I never liked raw apples. As a child I never liked it. The after-taste, the tartness — I just never cared much for it. The only time I liked apple was when it was in a pie. Then several years ago, I tried raw apple with peanut butter, and that was a winning combination because the peanut butter toned down the apple’s tartness and its after-taste. Unfortunately, though, that discovery led me to uncover my raw tree fruit and nut oral allergy. With the exception of raw citric fruit, practically any raw tree fruits and nuts makes my inner ear itch like crazy. So basically I can consume them, but then I develop an itch I cannot scratch, which usually last around fifteen minutes. Oddly enough, cooked tree fruits and nuts do not cause the annoying itchiness. Ergo, I decided to try and hunt down an apple-based recipe for my slow cooker.
Several websites introduced me to the concept of “dump cakes”, which basically means you dump the ingredients into one thing and then cook or bake it. I saw recipes using apples, so I decided to give it a try. The dump cake turned out GOOD. It was gooey, warm, and delicious. I omitted the extra sugar most recipes called for, and the combined sweetness from the apples and the cake mix turned out well. Even my mum, who’s not fond of sweet food, liked the dump cake. Next time I make this, I’ll pair the dump cake with some ice cream or whipped cream. This experience proved to me that you can make “cake” in a slow cooker, and I also learned that there are far too many apples. Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Fuji . . . who’d have thought? I just thought apples were apples all this time, haha!
Anyway, this is one slow cooker recipe I’m glad to have discovered, and it’ll be something I’ll make again. My slow cooker is proving to be a good little appliance, and it’s been a good investment so far!
Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Dump Cake
Slow cooker liner or non-stick spray
4-6 apples cut into chunks (I used two Gala and two Golden Delicious apples)
16.5 oz box of spice cake mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter
1. Line or spray the slow cooker.
2. Put the apple chunks at the bottom of the pot.
3. Pour and spread the cake mix evenly on top of the apples.
4. Slice the butter and put it on top of the cake mix.
5. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
6. Serve warm with optional ice cream and/or whipped cream!