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Crockpot Apple Dump Cake

If you bake it, fall will come. I’m repeating that sentence to myself over and over while I make lots of fall flavors. I’m ready for cooler temperatures – and apple desserts, like this Crockpot Apple Dump Cake.

If you thought a Dump Cake was easy before, just wait. Now you can make it in a crockpot and it’s about a gazillion times easier than ever!

Crockpot Apple Dump Cake - so easy to make using a slow cooker!

Oh my gosh is it September yet? I am so ready for fall to come. And, well. September is chalking it up to be a pretty good month around these parts.

It’s been between 90-100 degrees for about 6 straight years now. Okay, by years I mean months and by 6 I mean 2. But whatever. It’s been really freaking hot for a really freaking long time and I’m ready for fall.

Which, really, I’m deluding myself on. September comes and wool sweaters show up in Target and it’ll still be 100 degrees until about October 30th and then on Halloween it will rain and be 50 degrees so everyone freezes in their costumes.

Welcome to Sacramento, where the weather wants to drive you insane.

Anyway.

The fact that it is now August makes me long for all things comfort food: apple, pumpkin, desserts made with butter and baked in the oven.

And the crockpot. There is no time of year I love more than when I can use the crockpot inside my house.

What’s that you say? You don’t set the slow cooker outside on the back patio to cook dinner all day? Because when I use that sucker inside my house on a 95 degree day, it’s like I’m running my oven.

Like I said, I’m sooooo ready for fall.

Crockpot Apple Dump Cake

The quintessential beginning of fall dessert? Apple. Well, really, apple is good all year. It starts in September with apple season, ramps up for pie season in November and December, then peaks at the 4th of July.

I have a soft spot in my heart for apple pie. It’s actually one of my favorite desserts – as long as the apples are cooked correctly. Incorrect apple cookage is why I rarely eat anything apple that I didn’t make myself.

Rubbery, dry, crunchy-but-cooked apples are not allowed in my universe.

Which is why the crockpot is perfect for me, and for this dump cake.

Crockpot Apple Dump Cake - so easy to make using a slow cooker!

Have you ever heard of a Dump Cake? You “dump” all your ingredients into a pan and bake it. The ingredients usually are some sort of fruit and a cake mix. Oh, and did I mention the stick of butter?

It’s almost fall, people. We need to bulk up for the hard winter that’s a’coming.

Anyway I just made dump cake about 100 times easier because I dumped everything into my crockpot, turned it on, and walked away. 4 hours later I had dessert that was to. die. for.

The base of this cake is apples. Obviously, or I would have called it peach. Or pumpkin. Core, peel, and slice your apples into bite sized pieces and throw them in your slow cooker.

{I like to use this contraption to slice my apples. When I was a kid my dad had one buried in the garage that was questionably greasy. Questionably because I never saw any greasy apples but it really looked like they should have been. Nowadays I use one I picked up at a kitchen store at an outlet mall.}

Then you top the apples with cinnamon and sugar and dump cake mix and oats on top. Slice a stick of butter for the top and turn on the crockpot. The end.

See? Easiest recipe ever, thanks to my slow cooker and the genius that is the Dump Cake.

{If you’re anti-cake mix or can’t buy it where you live, you could try using Amanda’s Yellow Cake Mix Recipe instead. Let me know if it works!}

Serve this with some ice cream or whipped cream and you have the perfect summer-to-fall dessert!

Crockpot Apple Dump Cake - so easy to make using a slow cooker!

