Apple Dump Cake

My Dad has been bringing me apples lately. Like, a lot of apples. So many apples that there is no way we could possibly eat them all, and we tried. With Covid-19 still a very real threat, I have been extremely vigilant about distancing. Two of my kids have compromised immune systems, so we have sheltered in place since early March. What does my Dad and apples have to do with that? Well, my Dad used to visit us almost every week, but since March, those visits have stopped. Recently though, he has been stopping by the house with apples. I meet him outside with my mask on, we have a chat, he gives me apples. Sometimes he gives me potatoes, sometimes cheese, sometimes onions and last week he brough me a butternut squash. It’s just a thing that happens now, but back to the apples. I have a surplus. I have donated them to our community fridge, we have eaten them, but there are still so.many.apples.

For the last few days I have researched apple recipes. Like hardcore research. This is what my life is now. Researching what I can make with apples. There are worse problems though, amirite?! I was looking for recipes that used a lot of apples, and there are some good ones. I came across this list from Delish, 67 apple recipes seemed insane, but when I started looking at the list, I was pleaseantly surprised. I settled on this one. Apple Dump Cake. Probably the worst name ever for a cake, but it’s called that because you just dump everything into the baking dish, which I can totally get behind. When it came out of the oven, it looked like, for lack of a better word, crap. However, it tasted like heaven, so there you go. If you need a recipe to get rid of apples, that only requires a handful of basic ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, this is for you. Enjoy!

Apple dump cake

INGREDIENTS
 
6 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 c. roughly chopped pecans
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch kosher salt
1 box yellow cake mix
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cut into small cubes
Vanilla ice cream, for serving – optional but highly recommend.
 
 
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, toss apples, pecans, sugars, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt together.
  2. Pour apples into a 9”-x-13” baking dish. Top with cake mix, then place butter all over top. 
  3. Bake until top is golden and apples are tender, 50 to 60 minutes. 
  4. Serve warm with ice cream.

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