September 18, 2012

Apple Cobbler Dump Cake (with fresh apples)

As I mentioned on our Facebook page, the kids and I went apple picking yesterday at a local orchard and came home with 50 pounds of apples!  We'll eat some just fresh and make some into Homemade Applesauce, but we knew we wanted to make some tasty desserts with all those fresh apples.  Luckily, a friend had just pinned  this Fresh Apple Cake by A. Liz Adventures ~ what timing!  An easy recipe using fresh apples and I had all the ingredients on hand.

Doesn't this look yummy?

easy apple dessert

Now wait till you see how easy it is to make.  The kids did 90 percent it themselves (which is good because I was the one who had to carry the 50 pounds of apples through the orchard!)

Here's what you'll need...

* fresh apples (sliced about 1/4" thick ~ we kept the skin on and used about 7 apples)
* box of yellow cake mix
* 1 stick of butter

Here's what to do...

1.  Spray a 9x13" baking dish with cooking spray. (You could easily do it in a smaller dish too, just adjust the amount of each ingredient).

2.  Dump all the apples in the dish and spread them evenly over the bottom.

3.  Pour a layer of dry cake mix over the apples.  (We didn't quite use the whole bag, just enough to cover the apples with a decent layer)

4.  Melt a stick of butter and pour the melted butter evenly over the cake mix.

5.  If you're feeling like a real baker, go ahead and sprinkle a little apple pie spice or cinnamon over the top.  (Optional, but my oldest insisted it would make it even more delicious.)

6.  Bake at 350* for about 35-45 minutes until the top is slightly golden and the apples are hot and bubbly.  (Note: with about 10-15 minutes left in the cooking time, peek in at your cobbler.  If you notice there are some dry patches of cake mix, you can sprinkle just a little bit of water on them so it's not powdery.  Then continue baking)

7.  Take out of the oven, let sit for just a few minutes, then serve with a scoop of ice cream!  (I wanted to snap a picture of the kids enjoying their cobbler, but in the couple minutes it took me to photograph my serving for this post, they'd nearly finished theirs!  Take my word for it, though, they loved it!!)

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  1. Yum! We still have 20 pounds of apples that need to be made into something delicious! Thanks for the recipe

  2. I have this in the oven now! Smells so good!

  3. I made this tonight with a few additions! In a 12 x12 baking dish, Apples, half a cup oatmeal, sprinkle of brown sugar , then half a package of white cake mix, apple pie spice and then the butter. It was awesome. Thanks for such a great blog!

  4. Made this tonight - I did have to cook it longer - 60 minutes total, but it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yay, I'm so glad you liked it. We actually just went peach picking today and made a similar version of this with peaches. So good!

    2. Trying to track calories....any idea what a small serving might be? is delicious! And ohhhh so easy.

    3. Ah, I really don't know, Jean, but unfortunately it's probably pretty calorie-packed with the cake mix and butter. :(

    4. In the oven now, I sprinkled pumpkin pie spice on top of the apples, as I did not have apple pie spice.

    5. Also, I peeled the granny smith apples....

    6. I had some ripe bananas, mushed them slightly and added them. Also sprinkled a little cake mix on after I put first loose layer of apples on bottom. Came out great!

    7. I made it with toffee chips and pecans added...soo yummy!!

  5. I baked it for 60 minutes and it was perfect. Next time I would peel the apples.

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  7. I enjoyed running across your delightful webpage yesterday while looking for "cake mix" cobbler recipes. Since you used fresh apples, I decided to try it. Mine is in the oven right now! I did add a little fresh cider, sugar, brown sugar, and lemon to the sliced apples as I used 6 large ones. I added a small amount of fresh cider to the melted butter butter because I used the whole box of cake mix. So hope it turns out as well as yours did. Have fun with your kids; mine seemed to grow up very fast, and I still miss the dance lessons and soccer games.

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