Posted on January 15, 2019

Easy Slow Cooker Apple Dump Cake

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Easy Slow Cooker Apple Dump Cake

If you have never tried making a dump cake before, you are missing out on tasty food and cooking simplicity. This easy slow cooker apple dump cake cooks itself and feeds a small crowd!

apple dump cake

The Sunday Evolution

Does your typical Sunday tend to follow a pattern?  Many times our Sundays give us some time to work on the house, homework, and if we’re lucky, spend a little quality time together as a family.  Sure, there are plenty of weekends where we are running here and there. But I find myself really trying to leave Sundays open as often as possible. It has been eleven years since I set foot in a classroom as a teacher and even longer than that since I attended classes as the student.  Even though more than a decade has passed since that chapter in my life, I have distinct memories of using Sundays to try to reset before the new week started.  I kept my Sunday schedule as quiet as I could and the majority of our Sunday dinners were slow cooker meals.

So while my Sundays have evolved over the years from me as a student to me as a teacher to finally me as a mom-of-2-students, some things remain a constant.  I still try to savor the peace of mind that a quiet Sunday offers.  I still try to keep our Sunday schedule light whenever possible so that we all have time to regroup and rest up for the coming week.  And yes, my slow cooker makes an appearance for dinner on many of those Sundays as well!

#SlowCookerSunday by John Legere

John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile, happens to be a cooking aficionado.  In fact, he hosts a popular Facebook Live series most weeks on his Facebook page called “Slow Cooker Sunday.” If you haven’t had the chance to catch one of his weekly installments, I highly recommend doing so (or catching a replay).  John is funny, personable, high energy and super entertaining to watch.  In each episode he cooks up a different slow cooker meal.

Last month, his #SlowCookerSunday Cookbook hit store shelves!  I received a copy of the book to check out and I am really enjoying it. Not only are there 52 great slow cooker recipes to try, but I love the insight that John shares throughout the book. He is a very unique CEO and I love how tuned in he is to the importance of giving back.  In fact, net proceeds from the sales of this cookbook will go to Feeding America to support its mission to feed America’s hungry. Pretty cool, right?

Slow Cooker Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Back to MY slow cooker!  I want to share the recipe that we made this past Sunday. The kids helped me make this dessert and we all enjoyed eating some after dinner! This recipe comes from page 41 of the #SlowCookerSunday Cookbook!

Apple Dump Cake Ingredients

5 large Granny Smith apples (peeled, cored, chopped)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1.5 tsp cinnamon, divided
1 box yellow cake mix (we used white cake mix and it turned out great)
1/2 C old fashioned oats
1 stick butter, sliced

Apple Dump Cake Recipe

Let’s make a cake!

1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. (John Legere is a big fan of the PAM brand.  Check out his Facebook videos for his PAM Shuffle – it’s hilarious!)

2. Place apples in the bottom of the slow cooker.

Lily Cooking

3. Sprinkle apples with the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the cinnamon.

Adding sugar

Sugar Cinnamon Apples

4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, oats, and remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Sprinkle mix over top of the apples.

5. Drop the butter slices over the top of the cake mix.

Sugar Butter Crust

6. Cover and cook on high.  Cook time will vary by slow cooker, but the average cooking time is 2-4 hours on high.  Here’s how to tell if your dump cake is finished: all of the butter is melted, the cake mix powder is gone and the top is golden brown. After your cake is finished cooking, it can be served immediately.  We ate ours topped with a little whipped cream.  Ice cream would be a perfect addition to this dish as well.

Cooked Apple Dump Cake

Dump Cake Whipped Cream


If you are looking for a great new cookbook to add to your collection, check out John Legere’s #SlowCookerSunday!


Slow Cooker Apple Dump Cake Recipe

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