Today we’re making Easy Autumn Cake.
Because it’s officially autumn. Because we are craving a warm treat full of fresh apples, which are hanging heavily from the trees here in Lancaster County. Most importantly, we’re making Easy Autumn Cake because it’s a great dessert to share on Family Day: A day to eat dinner with your children.
Finding time to eat together as a family can be tricky when soccer games, play practice, homework, and after school jobs fill every evening. Sharing a meal as a family can sometimes feel like a special occasion. But research shows that the more kids eat at home with their parents, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use drugs. Eating together at home is a simple tool to help prevent substance abuse. So this year, we’re making an effort to gather around the table with our family a couple nights a week or invite a few close friends over to share a meal. The fellowship with loved ones is sweet and may just be life-altering. For more information on Family Day, check out this site:
So celebrate your family tonight with a slice or two of this delicious apple cake. It’ll add a little something extra special to your time together.
Easy Autumn Cake
Fix-It and Forget-It Big Cookbook, pg. 614
Makes 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 3-5 hours
Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 3½-4-quart
2 16-oz. cans sliced apples, undrained (not pie filling) OR
6 cups fresh apples, peeled and sliced
18¼ -oz. pkg. spice cake mix
1 stick (½ cup butter), melted
½ cup pecans, chopped
1. Spray interior of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Spoon apples and their juice into slow cooker, spreading evenly over the bottom.
3. Sprinkle with dry spice cake mix.
4. Pour melted butter over dry mix. Top with chopped pecans.
5. Cook on Low 3-5 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into topping comes out dry.
6. Serve warm from cooker.
Tip: The experts at our local fruit farm recommend baking with McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Jonathan, or Granny Smith apples.