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Slow Cooker Apple Cake

This Slow Cooker Apple Cake is as easy as tossing a few ingredients into your crockpot and letting it do it’s thing! Serve it warm with a big scoop of ice cream on top!

Our No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream is the perfect topping for this apple cake. Or whip of a batch of homemade whipped cream for a light topping.

Apple cake in a white bowl topped with vanilla ice cream.

Why This Apple Cake is Best

Did you know you can make cake in your slow cooker?

  • It’s moist and sweet with the perfect amount of cinnamon.
  • You only need 5 ingredients for this easy recipe!
  • It fills your home with an incredible apple cinnamon aroma.
  • A “set it and forget it” cake recipe!
  • Delicious on its own or with vanilla ice cream on top.

Slow cooking works wonders on dump cake recipes like this one. The low heat and sealed lid help the fresh apples release plenty of moisture into the batter.

The cake is ultra moist, buttery and full of fall flavor. Wrap yourself in a cozy blanket and enjoy a big bowl of comfort in the form of this apple dump cake.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make apple cake in the crock pot.

The ingredients for this cake are simple.

  • Yellow cake mix – Just the mix; don’t bake the cake!
  • Apples – sliced and peeled is perfect. Use any variety.
  • Butter – Adds moisture and a rich flavor.
  • Brown sugar – Sweetens the cake and helps it stay soft.
  • Cinnamon – Because no apple dessert is complete without it!

Together, these pantry staples create one incredible dessert!

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make apple cake in a crockpot.

Slow Cooker Apple cake is almost TOO easy to make!

Put apple slices, brown sugar and cinnamon in the crockpot. Sprinkle cake mix over the apples. Pour melted butter on top. Do NOT stir!

Cover and slow cook for 5 hours. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe is so easy that folks are tempted to add extra steps, like stirring or frequently checking the cake as it cooks. Both mistakes will ruin your perfect apple dump cake.

Removing the lid of your slow cooker releases moisture. That’s moisture your cake needs to stay soft and delicious.

And as tempting as it might be to stir the butter into the apples, do not do it. When you stir you disrupt the distribution of ingredients and your apple cake will come out dry and crumbly.

Slow cooker baked apple cake in a black crockpot.

Recipe FAQs

What can I serve with apple cake besides ice cream?

A dollop of fresh whipped cream is another great topping! Try my favorite homemade whipped cream as an alternative to vanilla ice cream. Or serve it with both!

What kind of apples are best?

Any apples will work. I recommend tart varieties (like Granny Smith ) to help balance the sweetness of the brown sugar.

I need my cake faster! Can I cook it on high instead of low?

Yes you can. On the high setting, the cake will be ready in 2 1/2 hours.

Should I serve this warm or let it cool?

This apple cake tastes best served warm, in my opinion. It also tasted good at room temperature but you can’t beat the combo of warm cake and cold ice cream!

Spoonful of apple cake from the slow cooker.

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Yield: serves 8

Slow Cooker Apple Cake

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes

This Slow Cooker Apple Cake is as easy as tossing a few ingredients into your crockpot and letting it do it's thing! Top it with a big scoop of ice cream and serve warm!

Ingredients

  • 4 medium gala apples, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • vanilla ice cream, option, for topping

Instructions

  1. Lay sliced apple in bottom of crockpot. Add brown sugar and cinnamon and stir until apple are coated evenly.
  2. Sprinkle cake mix over the top of apples, spreading evenly. Pour melted butter over the top (DO NOT STIR).
  3. Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.

Notes

  • Layer your ingredients in the crockpot, the apples, brown sugar and cinnamon on the bottom. Then top it with a box of yellow cake mix. Pour your butter over the top...DO NOT STIR.
  • Do not open during the cook time, as this releases the necessary moisture to keep this cake moist and perfect.
  • Serve the cake warm with a big scoop of ice cream or homemade whipped cream!
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 496mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 3gSugar: 52gProtein: 3g

    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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    Posted on March 16, 2017

    Comments & Reviews

    1. Delicious!!! Smelled like fall in our kitchen and my 8 year old even started giving me a round of applause 🙂
      I substituted half the brown sugar with coconut sugar to balance the sweetness. Love in a bowl. Thanks for the recipe!

    2. This looks very tasty. However, mine turned out way too sweet. No one could finish theirs. I would definitely increase the apples ratio and pull back on some brown sugar… Maybe even add some stevia . I make cooked apples all the time with cinnamon, butter, and stevia instead of sugar. Everyone like it better. But depending on the brand you buy, start adding in small amounts. I love the ease of this receipe, so I’m going to try again and just tweak it a little for our taste. Thank you to shugarysweets for this great idea.

    3. Well it’s now in the crock pot. Had everything in the house and was hungry for something sweet. Used two granny apples as we don’t have this brand in out store. I used apple pie spice liberally instead of just cinnamon. Couldn’t find the cinnamon and too lazy to look for it. Hoping it fabulous and I intend to have it with whipped creme as I don’t have any ice cream that isn’t flavored.

    4. I bought a tiny 1l (2 pints) slow cooker to make overnight oats, but I’ve never used it.
      This recipe is perfect. If I substitute sweetener for the sugar, I may be able to justify eating it, lol.

    5. I was always able to print your recipes……having trouble now. No longer is the “print” available. Please make this available. I really, really want to make the apple slow cooker recipe! Thank you.

    6. Wow! This recipe couldn’t be any easier. I’ve never made a dessert in my slow cooker. Can’t wait to get started!

    7. I definitely don’t use my crock pot enough, but I’m loving this idea! So easy and delicious-looking 🙂

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