Gluten Free Caramel Apple Dump Cake

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Dump Cake

I love everything about a good dump cake, except maybe the name. I mean, come on – “dump cake” just doesn’t sound very glamorous or elegant. But I can overcome the name issue because with less than a handful of ingredients and no effort at all, one can make an absolutely delicious dessert.

The “dump” part of dump cake refers to the fact that you pretty much dump everything into a pan and then bake it – no mixing bowls, spoons, beaters, stirring, or mixing. And even better – hardly any clean up!

This Gluten Free Caramel Apple Dump Cake has one of my favorite flavor combos – apples and caramel. You can make your own using this salted caramel sauce recipe or simply buy some store-bought caramel ice cream sauce – could not be easier!

By the way, this is the perfect dessert to take to potlucks since you serve it from the baking dish and it can be served warm, at room temp, or cold.

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe

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Gluten Free Caramel Apple Dump Cake
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Gluten Free Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 3 large apples peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 1 ½ cups caramel sauce divided
  • 1 package Kinnikinnick white cake mix
  • ¾ cup melted butter plus more for preparing the pan
  • Whipped cream or ice cream for serving optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 by 12 inch baking dish.
  • Put the apples in the prepared dish and spread into an even layer. Drizzle 1 cup of the caramel sauce over the apples. Sprinkle the cake mix evenly over the apples, making sure to completely cover them with the mix. Evenly drizzle the butter over the cake mix.
  • Bake the cake for 45 – 55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. While the cake is still warm, drizzle the remaining ½ cup caramel sauce over the top of the cake. Serve the cake warm or at room temperature, topped with whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.


I used Kinnikinnick gluten free white cake mix. To make dairy free, use a dairy free caramel sauce and melted dairy free buttery sticks. If you use homemade salted caramel sauce, make sure you use unsalted butter (or dairy free equivalent).


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 600mg25%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Vitamin A 405IU8%
Vitamin C 2.1mg3%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Jen
    June 11, 2016

    This looks really good, Carol, and the orchard just up the road still has apples from last fall for sale…

    Also, you are right about the name ‘dump’ cake. There has to be a better term…’tilt’ cake (because we just tilt all of the ingredients into the baking dish?)? Ah well….

    1. Gluten Free & More
      June 13, 2016

      Hi Jen,
      You’re right! I hope you enjoy your tilt cake. ;)

  3. Carol
    October 13, 2021

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Please tell me where to get dairy free caramel sauce so I can make this!!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      October 14, 2021

      I’m not sure where you can get it locally, it depends on the grocery stores near you, but online you can find some. Date Lady, Hey Boo, and Nature’s Charm are a few brands that are GF and DF.

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