If I bake it, fall will come. #prettypleasewithacherryontop

Crockpot Apple Dump Cake

Yield: 8-10 servings

Just a few ingredients and a crockpot make this one of the easiest apple desserts! Set it and forget it...until dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 5-7 Granny Smith Apples
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup oats (quick cook or old-fashioned)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, sliced

Directions:

  1. Peel, core, and slice your apples. I used 7 because mine were small. If you’re using large, you can use less. Apples should be thin and bite sized.
  2. Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
  3. Place apples in the bottom of your crockpot. Sprinkle with sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
  4. Place the cake mix in a large bowl. Add the oats and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir, then sprinkle over the top of the apples.
  5. Drop slices of the butter over the top of the cake mix.
  6. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours. (My crockpot defaults to HIGH power for 4 hours. As you can see, it got a little dark around the edges, so if you have a "low" setting, you can try that instead.) Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes:

This is a sweet recipe - it's sweet from the cake mix and from the apples. Because I used granny smith, I added some sugar to the apples, but if your sweet meter is lower than mine, you can omit the sugar.
You do not need to make a batter with the cake mix. You sprinkle it over the top like a crumble, then top with butter. The butter will melt, the juices from the apples will bubble up, and the cake mix will cook.

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73 Responses to “Crockpot Apple Dump Cake”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on August 3, 2014 at 3:38 am (#)

    Wow this looks great and hello easy! I love easy. I rarely use my crockpots. I have a few. Not sure how that happened but I rarely use them b/c I don’t eat meat and desserts in them never cross my mind. I need to change that! Pinned!

    And seeing sweaters in Target but it still being blazing hot, yep. Or try to find your kid a swimsuit in August when they need one the most! but they’re sold out and they have fur-lined boots in stock instead.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 7:48 am

      Swimsuits in August, exactly. Or sandals for school. Like, it’s 100 degrees – she doesn’t want to wear closed toe shoes! Thanks for the pin Averie!

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      • JoeAnn replied on August 4th, 2014 at 4:15 am

        Don’t see a setting for the dump cake in the crockpot. High, Med., or Low??

        • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2014 at 7:28 am

          My 4 hour setting on my crockpot defaults to high!

  2. Mir posted on August 3, 2014 at 4:18 am (#)

    I love dump cake! And in the crock pot? I’m sold!
    But it’s cooler here than in CA, so I’m not rushing fall. We’re happy with our 80 degrees! Still, I’d eat this in any weather!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 7:48 am

      I’d be happy with 80 too! It’s been 108 here this past week. Cooled off today – only 95, lol.

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      • Glenda replied on August 4th, 2014 at 10:20 pm

        It’s been 95 to 100 here in Ga for like 9 months.. I can’t wait til fall , well fall is hot here also, but winter time.. the crockpot be full of soups and dry peas and beans.. I am going to try this recipe. I enjoy all your recipes. and this one sounds like a winner.. would you believe the got Halloween candy in the stores now.. also, in the winter, we don’t hardly even wear a coat much less a sweater.. ha ha..

        • Dorothy Kern replied on August 5th, 2014 at 6:29 am

          I KNOW! Halloween candy and jackets. Makes my stomach cramp!! Thanks Glenda!

  3. Librarian Lavender posted on August 3, 2014 at 4:26 am (#)

    This looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it!
    I’m also an autumn fan, I love the colored leaves and the cooler weather. Just a few more weeks until the start of my favorite season…

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  4. Danielle @ Chits and Chats and Chocolate posted on August 3, 2014 at 4:26 am (#)

    This looks so good; we eat a lot of dump cakes around here (on special occasions) bit I’ve never tried an apple one!
    I am still clinging to summer! Fall–>cooler weather–> snow–>terrible things!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Yes, see at least we don’t have the snow! I think I like hot more than cold!

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  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on August 3, 2014 at 5:06 am (#)

    I love dump cakes! Although I’ve never thought to make them in a crockpot. You are a genius :)

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  6. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on August 3, 2014 at 5:18 am (#)

    That sounds delicious!

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  7. Tieghan posted on August 3, 2014 at 5:23 am (#)

    You would love it where I live. Temps never go above 65, maybe they sometime hit 70, but that is rare.

    You are making me excited for fall with this cake though. I love how easy it is and not to mention delicious!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 7:44 am

      See, I want to live there. In summer. But in winter it snows, and I hate cold. I’m really picky, lol.

