Apple Cake

This Easy Apple Cake is extra moist and filled with cinnamon and apples. So simple—it only requires 5 ingredients! Top it off with ice cream and caramel sauce for the perfect fall treat!

Apple desserts always sound amazing during the fall when apples are in their prime. Some of our favorites to make are Apple Cobbler,  Apple Pie and Apple Chips!

a slice of Apple Cake topped with ice cream and caramel sauce

apple pie in cake form

This apple cake recipe 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 good thing. There are so many more possibilities when baking with apples.

Easy Apple Cake batter in a baking pan

just beat and bake!

For this recipe, you only need 5 ingredients:

  • a box of yellow cake mix
  • cinnamon
  • oil
  • eggs
  • apple pie filling

BEAT & BAKE. You’ll add the cake mix, cinnamon, oil, eggs & pie filling to a large bowl and beat everything together. Then pour the batter into your pan, and it’s ready to bake.

SERVE. I love topping this cake with a spoonful of ice cream and caramel sauce. Because caramel + apple is always a good idea. You can also top the cake with whipped cream or whipped topping if you prefer. I also like to enjoy it without any toppings as a simple snack cake.

apple cake Muffins

If you want to make this cake into muffins rather than one large cake, simply follow the recipe exactly the same, but pour batter into muffin tins, filling each cup 2/3 of the way. Bake at 375° F for 19-23 minutes or until lightly browned.

Tips for baking and storing

  • The box of cake mix will list other ingredients, but you don’t need to add them in addition to what I’ve listed.
  • Sometimes I chop the apple into smaller pieces first – but that’s totally optional.
  • You can also use spice cake mix if you prefer 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.

How to store apple cake: Once the cake has cooled store in an airtight container in one of the following places:

  • Countertop for 2-3 days
  • Fridge for up to 5 days
  • Freezer for 3 months. Wrap the cake with plastic wrap whole or in individual slices then place in an airtight container or wrap again with aluminum foil.
Apple Cake Recipe on a white plate

I love this apple cake for fall because it seriously could not be easier to make, and the combination of apples, cinnamon & caramel sauce is so delicious.

For more apple desserts, check out:

Easy Apple Cake Recipe

5 from 15 votes
This easy apple cake is filled with cinnamon and apples. Top it off with ice cream and caramel sauce for the perfect fall treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 15 slices
Calories 185 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 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.


*Spice cake mix works too. If using spice cake, you don’t need to add in the cinnamon. 

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My name's Fiona and I love to bake and blog. I share homemade, from scratch, classic recipes for desserts & sweet treats including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more.

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  1. This recipe looks incredibly easy and tasty! I’m sold on the fact that it’s going to be moist! Definitely a good treat for Fall! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This would be a great way to welcome in Fall! Love how easy this is to make especially now that the kids are in school and life is crazy busy!

  3. This looks fantastic! but do you think it would hold up structurally as a layer cake? THinking of trying to make it into a candied apple cake with cinnamon candy bits in between the layers!

  4. 5 stars
    Awesome and exTremely easy reciPe!!! I made this for a small get together with friends and everyone loved It. I added cinnamon sugar on top.

  5. 5 stars
    Your recipe for apple pie using 1 can of apple pie filling I made tonight for after dinner desert with vanilla ice cream like you recommended wow it is delicious we that is myself my husband and our neighbor I made for the first time. It was so fast and easy which I like especially when you are preparing dinner for family and friends and you need a quick easy desert that everyone likes. Thank you keep on posting your delicious deserts

    1. Aw, thank you for sharing! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I am all about fast, easy, yummy desserts, so I’m so happy to hear you liked the cake!

    1. The apples (found in the apple pie filling) are added with the rest of the ingredients before mixing. You can dump everything into a bowl and then mix with an electric mixer. Easy and quick!

    1. I haven’t tried this cake in a bundt pan, but you certainly could give it a try. Just make sure you don’t overfill the bundt pan. You’ll want to leave some room for it to grow and not spill over. Baking times would most likely need to be adjusted too. I’m not sure exactly how long to bake in a bundt pan, so keep an eye on it and when a toothpick comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs, it’s done! You’ll have to let us know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  6. Question: I’m wondering if the apples get nice and mushy, since they get beaten with a mixer? I don’t like “chunks” of apples. 😉. Thank you for a reply!

    1. They do get a little that way. You could always chop them a bit more before mixing them in so they break down even more if you don’t like chunks. Hope you enjoy the cake!

  7. 5 stars
    Can I mix apples in by hand? Every time I use mixer they disappear and I like bigger chunks of apple. Otherwise cake is delicious