slow cooker cake

So, this happened. I made a cake in my slow cooker. Photographed it, you know made notes and shit. For you guys! Sat down, start typing and uploading the photos and, oh what's this? a broken laptop? Fantastic. So I did take a lot of photos, but this is all I managed to upload before the Laptop Meltdown of 2011, (blame Apple, I am right now).

I'm trying you guys. So this is a good recipe if you're a student with no oven, if you're a busy mum who'd still like to bake while cleaning up and sorting everybody out, or if you're a supposedly grown woman of almost 26 who decides to live in a cabin with no oven instead of a normal house. Here are some photos of my cabin!
the kitchen!
the fridge!

the bathroom!
the outside!

So this cake, it's not going to win any awards for it's appearance. You can't even really cut it into slices while it's all warm and gooey (the best time). But you can scoop some out and kind of press it into a heart shape and eat it with some ice cream. And it's definitely good enough to serve to guests, it's gooey and chocolately and the crumb structure is PERFECT. You're just going to have to trust me though because I can't show you the cross section, the close up of crumbs on the fork, the melty ice-cream shot. Frustrationville.
At this point in my non-oven-owning life, that's enough for me. And actually, what could be better than a cake that you can just ignore for 2 hours? To make this weird/amazing slow cooker cake you'll need:

a slow cooker obv
2 cups plain flour
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp cocoa
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup soy milk
4 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup chopped nuts, I used hazelnuts
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

For the sauce:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 1/3 cups boiling water

So! In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, then the wet until mixed. Rub some vegetable oil onto a paper towel and just wipe the inside of the slow cooker with it. Add the chocolate chips and nuts to the mix, then pour into the slow cooker. For the sauce, mix the sugar and cocoa, then slowly add the boiling water and stir it until there aren't any more lumps. Pour over the batter.

I know it feels weird to pour fluid over cake batter but the end result is a sticky chocolate sauce that pools underneath the cake!

Put the lid on and turn the heat setting to high for around 2 hours. It's kind of hard with slow cookers because you shouldn't take the lid off, but if you can peek through the glass and see the the cake has risen, the top isn't glossy anymore and the sauce is bubbling, it's done. Stick a knife in it to check. Leave it to cool for around 30 minutes before you cut it if you want it to look vaguely normal. If you are me, eat it with a spoon straight out of the pan.

 I'm sorry about the lack of photos you guys, hopefully by this time next week I'll have a fixed/better/magical computer.



carly said...

baby girl!
i looooove you.

Liz said...

^^ What Carly said.

eileen said...

That sounds amazing!!! I will be making this as soon as possible.

Emma said...

Yippeee! So excited about this- I was thinking I could really do with some proper pudding this week. As one of those students lacking in facilities but with a little slow cooker this is perfect. My Mum made something similar for us when we were younger (but in an oven), with the water over the top thing- it was called "I dare you pudding!"

Thank you :)

P.S What size slow cooker did you use- mine's only 1.5l so I might have to halve the recipe?

Naomi Rose said...

Thanks you guys, yes Emma, half it! I should have mentioned, mine is a giant 3.5L! <3

Cesar said...

looks damn good and i still want to live in a cabin, even if it didnt have an oven or frozen pipes

aDeLiNe said...

I want to come over for tea!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teleportation machiiiiiiiiiine!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't mind selling one of my kidneys to get you a new MacBook.

Caroline said...

I make something very similar I adapted from an Omni blog

It is sinfully, deliciously lovely. It's also fine to half or quarter the recipe and make it in mugs placed within the slowcooker to do individual cakes.

However.... I must now for the sake of equality try your version. You know, just to have a rounded view (and an even rounder butt after)

Amanda said...

oh that looks very yummy! and i love your cats up on your fridge. ha ha very good!

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

this sounds awesome!!!

Katie said...

Congrats on the new place!
Would love to see some more of your savoury recipes while you are baking-hampered, they're wonderful - that slooow ramen recipe has become my husband's fave!

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

It looks good anyways!!!

:LaJaguarCocinera: said...

I don't care about anything, you know? Because I miss you sew much AND you're so friggin' damn CUTE! :D

Hope you're happy, wherever you are, be it in a cabin or whatsoever



Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

You made cake in a slow cooker?! That's amazing!!!

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Love the idea. Do you have The Indian Slow Coomer book by Anupy Singla???? It is AWESOME, cheap to make all, minutes of prep time, using dried, unsoaked beans. Nearly everything is vegan in the whole book. Have been blogging thru the recipes. So so easy. Perfect for no oven and a cozy cabin!!!!

Um, I want this cake this morning!!!!

Kia said...

Hi! I love the photo on your fridge!!! I discover your blog right now and I like it!!! I'm Vegan and I have a blog…come in and leave me your review about it! Bye ^__^

Gauri Radha गौरी राधा said...

That looks delicious :-)