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  8. CakePants posted on August 3, 2014 at 5:37 am (#)

    Mmm…this sounds delicious!! I’m always happy to eat a good apple cake, any time of year – but I am really looking forward to picking some apples myself this fall! Looking forward to trying this!

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  9. Gaylene posted on August 3, 2014 at 5:57 am (#)

    No butter or oil?

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 7:43 am

      Sorry Gaylene! My mistake. LOTS of butter, lol. I just fixed the recipe.

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  10. BrandyK posted on August 3, 2014 at 6:06 am (#)

    Yum! Love that I can use my crockpot for this. Thanks for sharing. I’m wondering though…you mention a stick of butter in the post, but I don’t see it in the recipe. I’m so sorry if I’ve missed something – just want to be clear before I make this. :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 7:42 am

      Thank you Brandy! I’ll fix it right now. The butter gets sliced on top of the cake mix (just drop chunks on top of the mix over the top).

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  11. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel posted on August 3, 2014 at 7:13 am (#)

    I love fall! And warm, apple desserts with ice cream. And my Crockpot. This is a win-win-win!

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  12. Sapphire posted on August 3, 2014 at 7:56 am (#)

    I have a small crock that never gets used. My question is: don’t these cakes need water or something? There is no liquid to put in the pot! My dtr and I are not dessert ppl but if this one is as ez as it sounds . . . Liquid? No? Never made a “dump cake” — don’t even know WHAT a dump cake is. Will look it up after I finish here.

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  13. Abba posted on August 3, 2014 at 8:26 am (#)

    Ok, quick question, I would love to make this, but what size crockpot do you use. I have several sizes, 6qts down to 4 qts and was wondering what size. Thank you.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I think mine is a 6 quart? It doesn’t say anywhere on it, but it’s the standard size you see on display in stores!

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  14. anne posted on August 3, 2014 at 9:16 am (#)

    What temp do I set crockpot? High or Low

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      Mine is on 4 hours for high!

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  15. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on August 3, 2014 at 9:22 am (#)

    This is SO awesome and easy!! Definitely pinning and keeping this recipe around for fall when we have apples everywhere. Love it!

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  16. Mary Frances posted on August 3, 2014 at 11:33 am (#)

    Whoa, and I thought dump cake was as easy as it got! I am ready for fall flavors too … they make me feel so cozy (which sounds horrible at the moment, since it is like 100 degrees ;) ) I have always wanted to try dump cake with homemade cake mix! I’ll put that on my fall baking bucket list. Great post Dorothy!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Ugh this heat! I’m so over it. :)

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  17. Leslie posted on August 3, 2014 at 12:51 pm (#)

    Oh yes, this will be made as soon as the weather starts changing.Consider it pinned, haha. I hope your having a great weekend!

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  18. doug posted on August 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm (#)

    having made multitudinous dump cakes over the years…..

    try putting SPICE cake mix on instead of yellow.

    Another favorite mix for apples: French Vanilla.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Ooooh, spice. That sounds amazing!

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  19. Kindra S. posted on August 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm (#)

    Ooooh. I love dump cake. Never made an apple one though. Sounds yummy! It’s not too hot here in Nebraska. Mostly upper 80s and a few days in the 90s. However, I am pregnant with baby #2 and feet and hands are starting to swell, and I get over heated easily. My birthday is also the beginning of September. So I am MORE than ready for summer to be over. Once fall is here, baby will be here! October here we come.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Congrats on the baby!! So exciting. And happy early birthday!

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  20. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on August 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm (#)

    Loving this crockpot cake idea! Perfect for this heat! PS: I am sooooo ready for fall! Pinned!

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  22. Mom posted on August 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm (#)

    This looks great. I might even try it with sugar-free cake mix for Daddy!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 3rd, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      That should work perfect!

