Make this easy cake in your slow-cooker for your next backyard BBQ or garden party. Fresh lemon juice and zest give the cake a brightness that will rival the summer sun.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), at room temperature
1 1/4 cups plus 6 tablespoons, granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
Whipped cream (optional)
How to Make It
In a bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and 1 1/4 cups of the granulated sugar on medium-high until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy, 2 minutes. Add the sour cream, vanilla, lemon zest, and poppy seeds and beat to combine. Reduce speed to low and slowly incorporate the flour mixture.
Place a 15-inch piece of parchment paper in the bowl of a slow cooker, letting the excess come up the sides. Transfer the batter into the bowl of the slow cooker. Set the cooker to high and cook, covered, until set and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 2 1/2 hours.
Combine the lemon juice and the remaining granulated sugar in a bowl and drizzle evenly over the top of the cake. Holding the parchment paper, transfer the cake to a rack. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. Dust with the confectioners' sugar and serve with the whipped cream, if desired.
If You Don't Have a Slow Cooker: Heat oven to 350° F. Follow the recipe above using a buttered 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake until set, about 45 minutes.