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Easy 2-Ingredient Apple Cake

This delicious 2-ingredient apple cake couldn’t be any easier, and it’s such a deliciously comforting treat!

All you have to do is combine a couple of ingredients and pop it into the oven. In a matter of minutes, you’ll have a delicious dessert!

Slice of apple cake beside a red apple

Although you make this with a cake mix, it has a difference consistency from traditional cake. It’s similar to a dense bread pudding.

I highly recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.

You might have wondered a couple of things about this cake, besides the fact that it’s made with cake mix and canned apple pie filling. First of all, you make this apple cake without oil or eggs. Secondly, you can top it with whatever you like. There’s more on that below.

If you don’t count spices as “ingredients,” you can also have a 2-ingredient apple cinnamon cake. I like it either way, with or without cinnamon.

Quick and Easy Cake Mix Apple Cake Recipe

Then when it’s done, serve it warm. It is so good!

You can also let it cool and frost it. The way you enjoy your easy-to-make apple cake is totally up to you.

Now, back to the ways you can eat it while it’s still warm. After all, who doesn’t like something warm and sweet as the temperature drops?

One thing you can do is drizzle a little bit of caramel sauce over the top. Mmm, so yummy!

You can also put a dollop of ice cream on top and enjoy the deliciousness as the ice cream melts into it. It’s almost like having an apple cobbler.

Or better! In fact, you get the best of a cake and a cobbler!

Or if you want it frosted, let it cool to room temperature. That’s the way I did made this time.

We really enjoy it after having this chili con carne because it offers the sweet balance to the spiciness.

Apple Dump Cake

Some people call this an apple dump cake. That doesn’t sound very nice to me because it’s absolutely delicious! And I certainly don’t think of anything with the word “dump” in it being delicious.

That said, you can call it whatever you want. The point is, this cake is so easy and delicious you’ll want to always have the ingredients on hand … you know, for those times when you need a sweet treat.

I know that a lot of people make 2 or 3-ingredient cakes. One of the differences with mine is that I use gluten-free cake mix.

However, if you don’t have an issue with gluten, I highly recommend using a regular cake mix. It’s much less expensive than the gluten-free versions.

Plus you can stock up when the cake mix goes on sale. The regular cake mix goes on sale more often than the gluten-free version.

Regardless of which you use, everyone will really enjoy it. In fact, when I bring my gluten-free version to potluck dinners, no one can tell the difference.

2-Ingredients Apple Cake Ingredients

The only things you need to make this cake are cake mix and apple pie filling. I used gluten-free yellow cake mix.

You can use regular cake mix, but if you have sensitivities to gluten or wheat, you’ll want to follow a gluten free apple cake recipe.

Yellow cake mix and apple pie filling

You can also add cinnamon and frost it with cream cheese frosting.

Or if you don’t have cream cheese frosting, you can top it with ice cream or whipped cream.

Container of ground cinnamon

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make a 2-Ingredient Apple Cake

Combine a yellow cake mix with a couple of cans of apple pie filling.

Mix it well to make sure all of the cake mix is moist. You don’t want any dry particles of cake mix showing up.

Cake mix combined with apple pie filling

Pour the mixture into a greased pan and smooth it out as much as possible across the top.

Now all you have to do is bake it until it’s done.

Cake mix in pan

I added cinnamon to the mixture before baking it, but it’s not necessary. I also topped it with cream cheese frosting after it cooled.

However, it’s delicious any way you eat it. You can serve it with vanilla ice cream as I already mentioned or whipped cream.

Or you can serve it as-is. It’s certainly moist and delicious enough to stand alone.

The consistency is different from a traditional cake. It’s more moist, which I think is a good thing. Someone told me this is an apple cake pie.

Baked apple cake

If you decide to frost the cake, use either canned frosting or this insanely delicious cream cheese frosting from the Back to My Southern Roots blog.

I’ve found that all of the recipes from Back to My Southern Roots wonderful. It’s my friend Julie’s blog, and she is as much of a foodie as I am.

Or you might want to check out this Frosting 101 page from Cooking with Carlee. She has a variety of frosting ideas that all look amazing!

Tips for Making the Best Apple Cake

This is a super easy dessert, but you can give yourself an advantage by following these easy tips:

  • Don’t forget to prep the pan or baking dish before you begin. Otherwise, the cake will probably stick to the bottom.
  • Mix the ingredients well. If you don’t, you’ll wind up with some powdery bites that aren’t appetizing.
  • This is a form of dump cake, so don’t expect to have the consistency of a traditional cake. It will be quite moist.
  • This cake is wonderful as-is with a cup of coffee. Add frosting for special occasions.
  • Don’t rush the cooling time before putting frosting on top. Allow it to get close to room temperature.
  • Be adventurous and try different toppings. You can drizzle caramel sauce over the top instead of frosting.
  • Or you can top it with ice cream and drizzle the caramel sauce over that. Then sprinkle with crushed nuts.

Apple Cake in a Mug

You can also make this apple cake in a mug. Since you won’t need a whole can of apple pie filling, you can use apple sauce instead. Add cinnamon and bits of fresh apple if you want.

I always like to add toppings to my mug cakes. This one is good with either vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. If you want it extra sweet, drizzle a little caramel topping over it.

2-Ingredient Apple Cake for Special Occasions

If you’re looking for something super easy to make for a special occasion, then you need to try this cake recipe.

You might not have time to go to the store. Or preparing a cake from scratch might overwhelm you during a busy time.

Apple cake with an apple and dish towel

This 2-ingredient apple cake is perfect when you want to whip something up in a hurry.

For one thing, you only need a couple of ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.

Another thing is if you have last-minute guests, this is the perfect snack to serve.

