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Slow-Cooker Apple Pudding Cake

A satisfying dessert, pudding cake is a superb treat on a chilly night. It has three separate layers—apples, cake and sauce—and I like to serve it in a bowl. —Ellen Schroeder, Reedsburg, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup plus 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/3 cups sour cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened. Spread into the bottom of a greased 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle apples over batter.
  • In a small bowl, combine orange juice, honey, melted butter, cinnamon and the remaining 1/4 cup sugar; pour over apples. Cover and cook on high 2-3 hours, until apples are tender.
  • In a small bowl, combine sour cream and confectioners' sugar. Serve with warm pudding cake.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup with 2 tablespoons sour cream mixture: 431 calories, 17g fat (11g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 461mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Anita
    Sep 20, 2020

    This was just okay. We did not like the taste of the orange juice so it will not be repeated.

  • smeisner
    Sep 5, 2020

    I was really looking forward to this recipe, I saw it in the magazine in the morning and made it in the evening. I usually try healthier recipes (less white flour and butter) but made exactly as listed. I did not like the flavor of the orange juice in the finished pudding, but my husband did, so that’s probably just me.

  • Dawn
    Sep 2, 2020

    I do not have a slow cooker, but I did use my oven and baked the cake at 325o F. for 1 hour. I just used buttermilk. i did not use the sour cream topping for this recipe; I used a 12x9" greased and floured baking pan and shared this cake with 2 of my neighbors on my floor at my retirement community! The cake was enjoyed very much!

  • Kathleen
    Aug 24, 2020

    It is delicious and so easy to make love you can make it in a crock pot leaving oven open for other recipes. My family also very much loved it.

  • ReneeMurby
    Jul 31, 2020

    I brought this to my nieces graduation party. It was a big hit. So very delicious and comforting. I will be making this again and again.

  • texasczech
    Apr 13, 2018

    My family loved this dessert! I had every ingredient on hand except the apples, but luckily I had a can of sliced apples in cinnamon flavored syrup. I just drained the liquid and chopped up the apple slices. The recipe turned out great even without fresh apples. I did not make the sour cream mixture. My family said they would like a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top in the future.

  • Adamscooking
    Sep 23, 2017

    My family and I really enjoyed this recipe. The exact directions in this recipe call for it to cook on high 2-3 hours. I cooked it on high for 2 hours, switched off the crock pot, and let it sit for 15-20 minutes before serving. It was perfect.

  • vonoepen
    Nov 5, 2016

    I have not made this dessert yet, but I would like to comment on printing the recipe. All Taste of Home recipes take 2 sheets of paper. Picture very large and print very small. Sukie

  • sd20
    Nov 28, 2015

    I don't know what happened but I made this today as directed and it was not very good! Tasted doughy and I let it slow cook for the 3 hours on low as directed. Will not be attempting this one again.

  • hotfudgesundae
    Jan 29, 2015

    Great dessert---tasty and easy---I added more apples too, as mentioned before. Will definately keep this recipe handy.