Let them eat Crockpot Cake!

Okay, so maybe Marie Antoinette didn’t say it exactly like that but if she had a Crockpot, I bet she would have!  I’ve heard rumors that you can back a cake in the crockpot but you know me, I have to find out for myself.  Now let me say that I wasn’t going to go crazy with a super-duper-completely-from-scratch recipe only to discover that you can’t actually bake a cake in a crockpot.  So I used a boxed cake.  Devil’s Food to be exact.  And I have to say… it came out tasty, moist and just like a regular over-baked cake.  OK, not exactly like an oven-baked cake because it was the shape of my semi oval crockpot and didn’t look very pretty (but I wasn’t going for aesthetics this time).  It was an experiment and now that I know, I can expand upon this.  Here’s my notes on baking a cake in the slow cooker:

Needs:

  • Boxed cake mix – including any requirements from the back of the box such as eggs, oil and water
  • Parchment paper OR Baker’s Joy (I do NOT use Baker’s Joy personally but have heard that it is the best product for this type of baking)
  • NOTE: You can use cupcake foils if they are stiff enough to stand on their own with the batter in them.
  • Crockpot/slow cooker

Directions:

  1. Mix batter as instructed on the back of the cake mix box.
  2. Line crockpot with parchment paper (I measure out the bottom of the pan and make neat folds for more aesthetically pleasing cake) or use Baker’s Joy.
  3. Pour batter into crockpot.
  4. Cover the top of the crockpot with paper towels (to absorb the moisture and allow the cake to actually bake).
  5. Put lid over the paper towels, pulling the towels taunt across so they don’t droop into the rising cake.
  6. Set your cooker on high for an hour.
  7. Check your cake after an hour with a toothpick.  Poke the cake in the center with the toothpick as far down as it will go and pull it back.  If it has batter on it, the cake is not done; cover with paper towels & lid and continue to bake for another half hour.  If it comes back clean, it’s done.
  8. Once done, immediately remove the cake by lifting the parchment paper and placing it on a cooling rack.  If you didn’t use a liner, allow the cake to cool enough to be able to handle it and remove from crockpot.
  9. Allow cake to completely cool before frosting/icing.

Let me know how yours comes out or feel free to post any questions/comments below!  Thanks!

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Easy California Rolls

Okay, I’m going to give you TWO huge cheats here on how to make rolls at home.  Yes, I’m a cheater.  I’ll gladly admit it because honestly, it’s tasty and it doesn’t look like my rolls exploded once completed.  And besides… is it REALLY cheating when it tastes better?  Don’t answer that.  So without further ado, here’s your two cheats on making rolls:

  • Cheat One: Purchase a the gadget to make perfect rolls.  There are several out there on the market and are usually under $10.  Kids can use it too!  Very easy and very handy to have.
  • Cheat Two: When you don’t have sticky rice, you can use regular rice mixed with cream cheese!  Yup.  That’s right.  I never seem to have sticky rice when I need it, never remember to pick it up from the store, and honestly, I love Jasmine rice far more.  So in order to make rice sticky, I just add some cream cheese to the rice while it’s still hot, stir thoroughly and let cool.  I use about 1 cup prepared rice with 1 8z. container of cream cheese but you can vary it according to your tastes.  Also, this is a great time to add some spice to your rice such as ginger (if you don’t have the fresh stuff)!

So that’s technically two and a half cheats!  Everything else is simple.  Pack the mold with rice then seaweed (or seaweed then rice depending on the type of rolls you are making), layer your favorite innards (fish, veggies, avocado, whatever), pack more rice/seaweed on top and pack with the roll mold.  Pop out the roll and cut it to desired lengths.  Now won’t that impress your friends?

This is Bre cracking up over the mess we were making with this!

And this is her threatening a food fight with the sticky rice. =)