Put apple slices in slow cooker for a delicious dessert you won’t feel guilty eating

There’s a saying, “easy as pie,” but this slow-cooked layered apple cake takes the phrase to a whole new level. Not only is it a breeze to make, but it’s also lighter on the sugar, making it a more health-conscious choice. Ideal for both everyday treats and special occasions, including Pi Day on March 14th (3.14). Let’s delve into this delightful recipe, enhanced by the natural sweetness of apples, a hint of vanilla, and warming autumnal spices.

Highlight: If you don’t own an apple corer, don’t fret. Slicing around the core works just as fine. After all, it’s the taste that counts, not the shape!


Servings: 8

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes


4 Red Delicious apples (cored and sliced into ¼-inch rings)

4 Granny Smith apples (cored and sliced into ¼-inch rings)

1 cup of apple juice

¼ tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

¼ tsp ground cloves

Vanilla ice cream (for serving)


Layering: Begin by placing the apple rings in layers inside a 6-quart slow cooker.

Wet Ingredients: Add in the apple juice, vanilla extract, and butter to the slow cooker.

Spice Mix: In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and all the spices. Once combined, sprinkle this mixture over the layered apples in the slow cooker.

Cooking: Secure the lid of the slow cooker and set it to cook on high for 2 hours.

Serving: Once ready, serve the apple cake warm, paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pro Tip: For a delightful crunch and added flavor, crumble cinnamon graham crackers over the top before serving!

This effortless and delightful apple cake offers all the flavors of a classic apple pie but with the ease and simplicity of a slow cooker. Enjoy!

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