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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.

Kate Merker and Sara Quessenberry
Recipe by Real Simple January 2008

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Credit: Anson Smart

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Yield:
Makes 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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Nutrition Facts

501 calories; calories from fat 43%; fat 24g; saturated fat 15g; cholesterol 118mg; sodium 235mg; carbohydrates 68g; fiber 2g; sugars 41g; protein 5g.
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