Minister's Delight Recipe
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Minister's Delight Recipe

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You'll need just four common ingredients to put together this comforting dessert from Mary Ann Potter of Blue Springs, Missouri. "A friend gave me this recipe several years ago," Mary Ann notes. "She said a local minister's wife fixed it every Sunday, so she named it accordingly."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry or apple pie filling
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 304 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 357mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein .


  1. Place pie filling in a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker. Combine cake mix and butter (mixture will be crumbly); sprinkle over filling. Sprinkle with walnuts if desired. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours. Serve in bowls. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Minister's Delight in Quick Cooking July/August 1999, p45

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ifreed 29704
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2013

"This was way to sweet (and I like sweet). Next time I will use the unsweetened pie filling and either use 2 cans of filling or reduce cake mix to 1/2. I also think the oven would to a better job than the slow cooker."

SuziBella 75228
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"I have varied tastes to provide for, so I used two different kinds of pie filling. I made a "pan divider" out of folded tin foil to split my 9 x 13" pan in half. I poured a can of blueberry on one side, and a can of cherry pie filling on the other. After I added my cake mix crumbs, I removed the divider and baked at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Everyone's happy! It IS sweet, but my husband has a (very) sweet tooth - and he liked it."

72southernbell 71415
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Made the recipe in a 3 quart with 2 cans of filling, cooked almost 3 hours but still looked "raw". Next time I will make it with enough time to use a backup."

Kirchner 26855
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"This is a five star recipe for sure....easy to make, easy to take along, taste wonderful to young and old alike. I have enjoyed it for years, and have never been disapointed with the results. We like it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to guild the lilly."

Holmescsh 26853
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"Also need 3 hours on low, not 2 hours."

Holmescsh 70301
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"slow cooker dump cake is a great idea, however the recipe needs revision. Use a 3 quart slow cooker and 2 cans of pie filling for 1 standard cake mix and 1 stick of butter. Cherry pie filling and chocolate fudge cake are our favorite."

Sprowl 50072
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"I made this many times after it was published in 1999. The original recipe did not suggest a 1 1/2 qt slow cooker so I cooked it in a 3 qt. Very good recipe!"

Sprowl 34589
Reviewed May. 18, 2011

"I made this many times after it was published in 1999. The original recipe did not suggest a 1 1/2 qt slow cooker so I cooked it in a 3 qt. Very good recipe!"

tramar 50071
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011 Edited Oct. 18, 2013

"Update to my review-Yes I would also use 2 cans pie filing.

I also tried making a "savory" topping by combining half a box of cake mix with an equal amount of baking biscuit mix. We like this version even better since it reduces the sweetness."

tramar 70300
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011 Edited Oct. 18, 2013

"Have never made this "cobbler" in the crock pot but it comes out great baked in the oven. I use a 13x9x2 baking dish at 350 for 30 minutes or until bubbly. I've used several different flavors of pie filling and cake mixes and they all come out with equal success. You can reduce the amount of butter to cut back on the fat and calories also. This is such a comforting dessert to warm the soul."

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