Over the past week I have been experimenting with some slow-cooker recipes. Slow-cookers are renowned for savoury dishes such as beef stews, lamb shanks, pulled pork and so on – basically, any dish where the required outcome is for the meat to be tender enough to fall off the bone. However, I wanted to try something slightly out of the ordinary, and therefore decided to try a cake recipe designed for the slow-cooker. When I saw this recipe I immediately thought “wow, a slow-cooker cake – how moist will that be!”, and it didn’t disappoint.
The recipe is from the I Quit Sugar slow-cooker book – I highly recommend it if you own a slow-cooker!
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 cup gluten-free, self-raising flour
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
125g salted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1. Grease and line the slow cooker insert with baking paper so that it reaches half way up the edges of the interior.
2. In a medium bowl combine almond meal, flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl add butter and rice malt syrup. Beat using an electric beater until smooth and combined. Beat in eggs one at a time until creamy. Add lime juice and zest and beat on low until smooth. Add the flour mixture and continue to beat until smooth. Fold through poppy seeds.
4. Pour cake batter into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 3 – 3 1/2 hours or high for 1 1/2 – 2 hours until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. The edges of the cake should be browned and starting to pull away from the sides.
5. Allow cake to cool for 20 minutes in the slow cooker, and then lift out by pulling on the baking paper.
6. Cut cake into slices and serve warm.
I must admit – I forgot to fold through the poppyseeds. I remembered pretty much as soon as I had poured the mixture into the slow-cooker! So I decided to sprinkle them on top and it worked just fine. This honestly is a winning recipe if you want to eat a cake that tastes like a cake but isn’t full of fructose and refined sugar!