Whether they call in advance or show up on your doorstep unannounced, you can excuse yourself for 5 minutes.

Then go into the kitchen and whip this up. Since it takes practically no time to make, no one will know what you’re doing unless you tell them.

I always consider something that tastes good and is easy to make a winning combination.

As it bakes, you’ll enjoy the aroma of apples wafting through your house. Your guests will think you’re the most brilliant host ever.

What to Do with Leftover Apple Cake

Chances are, you won’t have much apple cake left since it’s so good. But if you do, cover it with either plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

It’s fine to leave it out on the counter for a couple of days. However, if you want to keep it longer, put it in the fridge. You can also put it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

More 2 or 3 Ingredient Treats

There are other 2-ingredient cakes we enjoy. My favorite is this 2-ingredient peach cake that delivers a ton of flavor.

My husband prefers this 2-ingredient cherry chocolate cake. It’s so moist and decadent you might feel a tad guilty for enjoying it so much.

Another 2-ingredient cake we both like is this lemon cake that is a bit different from my other flavors. It has a slightly different consistency, so sometimes I cut rectangles and call them lemon bars.

Another wonderful treat is this 3-ingredient chocolate cake. It’s flourless so you can serve it to anyone wanting to avoid gluten. And it’s also easy to make.

2-ingredient apple cake

More Delicious Dessert Recipes

Don’t forget to add other options to the dessert table. Your family and guests will love this luscious lemon meringue pie.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this Oreo pudding pie. It’s a no-bake recipe that you can make in advance, freeing up your time to do other things.

No Bake Caramel Crunch Bars are fun to make and eat! If you have kids or grandkids, they’ll love helping with the process.

If you like brownies, and you like peanut butter … well, you’ll love these wonderfully tasty peanut butter cup brownies!

Fans of a blend of tart and sweet will love this delicious lemon lush pie. It has just the right amount of tangy flavor to make your taste buds very happy.

Savory Recipes

Of course, you can’t live on cake and pie alone. That’s why you need to try this delicious Mediterranean salad. It’s the perfect complete meal to eat before you enjoy dessert.

Mediterranean salad with chicken, vegetables, and feta cheese

Or make one of these 5 delicious soups. All of them are easy, so you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen.

Serve the salad or soup with this cheesy garlic bread from Julia’s Simply Southern. I’ve been one of Julia’s fans for a long time, and I know that she won’t let you down.

One of my most recent favorite recipes is this this super easy beef and broccoli stir fry. It only takes a few minutes, start to finish.

beef and broccoli stir fry in a bowl with rice

Anyone who likes a blend of sweet and savory will enjoy this Crock Pot Hawaiian chicken. Each bite is like a mini vacation in the mouth.

fork of Hawaiian chicken

When you want a yummy snack that’s also good for you, make these protein-packed air fryer ranch chickpeas. You’ll love their crunchy goodness!

air fried chickpeas

If you’re looking for a wonderful side dish, try this corn casserole. I add cream cheese and green chilis to add more flavor. and it is out-of-this-world delicious!

scooping corn casserole out of a casserole dish

Take a look at these fun web stories from Southern Home Express.

Apple cake with an apple and tea towel

2-Ingredient Apple Cake Recipe

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

When you need an easy-to-make dessert, this 2-ingredient apple cake is perfect.


  • 1 yellow cake mix (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 cans of apple pie filling (21 ounce cans)
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
  • Cream cheese frosting (optional)


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the inside of a 9”x13” baking pan or casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix and both cans of apple pie filling. Stir until mixed. If you want to add cinnamon, sprinkle the cinnamon over the mixture and stir again.
    3. Turn the mixture out into the baking pan. Spread it out until it is evenly distributed.
    4. Bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm. This cake is delicious alone, topped with ice cream, or with whipped cream.


If you want to frost this cake, allow it to cool before you spread cream cheese frosting over the top.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 206Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 0mgSodium 339mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 1gSugar 27gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Wednesday 13th of December 2023

This Apple Cake was Fantastic! Didn’t care to make the one with all the butter. I did butter the pan and halved the recipe using 1 1/2 cup cake mix and 1 can of filling. Mixed in about a teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkled with coarse sugar before baking. Great with whipped cream. Hubby loved it!


Thursday 14th of December 2023

Hi Janie. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's also fun to see some of the tweaks you made to the recipe. This is something that I think makes the recipe even better!

Kathleen Wallace

Wednesday 26th of April 2023

I always added 3 eggs to the mix. Nice and rich.

Cathy McLean

Saturday 8th of April 2023

How long do you bake this? I assume 350 degree oven. Going to try and maybe add nuts


Saturday 8th of April 2023

Hi Cathy. 350˚ F for 35 minutes. The complete directions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.


Thursday 10th of November 2022

I made this but only added 1 tin of pie apples which was plenty, you don’t say what size your tins of pie apples come in mine was 400gm, I also used a packet of carrot cake because that’s what I had it turned out very nice and would definitely make again with my variations, thanks for the recipe


Friday 3rd of March 2023

@southernhomeexpress, If I only have one can of apple filling should I follow the Cake directions & just add apple filling?


Thursday 10th of November 2022

Hi Gail. I use two 21-ounce cans of pie filling. I'm so glad you liked it! I would love it with carrot cake mix, but since I have to be gluten-free, I'm somewhat limited. But it sounds delicious!

Nancy Wiley

Saturday 29th of October 2022

Mine is incredibly wet in the center … I baked an extra 10 minutes in 5 minute intervals.


Saturday 29th of October 2022

Hi Nancy. That was smart to do. Since every oven cooks differently, it's always a good idea to test it for doneness and finish cooking in short intervals. My last oven cooked hot, but my current one is pretty accurate.

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