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  23. Judy P posted on August 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm (#)

    Sacramento may be bad but Fresno is worse. See, there is always something to be grateful for.
    It doesn’t help as far as shopping for school clothes either, that it’s boiling hot and you can only find sweaters and long pants in the stores AND that they’ve moved up the start of school to mid August. I guess there is always something to complain about.

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  24. Judy P posted on August 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm (#)

    I got so wound up complaining that I forgot to comment that I love apple desserts any time of the year but especially in the fall. Haven’t tried the crockpot method yet so will. I actually have 3 crockpots and have been talking about cooking outdoors for the rest of this really hot weather. So I will likely try this soon.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Oh I bet it’s worse in Fresno! We lived in Phoenix for 5 years and by August I wanted to die every year. Dessert in crockpot is new to me – but I’m so doing it more!

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  25. Dawn posted on August 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm (#)

    Sounds great! I had to laugh at your description of the weather there. I grew up in Bakersfield (I don’t admit that much…lol). Now I’m in Tucson, which is pretty much the same, except we get a summer rainy season that breaks things up AND no tule fog, which I don’t miss at all. I love your recipes and your fun attitude–new subscriber here!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks for subscribing! Welcome!! :)

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  26. Kelly posted on August 3, 2014 at 9:02 pm (#)

    Love the idea to make this dump cake in the crockpot! It sounds delicious! I’m looking forward to fall for all the cozy flavors too. Pinning and can’t wait to try making this :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks so much for the pin Kelly!

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  27. Heather @ Shards of Lavender posted on August 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm (#)

    What an easy cake to make! I’m up for apple desserts anytime of the year, so you’re not too early for me:) It looks so delicious!

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  28. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on August 4, 2014 at 4:50 am (#)

    I love this Dorothy! I have actually never tried crockpot desserts – something that I’ve always wanted to and just never done! I’m definitely going to give this a try – my husband loves anything that tastes like an apple pie – that’s his favorite dessert! Pinned :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2014 at 7:27 am

      I’m kind of in love with them!! I can’t wait to make more.

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  29. Karen Petersen posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:04 am (#)

    Thanks so much for linking to my pumpkin dump cake recipe! This apple one looks fabulous! Anything cooked in the crockpot is a winner with me :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2014 at 10:11 am

      You’re welcome Karen! And I totally agree!

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  30. Amallia @DesireToEat posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:57 am (#)

    I just looking for apple recipe, finally find your recipe, I’ll try soon. :-)

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  31. Michelle @My California Kitchen posted on August 4, 2014 at 11:07 am (#)

    I am totally with you on fall desserts! I love that this is made in the crockpot not only because it looks super easy, but also because you get to smell it all day long!!

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  32. DallasDiva posted on August 4, 2014 at 11:58 am (#)

    I have some late summer blueberries that would be great in place of the apples!

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  33. Wendy posted on August 4, 2014 at 12:39 pm (#)

    My favorite part of cooking in crock pot (besides the convenience) is the way the house fills up with delicious smells all day! This cake must have everyone’s mouth watering by the time its done! I am thinking about using this cake for a party dessert buffet. What a perfect way to serve a warm dessert without working in the kitchen while you have guests!

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  34. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on August 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm (#)

    I am so looking forward to fall flavors like this cake – yum! I love that it’s made in a crock pot!

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  35. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted on August 4, 2014 at 1:36 pm (#)

    Wow! What an easy but totally delicious recipe! I’m not ready for fall yet! Summer went way to quickly.

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  36. Cara posted on August 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm (#)

    Made the cake today in my Hamilton Beach. The sides and bottom burned. I needed to add about a half cup of water to form tge batter. It was way too sweet. I mean curl your teeth sweet. I will try again. I’m going to leave out the sugar.
    Spray the sides and bottom for easier removal. I’ll cut cooking time to see if that prevents burning. Would be great with nuts and cioconut cream on top. The cream is available in Asain stores. It is not coconut milk.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 4th, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      I’m sorry that happened Cara. I added some notes to the recipe about cooking temp and sugar (for those that don’t have my sweet meter!). My cooker defaults to high on a four hour setting. Possibly a lower setting or less time would be best for some cookers. Good tip about the spray! As for liquid, the cake mix doesn’t form a batter. The dry mix sprinkled over the top cooks through from the butter on the top and the juices from the apples on the bottom. Mine was cooked through, without adding any liquid. Did you use granny smith apples or another kind? I used granny smith, which are more tart, hence my added sugar.

