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2-Ingredient Apple Cake

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This delicious 2-ingredient apple cake couldn’t be any easier. All you have to do is combine a couple of ingredients and pop it into the oven.

Quick and Easy Cake Mix Apple Cake Recipe

Slice of apple cake beside a red apple

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.

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-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 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.

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 slightly different from my other flavors. It has a slightly different consistency, so sometimes I cut rectangles and call them lemon bars.

What You Need for a 2-Ingredients Apple Cake

The only things you need to make this cake are cake mix and apple pie filling.

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

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.

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.

2-ingredient apple cake

More Delicious Recipes

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.

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

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.

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.

For more delicious recipes, check out Meal Plan Monday at Julia’s Simply Southern, Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, and Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth.

Yield: 12 slices

2-Ingredient Apple Cake Recipe

Apple cake with an apple and tea towel

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

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 yellow cake mix (regular or gluten-free)
  • 2 cans of apple pie filling
  • 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



Serving Size


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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Sunday 25th of October 2020

Can you use a spice cake with the apples?


Sunday 25th of October 2020

Hi Teri, yes, you absolutely can. In fact, I think that would be even better. The reason I don't is that I have to make mine gluten-free, and I haven't found a GF spice cake mix. I hope you enjoy this recipe. It's one of our favorites!


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

What size pan? 9x13 Could you make it in layers?


Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Hi Janet. Yes, I recommend a 9x13 pan. This cake is very moist and dense, so I probably wouldn't make it in layers. However, if you do it, please let me know how it turns out! Thanks!


Sunday 2nd of August 2020

I plan to try this--but cut recipe in half!


Monday 3rd of August 2020

Sounds good! I've done that many times since I cook for just my husband and me. I hope you enjoy it!

Howard J King

Monday 17th of February 2020

You don't need to follow the cake mix directions or add any eggs ?


Monday 17th of February 2020

Correct. You don't need to follow the directions on the box or add eggs. All you need are the cake mix and the pie filling. I remember wondering the same thing when I first made this. It's amazingly easy--almost too easy. I've also tried different types of frosting, and we think the cream cheese frosting is best. I also like it without frosting and just adding whipped cream. It balances the cake with a light touch.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 10th of December 2019

I love the idea of the cake and it looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday,461 and hope you are having a great week! Miz Helen