September 13, 2014

Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake

Soft cake, tender apples, and a pudding-like apple sauce all baked up with the convenience of your slow cooker crockpot?  Sure thing! ... When it's Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake!

It's apple time!  And as much as I cook with apples, I realized in looking through my recipe index that I haven't shared all that many apple recipes with you.  So today I've decided to take at least one small step toward fixing that ... by sharing one apple recipe with you.  And, oh, this Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake is a great one!

Now when I'm peeling apples to cook with I like to play a little game with myself.  Oh come on, I know I can't be the only one! ...
Yes, I like to see if I can peel the entire apple with keeping the peel in one big long strip.

I usually can't.

But sometimes I do really good!  Like this one ...

I almost  made it all the way to the end of the apple before the peel strip broke.  Pretty good, huh?  But getting that laaaaast little bit of the apple peeled with the peel strip still intact just isn't easy.

I know, I know ... I'm just a big kid at heart.  But admit it ... you play with food, too, don't you?

Well making this Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake is way easier than peeling an apple in one big strip.

All you have to do is put a few simple ingredients in a slow cooker ... layering them in without stirring ... and let them cook for about 2 1/2 hours.  That's it.  The cake batter part cooks up into a nice tender cake, and the liquid part cooks up into a pudding-like sauce.  

The first layer to go into the slow cooker crockpot is a simple cake batter, which then gets topped with chopped apples.

Next pour in a mixture of apple cider {or apple juice}, honey, melted butter, and cinnamon ... don't stir!

Then turn the crockpot on and let it go.

The cake will bake up puffy, with tender apples on top, and a slightly-thickened 'pudding' sauce on the bottom.

The 'pudding' sauce may be a bit thin when the cake is piping hot, but it thickens up a tad as it cools.

Spoon the yummy apple-y cake out, top it with a scoop of 'pudding' sauce, and add a dollop of whipped cream.

And then dig in, as fast as you can.  'Cause you just won't want to wait.

See?  Waaaaay easier than peeling an entire apple in one long strip.

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Slow Cooker Apple Pudding Cake
Source:  Adapted from Taste of Home Christmas, 2011
(Printable recipe)
For the cake batter:
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. cold butter, cut in small cubes
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 medium-sized Granny Smith apples {or other tart apples}, peeled and chopped
For the pudding mixture:
  • 1 1/2 c. apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 T. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • whipped cream {optional}
  1. CAKE BATTER: In a mixing bowl, combine flour 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut butter in with a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk until just moistened. Spray a 4-quart or 5-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Spread batter into the bottom of the slow cooker; sprinkle chopped apples evenly over batter.
  2. PUDDING MIXTURE: In a small bowl, combine apple cider, honey, melted butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Pour over apples and cake batter. Do not stir.
  3. Cover and cook on high setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until apples are tender.
  4. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream.
Note ~ I warm leftovers up in the microwave ... it works just fine.


Please enjoy these other apple sweet treats from The Kitchen is My Playground ...

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake


  1. Oh wow! That looks delicious! Pinning to the Monday Funday board. Thanks for linking it up!

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for the pin, Katie. Appreciate it!

  2. I love this idea! The cake looks so moist and delicious, and I'm having fun with anything apple these days. Can't beat the slow cooker! Pinned and tweeted. :)

    1. I know, the slow cooker is so convenient, isn't it? And yes, this cake is indeed moist and delicious. Thank you for the pin and tweet, Blair!

  3. Love a good fall slow cooker recipe! Bet this smells divine!

    1. It sure does smell divine, Jen. And it tastes even better!

  4. I would love to have a serving of this awesome pudding cake right now. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Tracey this looks so good! I love anything apple this time of year and I love that this is made in the Slow Cooker! I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for sharing at the Project Parade!

  6. Cannot wait to try this!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. I'm WILD about this recipe. I've made a crockpot apple crisp...we will be enjoying this one soon. Thanks much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck. Pinned!!

  8. When I was a young girl my mom said that when you peel the apple and get one long strip intact that you drop it from your paring knife onto the counter or table top and the initial formed is who you are going to marry. Maybe it was a trick to get us to help her peel!

  9. I made this dessert last night with two changes- I had to substitute lime juice for lemon, as that was all I had, and being diabetic, I used truvia baking blend for the sugar. This was one of the best desserts I have ever had! My whole family loved it, even my son in law who does not like cooked apples! Next time I make this, I am going to try adding some dried cranberries or maybe some chopped walnuts or pecans. Thanks so much for the recipe.


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