Recipe Collections & Favorites

5 Vegetarian Egg Recipes

Serve these creative egg dishes for brunch, or whip them up for speedy weeknight dinners.

5 Delicious Dump Cakes That Basically Make Themselves

These might just be the easiest cakes on the Internet.

20 Recipes for Fresh Tomatoes

Now’s the time to relish plump, just-off-the-vine tomatoes.

8 Delicious Sandwiches Designed to Survive in a Lunch Bag

Say goodbye to sad, soggy lunches with these colorful sandwichesall of which will still taste fresh and fabulous hours later.

3 Surprising Ways to Use Molasses

The jar of Grandma’s isn’t just for winter baking.

12 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes

Love your slow cooker? Try one of these top-notch recipes for stews, tacos, lasagna, and more.

Slow-Cooker Cakes

Slow cookers are a great way to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss and mess. We’re especially fond of using them for super tender meat preparations: pork shoulder, chicken thighs, and beef brisket do especially well when cooked low, slow, and undisturbed. 

But have you ever tried baking in your slow cooker? We came up with six delicious ways to work the sweet side of your machine. Sure, you could make similar versions in the oven, but the slow cooker provides a slow even heat that, for some cakes, is far superior than the traditional oven treatment. Our Slow Cooker Cheesecake, for example, sets up to a delectable custardy texture, no water batch required. And we suggest scooping the Chocolate Pudding Cake straight from slow cooker to dessert dish. Ice Cream required.

There are a couple of key things to keep in mind when you’re assembling these magic cakes. A few of them require a homemade rack that prevents the cake vessel from sitting directly on the bottom of the insert. Rather than have you special order a very special-sized rack, we coiled up some foil and used that to give the cake pans some breathing room. (This handy trick works if you need to make a homemade steamer basket as well).

These cakes all get baked with a towel pulled taught underneath the lid. The cakes will naturally create steam while they bake and the towel absorbs the droplets of condensation so they don’t drip back on to the cake and blemish the top. However, in the event that you happen to use an industrial-strength detergent, you may want to use something milder. We tried one cheesecake that tasted an awful lot like Mountain Fresh Breeze.