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  37. Lauren posted on August 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm (#)

    I’m sooooo ready for fall to come too! I love the fact this is pretty much a hassle-free dessert. Yum.

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  38. Michele @ Alwayzbakin posted on August 5, 2014 at 1:57 am (#)

    Oh man, saving that one to my recipe box! Apple dump cake IN a crockpot. Genius!

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  39. Katie @ Sweet Society posted on August 5, 2014 at 7:06 am (#)

    I’m so ready for fall and apple desserts. You’re getting me excited!!!

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  40. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on August 5, 2014 at 9:10 am (#)

    Heck yes! Dump cakes. Slow cooker. You’re speaking my language here girl! And geesh! Sacramento is cray-cray with the weather right now. LOVING the last two days! Pinned, of course :)

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  41. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on August 7, 2014 at 10:20 pm (#)

    Ohmygosh — get me out of this Sac weather already!! Monday and Tuesday were awesome with their cool cloudy weather (thank goodness I didn’t plan on photographing either of those days….), but I could’ve used a few more of those in July. I need to get a full-sized crockpot. I only have a dinky two-person one, and heavens knows that isn’t nearly big enough to make enough servings of dessert to satisfy me! Love your apple dump cake Dorothy — so festive for fall!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on August 8th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      I know, those days threw me for a loop in photographing! :)

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  43. Andrea Haney posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:36 pm (#)

    Thanks for the recipe! Based on the comments, I modified this a bit when I tried it. See, there’s two types of slow cookers. Modern ones have heating elements all around and heat dishes thoroughly. I have a small older one that I wanted to use. It only heats on the bottom. This type cautions you to cover your items in liquid or it won’t heat because it works by heating the liquid to cook the food. I think the reviewer who had the bad experience also has this type of crock pot. 

    I used 7 pretty large apples. They were a blend of Jonathan, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith, all pretty tart and firm cooking blends, that I picked myself. I peeled and chunked them. My slow cooker was probably 3/4 full of apples. Then I omitted the sugar and quadrupled the cinnamon. I did empty one Splenda packet over the apples but that’s it as far as sweetener. I added a small bit of ground nutmeg, cloves and allspice to both the apples and the cake mix. I added 1/4 cup of water to the apples before sprinkling on the cake mix. 

    I used a Moist Deluxe Yellow cake mix but added spices to it and also Old Fashioned oats. After sprinkling it over the apples, I used extra butter on top so that the entire cake mix was covered with butter pretty generously. I used salted butter. I cooked it on low for about 5 hours.

    It turned out soft and gooey and mushy and DELICIOUS. My only complaint is that the oats came out chewy and distracting. Next time, I’ll try using a spice cake mix (they didn’t have it at my market today) and chopped pecans or walnuts instead of oats but otherwise, I’m very happy. I didn’t spray the crock pot because I forgot. It didn’t turn out hard or crunchy on the edges at all. It has the consistency of a warm fall pudding, like a persimmon pudding or bread pudding, kinda. Served with vanilla ice cream, I’d totally make this for company. I like the idea of making the dessert before dinner, scenting my house with something BETTER than potpourri, and then having a hot delicious dessert that feeds several with zero effort, ready after dinner!

    Thanks for the great recipe and a way to use up some apples. I hope my tips help some that struggle. 

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on September 17th, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Thank you so much for the tips! You’re right – my crockpot is definitely one of the newer kinds. We never used one growing up – so I’m new crock pot using. Didn’t know about the old kinds!!

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