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Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Apple Almond Cake

Let’s talk desserts. Better yet, let’s eat them.

Perhaps you’re the family member signed up to bring something for an upcoming Fourth of July celebration. There’s an easy way to contribute without a lot of stress.

Desserts are always good choices to bring to any gathering, namely because most people love them. Even though I like vegetables, it isn’t typically something that gets most people overly excited. Secondly, yes they can be made in the slow cooker — even cakes.

I would suggest that this one be made in a small cooker, more likely in the 4-quart range. Using the larger ones will result in the cake mixture spreading too thin. Although my cake required the full three hours, some cookers may cook faster. Test by inserting a toothpick into center. If it comes out clean, it is done.

Follow the cake mix directions on the box and add in the pie filling and almonds. For a fun presentation, scoop the cooked results into individual decorative bowls or parfait dishes. There are even disposable dishes that make the clean-up a breeze.