This Crockpot Apple Cobbler with Cake Mix is out of this world. The apples are tender and coated with a cinnamon brown sugar apple juice. The cobbler topping is a yellow cake mix that has butter drizzled on top of it. This is an apple cobbler recipe that you must-try this fall!
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I was inspired to use yellow cake mix for this crockpot apple cobbler after falling in love with dump cakes. The buttery crust is just mouth watering. The bottom absorbs some of the juice and becomes fluffy and cake like while the top soaks up the butter and becomes a crunchy buttery crust.
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Crockpot Apple Cobbler Ingredients
- Honeycrisp apples - You can use any sweet baking apple. Honeycrisp happens to be my favorite.
- Brown Sugar - I used light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar will work as well.
- Cornstarch - This is the thickener. I haven't tried the recipe using flour, but it should work just as well.
- Ground Cinnamon - Because apples and cinnamon go together so well, but you can add some nutmeg too if you like.
- Vanilla - A little vanilla extract was a nice addition to the apple cobbler. Here's my favorite vanilla extract.
- Salt - A little salt helps balance out the sweetness.
- Apple Juice - If you don't have apple juice, water would work. The juice just won't be as tasty.
- Butter - If you're using salted butter, reduce the salt to ¼ teaspoon so the apple cobbler isn't too salty.
- Boxed Cake Mix - This is our topping. I like to use the Betty Crocker Super Moist yellow cake mix.
How to Make Apple Cobbler in the Crockpot
Start by peeling, coring, and slicing your apples. You can sprinkle a little lemon juice on them to keep them from browning. I usually have fruit fresh on hand from canning and just sprinkle some of that on.
Pour the apples in a 6 quart crockpot and grab a small bowl.
Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt to the small bowl. Stir until it's combined. Pour the mixture on top of the apples
Add the vanilla extract and apple juice on top of the apples. Stir until the apples are coated with the cinnamon sugar.
Lay the slices of butter on top of the apples. Add the dry cake mix to the top of the apples. Make sure to cover all of the apples with the cake mix.
Pour the melted butter on top of the cake mix. Put the lid on the crockpot and set it to low to cook for 6 hours.
Tips for Best Results
- Use any sweet baking apple.
- Use 100% apple juice for this recipe.
- For less juice in the apple cobbler, leave out the apple juice.
- For a slightly firmer cooked apple, cook for less time.
- For a slightly softer cooked apple, cook for more time.
- Place a paper towel between the crockpot insert and lid to help absorb the condensation.
How to Store Crockpot Apple Cobbler
Let the cobbler cool to room temperature. Make sure the crockpot insert is also cooled to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 to 4 days.
It will also be fine sitting at room temperature for 3 days.
How long will this recipe last?
It will last up to 3 to 4 days whether it's stored at room temperature or refrigerated.
Cake Mix Substitutions
Want to know what other cake mixes you can use in this recipe? White cake mix, spice cake mix, butter pecan cake mix, and caramel apple cake mix are all great options for substitutions.
What else can I add to this recipe?
You can add caramel sauce or pecans to this crockpot apple cobbler. Cranberries would be a nice addition as well. Raisins is another great add-in.
Can I make this in the Instant Pot?
Yes! That's a great idea. I would recommend cutting it back to 4 hours on low.
Can I use canned apple pie filling?
Yes! You can skip the homemade apple pie filling and just go with two 20 ounce cans of apple pie filling.
Crockpot Apple Cobbler
- 15.25 ounce box yellow cake mix
- ½ cup butter melted
- In a large 6 quart crock, add in the apples.
- In a small bowl, add in the brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
- Add the brown sugar mixture on top of the apples.
- Pour the vanilla extract and apple juice on top of the apple. Stir to coat the apples with the brown sugar mixture.
- Add the slices of butter on top of the apples.
- Add the yellow cake mix to the top of the apples. Be sure to evenly distribute it.
- Pour the melted butter on top of the cake mix.
- Place the lid on the crockpot and place on low for 6 hours. The juice will be bubbling along the sides of the crockpot.
- Let cool slightly and serve.
- Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce to the top.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)