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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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