EASY Chocolate Cake in the Slow Cooker

The following recipe has been re-posted in our own words with permission from the cookbook: Slow Cooker Desserts by Jonnie Downing.
Slow Cooker Desserts - Canadian Moms Cook

My four year old son and I enjoyed making chocolate cake together. I have to say, however, that I cannot take any of the credit because he did most of the work! What an exciting opportunity for him.

EASY Chocolate Cake in the Slow Cooker

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 pint sour cream (see notes)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 (4-serving) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
Note: The conversion of 1 pint into ml comes to 473.176ml which is shy of a 500 ml container. I used all of the sour cream in a 500 mL container except for approximately 3 Tbsps.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake

Technically these steps can be done in any order (as you can see in the image above).

Step 1:
Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

Step 2:
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use a whisk to ensure mixture isn't lumpy.
Pour cake batter into slow cooker.

Step 3:
Cover and cook on low for approximately 6 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean(ish).

Step 4:
Cool for approximately 30 minutes and invert onto a serving platter.
Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake
I typically rely on testing whether or not a cake is done by using the "clean toothpick method". Not this time!
Toothpick Test

The cake literally slipped right out of the crockpot, a wee bit too fast. Next time, I would find a platter that fits over top of my crockpot and I will flip it up side down onto the platter to avoid what happened in the image above!
Recipe copied with permission

Family Thoughts:

My four year old son was SO proud that he made a cake all by himself! Because of this, of course he sat proudly eating his delicious cake with a smile that reached ear to ear!

The rest of us loved the cake too. While I typically don't make cakes with a box mix (in fact, my son asked me what that box was...that was a proud moment), this cake is super easy to throw together if you are entertaining and don't have the time to make your own cake from scratch.

The cake was super moist, but not so moist like it was pudding, which is a common complaint I hear often about making cakes in the crockpot.

It lasted for 3 days and on the third day, it tasted just as fresh as the first.



  1. Never thought about making dessert in the slow cooker, looks good so I may just try this!

  2. I made this last week and there were no leftovers so I guess it is a keeper

  3. Sounds like a nice, easy dessert that children would love, especially if they've been allowed to help. Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. I would love to try this! I have never heard of making a cake in a slow cooker. Exciting!


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