Saturday, January 18, 2014

Apple Dump Cake Fail

OK, let's be honest. We've all had one of those awful moments known as a "Pinterest Fail" and this, my friends, was one of mine.

It was supposed to be simple. And good. 

I thought it was right up my alley this night. Ivy loves anything with apples and I just wanted something sweet, so Apple Dump Cake it was.

The recipe and directions are about as easy as it gets. 
-1 yellow cake mix
-1 stick of butter
-4 apples, sliced

I don't like crunchy apples, so I decided to soften them in a pan with a little cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on top.

I sprayed a pan with Pam and poured the apples in the bottom.

Then, as directed, poured the DRY cake mix on top. 
This is where I started to feel like it wasn't going to end well.


Next I melted a stick of butter and poured that on top of the dry cake mix.

The directions say to bake for 25-30 mins at 350. 

As you can see, I left mine in longer. It didn't look done to me and smelled like pure butter....very unappetizing. I didn't even taste it. So sad. 

Does anyone know what I did wrong? I even went back and looked up different Apple Dump Cake recipes and they're all pretty much the same. 


  1. I have a similar recipe for apples and cake mix. I don't cook the apples before, and also I use just a few pats of butter on top...definitely not a full stick. Maybe try it this way next time.

  2. I grew up making this kind of cake... You should cut the butter into pats and place them on top of the dry cake mix. Don't melt the butter.

    When I was growing up, we always used cherry pie filling, and a drained can of crushed pineapple, mixed together and poured into the bottom of the pan. Then topped that with a yellow cake mix, dry. Then two sticks of butter, cut into pats and lined up on the dry cake mix, being sure to cover all the dry cake mix, leaving only a little space between the pats.
    bake, then eat when cooled! that's it!

    I've never tried it with fresh fruit, so it may take a little bit different baking time.

  3. I need to edit my previous comment to say that we did make ours in a 9x13 pan, so we used two sticks of butter. it sounds like so much, and it is, but it is so good!