January 19, 2012

Slow Cooker Week: Nutella Swirl Chocolate Chip Pound Cake To-Go {Naptime on the Road}

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With breakfast and dinner under control I decided to try a new technique with my slow cooker: baking. We were going out of town for a long weekend in Boston and I wanted to pack some sweets to take along with us. I’d already had some success with a batch of Martha Stewart’s slow-cooker brownies and wanted to attempt something else. A simple pound cake seemed like a good place to start. I know they transport well and can be adapted any number of ways. With a jar of nutella on hand I decided to swirl it in to the batter, along with some chocolate chips and give it a whirl.

Slow-Cooker Pound Cake

The good news is that the technique of slow baking actually worked quite well. Too well, in fact. My husband ate half the cake before I had a chance to wrap it up for our road trip! He loved the dense loaf cake with the strong vanilla flavor and swirls of melted nutella. I didn’t have time to make another one, but have promised him a fresh one next week. It is so easy for me to throw together during naptime, how could I say no?!

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Recipe

Slow Cooker Nutella Swirl Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Ingredients

cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup granulated sugar
eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large tablespoons nutella
½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

1. Spray in the inside of a slow-cooker insert with cooking spray and line it with parchment paper that comes at least three inches up the side. Stir together the flour, tartar and salt in a small bowl and set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a large bowl and stir in the sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in the eggs. Then add the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

3. Pour the mixture into the slow-cooker and spread it evenly with a spatula. Dollop the nutella on top of the batter and use a butter knife to swirl it into the batter. Cook on high heat for three hours, or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This cake has a nice fudgy texture and the nutella and chips are a little melted when they are first cooked. Serve it with ice cream or whipped cream.

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes prep time, 3 hours cook time

Naptime Reviews

Given my husband ate it so quickly tells me a lot! We took the rest on the trip with us and none of it came home.

 

  • http://thenovicechefblog.com/ Jessica

    Oh man. I NEED this!

    • Mary

      I need this like I need another hole in my head…but I’m making it in the morning.

  • Rebecca

    What size crock do you use for your recipes, especially this one?  Looks yummy!!

    • Anonymous

      Hi! I have a 5-quart slowcooker!

  • http://www.recipelionblog.com/ Matt @ RecipeLion

    This dish looks great! I would love it if you linked up this recipe to my comfort foods blog hop for a chance to win a Wilton donut pan: http://bit.ly/yMcu5R

  • Julia Mestas

    How stinken easy is this!  I love my crockpot, but have been too scared to ‘bake’ in it.  I’m gonna have to give it a whirl!

  • http://dustthouart.livejournal.com/ joye

    I made this today and it was great, but you neglected to write in the instructions when to add the vanilla. I ended up folding it in after the chocolate chips, because I realized then it wasn’t in the instructions.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks, Joye, I’ve made the correction!

  • http://www.efficientarticlemarketing.com/ AnneMo

    With nutella  you can almost do everything because of its taste. I love it so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=706732839 Cariann Colman

    I believe you mean HEAT?

    “Cook on high eat for three hours”

  • Nappy Gamer

    SO I’ve done the cake and something is missing… Was I supposed to add the eggs at some point???

    • KelseyTheNaptimeChef

      Hi! I am sorry for the delay in my reply. The eggs are added in step 2. I am sorry it didn’t come out well!