Yum Autumn apples are the best of the best for just plain eating. And they also do well in a variety of desserts. Our Swedish Cinnamon Apple Cake got devoured rather quickly in our house - good treats don't generally last that long in general.
My initial thought was to make an apple crisp using the apples we have in a basket waiting patiently for their turn to be used. However today when I went to the market I noticed boxed cake mixes on sale and just couldn't resist. I like the Betty Crocker® cake mixes and this super moist Spice Cake Mix almost leapt off the shelf and into my arms.
Knowing I could throw this together quickly, stick it in the crock pot and set a timer allowing me to do other things was a blessing. I love that this dessert cost so little to make, coming in at $3.43 on the nose! The mix I used called for 3 eggs, 1 cup water and 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
I made a rookie baking mistake that I must admit to. When you add fruit to a cake mix it will drop unless you lightly sprinkle the fruit with some flour. I did not do that but passing along the information to you so you don't make the same mistake.
Here's the easy recipe and directions:
- 1 spice cake box mix - made according to directions
- 5 small apples
- cooking spray
- bottled lemon juice
- sprinkling of flour
- Peel and core your apples and cut into 1/2 inch or less chunks. Sprinkle with just a little bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning.
- Make the cake mix according to manufacturer's directions.
- Spray the inside of the bowl of your crock pot liberally with cooking spray.
- Set the crock pot on low and let it warm up for a few minutes.
- Before adding in the apples give them a light sprinkling of flour.
- Add the apples to the cake mix and fold in.
- Pour in the batter.
- Get a sheet of aluminum foil for over the top. Put the lid on and fold the foil over the lid.
- Cook on low for about 1 hour and 50 minutes. Test the cake for doneness with a toothpick.
- Take the bowl out of the crock pot and allow to cool for about 15 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack.
- You can frost this cake with a cream cheese frosting or leave it plain. Either way, delicious.
This Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake definitely fits into the season of fall flavors. It would be a welcome addition to your holiday dessert table.