Dutch Apple Pudding Cake


With its caramely apple pudding on the bottom and moist walnut cake layer on top, this dessert has an irresistibly homespun appeal.

Dutch Apple Pudding Cake
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 25 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 20 ounce can apple pie filling

  • ½ cup dried cherries, dried cranberries, or raisins

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoon butter, melted

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  • 1 ¼ cup apple juice

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 recipe Sweetened Whipped Cream (optional)

  • Chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)


  1. Lightly coat a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside. In a small saucepan bring apple pie filling to boiling. Stir in cherries. Transfer apple mixture to prepared cooker.

  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add milk and melted butter; stir just until combined. Stir in the 1/2 cup walnuts. Pour and evenly spread batter over apple mixture in cooker, spreading evenly.

  3. In the same small saucepan combine apple juice, brown sugar, and the 1 tablespoon butter. Bring to boiling. Boil gently, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Carefully pour apple juice mixture over mixture in cooker.

  4. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean. Remove crockery liner from cooker, if possible, or turn off cooker. Cool, uncovered, for 30 to 45 minutes.

  5. To serve, spoon warm cake and its sauce into dessert dishes. If desired, top each serving with Sweetened Whipped Cream and additional walnuts.

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your cake is finished cooking, spoon it out of your slow cooker. Once the food is out of your slow cooker liner, simply dispose of the liner. Note: Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Sweetened Whipped Cream

In a chilled small mixing bowl combine 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat with the chilled beaters of an electric mixer on medium to high speed just until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Do not overbeat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

435 Calories
13g Fat
77g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 435
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 284mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 77g 28%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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