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Sour Cream Apple Pie Dump Cake (Vegan)

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This easy delicious apple pie dump cake only takes a few ingredients like Ritz crackers, apple pie filling, cream cheese (vegan), vanilla, and a cake mix. Top with some optional pecans and vegan butter and you’ve got a quick tasty dessert the whole family will love!

two fancy crystal goblets with sour cream apple pie dump cake

Dump cakes are a lot of fun. Anyone can make it – even kids (with some adult supervision)! Because this is a vegan blog, I’ve given product suggestions that are vegan friendly. If you are not vegan, then use what you normally would.

For some more quick and easy dump cake desserts:

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Forkful of sour cream apple pie dump cake with pinterest text overlay

To make this apple pie dump cake dessert you will need:

  • Ritz crackers
  • butter (vegan – stick or tub is fine)
  • 2 large cans of apple pie filling
  • sour cream (vegan)
  • vanilla extract
  • white or yellow cake mix
  • pecans or other nuts (optional)
The ingredients for sour cream apple pie dump cake including vegan butter and sour cream, pecans, ritz crackers, apple pie filling , vanilla, and a yellow cake mix

The vegan-friendly ingredients:

The Duncan Hines cake mix:

Did you know that Duncan Hines cake mixes are what is known as “accidentally vegan”? That is, they didn’t set out to be vegan, but the product has no overt animal products listed in the ingredients. There are two exceptions however, the sugar is from an unknown source and may be processed through bone char. Palm oil is an ingredient and is controversial. Read the linked articles and decide for yourself. And be aware that most commercial products we buy may have similar circumstances from candy to ketchup to chips…

Ritz Crackers:

Yep, another “accidentally vegan” product! Apparently, they used to be made with lard. Thank goodness no longer! Want to try another recipe made with Ritz Crackers? How does some homestyle Baked Mac and Cheese sound?

The butter and the sour cream:

Again, if you are not vegan, this recipe has been tested by non-vegan friend and works great with dairy products.

I use Tofutti sour cream and Earth Balance Buttery Spread. Both so delicious.

How to make Apple Pie Dump Cake:

This is so easy! Spritz your 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. Drizzle a little melted butter in the bottom and place 24 Ritz Crackers on top.

26 Ritz crackers in a butter-lined baking pan

The butter will start to soften the crackers to make the bottom layer into a pie crust of sorts.

Next, you open two large cans of apple pie filling and pour on top. I like to find the apple pie filling with a little cinnamon and spice. I was also happy to find canned apple pie filling that advertised “extra apples” – yum!

Mix the vanilla into the sour cream and dollop on top of the apple layer.

spreading sour cream on layer of apple pie filling

Gently spread as evenly as you can.

Then simply open a cake mix and sprinkle on top. No mixing!

the top layer of butter on top of pecans and the cake mix layer

If you are using nuts then this is the time to add them, before the butter. If you have stick butter then slice the whole stick. If you only have tub butter then melt 1/2 a cup and drizzle on top.

Then bake until golden and a little bubbly around the edges. Easy peasy huh?!?

baked sour cream apple pie dump cake in the pan ready to be eaten

Serving the cake:

You will want to let the cake cool for a couple of hours in order to cut it. As you can see, I’m not a patient girl and really couldn’t wait the full two hours!

a dish of the sour cream apple pie dump cake with the cake pan full of apple cake goodness in the background

Not the prettiest dump cake I’ve made; but definitely one of the tastiest!

And now for the recipe!

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a forkful of sour cream apple pie dump cake

Sour Cream Apple Pie Dump Cake (Vegan)

This sour cream apple pie dump cake is easy to make with a few simple ingredients! It tastes like apple pie and cake combined. The recipe contains vegan-friendly ingredients so everyone can enjoy this tasty dessert.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cheesecake, vegan dump cake
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
cooling time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Cindy Rainey


  • 9×13 pan
  • oven


  • 24 Ritz Crackers
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter divided into two steps ¼ cup and ½ cup
  • 2 21 ounce canned apple pie filling
  • 12 ounces vegan sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup (optional) nuts, chopped I used pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Melt 1/4 cup vegan butter and line the bottom of a 9×13 pan. Tilt to spread evenly.
  • Place 24 Ritz crackers in the bottom of the pan on top of the melted butter.
  • Add the two cans of apple pie filling, spreading evenly.
  • Mix the vanilla into the sour cream and stir well.
  • In small even portions, dollop spoonfuls of the sour cream mixture on top of the apple pie filling layer.
  • Sprinkle the cake mix evenly on top.
  • If you are adding the optional nuts to the top, chop if necesssary, and sprinkle evenly.
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup butter to the top of the cake mix layer. You can either slice and place evenly (if you have stick butter), or melt and drizzle.
  • Bake in a 350° oven for about 35 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.
  • Take out of the oven and allow cooling to room temperature.
  • Store leftover covered in the refrigerator. If the dump cake is quite cold, you'll want to go ahead and dish out and then let sit for a few minutes to come closer to room temperature. This will allow the flavors to come through better and the butter won't be rock solid.


This recipe was written for vegan options if you are not vegan, then you may substitute in the  dairy options of your choice.


Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 286mg | Potassium: 11mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 539IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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