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Crockpot Apple Dump Cake Recipe


This easy Crockpot Apple Dump Cake Recipe is like the best part of apple pie!

Made with apple pie filling, cinnamon, cake mix and butter, this awesome dump cake is the ultimate comfort food.

This easy set-it-and-forget-it recipe lets the slow cooker do all the work!

Dump cake recipes are always easy and delicious, and this one is extra awesome!

A portion of apple dump cake made in a slow cooker

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Yummy Crockpot Apple Dump Cake

With just four ingredients and five minutes of your time, this is one of the quickest desserts you can make!

In fact, the hardest part about making this easy dessert recipe is waiting for the slow cooker to finish cooking. 

Dump Cakes are always one of my go-to desserts. They are quick to put together and are totally hands-off as they cook.

Also, I have two boys and a husband who acts like a kid so the name “dump cake” always elicits giggles.

I’ve never been a crust fan so while I love the apple pie filling I would never make a pie.

This easy dessert recipe has that same delicious taste, with lovely, warm cinnamon flavor, with 10 percent of the work. Boom.

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Do I need to add cinnamon

You can cut down the number of ingredients in this easy dessert to three if you check your apple pie filling label.

Some apple pie filling already has cinnamon mixed in.

If that’s the case with your pie filling, there’s no need to add any more cinnamon to the dessert.

But if you are a cinnamon lover, add it!

Can I use salted butter

If you’re like me and love the combination of salty and sweet, I suggest you grab a stick of salted butter for your dump cake.

The salt in the butter is the perfect compliment to the sweetness of the cake mix and apple pie filling, making it a great addition to any dump cake recipe.

Why use a crockpot to make dump cake

Making a dump cake in a crockpot takes a little bit longer than baking it in the oven. BUT since you don’t use an oven, you won’t heat up your house.

Or, if you are cooking a whole meal in your oven, you can take care of dessert in a slow cooker.

It takes about 2 hours to cook a dump cake in a crockpot so you can easily time it to the end of your dinner and have it ready to go when you are.

And I love using a crockpot to cook dessert when cooking for a crowd because you can easily turn it into a self-serve bar and have each guest serve themselves.

I was worried that using she slow cooker wouldn’t give my apple dump cake that golden brown crust like you get in the oven, but you still get it.

It doesn’t turn quite as brown, but you get that textures that goes so well with the apple pie filling.

This is my favorite crockpot! It’s sleek, basic and perfect for desserts! Of course I use it to make dinner also, but I love this for making dump cakes!

ingredients for apple pie filling dump cake

How to Make Slow Cooker Apple Dump Cake

This quick take on an apple pie is a ridiculously easy dessert idea. It’s packed with apple pie flavor, making it a great choice for any get-together!


  • apple pie filling
  • box yellow cake mix
  • butter
  • cinnamon

Related recipes: Cherry Pineapple Dump Cake, Chocolate Caramel Dump Cake, Strawberry Shortcake Dump Cake

An open can of apple pie filling next to the bowl of a slow cooker

Using pie filling for dump cakes keeps things extra simple. It takes out all of the work of prepping fresh fruit but you can a delicious flavor every time.

apple pie filling in a crockpot topped with ground cinnamon


In the bowl of a crockpot, add two cans of apple pie filling. 

If your pie filling doesn’t already have cinnamon, sprinkle on the cinnamon and use a spatula to mix the pie filling and seasoning until well combined. 

Typically you don’t need to stir a dump cake, but anytime you add powdered spices, a quick stir is a good idea.

melted butter over apple pie filling and dry cake mix in a slow cooker

Sprinkle on the dry yellow cake mix, making sure to spread the cake mix evenly over the top of the apple pie filling. 

Top the cake mix with melted butter, covering all the cake mix with butter. 

The outside of a slow cooker with a paper towel under the lid for cooking a dump cake

Cover the slow cooker bowl with paper towels before putting the lid on. 

This is an essential step if you want to create a nice crust on top. I like to cut out steps wherever possible, but you MUST do this!

The cake mix crust is always my favorite part of a dump cake.

The paper towel helps to catch any condensation that forms on the glass lid that would keep that delicious crust from forming.

Cook the crockpot apple dump cake with pie filling for two hours on high.

Cake batter crust on top of an apple dump cake cooked in a crockpot

This awesome slow cooker dessert tastes amazing when served warm right out the crock pot.

You can see some golden brown edges in the photo above. Even though the center isn’t browned, it also isn’t soggy. No one wants a soggy crust!

apple dump cake in a slow cooker

Just look at all that dump cake goodness!

If you haven’t experienced dry cake mix mixed with melted butter you haven’t lived!

Dump Cakes are my favorite type of dessert for so many reasons. They are absolutely delicious, totally easy and can be modified in all kinds of ways!

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How to serve Apple Dump Cake

You could easily add a caramel drizzle to this yummy recipe to make it an Apple Caramel Dump Cake. Just use store-bought caramel ice cream topping.

Whipped topping is always a great way to serve dump cake. Add a little dollop just before serving.

Vanilla ice cream is a favorite topping for dump cake, especially when it’s warm. The ice cream gets all melty and that creaminess pairs really well with the fruit.

Personally, I love to eat cold dump cake! It’s so tasty! I think it brings out the apple flavor even more!

Top tips

Don’t skip the paper towels under the lid if you want a nice cake mix crust.

You can easily add any other spices you want to this recipe. A little ground ginger would add a nice kick.

Don’t want to dirty a bowl to melt the butter? You can also cut thin pats and lay them evenly across the top of the dry cake mix to melt as the dessert cooks.

Add pecans to the recipe to add an extra crunchy texture.

Don’t have a crockpot or want it faster? Just layer the ingredients in a baking dish and bake for 1 hour!

More simple dessert recipes

  • Apple Butterscotch Cookies: These easy Apple Butterscotch Cookies are unique and full of flavor! This dessert is always a crowd-pleaser!
  • Crock Pot Apple Cherry Dump Cake: I combined my love of cherry dump cake with apple to make a delicious Apple Cherry Dump Cake combination.
  • Fruit Bruschetta: With fresh berries and basil, this yummy Fruit Bruschetta makes a delicious homemade dessert idea with a sugar cookie base.

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Printable Crockpot Dump Cake Recipe

apple dump cake in a crockpot with a serving next to it

Crockpot Apple Dump Cake

This easy Crockpot Apple Dump Cake is an awesome dessert that is a quick take on apple pie. With apple pie filling, cinnamon, butter and boxed cake mix, this dessert takes just 5 minutes to put together and you can let the slow cooker do the rest of the work!
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Calories: 661kcal
Servings: 6 -8 servings



  • In the bowl of a crockpot, add 2 cans of apple pie filling.
  • Sprinkle on cinnamon and use a spatula to mix.
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over the fruit.
  • Top with melted butter.
  • Cover the slow cooker bowl with a double layer of paper towel before putting the lid on.
  • Cook for 2 hours.


Double-check your apple pie filling to see if it already has cinnamon.
Don't skip the paper towels! This catches condensation so that a beautiful cake mix crust can form on top.
Serve warm with whipped cream, ice cream or even caramel sauce.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 661kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 910mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g
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One Comment

  1. Alexandria says:

    This looks wonderful! Do you cook it on high or low?

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