Thursday, October 2, 2014

Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

Fall is finally getting here.  I still have a lot more apples, and that means more apple recipes, Yay! I love apples in baking, oatmeal, salads, main dishes, and desserts, and more.  When I saw Carla Hall's Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake on "The Chew", I knew that I would be making it soon. The cake is made from scratch.  You could also use a boxed spice cake mix to make this dessert even easier. I had never made cake in a slow cooker. let alone a spice cake. The cake is a cross between bread pudding and pudding cake, very moist and rich with all of the spice flavors, topped with cinnamony apples, which mix into appley cake.  Your kitchen will smell so good. Just scoop it out  when done, put it in a bowl, and enjoy!  I do have several things to watch on making the slow cooker cake, however.

The first one is to thoroughly grease with butter and dust the inside of the slow cooker with flour.  Be sure to shake out the excess flour. Do not skip this step. Also, I didn't have any molasses, so I used half honey and half maple syrup.  The spices in the cake are strong, so you can adjust the spices and strength to your family preferences.  I used part Gala and Zestar apples, for the topping, which cooks on top of the cake batter, making for an easy all in one cake, no mixer needed.

After preparing the slow cooker with butter and flour, you make the apple topping and set aside.  then you mix the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Next, the the dry ingredients are whisked in a separate bowl. Combine the  dry ingredients into the wet, and mix well, with a smooth batter.  Pour batter into prepared slow cooker, and top with apple topping. Cover cooker and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours, or until middle of cake is set. Be sure to watch the cake, and don't let the edges get too brown.  Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy!  


Butter (for greasing)
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Molasses ( I used part  Maple syrup, part honey)
1 cup Vegetable Oil
2 large Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups AP Flour (plus extra)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Freshly Grated Nutmeg
2 teaspoons Allspice
1 Lemon (zest)
1 Pinch Salt

Apple Topping
3 Granny Smith Apples (peeled, diced)  I used part Gala, and part Zestar )
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons AP Flour
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 Lemon (juice)
2 tablespoons Butter (cut into cubes)
1/2 cup Heavy Cream (chilled) optional

 Prepare inside of slow cooker by greasing with Butter and dusting with Flour. Shake out   excess Flour.

Prepare the Apple Topping in a large bowl. Combine Apples, Brown Sugar, Flour, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Lemon Juice. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together Sugar, Oil, Molasses, Eggs, and Vanilla until well combined. In a medium bowl, whisk together Flour, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Allspice, Nutmeg, Lemon Zest and Salt until well combined and there are no lumps. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and whisk until well combined and a smooth batter has formed. Pour directly into prepared slow cooker. Pour prepared Apple Topping on top of the cake batter. Top with cubes of Butter.

Cover and and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours, until the middle has set. (When a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean, it is done.)

Serve warm and drizzle with a little cold cream over the top. Or, serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.

I linked up my recipe to Brandie's The Weekend Potluck #138  


  1. Oh how I love apple season!! It's not really fall here yet... we are expecitng 85º at the beach today, but the apples are IN! I need cake... Perhaps to easy my empty next issues?? Thanks for your comments Becky!! XOXO

    1. Kim,
      If you make this slow cooker cake, you won't heat up your kitchen. this icake is a good way to use those Fall apples.

  2. Becky, love this slow cooker recipe adaptation for we're still seeing hot temps in NorCal. If I don't have to heat up the kitchen, I'm in. I adore the blend of apples you used too. The aromas must have been heavenly while "baking."

    1. Brooks, Making this cake in a slow cooker keeps your kitchen cooke, and it smells heavenly with all of the spices wafting in the air.

  3. This sounds and looks delicious, Becky! Carla Hall knows good food! It's great this can be made in a slow cooker; I've never made a dessert in it so am curious and have to try it. Don't know if you saw it, but the orange roughy on my post came from Jewel. It should be at one near you also. It's good! Stay warm this weekend! :-)

    1. Pam,
      I had never made a cake in a slow cooker either. The consistency of this one is more like bread pudding, Whatever the consistency, the cake is wonderful/ You just have to be careful it doesn't get to brown around the edges, Thanks for the info on the Orange Roughy;)

  4. Mmmm I didn't even realise you could make such a lovely cake in a slow cooker :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Yes, Uru,
      You can make a cake in the slow cooker. It's more like bread pudding, but so moist and delish!


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