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bowl of slow cooker carrot cake with ice cream and caramel
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5 from 2 votes

Easy Slow Cooker Carrot Cake

This Slow Cooker Carrot Cake Recipe is quick, easy, and so decadent! Spice cake is layered with cheesecake pudding, pecans, coconut, and carrots, drizzled with caramel, then finished off with a crunchy streusel topping.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheesecake pudding, crockpot, easy, spice cake mix
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 519kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 (1 oz) packages instant cheesecake pudding made according to package directions (each package should call for 2 cups milk)*
  • 4 cups skim milk this is what should be called for between the 2 packages of instant pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup freshly grated carrots not pre-shredded
  • 1/2 cup jarred caramel ice cream topping plus more for serving
  • 1 (15.25 oz) box spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter melted (1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups chopped pecans plus more for serving if desired
  • Vanilla Ice cream for serving

Instructions

  • Grease crockpot with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Make instant pudding according to package directions then pour into greased crockpot.
  • Spread with a spatula to evenly cover the bottom of the crockpot.
  • Sprinkle pudding evenly with 1/2 cup chopped pecans, shredded coconut, and grated carrots.
  • Top with caramel sauce.
  • Sprinkle in cake mix and use your hands to spread it out evenly and gently press it down.
  • In a medium sized bowl, melt butter.
  • To the melted butter, add in brown sugar, and 2 cups chopped pecans.
  • Stir to combine, then sprinkle evenly over cake mix.
  • Cover with a thin tea towel (this catches any condensation) making sure the towel does not touch the cake below, then place lid on top.
  • Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours* or LOW for 4-6 hours*, or until cake is cooked to your liking.
  • Scoop and serve with vanilla ice cream and an extra drizzle of caramel.

Notes

*Could also try white chocolate, caramel, or butterscotch. Although I recommend the cheesecake, because it adds a nice tang and isn’t too sweet.
** 2 1/2 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW was perfect for me, that being said, if cooking on HIGH I’d check at 2 hours and if cooking on LOW I’d suggest checking it at 4, 5, and 6 hours the first time you make this, as crockpots can vary so much.
*** See post above for notes on nuts, coconut, raisins, etc.

Nutrition

Calories: 519kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 304mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 2045IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2.6mg