All About Cake: Banana-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Crock-Pot Cake

Finally gotten a chance to bake my second cake from Christina Tosi’s new book All About Cake, Food52 Baking Club‘s pick of the month. I really like hot cake, especially when it has melty chocolate chips in it, and this crock pot cake certainly promised that with the addition of a peanut butter goo that you pour over the top.

The cake is a very basic cake recipe – mix wet ingredients together and dry ingredients together then combine them. You spray the crock pot and put half the batter in, then in the rest of the batter you fold through the chocolate chips and some reserved banana slices and pour it over the top. This cooks on low for 4-6 hours.

The goo is made in the microwave with peanut butter, cream cheese, icing sugar, salt, butter, etc and is stirred until smooth. This can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks so I can see a lot of applications for it as a yummy dessert topping.

How do I rate this recipe? Well…I don’t think the crock pot is necessary or results in a good cake. We set it on low for 4 hours and the entire edge is burnt. Like really burnt. But it needed the 4 hours because the middle was not cooked until then. Seems to me like this could simply be baked in the oven and eaten while warm. Would take no more than 30 minutes to cook. And it would be cooked evenly. And you would have a small cake pan rather than a big crock pot to clean.

Also, I would’ve liked to know whether to use natural peanut butter or peanut butter like Skippy with added ingredients. I used my normal natural stuff but I kinda felt like the goo was a bit salty because of it. Commercial peanut butter tends to have added sugars so I imagine it wouldn’t have been as salty had I used it. Still it was delicious!

I’m back and forth on what my third bake is going to be. We have made some Christina Tosi layer cakes in the past (I will have to post them as throwbacks at some stage) so I’ve kinda been veering towards her other cakes because they’re different. The bundts look very intriguing but some of the layer cakes are calling my name. We’ll see by the end of the week which one takes the cake! 😉