Yesterday I had this burning desire to bake something. Anything.
Unfortunately, I had a matching desire to not dirty up the oven I had just spent an hour scrubbing clean in hopes of selling it before our new appliances arrive. So instead I turned to the slow cooker with an idea. Sometimes these ideas go very badly, just okay or really, really good. This time, I’d say it came out somewhere between just okay and really, really good.
It all started with a pile of Granny Smith apples I had hanging around my kitchen. The plan was to create a sort of upside down apple cake right in my slow cooker so I could enjoy it after dinner, nice and warm. It was a good plan, except for the timing. The cake ended up being ready before dinner so I did what any normal personal would do … I ate dessert before dinner.
It looks a bit messy but anything that comes out of a slow cooker isn’t going to be pretty. The one smart thing I did do was pick up some of those Reynolds slow cooker liners. I suppose I could have just used a big sheet of parchment paper instead but these liners worked out quite nicely.
- 6 granny smith apples, cored and cut into 6 wedges each
- 1 cup golden raisins
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup golden brown sugar
- ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 6 tablespoons butter, cut
- 1 box yellow cake mix (plus ingredients required on box)
- Line a 4 qt slow cooker with a pre-made liner or a sheet of parchment paper. It will look a bit wrinkly but it works.
- In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and stir lightly to combine.
- Pour the apple mixture into the slow cooker and top with the butter slices.
- Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes.
- Stir the apples and continue on high for another 30 minutes.
- Make the cake mix as directed on the box and pour the batter over the top of the apples evenly.
- Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
- Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 30 minutes – 1 hour, until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.
- You can scoop the cake and apples right out of the slow cooker and serve or pull the liner up carefully and place the cake and apple in a large baking dish.
- A scoop of vanilla ice cream is delicious with this cake.