2 Ingredient Apple Pie Cake

2 Posted by - November 12, 2012 - Food & Drink, Halloween & Autumn

One of the weird things about being friends or acquaintances with the Pintester is that you get to sample the pin tests sometimes. For this particular pin, the husband of a friend of mine came over to give me some much-needed tax advice and was treated to wine and this concoction for his trouble:

But let’s rewind.

Earlier in the evening:

Me: Hey, I think I’ll make something for tonight.

Husband: Uhoh.

Me: I think it will work… It’s only two ingredients.

Husband: Hm.

Me: See, look. It’s just angel food cake mix and apple pie filling.

Husband: You have to add water. The recipe just forgot to put that part in there.

Me: You don’t. The water is in the apple pie filling.

Husband: Apple pie filling is not water.

We had this argument for several long minutes, and it wasn’t unwarranted. The directions on the actual post said, and I quote:

1. Mix the to together and bake according to the box instructions 2. Enjoy!

I just went ahead and assumed it was a spelling mistake (to for two), but husband assumed a grammatical error. He thought it meant to add the ingredients with another unnamed ingredient (water). And the box instructions really do call for quite a bit of water.

In the end, I won, because I am the actual tester of pins and we do this shit my way. And also because once I mixed it up it seemed to me like it vaguely resembled cake batter.

Nervously, I baked according to the box instructions, which gave dire warnings like, “Do not grease the pan,” and “Do not, under any circumstances, underbake this cake.” Not sure what would happen if you did either of those things, because I am a rule follower and I did as the box told me to.

But here’s how it works out when you don’t grease your pan.

The cake was still mostly salvageable, and I did serve it, with the explanation to my friend’s husband that he would now receive a demonstration of this phenomenon called Pintester, and learn why I was asking him all kinds of crazy tax questions about ad revenue and LLCs with the word “fuck” in the name.

The cake was actually fairly decent. My husband really liked it, in fact, and requested a repeat. My friend’s husband sort of looked bemused, but he ate and drank and was merry, so all was well in the end.

Next time I’d probably spray the pan, but if you try this, you definitely don’t have to add water, no matter what the other cooks in your kitchen try to claim.


  • rfoust November 12, 2012 - 9:50 am Reply

    This stuff was GOOD!

  • TracieBrann November 12, 2012 - 9:56 am Reply

    Hi  just wanted to share with you.  You can do this with a 16 oz can of crushed pineapple,  but instead of using bunt pan just use a 9 x 13.  Tastes awesome.  
    I am going to try it with the apples now.

  • pakorasandpasta November 12, 2012 - 9:56 am Reply

    “I am a rule follower.”    Baahahahaha!  You are so funny!

  • m_pinning November 12, 2012 - 10:11 am Reply

    I made this and it was fantastic! But instead of apple pie filling I used orange juice, and instead of cake mix I used vodka. (There was no box for baking instructions, so I didn’t bother baking it.) I put it in a glass instead of a bundt pan and it worked perfectly. I didn’t add water, either.

    • KatherynBeerman November 13, 2012 - 7:16 am Reply

      m_pinning finally, someone I want to cookie exchange with!

  • EllysaDagen November 12, 2012 - 10:30 am Reply

    Can also do it with a can of lemon pie filling…
    Greasing your pan may cause your angel food cake to rise like you wouldn’t believe, leaving you with a huge mess in your oven. If you decide to go that route, just make sure you put a cookie sheet or something under it…
    Or, actually, no. Just post pictures for us.

  • anchesson November 12, 2012 - 10:30 am Reply

    I know I should only click these links after lunch but I am *not* a rule follower and I click anyways. So now here I am trying to figure out how I can justify a tasty apple pie (and where on earth I could find one in metro center) instead of the usual boring leftovers I brought. Pintester – where you go to feel unreasonably hungry/thirsty before lunch.

  • brigidkeely November 12, 2012 - 10:55 am Reply

    Greasing the pan affects how the cake rises, hence the dire admonishing not to grease the pan. You used the wrong type of pan for this, hence the sticking issue. Next time, use a flat or rounded, but preferably flat, bottomed pan. Or use the same pan but just resign yourself to a big mess I guess. :/

  • Ethne Hedren Denham November 12, 2012 - 12:01 pm Reply

    Pintester, since you like to go rogue, I’d kindly tuck brigidkeely’s info in your back pocket (since I’m pretty sure she’s right w/ respect to angel food cake), but I’d like to see if this cake comes out clean from greasing your nordicware bundt pan.  And please don’t be offended at my use of the term “going rogue”.  There are some, including myself, who may take offense at being connected to a certain rogue tea bag; however, I also find the term “going rogue” hilarious, so I try to extricate the tea party from my life in other ways like not watching Fox News and thusly, still use the common vernacular as I please.

