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Monday, November 28, 2016

Crock Pot Cake

Here's how to get a nice and very moist cake out of a box cake mix and you don't have to tie up your oven if you've got a couple of casseroles going in there. It takes a little longer, but the cake I made in our crockpot came out really well. You just have to be patient because you can only cook the layers one at a time and they take one to two hours for each layer.  Makes a nice sturdy little cake and you don't have to worry so much about burning it. This is a very forgiving way to bake a cake.

  • Cake mix or your own homemade cake batter
  • Crock pot
  • Spatula
  • Spray oil or butter
  • Frosting
  1. Plug in your crock pot and turn it on high.
  2. Spray the inside with PAM or spray on margarine or rub the inside and bottom with butter or oil
  3. Make up your cake batter just like you normally do.
  4. Pour half of the cake batter into the crock pot. Cover and save the rest.
  5. Cover and cook until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean
  6. Gently run around the edges of the cake with a spatula or narrow pancake flipper till the cake releases from the bottom
  7. Turn the cake out onto a cake plate. Flip it back over and allow to cool.
  8. Meanwhile, respray the inside of the crock  and scoop the rest of the batter into it.
  9. Cover and cook again for one or two hours until a knife in the center comes out clean.
  10. Again, gently loosen the edges of the cake from the pot and turn out on a plate.
  11. Allow to cool, the frost the first layer, place the second layer on top of the first and frost that. The layers may be very moist and so you have to handle them gently so they don't break. They are studier once they've cooled.
  12. Cover and take to potluck with you. Makes nice tall delicious looking pieces. This is the one I made for my chocolate loving sweetie. She was much impressed.

If you're cooking for a potluck, Thanksgiving, Christmas or other holiday, this method gives you more baking space. It doesn't have to be watched as closely as it doesn't burn as easily as batter in a thin cake pan does.  Just plug in the old crok and get her cooking. I'm going to try a fruitcake in the crock pot this year. I like the look of the bundt pan fruitcakes, but I'm curious to see how my grandmother's fruitcake turns out in the crock pot. I will keep one and all informed. Be sure and follow this blog for updates and new recipes.  If you have some recipes you want to contribute, I'll try them out and post them here giving you full credit, of course.

Happy potlucking!

© 2016 by Tom King


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I've seen a lot of things done in a crock pot over the years, but never cake. The night before Christmas Eve the element in our oven melted. After chasing all over town the next day hunting a new one we eventually had to take the advice of every clerk we talked to and order it online. I enjoyed going out for Chinese food as Christmas dinner. However, New Years Eve came around and the part still hadn't arrived! I was able to take my now famous fudge mint cake to a New Years party thanks to your recipe! Thank you again! I'm looking forward to trying it with cornbread tomorrow!

    1. Always glad to help, Maggie. I actually think I like making cakes in a crock. They seem to come out more moist. I think it's because you're baking the layers in a smaller space and the lid is on to hold in the moisture so it doesn't dry out. Also it cooks slower. I'm not a big cake fan, but the one I just recently did turned out moist and delicious.

  2. I was just rereading the recipe and realized I forgot Sabbath in my comment. I was counting Friday as Christmas Eve and Sunday as Christmas day, which is why one should never write things after midnight. By the way, this method works with cookie bars too.