3 Step Crockpot Apple Spice Cake


This Crockpot Cinnamon Apple Spice Cake is a slow cooker rendition of a classic dump cake. It is the easiest and most hassle free dessert you can make if you’re wanting to save time or money.  It also makes the whole house smell amazing! I have made this recipe several times and in lots of different ways, so it is pretty hard to mess up. Check out the 3 simple ingredients and the 3 east steps below:

Step 1: 3 Easy Ingredients

You will only need 3 ingredients for this spectacular fall dessert! Start with a box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake, two 20 ounce cans of apple pie filling, and a stick (1/2 cup) of butter. You can use any kind of cake mix, but I always prefer Duncan Hines if it needs to come from a box. Their recipe has a warm, nutty flavor to it.

You can also use any brand of pie filling. I have even used my own Homemade Canned Apple Pie Filling! But if you don’t have any of that on hand, the generic store brand at the market will be just fine.

Step 2: Fill the Crockpot

First, pour all the apple filling into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Then sprinkle on the cake mix and cut up the butter so it is laying on top.

If you want to branch out a bit, you can also sprinkle on half a cup of regular oatmeal and a teaspoon of cinnamon. This step is optional, but it does give the crust of the Crockpot apple spice cake a bit more texture and crunch. Put the lid on and cook on HIGH for 3 to 3.5 hours. You’ll know it’s done because the house will smell amazing and it will take all your self control not to eat it straight out of the slow cooker!

Step 3: Eat the Crockpot Apple Spice Cake!

Put a couple of spoonfuls into a ramekin and top it with vanilla ice cream!

I have also drizzled on caramel sauce that drips into all the cracks and crevices with the melted ice cream! This is one of my favorite desserts because it is so versatile. You can use any kind of pie filling or cake mix and have several different tasty dessert options. I even have a recipe for 3 Step Crockpot Peach Cobbler that we eat a lot of in the summer and fall.

If you need some other easy dessert ideas, check out my Recipe Index. I personally suggest the Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle, the No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake, and Nana’s Molasses Gingersnaps. For even more ideas, follow my Pinterest Board below. Happy cooking y’all!

3 Step Crockpot Apple Spice Cake

This is as easy as dessert can get! It only takes 3 simple ingredients and 3 easy steps!

  • 1 box Duncan Hines spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
  • 2 20 ounce cans apple pie filling
  • Optional: 1/2 cup regular oatmeal and 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Pour the pie filling into the bottom of a 6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle the cake mix on top.
  3. Cut the butter in slices and lay them around all sides of the cake.
  4. Sprinkle on optional toppings if desired.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-3.5 hours.
  6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


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  • Jill Stevenson says:

    Hi. I made this tonight and it came out very mushy. Was shocked the cake part of this was so dark and very mushy. Is this how it is suppose to be ??

    • No, it shouldn’t be too mushy. Does your Crockpot run on the hot side? I might try cooking it for 30 minutes less next time.

  • Wow! All I can say is this was a homerun for my family and boy did it make my house smell AMAZING! The spice cake was a fun twist to what I would normally use. (Yellow cake mix- though I know that would be amazing too.) And adding the caramel and oatmeal was a super good idea. 5 stars for this one!

    • So glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for trying it!

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