3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Pie

updated Aug 10, 2023
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3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Pie

Slow cooker apple pie dump cake is everything you love about warm apple filling with a gooey, cake-like topping, and it comes together with 3 ingredients.

Serves6 to 8

Prep5 minutes

Cook2 hours

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This simple slow cooker dessert is everything you’d expect from a classic apple pie, but requires just three ingredients — and way less work. When it’s done cooking, you’re greeted with a sweet and buttery cake-like blanket.

But dig your spoon through the topping, and you’ll find a cinnamon-kissed, warm apple filling. The contrast between the lightly browned, slightly crisp top and the sweet, saucy center is enough to make this easy dessert a new go-to. Just don’t forget the scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Credit: Joe Lingeman

What Exactly Are Slow Cooker Drop Cakes?

This easiest-ever slow cooker dessert combines the best parts of a fruit pie and a cake, and it comes together with just three ingredients. Drop cakes — or dump cakes — are the answer when you need a simple dessert that you can pull together with next to no effort. It gets its name because the ingredients are essentially dropped or dumped into the slow cooker.

Ingredients for the Slow Cooker Apple Pie

You’ll start with a couple of cans of fruit pie filling (this version calls for apple, although other fruit fillings are all fair game), then add cake mix and melted butter for a crisp and gooey topping.

Perhaps the most important step in the process is covering your slow cooker with a clean kitchen towel or a layer of paper towels before adding the lid. This absorbs the moisture trapped in the slow cooker, allowing the cake-like topping to become irresistibly crisp around the edges as it cooks.

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Pie

Slow cooker apple pie dump cake is everything you love about warm apple filling with a gooey, cake-like topping, and it comes together with 3 ingredients.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 2 hours

Serves 6 to 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 2 (21-ounce) cans

    apple pie filling

  • 1 (15- to 16-ounce) box

    vanilla cake mix

  • 1/2 cup

    (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Instructions

  1. Spread the apple pie filling in an even layer in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Place the cake mix and melted butter in a large bowl and stir well until the mix is crumbly. Spread in an even layer over the pie filling. Place a clean dish towel or large sheet of paper towels over the slow cooker, making sure it completely covers the top of the slow cooker, but does not sag down onto the pie.

  3. Cover and cook on the HIGH setting until the top is set, 2 hours. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days.