The Apple Truck + Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe

As a Michigander by birth (that’s what residents of the state of Michigan are commonly referred to), Floridian by choice, the thing I probably miss the most about being up north is picking apples in the fall. It’s a complete experience that includes apples and cider that you really just can’t replicate without the crisp, cool weather that signals the start of the apple-picking season.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who misses this. There is an Ann Arbor-based company called The Apple Truck, that delivers fresh-picked Michigan apples and cider every fall to several southern states, including Florida! I recently had the opportunity to receive one of their 20-pound boxes of 1/2 tart and 1/2 sweet apples. Pick-up was easy! I preordered and selected from several pick-up locations around the Tampa Bay Area. I pulled up and the employees loaded the box of apples into my car.

The Apple Truck + Easy Caramel Apple Dump Cake Recipe | Tampa Bay Moms

The best part about the apples?! Eating them! If you’re looking for something quick, easy and delicious, try this recipe for Caramel Apple Dump Cake.


6 cups of fresh apples, peeled, cored and diced into small pieces

20-25 caramel candies, unwrapped

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 box yellow cake mix (do not prepare)

1/2 cup melted butter

2 cups walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking pan
  2. Put diced apples into your prepared pan
  3. Place caramels evenly on top of the apples
  4. Sprinkle on cinnamon and add walnuts (optional)
  5. Top with the dry cake mix, making sure the apples are completely covered
  6. Drizzle the melted butter on top
  7. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Tip: Leftovers can be stored in the fridge as a yummy treat to enjoy again later!


Do you have a favorite apple recipe? Share it with me in the comments below!

Emily Draper
Emily grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She graduated from The University of Arizona with a degree in Business Administration, where her love affair with all-things desert began. She originally moved to Tampa in 2009 to be closer to her then-boyfriend, now-husband, Kyle. Together, they have two amazing (and amazingly strong-willed!) kids. Since starting a family, Emily has also lived in South Carolina and Metro Detroit, before returning to the Tampa area in 2017. Emily is a REALTOR® and in her spare time, she enjoys fitness, essential oils, reading, country music, and anything crafty.