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Cranberry Apple Dump Cake

Here is a Cranberry Apple Dump Cake that would be perfect for Thanksgiving camping. You can also make it at home in your oven or on the grill.

Dutch Oven with a Cran Apple Dump Cake with pecans on top

I love cranberries! During the short season in which they are available, I buy a lot of them.

I love using them in both sweet and savory dishes.

I always have a dish or two on the Thanksgiving table with fresh cranberry in it. It is usually Fresh Cranberry Relish and some kind of roasted vegetables.

Over the weekend, I experimented with a bag of cranberries and came out with a hit.

a serving of Dutch Oven Apple Dump Cake on a white plate

Enjoy this delicious cranberry apple crisp made in the Dutch oven.

Other great fall camping desserts include Dutch Oven Apple Cake and Pumpkin Pie Cake.

Dutch Oven Cranberry Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Like many of the Dutch Oven Dessert Recipes I made, this recipe calls for simple ingredients. You need fresh cranberries, Granny Smith apples, lemon juice, sugar, apple juice, a yellow cake mix, butter, and pecans.

ingredients for a Dutch Oven Fall Cake with cranberries and apples

How to Make Dutch Oven Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Prepare charcoal for the Dutch oven. We find that using a charcoal chimney or small grill works best for this.

Line the Dutch oven with a liner. Grab them here or use this tutorial to make your own.

While the charcoal is burning, prep the ingredients.

close up of a cranberry dutch oven apple cake

Get the rest of the recipe below.

The cake turned out well.

I tasted it when I took these photos and it was good.

Dutch Oven with a Cran Apple Dump Cake with pecans on top with a serving on a white plate

I had a serving of it later after it cooled off and it was amazing!

Yield: 12 servings

Cranberry Apple Dump Cake

Cranberry Apple Dump Cake

Create a delicious Autumn dessert in your Dutch oven while camping or at home.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes


  • 1 bag of fresh cranberries
  • 3-4 Granny Smith apples
  • squirt of lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup of apple juice
  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup butter
  • optional: 1 cup pecans


  1. Prepare charcoal for the Dutch oven.
  2. While the charcoal is burning, chop the apples and butter.
  3. Mix the chopped apples, cranberries, lemon juice, sugar, and apple juice in a bowl.
  4. Line the Dutch oven with a liner.
  5. Pour the cranberry apple mixture into the Dutch oven.
  6. Sprinkle the yellow cake mix over the top.
  7. Layer that with the sliced up butter.
  8. Sprinkle the pecans on top of the butter. You can chop the pecans or leave them whole.
  9. Place the lid on the Dutch oven.
  10. Place approximately 8 charcoal briquettes in a small circle on the group or in a foil pan.
  11. Place a dozen or so briquettes on the lid of the Dutch oven.
  12. Bake for 35-50 minutes.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 467Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 445mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 3gSugar: 44gProtein: 3g

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Mother of 3

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018

I love apples and I love cranberry and I can not wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Hello Fall party. Pinned.


Monday 8th of October 2018

We will be trying it inside this year.

Miz Helen

Sunday 19th of November 2017

What a great Dump Cake! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Come to next weeks Thanksgiving party on Tuesday at 8:00 am, CST, see you then! Have a bountiful Thanksgiving! Miz Helen


Monday 20th of November 2017

Sounds fun!

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