Maple Brunch Cake with Apples and Cranberries


This fruity cake looks like you worked on it all day, but your slow cooker does all the heavy lifting!

Maple Brunch Cake with Apples and Cranberries
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 45 mins


  • 3 medium apples, peeled, cored, and sliced crosswise (3 cups)

  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seeds

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup butter, softened

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs

  • ¼ cup maple syrup

  • ½ cup maple or vanilla fat-free yogurt

  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  1. Line a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Layer apple slices in the prepared cooker. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons maple syrup.

  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, chia seeds, baking soda, apple pie spice, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Beat in brown sugar until combined. Beat in egg product and 1/4 cup maple syrup. Beat in half of the flour mixture until combined. Beat in yogurt. Beat in the remaining flour mixture until combined. Stir in dried cranberries. Spread batter over apples.

  4. Place a clean kitchen towel over top of cooker; cover with cooker lid. Cook on high-heat setting for 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of cake comes out clean. To ensure even cooking, carefully rotate crockery liner halfway through cooking, If possible.

  5. Turn off cooker. If possible, remove crockery liner from cooker. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove lid and towel.

  6. To unmold cake, place a large plate over the crockery liner or slow cooker. Using hot pads, carefully invert crockery liner or cooker onto plate (do not lift by the edges of the disposable liner). Remove disposable liner. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

238 Calories
6g Fat
43g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 238
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 249mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.5mg 8%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 114mg 2%
Folate, total 50.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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