Slow Cooker Coffee Cake–a scrumptious, moist and tender cake that is topped with a cinnamon topping and cooked in your crockpot. This is a perfect brunch idea!
Slow Cooker Coffee Cake
I remember being a little girl accompanying my mom to her friend’s house and we were served coffee cake. I had never heard of coffee cake and was puzzled by the term. Was it a cake with coffee in it? No, just a delicious breakfast cake with a cinnamon streusel topping. I was in love!
Because today is National Coffee Cake day…yes that’s a thing…I decided to see how it would work if I made a coffee cake in the slow cooker. My family went bonkers over this cake and it was demolished in about 5 minutes.
Because this cake is slow cooked instead of baked you don’t get the crunchy streusel topping that you would on a normal coffee cake. What happens is that the cinnamon topping actually gets absorbed into the cake and flavors it. It is truly delightful…although not a typical coffee cake. If you’re entertaining and need the oven for something else or simply don’t want to turn your oven on you should make this slow cooker coffee cake. I think you’ll love it!
National Coffee Cake Day
Today is coffee cake day so I’m sharing with you amazing coffee cake recipes from some food blogger friends. I really need to host a brunch now!
Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Ashlee Marie
Coconut Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake from Creations by Kara
Lemon Rhubarb Coffee Cake from Crumb
Coffee Cake Muffins from Pretty Providence
Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Savory Experiments
Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake from The Baker Upstairs
Easy Carrot Coffee Cake from An Italian in My Kitchen
Peach Coffee Cake from Real Mom Kitchen
Coffee Cake Muffins (Vegan) from Namely Marley
Cinnamon coffee cake muffins from My Mommy Style
Mason Jar Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake from Premeditated Leftovers
Grandma’s Cinnamon Coffee Cake from Simply Stacie
Apple Coffee Cake from Super Golden Bakes
What Slow Cooker Did You Use?
To make slow cooker coffee cake I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker.* I love this slow cooker (you can see me talking about it in a video here). It cooks low and evenly. I love the medium heat choice because most slow cookers that I’ve seen only have the option of cooking on low or high. If you’re going to buy just one slow cooker, this is the one that I recommend.Print
Slow Cooker Coffee Cake
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
- Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
A scrumptious, moist and tender cake that is topped with a cinnamon topping and cooked in your crockpot. This is a perfect brunch idea!
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Grease your 6 quart slow cooker or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Make crumb topping: In a small bowl combine sugar, flour, butter and cinnamon. Mix lightly with fork until crumbly; set aside.
- Make batter: mix flour with baking powder and salt; set aside. In medium bowl, beat egg with a whisk until frothy. Then beat in sugar and melted butter until well combined. Add milk and vanilla. With wooden spoon, beat in flour mixture until well combined. Pour into greased slow cooker.
- Sprinkle the topping evenly over the batter.
- Place a double layer of paper towels on top of the slow cooker. This will prevent the condensation dripping onto the cake. Secure the paper towels in place with the lid.
- Cook on high for 2 hours, test for doneness with a toothpick. Cut, serve and enjoy!
I used my 6 quart oval Kitchenaid slow cooker.*
Alternatively you can make this coffee cake in the oven. Just pour batter into an 8×8 pan. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Slow Cooker
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I’ve made this a quote few times, it has taken some adjusting. I use a metal loaf tin, with a paper casing inside. I set it for 4 hours 30 mins on high, which seems to do the trick.
It is a fantastic recipe.
Thanks for sharing your experience!
Paula Baldo says
I don’t know what I did wrong. After the two hours it just wasn’t cooked. After three and a bit hours it still wasn’t cooked!
Sorry to hear! What kind of slow cooker did you use?
What did I do wrong? Or was the slow cooker too hot? The coffee cake was rather dry with a hard crust. The benefit was that it dropped right out in one piece. Tastes good and smells great!
Oh man, sorry to hear this Rich. Sounds like you may have a hot slow cooker. Which brand and size did you use? Slow cookers can vary so much in temperature.
It’s a Sears “Crock Watcher”. Works great. Has a large removable ceramic liner. Made great baked beans, chicken soup, creamy chicken, pot roast – just not the coffee cake.
[email protected] Maker without Carafe says
Superb & fantastic. Just brilliant. Very very pleased to find your article. Keep up the great job.
I’ve never tried the baking cake in the slow cooker before, but this sounds like a great alternative if you can’t do the regular baked-in-the-oven version. I would definitely try this in summer.
I love coming to your site to see the surprising (and delicious) things you can make in a slow cooker. I had no idea! This slow cooker coffee cake is such a fantastic idea! ❤️
Stacie Vaughan says
I would have never thought to make a coffee cake in the slow cooker. Brilliant idea!
Do you have to put it directly in the Instant pot or can you use a pan like a round 7″ and place it on the rack to bake?
I bet you could do that! If you’re using the instant pot on the slow cooker function that’s what I would do.
Isabelle @ Crumb says
I’ve never tried baking cake in the slow cooker before, but this sounds like a great alternative if you can’t do the regular baked-in-the-oven version. I don’t think I would miss the crunchy topping at all!
I can’t wait to try this during the summer months when my kids are begging for coffee cake but I don’t want to heat up the oven. Looks delicious!