  • Christine G November 12, 2012 - 12:20 pm Reply

    I’ve made a similar delicious concoction called Dump Cake (and I snicker EVERY time I say it). It’s just a yellow cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple – this link gets all fancy-schmancy with extra canned cherries and pecans: www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cakes/dh/dump-cake

  • Christine G November 12, 2012 - 12:20 pm Reply

    I’ve made a similar delicious concoction called Dump Cake (and I snicker EVERY time I say it). It’s just a yellow cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple – this link gets all fancy-schmancy with extra canned cherries and pecans: http://www.duncanhines.com/recipes/cakes/dh/dump-cake

    • pharmd2012 November 12, 2012 - 8:45 pm Reply

      Christine G That sounds like a fruit cake…ew.

      • Shelley January 18, 2013 - 3:40 am Reply

        Oh no, it’s MUCH MUCH better than fruit cake. 🙂 I like making it with cherry pie filling and chocolate cake, and then it’s like Black Forest cake. Of course, you have to add whipped cream with it. But m_pinning’s recipe sounds delicious as well! 🙂

  • inkgrrl November 12, 2012 - 2:56 pm Reply

    Works great with just a can of crushed pineapple too – and it’s super low-cal 😉 Which is good considering that we pretty much eat nothing but that until it’s gone.

  • coreyann1 November 12, 2012 - 3:00 pm Reply

    I’ve done this with pumpkin puree + spice cake and it was darn tasty, I bet apple pie + spice cake would be even better.  Hmmm…. I see another disaster awaiting me in the kitchen!

  • UnfitParent November 12, 2012 - 3:10 pm Reply

    Due to the whole healthy stigma that surrounds angel food cake, I’ve never been a fan.  But I might try this and add two more ingredients like lard and sugar.

  • dminniswhite68 November 12, 2012 - 3:45 pm Reply

    You can’t spray the pan first because angel food cake needs to “grab” the pan in order to rise properly. You need to use a tube pan…similar to a bundt pan, but smooth sides. And as soon as it’s done, you turn it upside down on a bottle to make sure it stays risen while cooling.
    Although you can do it with other pie fillings, the texture often suffers. The lemon pie filling and angel food cake (another common Pin) is disgustingly spongy. If you like the shape of this pan, and want to stick with two ingredients, use a yellow cake mix or even better, a spice cake mix…and mix in your apple pie filling. You can then spray your pan and it will come out looking beautiful, and tasting more like cake, less like a wet sponge.

  • pharmd2012 November 12, 2012 - 8:45 pm Reply

    I say, if it tastes good, who cares if it looks like shit?!? Win!

  • Truffles8761 November 12, 2012 - 11:50 pm Reply

    m_pinning – I like the cut of your jib and the ingredients in your cake.  In fact, I may make one this very moment.  Here’s to our cakes and bakers with similar styles.

  • Hillkat83 November 13, 2012 - 2:16 am Reply

    I do this with canned pineapple.  It’s Delicious.

  • KatherynBeerman November 13, 2012 - 7:16 am Reply

    Just a friendly reminder, it’s not low calorie if you eat the whole thing. My husband just points and calls me a witch, but I stand by my logic.

    • ThetaSigma October 21, 2013 - 12:07 am Reply

      SHUSH. If I wanna pretend it’s low calorie even if I eat the ‘family sized’ container all by myself, I WILL!

  • MickiSheppard November 13, 2012 - 10:36 am Reply

    Hee hee, Ethne said ‘tea bag’ !  *snicker* *snort*

  • ThisSillyGirlsLife November 14, 2012 - 1:41 pm Reply

    Oooh, looks yummy, I want!

  • GirlWhoCriedSkinny November 18, 2012 - 10:07 am Reply

    The smarty pants who knew not to grease so the batter can grab the pan and climb are correct.  However, I would posit that you could grease or spray a tiny bit of Pam into the very bottom – where the whorls are the worst – and it will still be able to climb.  I often do that with corners – just grease those and leave the rest for climbing.  Works great, less cleanup.  I’m glad you tested this because I am morally opposed to cake mix and so will never be able to try any of those pins, and they are legion.

    • dminniswhite68 November 18, 2012 - 11:02 am Reply

      I’m not sure I’ve ever been called “smarty pants” but I have to admit I kind of like it. 🙂 I’m actually a professional pastry chef.

  • StoneOwls November 19, 2012 - 10:37 am Reply

    I just made this yesterday and it turned out great!  My husband really liked it.  Thanks for putting in that bit about the water because I might have done it myself!

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  • Anon December 23, 2012 - 8:50 am Reply

    part of the reason it stuck, the box tells you to not use a fluted bundt pan. Angel food cakes always stick though, regardless.

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    this cake is really good! i made it for thanksgiving. i used a rectangle glass pan instead and whipped cream to top it

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