Slow cookers are often associated with hearty dinners — like hunks of protein that break down over many hours, or layered stews that slow-simmer all day. But the staple appliance is also pretty excellent when it comes to two (slightly unexpected!) things: cakes and desserts.
The low, even heat of a Crock-Pot lends itself perfectly to several dessert-friendly techniques. It can be used as a water bath or mini oven, perfect for things like silky cheesecakes or cinnamon rolls. It can also poach or braise fruit for compotes, ideal for scooping over crumbles or ice cream.
For all recipes below, the batter or dough (or, in some cases, leftover bread) goes directly into the slow cooker. A few hours later, you'll de-lid and dig in.
A quick homemade batter — with bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, and espresso powder — goes into the slow cooker on low. About two hours later, you'll have a tender chocolate cake with a rich, molten center.
2. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Cake from Sally's Baking Addiction
If you need an impressive (and brunch-worthy!) centerpiece, this won't disappoint. For easy Crock Pot-to-plate transport, line the cooker with parchment first — then just lift up and out.
3. Slow Cooker Cherry Dump Cake from Life Love Liz
Looking for an impossibly easy option? Try this three-ingredient drop-and-go cake that's just cake mix, cherry pie filling, and butter. (And ice cream, of course.)
4. Slow Cooker Banana Nut Cake from The Magical Slow Cooker
Remember to wait until the cake cools completely before frosting it — then top with bananas and walnuts. You can also frost and serve it directly out of the slow cooker if you're looking to wash one fewer dish.
Underneath the springform pan, a bit of hot water gently steams the cheesecake as it cooks low and slow. The result? A perfect, ultra-silky custard texture.
6. Crock Pot Raspberry Chocolate Chip Bake from Savory Nothings
Cake and dessert purists might point out that this recipe technically bills itself as a "breakfast casserole." But I'd like to point out that it's loaded with challah bread, berries, and chocolate — so I'm a fan either way.
7. Slow Cooker Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Sauce from Averie Cooks
It's true: Slow cooker cakes can sometimes turn out dry. But this recipe counteracts that with a simple brown sugar sauce to ensure a tender bite every time.
8. Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Cake from Spicy Southern Kitchen
For when you want to go super decadent, this cake has peanut butter in the batter and the glaze — plus peanut butter cups on top.