Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Crock Pot Cake

Whole Wheat Coconut Slow Cooker Cake

Now that the weather is getting cooler, I have found myself using my slow cooker more often, since there is nothing better than throwing a few ingredients into the magic pot, closing the lid and enjoying the smell and the ability to relax as a meal is prepared for you.  But did you know you could also use your slow cooker for dessert?  I honestly thought I had posted this recipe last year, but I guess I actually made this cake before I began my blog and although I have made other versions of it since, I never got around to posting anything.  But today at the gym, something came up about using a slow cooker and not having a liner, and I stated that I never use a liner, and although I sometimes worry that the smell from the last meal I cooked might linger, that has never actually happened.  And I know this because while you might not taste last week's chili when cooking a potato soup, I would have noticed it when I made a cake in my crock pot.  As soon as I said the words "cake" and "crock pot" in the same sentence, two different people asked me to share my recipe, as they had never heard of using a slow cooker to bake, and were intrigued. I was sure this recipe had already been posted, so I checked on my phone over and over again, but came up empty.  So I knew I had to get home and remedy this situation as soon as possible.  So although I do not have more than one photo to display my "crock pot cake", I assure you it is worth the minimal effort involved.  And if you aren't a fan of coconut cake, you can basically try any basic cake recipe you like and I am fairly certain you will get the same result.  My personal favorite, since I love chocolate, is to use my Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe.  The cake comes out extra moist, almost gooey, reducing the need to even use frosting.  Plus it will make your house smell amazing for hours. And trust me, nothing smells better than a cake cooking, low and slow, filling your house with sweetness and warmth... you cannot buy that experience in a candle!  So next time you want to treat yourself and don't want to hang around over a stove, give your old crock pot something to cook besides dinner!

Whole Wheat Coconut Slow Cooker Cake

2 C. organic whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 C. coconut flour
1 C. shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 1/2 C. organic sugar
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. organic virgin coconut oil, melted
3 organic eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 C. organic buttermilk

Sift together the flours, coconut, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Slowly add in all of the wet ingredients and mix together thoroughly.  Spray the slow cooker with non stick cooking spray and set to low.  Pour in the batter and cook for about 3 hours, or until the cake has no wet spots on top and has pulled away from the sides of the crock pot.  Turn off the slow cooker and allow the cake to rest for 30 minutes.  Carefully turn the cake out onto a serving plate and enjoy!!

finished cake!

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