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How To Make Cake In A Crock-Pot - Slow Cooker Orange-Date Cake

Posted by ReganJonesRD on
September 19, 2013
Featured in: Slow Cooker Savvy

How to make a basic coffee cake in the slow cooker


Some of my posts require more explanation than others - Recovery Grapes come to mind (What a novella that one was. The whys and hows of recovery nutrition carry a certain amount of obligatory discussion, I guess).

Slow Cooker Cakes do not. 

I mean, it's a cake. Yum. Made in the slow cooker. Win. 

Pretty straightforward right? 

Slow cookers are just mini ovens, so why not? The one limitation is the round "crockness" to it. I haven't yet figured out how to turn it into a beautiful 8-inch loaf, but I'm not giving up. Regardless, it works well for a cake shape. 

One bit of advice, though. I wouldn't (yet) want to suggest that a slow cooker be the method by which you try to recreate your grandmother's beautiful, delicate 4 layer Italian cream cake, if  you get my drift. The edges of a cake baked in the slow cooker do get a little more "attention" from the crock, if you will, so you have to be sure not to overcook and opt for a cake batter that holds up well to a little extra heat. 

Lastly, you could probably lengthen the time on this one if you're wanting it to cook while you're stepping away for a number of hours. But I haven't tried it yet, so no promises. If you do, let me know! 

(Inspired to do more with your slow cooker? Check out these great recipes on CookingLight.com

How to make a basic coffee cake in the slow cooker

How to make a basic coffee cake in the slow cooker

See how easy it is to make a cake in your crock-pot.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Orange-Date Cake


8 servings


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar (or sugar substitute of preference)
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax meal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 12 tablespoons (100g) all-purpose gluten-free flour (I used 50g tapioca starch + 25g quinoa flour + 25g almond meal)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch of ground cloves, nutmeg and salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Zest of an orange
  • 2/3 cup chopped dates


  • Coat inside of slow cooker with cooking spray; turn on HIGH.
  • In a large bowl beat together oil, sugar, egg white, flax and applesauce.
  • Add flours, spices, baking powder, baking soda, salt and orange zest. Stir in dates
  • Pour batter into slow cooker. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours on HIGH or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool. Loosen sides of cake with a knife. Turn out onto serving platter.
Calories 193
Carbohydrates 28g
Fiber 4g
Sugar 14g
Fat 9g
Protein 3g
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