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This easy apple cake is filled with cinnamon and apples. Top it off with ice cream and caramel sauce for the perfect fall treat!
Apple Pie in Cake Form
Cakes are perfect any time of year! This easy apple cake just might be the easiest, most delicious fall recipe around! It has a tender crumb that’s extra moist, and it’s filled with juicy pieces of apple.
Best of all, the recipe comes together in no time because we’re using cake mix and apple pie filling. So if you need a quick and easy dessert, this apple cake is for you!
When it comes to apple recipes, I think everyone typically thinks about making Apple Crisp or Apple Pie. But sometimes switching things up is a very yummy thing. There are so many more possibilities when baking with apples.
Just Beat and Bake!
For this apple cake recipe you only need 5 ingredients and one of these is a cake mix. So it is very quick and easy to make!
PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 325°F if using a dark-colored pan). Grease & flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
BATTER. Add the cake mix, cinnamon, oil, and eggs to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until it’s smooth and then hand stir in the apple pie filling (so it doesn’t get crushed by the mixer).
BAKE. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool.
apple cake Muffins
To make this apple spice cake into muffins rather than one large cake, simply follow the recipe exactly the same, but pour batter into muffin tins, filling each cup ⅔ of the way.
Bake at 375° F for 19-23 minutes or until lightly browned.
Change up your apple pie cake with the cake mix used, or add in nuts! Either way, this cake is a must-make.
Cake mix. A box of yellow cake mix is about 15.25 oz. The box will list other ingredients on the back, but you don’t need to add them in addition to what is listed on the recipe card.
Use spice cake mix for an extra flavorful cake. I’d probably leave out the cinnamon though if you’re using spice cake because there’s lots of cinnamon in the cake mix already.
Apples. Sometimes I chop the apples in the pie filling into smaller pieces first, but that’s totally optional.
Nuts. Add a little more texture to the apple cinnamon cake by folding in some chopped walnut. You can also sprinkle chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds on top of the cake before baking it.
Storing Apple Cake
STORE. Once the caramel apple cake has cooled, store it in an airtight container in one of the following places:
- Countertop: 2-3 days
- Fridge: up to 5 days
- Freezer: 3 months. Wrap the cake with plastic wrap whole or in individual slices, then place in an airtight container or wrap it again with aluminum foil and freeze.
When baking desserts the instructions say to flour the pan: Spray the pan with cooking spray or coat it with butter. Scoop ¼ of all-purpose flour into the pan and tip the pan allowing the flour to coat the bottom and sides. Discard excess flour. The dusting of flour helps keep the cake from sticking to the pan after it has been baked.
You can use fresh apples like Gala apples, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jonagold, or Granny Smith apples to make your own Apple Pie Filling. Allow it to cool and thicken, then measure out 21 ounces to use in this easy apple cake recipe.
For More Apple Desserts, Check Out:
- Apple Pancakes
- Best Apple Pie
- Mini Applesauce Muffins
- Caramel Apple Nachos
- Apple Crisp
- Caramel Apple Fudge
Easy Apple Cake Recipe
- 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 1 (21-ounce) can apple pie filling
- caramel sauce & ice cream for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 325°F if using a dark-colored pan).
- Grease & flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
- Add the cake mix, cinnamon, oil, and eggs to a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until it's smooth and then hand stir in the apple pie filling (so it doesn’t get crushed by the mixer).
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow it to cool.
- When ready to serve, top with ice cream and caramel sauce.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.