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Apple Pie Cake

Sometimes you want cake and sometimes you want pie. My Apple Pie Cake is both, making it a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.
By Bree Hester

I have a confession to make: This cake came out of my desire to not make a pie crust. And not to have to run to the grocery store the night before Thanksgiving. I was planning on making an apple crumb pie and just did not feel like dealing with pie crust. I was tired, sick of cleaning my kitchen and so over washing dishes and ready to call it a night. 

So I took a look around my pantry and found a box of cake mix. Perfect, always a good place to start. I combined it with traditional apple pie filling ingredients and the rest is history. Sometimes the best ideas are born out of necessity, right? 

Gather your ingredients.


In a small bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar and salt.


Add butter, and rub together until it resembles a crumble. Set aside.


Toss the apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice.


Make the cake batter according to the directions on the package.


Pour the batter into a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.


Spread the apples over the batter.


Spread the crumble over the apples.


Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar and cut into squares.



  • Topping

    • 1cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
    • 1/2cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/4teaspoon salt
    • 1/2cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • Apple Mixture

    • 6apples, peeled, thinly sliced
    • 3tablespoons packed brown sugar
    • 1teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 2teaspoons lemon juice
  • Cake

    • 1box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ yellow cake mix
    • 1 1/3cups water
    • 1/3cup oil
    • 3eggs


  • 1Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
  • 2In medium bowl, stir together flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar and the salt. With pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  • 3In another medium bowl, gently stir together Apple Mixture ingredients; set aside.
  • 4In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pan.
  • 5Spread apple mixture evenly over cake batter. Sprinkle Topping evenly over top.
  • 6Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

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    merryman939 days ago
    Topping; 1cup flour, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup butter,cut into small pieces.
    Filling; 6 apples peeled, thinly sliced, 3tbsp packed brown sugar, 1tsp ground cinnamon, 2tsp lemon juice.
    Cake; 1 box Betty crocker super moist yellow cake mix, 1 1/3 cups water, 1/3 cup oil, 3 eggs.
    ahmay903 days ago
    I just baked this today. It was a hit, everybody loved it. I served it with a scope of vanilla ice cream (like apple pie a la mode) and it was delicious! Thank you for this easy to bake and yummy recipe!!!
    LLDillon661 days ago
    A cooking temperature would be amazing. Not having the recipe in the comments and with the actual recipe would be helpful as well!!!
    Quirin64635 days ago
    The temperature and time would be the ones on the cake mix box.  I think it is 375 degrees for 25-30 mins in a 13x9 glass flat dish.
    SandyJC270 days ago
    it's in the #1 directions. 
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Spray bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan with baking spray with flour.
    Prysms839 days ago
    This would also be good drizzled with caramel sauce...or maybe both icecream and caramel sauce! Yummmm :)

    LindaD1960605 days ago

    I tried this last night - while it tasted ok the topping sank into the batter and made the cake mushy.  I remade it leaving the topping off and kept it chilled, which kept it crumbly like a crumb cake.  At  20 minutes into the baking I then added the topping and then finished baking for 18 minutes and it came out great.

     Also the actual recipe does not tell you to sprinkle with powdered sugar.

    JBL13011335 days ago
    Please show ingredients in measured quantities rather than each. 6 apples can be 3 lbs or 5 lbs. Or show cups of sliced peeled apples.
    Rainiergirl999 days ago
    That glass measuring cup equals 2 liters, and 2 liters equals 8 there you go :)
    Gerdibug240 days ago
    This is a fantastic cake!  Made it for the family and it was a huge hit.  Taking it to school tomorrow to share with the terrific staff I work with!!!  It's going to be on my Thanksgiving menu also.  It gets an A+ from me!!!!
    Sbare384 days ago
    Just made this. It turned out fantastic. I added coconut and a little more butter to the crumble mix. Cooked it at 325 so it could cook slower so there was no raw middle. It was very fluffy very moist not soggy at all. delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.
    Zukyg640 days ago
    Excellent cake! Made it for my mom's birthday and it was a hit! My nephew even posted it on Facebook. It took me a lot longer than 35 minutes in the oven, but it turned out just fine.
    Janielee98646 days ago
    I make mine with a lemon cake and apple pie filling. The 2 flavors are great together. 
    Smothermother684 days ago
    Where do I find the ingredients list?
    nanniej716 days ago
    i was wondering can you use a can or two of apples in a can if you do not have real apples i am sure it would be like a apple pie.
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