WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS: This humble cake really shines when the balance of sweet shredded carrots and vegetable oil is just right, ensuring a moist, tender crumb. All too often, however, this cake dries out in the oven, unless you use a lot of oil. It turns out the slow cooker makes it far easier to produce a moist carrot cake without using all that oil. For a flavorful carrot cake with a moist, but not wet, texture, we tested different amounts of grated carrots and oil, both of which can weigh down the batter. In the end, 3/4 cup of shredded carrots and 7 tablespoons of oil provided enough flavor and richness without making the cake soggy or greasy. As for the spices, we found that a small amount of cinnamon and a pinch of cloves offered ample spice notes. Finally, the combination of baking powder and baking soda gave our cake the right amount of lift. This cake is great dusted with confectioners’ sugar, or it can be topped with our Cream Cheese Frosting before serving.

Serves: 6
Cooking Time: 3 to 4 hours on High
Slow Cooker Size: 5 1/2 to 7 Quarts
To make the foil rack: Loosely roll a 24 by 12-inch piece of foil into a 1-inch cylinder. Then bend the sides in to form an oval ring that measures 8 inches long by 5 inches wide.
After adding water to the slow cooker, place the foil rack in the center, then place the pan on top. You will need a 6-inch springform pan for this recipe, or you can substitute a 6-inch round cake pan.
3/4 cup (3 3/4 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt
1/2 cup packed (3 1/2 ounces) brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
7 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup shredded carrots
Confectioners’ sugar (optional)
1. Fill slow cooker with 1/2 inch water (about 2 cups water) and place aluminum foil rack in bottom. Grease 6-inch springform pan and line with parchment paper.
2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in bowl. In large bowl, whisk sugar and egg together until smooth, then slowly whisk in oil. Stir in flour mixture until just incorporated. Gently fold in carrots.
3. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Gently tap pan on counter to release air bubbles. Set cake on prepared rack, cover, and cook until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 3 to 4 hours on high.
4. Let cake cool completely in pan on wire rack, 1 to 2 hours. Run small knife around edge of cake, then remove sides of pan. Remove cake from pan bottom, discarding parchment, and transfer to serving dish. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if using. Serve.
Using electric mixer set at medium-high speed, beat 4 ounces softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and pinch salt until smooth, 2 to 4 minutes. Reduce speed to medium-low, slowly add 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, and beat until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, 2 to 4 minutes. Makes about 3/4 cup.
You can find this and 200 other easy, delicious recipes in our book Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2: The Easy-Prep Edition.