About 4 years ago my husband and his coworkers were experiencing a difficult time at work – a time of transition and pressure. They’re a great group of people and have formed friendships out of their co-working relationships but all the additional pressure was putting a strain on them and they needed their spirits lifted. In an effort to lighten their load and show some love I started baking. Well, you can say that I made the right decision. All the treats were well received and greatly appreciated, but this cake in particular was a huge hit! It has been requested again and again and every time I send it my husband brings home a cake plate that has practically been licked clean. Don’t bother waiting until fall to make this cake. It’s a winner year round.
Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake
from Platter Talk.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon (I use pumpkin pie spice)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs, room temperature
1 can (15 oz) solid-pack pumpkin
1 jar (16 oz) caramel sauce or ice cream topping (I use and 11.5 oz jar of Smuckers Simple Delights Salted Caramel Topping)
- Coat a 4 1/2 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray, turn to HIGH.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in mixing bowl.
- Beat sugar and butter in a large bowl with electric mixer for about 3 minutes, until light.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add packed pumpkin, blend until well mixed.
- Gradually add flour mixture and beat at low speed for a minute or so until smooth.
- Spread evenly in slow cooker and cover.
- Cook on HIGH setting 2 hours* or until center-inserted tooth pick comes out clean. let cake stand, uncovered 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack, invert again onto serving plate.**
- Drizzle half of caramel sauce over cake. Serve warm with additional sauce. (I only drizzle the sauce, I don’t serve the extra.)
*Cook time will depend a lot on your slow cooker. My old slow cooker required closer to 3 hours. My new cooker is just about 2 hours.
**If you wish to avoid the lines from the wire rack on the top of the cake place a piece of parchment paper on a plate. Invert onto the parchment paper first, then again onto your serving plate and gently peel the parchment paper off.