serving warm. Or, allow it to cool to room temperature before serving. Dust the top with powdered sugar before serving.

Slice of apple pie cake topped with powdered sugar

Tips

  • You can use a yellow cake mix instead of a spice cake mix. If you do, I recommend adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter for extra flavor.
  • I like to serve this apple pie filling dump cake with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for dessert. If I serve it for breakfast, I keep it plain with just the powdered sugar, or you can drizzle it with a powdered sugar glaze.
  • Not a fan of apple pie? You can use any fruit pie filling for this recipe! Try my blueberry pie filling or cherry pie filling!
Slice of apple pie cake topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce with one bite missing

FAQ

Do you cook apple before making apple cake? 

It depends on the recipe. Some apple spice cake recipes call for fresh apples to be added directly to the batter. For this apple pie filling cake, the apples are cooked in the filling before adding the cake.

Can I use any cake mix? 

 I think the best cake mix to use is spice cake mix because the flavors pair perfectly with the apples, and it’s just less to measure out! You can also use a yellow cake mix, but I recommend adding cinnamon and nutmeg to the batter.

How do you serve apple cake?

I like to dust the top with powdered sugar and then serve slices of the cake with ice cream, whipped cream, or with a sugar glaze on top.

How do you store apple cake?

Keep the cake tightly covered and store it at room temperature for a day or two. You can also keep it in the refrigerator for up to three to four days.

Cake mix and apple filling – it doesn’t get any easier! This apple pie spice cake combines two favorite desserts in one and is a dessert you’ll love to make – it’s always a favorite at our house.

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Apple Pie Cake Recipe

An easy Apple Pie Cake! This cake starts with cake mix – use spice cake mix or yellow cake – and topped with apple pie filling before baking. It’s a cross between a cake and a poke cake – no frosting needed! Just dust with powdered sugar and it’s an easy dessert or breakfast!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 15.25 ounce box spice cake mix (see note)
  • Ingredients to make the cake oil, eggs, water listed on the box
  • ½ recipe Apple Pie Filling or one 21-ounce can
  • Powdered Sugar for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix cake mix with eggs, water and oil as called for on the box. Pour into prepared pan.
  • Evenly drop apple pie filling all over the top of the cake.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool at least 20 minutes before serving (it’s great warm for breakfast or cooled for dessert).
  • Serve with powdered sugar or with ice cream.

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Recipe Notes

  • If you use a yellow cake mix, add 2 teaspoons cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg to the cake batter.
  • If you want an icing, make a powdered sugar glaze with 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and 2-3 tablespoons milk or heavy whipping cream. Drizzle over cake.
  • Use any pie filling to switch up the flavors!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple cake, apple pie, apple pie cake, box cake mix, spice cake mix
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An easy Apple Pie Cake! This cake starts with spice cake mix and apple pie filling. It’s a cross between a cake and a poke cake – no frosting needed! Just dust with powdered sugar and it’s an easy dessert or breakfast!

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