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Apple Dump Cake

on October 21, 2014

Fall in the Midwest is about all things apple.  I love apples!  This recipe is so easy.   This one is for individual sized dump cakes.  In my opinion it’s not nearly as good heated up later, so, I usually make single serving/s.  It’s easy to make a 3 or 4 person serving or a big one.  I will include instructions for each.  On a side note here is a great website for all kinds of great information on apples.


Dump Cake 1

1 medium to large apple of your choice (I love Honeycrisp or Gala apples, but any will do)

1/2 cup of cinnamon chips (you get these in the same place as you get chocolate chips at the store).  You can add more or less to taste.

Yellow cake mix (I use Jiffy Cake Mix for the smaller, 3 to 4 person size.  I use a regular size cake mix for the big one)

1/4 to 1/2 stick of butter

Vanilla Ice Cream (optional) (I say optional, but it’s really so much better with the ice cream)


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cut up your apple/s into bite sized chunks and put in the bottom of your muffin tin.

Dump Cake 2

Put a few cinnamon chips in with the apples.

Dump Cake 3

Cover the top with the dry yellow cake mix and pat down.  You can save the extra cake mix in a Ziploc baggie.

Dump Cake 4

Slice the butter into thin slices and place on top of the cake mix until the entire top is covered.

Dump Cake 5

Bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes.  If you bake this in a regular cake pan I recommend a full hour in the oven.

Dump Cake 6

It will be bubbly and golden brown on top.  Wait a few minutes to serve because it’s ‘melt-your-face-off’ hot at this point.  Don’t wait too long though, because you want it to be warm.  Put a scoop or 2 of ice cream on top and you are ready.

Dump Cake 7


For the 3 to 4 person variety just use 2 to 3 large apples, 3/4 to 1 cup of cinnamon chips, a Jiffey Cake Mix and 1/2 to 3/4 stick of butter.

For the regular sized cake mix, use 4 to 5 large apples and 1 to 1 1/2 cups cinnamon chips.

Baking time and temp is the same.

Make Ahead Instructions

This would look great to make ahead in individual servings in little canning jars.  But wait, you say, the apples will turn brown.  Never fear.  I have instructions for how to keep apples from browning when you cut them up ahead of time.  Here they are.

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