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Apple Caramel Dump Tart

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I must say, this Apple Caramel Dump Tart is both easy to make and absolutely delectable. It boasts a rich flavor that is simply irresistible, especially with the delightful surprise of caramel pieces tucked inside.

dump cake is an American dessert similar to a cobbler but with a cake-like topping. It is so named because it is prepared by “dumping” ingredients (typically canned fruit or pie filling, followed by a boxed cake mix) into a cake pan without mixing.

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Apple Caramel Dump Tart

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  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings depending on size 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Easy


This heavenly delight combines pie apples, rich caramel candy, and a box of cake mix to create the ultimate dessert experience. And it’s so easy to make!


  • 2 x 540 ml tins of each can of apple pie filling
  • 10 ml (2 tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 2 ml (¼ tsp) ground nutmeg
  • ± 270 g (1½ cups, I used ± 1½ bags) Kraft caramels unwrapped and each cut in half
  • 432g x 1 box dry yellow cake mix
  • 2 x 125 g (1 cup 2 sticks) butter, cut into ¼-inch thick pats


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
  2. Grease or use non-stick cooking spray on the inside of a 22 x 33 cm (9 x 13 inch) glass dish and set aside.
  3. Empty the 2 tins of apple slices with the sauce into a medium mixing bowl, and mix in the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Scoop the apple mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
  5. Unwrap, cut the caramels in half, and arrange them all over the apple filling.
  6. Sprinkle the dry cake mix directly over the caramel pieces.
  7. Cut the butter (no need to thaw, as it’s easier to work with it when semi-hard, but NOT frozen) and place the butter cubes in 4 rows in width and 6 over the length all over the top of the cake mix to cover the apple pie.
  8. Place the tart in the oven at 180°C / 350°F and bake for 45 minutes.
  9. The top should be lightly browned and the edges just starting to form bubbles.
  10. Remove from the oven and let it cool down.
  11. To serve, scoop out and turn it upside down in a serving dish or bowl and serve with some delicious vanilla ice cream or if you prefer with fresh cream.
  12. This is an absolute winner in my books. I love the caramel pieces that turned slightly toffee-like and it’s fantastic to find a piece hidden in the tart as it is nice and chewy.


  • Serving Size: 1 block
  • Calories: 335
  • Sugar: 31.7 g
  • Sodium: 275.5 mg
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 33.6 mg
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