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Super Easy 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Cake

Need an easy dessert? You won’t believe how simple this 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake is to make! It’s the perfect sweet treat for family gatherings. 

3 ingredient slow cooker apple spice cake

What I love about this delicious dessert

There’s no need to heat up your oven and the entire house when making this simple crock pot dessert. It comes together in a snap and is the kind of dessert recipe you can memorize the first time you make it. One of my sons has declared it the best thing I’ve ever made. That’s high praise!

Frequently Asked Questions About 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

Are cans of fried apples the same as cans of apple pie filling?

No. Apple pie filling has a very thick sauce surrounding the apple slices. Fried apples are canned in a thinner juice. 

Can I use apple pie filling in this recipe for 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake?

I haven’t tested it that way. This recipe is different from ones that you simply sprinkle the cake mix over the top (which to me doesn’t sound like cake; it sound more like a crisp or crumble). This recipe makes the cake batter with the juice from the fried apples. (Consequently, I also don’t recommend using peach pie filling or cherry pie filling in this recipe.)

I have never heard of fried apples. Is it a southern food? 

Initially, I wanted to say yes, but ALDI carries them. And they’re definitely not a southern company. Other than ALDI, though, I do typically see most brands of fried apples in the grocery store coming from more “southern” name brands, like Luck’s, Margaret Holmes, and Glory Foods.

Can I use fresh apples in this recipe?

Possibly, but you need to account for the juice from the fried apples. This is such a quick and easy recipe with fairly simple ingredients, I’d recommend making it as-is.

Can I use other cake mix flavors?

Yes. I think a box of spice cake mix would be delicious in this cake.

If I can’t find cinnamon butter, what should I use?

Use 6 oz. unsalted butter and add in 2 teaspoons of cinnamon to the dry cake mix.

Can I add additional spices to this recipe?

Of course! Nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, ground ginger, cloves, allspice, and additional cinnamon would be yummy and make the perfect fall dessert.

Is this the same thing as a Crockpot Apple Dump Cake recipe?

Not exactly. Most dump cake don’t add liquid to the cake mix to make a batter. They sprinkle the cake mix over pie filling and then put a stick or sticks of butter on top of the cake mix.  

Can I make this in an Instant Pot?

I haven’t tried it, but I suspect it would work using the slow cooker setting. If you try it, let me know!

slow cooker 3 ingredient apple spice cake

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • Cake mix
  • Canned fried apples
  • Cinnamon butter spread
3 ingredient slow cooker apple spice cake
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3 ingredient slow cooker apple spice cake

3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 5 min.
  • Yield: 8 servings


This 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake couldn’t be any easier OR more delicious!


  • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans fried apples
  • 1 (15.25-oz.) box yellow cake mix or white cake mix
  • 1 (6.5-oz.) tub cinnamon sugar butter spread, melted
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. Coat a slow cooker insert with cooking spray.
  2. Over a large mixing bowl, drain fried apples and reserve juice in bowl. Set apples aside. Add dry cake mix and melted cinnamon butter spread to reserved juice in bowl. Whisk together until smooth.
  3. Layer apples in bottom of the slow cooker; top with cake batter. Cover with slow cooker lid.
  4. Cook in HIGH until top is set, 4 to 5 hours. Serve warm topped with a scoop of ice cream, if desired.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 420
  • Sugar: 53 g
  • Sodium: 450 mg
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Carbohydrates: 76 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: Slow Cooker Apple Spice Cake

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