Photo: Anson Smart
Makes 6 to 8 servings

If you've never made a cake in your Crock-Pot, you definitely should. This set-it-and-forget-it method results in a nice crust and moist center.

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.


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.

Ratings & Reviews

M2B9C8K76221933's Review

August 03, 2012
being diabetic-with a few changes:1/4 c sugar {rest splenda} lite margarine--lite sour cream--2 t bk pwd-light cool whip.. .app: Nutrition: 16 servings {9x13" pan 1 piece 2 1/4x3 1/3"} 134 calories-5g fat-24g carbs-71mg sodium-2g protein-og fiber----- very good will make again. Supatina

melissaotero's Review

November 28, 2014
wonderful recipe!!!!! the final result was moist with a nice, crispy crust. my cook time was much longer - about 2 hours longer - than recipe called for. however, because of high calorie content, receives four stars. i will only make this for special occasions.

Renee T's Review

Renee T
July 03, 2009
Tastes great - easy - does tend to burn - BUT 501 calories and 24 G fat - no way!