Crockpot Cake will change everything you’ve ever known about baking a cake. Perfect for when that cake craving hits but it’s too hot to turn on an oven, or you don’t have one! Moist, chocolatey and delicious, this easy chocolate slow cooker cake will surely become a regular recipe in your book!
Crockpots really make the world go round, I mean seriously, nothing beats a recipe where you can throw all your ingredients into one pot. Let the slow cooker do the work while you sit back and relax before you enjoy this delightful dessert!
Reasons You’ll Love This Slow Cooker Cake
Easy and Effortless – The ingredients come together in about 15 minutes and the rest of the time is spent waiting to eat it!
Moist and Soft – The moisture that comes with baking in a crockpot makes everything so soft and inviting.
No Mess No Stress – You won’t have to worry about all the pans and clean-up after baking this! It can be cooked and served out of the crockpot.
Simple Ingredients – Lots of these ingredients can either be found in your pantry, or nearby at your local grocery store.
Toppings, Toppings, Toppings!! – The greatest part of this recipe is that you can top it with whatever your heart desires.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
This is an overview of the ingredients you will need to make this easy crockpot cake. Important notes and substitutions for certain ingredients are discussed. The full printable recipe, with amounts and specific details, can be found at the bottom of the page.
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – Make sure it’s unsweetened because you’re already adding sugar to the recipe.
Milk – You can substitute regular milk for almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, or rice milk.
Chocolate Chips – These get folded into the batter and it makes it so gooey! If you want to up your game with this cake, you could also try adding ½ a cup of chopped nuts, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, mint chips, peanut butter, or nutella to the batter!
Optional Garnish – Try decorating with a few optional toppings such as hot fudge, ice cream, powdered sugar dust, whipped cream, or all of the above.
How To Make Cake In A Crockpot
Let’s discuss the steps you’ll take to make this easy cake. If you want to skip my discussion, tips, information and answers to frequently asked questions, just scroll to the bottom of this post for the printable recipe.
- Start by spraying the inside of a six quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Once thoroughly mixed, set it aside.
- In a different bowl, combine the milk, canola oil and vanilla. Once mixed together, add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir this together until smooth.
- Next, gently fold in the chocolate chips to the batter
- Once combined, spoon the cake batter into the crockpot and take a spatula to smooth the top of the batter.
- Lay a towel over the top of the crockpot and put the lid on to hold the towel in place. You’ll want to do this to keep moisture from pooling at the top of the cake. Turn the crockpot on high power and cook the cake for about an hour and a half, or until fully set.
When cooked, scoop a serving out of the slow cooker and garnish it with your favorite toppings! The cake will likely continue to cook, even after turning off the heat, so pull the slow cooker insert from the burner when fully cooked or else the edges will burn.
Recipe Tips and Advice
Storage – If you have leftovers, scoop the remaining cake out of the crockpot and store the rest in an airtight container at room temperature for about 2-3 days. You can also store it in the fridge for about a week or the freezer for up to 3 months.
Materials – You’ll need a six quart crock pot as well as some mixing bowls, a whisk, spatula and measuring cups and spoons. If you have a smaller crockpot, this recipe will still work, you will just need to increase the baking time.
Serving the Cake – The great thing about this recipe is that you can serve it right out of the crockpot, but if you want the presentation to look a little nicer you can pull the cake out of the pot, cut it up and serve it that way. If you choose to do that, make sure to line the inside of the slow cooker with parchment paper before baking it.
Lava Cake Style – Did you know you can modify this recipe to make a giant lava cake? Make the batter like normal, but on the side, combine 1 cup of white sugar and ¼ cup cocoa powder with 1 ½ cups of boiling water. Place the original batter into the crockpot, and pour the sugar mixture on top of the batter but don’t mix it in. Bake it as normal and voila!
Sure! Make the batter as normal and bake it in a 9×9 cake pan at 350° for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Silicone cake tins are safe to put in a slow cooker and won’t melt. With this recipe however, you won’t really need it! Parchment paper or nonstick spray will do the trick.
Crockpot is a brand of a slow cooker, and a slow cooker is just the name of the actual appliance.
More Chocolate Cake Recipes
Every household needs a good chocolate cake recipe… or two… or three! So if you’re looking for some other sweet, gooey, chocolate cake recipes, look no further than right here!
- Molten Chocolate Cake
- Texas Sheet Cake
- Baker’s German Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Chocolate Banana Cake
- Crockpot With Removable Crock Insert
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.
- In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, oil and vanilla. Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir just until mixed. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour cake batter into the crock pot and smooth out the top. Place a dishtowel over the crockpot, held in place by the crock pot lid. This helps to keep moisture from building up on the surface of the cake.
- Cook at high power for 1.5 hours or until set.
- Spoon servings out of the crockpot and top with things like hot fudge, chocolate syrup and ice cream, or dust with powdered sugar, whipped cream and berries!