Spicy Crockpot Strawberry cake on a plate with powdered sugar and blue wooden background

Spicy Strawberry Crockpot Cake With Texas Pepper Jelly

Many people don’t realize that their crockpot is good for much more than main dishes; it’s good for just about anything, in fact, and that includes dessert.

We “bake” cakes in my crockpot quite a lot. It’s so easy, and they bake all night while you sleep!

One of our favorite crockpot cakes is our Spicy Strawberry Cake. We use fresh strawberries.

We love using really fresh ones from the Poteet Strawberry festival each year. The Poteet festival is heaven for strawberry fanatics! If you are a strawberry lover, you need to go. It is all things strawberry!

All other times of year we just purchase at the local grocery store. We’ve used frozen strawberries, and as long as they’re well-drained there’s really not much difference.

Spicy Crockpot Strawberry Cake is best made a day or two ahead of time. It’s one of those cakes that need to be wrapped in heavy paper and allowed to “sweat” in order to be at its best.

We’ve made this cake from scratch, but more often, we just use a boxed mix. There are so many brands to choose from, just grab your favorite yellow cake mix.

Here’s what to do.

Ingredients for the crockpot cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 stick of real butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Strawberry Habanero Pepper Jelly
  • 1/2 cup diced strawberries
  • 1 cup thinly sliced fresh strawberries
  • powdered sugar

How to make a box cake in a crockpot

Thickly butter the crockpot insert. You can use a crockpot bag liner. Using a bag helps take the cake out and display it, or you can serve it directly out of the crockpot.

Dump the cake mix into a mixing bowl, (DON’T FOLLOW THEIR RECIPE ON THE BOX!) and add four eggs, 1 stick of real butter, and 3/4 cup milk. Add the pepper jelly and diced strawberries.

Pour mixture into buttered crockpot insert and spread the sliced strawberries on the top.

How to bake the strawberry cake in a crockpot

Cover crockpot and set on low for 6 hours. The toothpick test will tell you if it’s done or not.

If it isn’t fully cooked at the 6-hour mark, let it stay on low until finished. Be sure to continue testing it every 15 minutes or so until the cake is done.

How to finish preparing the strawberry cake

This cake doesn’t really need icing, but if your family loves icing, why not spread more strawberry habanero pepper jelly over the hot cake? You can also make a simple powdered sugar and water drizzle, which is really pretty and adds some sweetness.

While it’s still hot, iced or not, wrap the insert in foil, tightly. Put the wrapped insert into the refrigerator.

In the morning, remove from fridge. Remove the cake from the crockpot insert and set it on a plate.

Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the entire thing using a sifter. Then…dig in.

If you’re not a powdered sugar fan whipped cream on this crockpot cake is amazing, too! The whipped cream makes it kind of like a strawberry shortcake.

If your family (or you) can’t wait for this delicious strawberry cake to sweat overnight in the refrigerator, go ahead and serve warm. Eat it fresh and hot from the crockpot. It’s really just a matter of texture preference and flavor-blending. But either way, this is a super good spicy cake.

TPJ Spicy Strawberry cake on a plate with powdered sugar and blue wooden background

Spicy Strawberry Crockpot Cake Recipe

Strawberry fans will go crazy for this unique take on a strawberry cake. Not only is it spicy, but it is also made in a crockpot (otherwise known as a slow cooker to some of you) making it one of the easiest cakes to ever bake.
You can dream about it all night while it bakes and you sleep. The aromas will surely enter your dreams.
Check out the recipe and try it for yourself. You will come back time and time again to make this delicious strawberry dessert.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Chill/ if desired 8 hrs
Total Time 14 hrs 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 333 kcal

Equipment

  • Crockpot
  • Crockpot Liner/ if desired
  • Cutting board
  • Chef knife
  • Measuring cups
  • Sifter
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Thickly butter the crockpot insert. You can use a crockpot bag liner. Using a bag helps take the cake out and display it, or you can serve it directly out of the crockpot.
  • Dump the cake mix into a mixing bowl, (DON’T FOLLOW THEIR RECIPE ON THE BOX!)
  • Add the four eggs, 1 stick of real butter, and 3/4 cup milk.
  • Add the pepper jelly and diced strawberries.
  • Pour mixture into buttered crockpot insert.
  • Spread the sliced strawberries evenly on the top.
  • Cover crockpot and set on low for 6 hours. The toothpick test will tell you if it’s done or not.
  • Cover crockpot and set on low for 6 hours. The toothpick test will tell you if it’s done or not.
    If it isn't fully cooked at the 6-hour mark, let it stay on low until finished. Be sure to continue testing it every 15 minutes or so until the cake is done.

Chilling overnight in Refrigerator

  • This cake doesn’t really need icing, but if your family loves icing, why not spread more strawberry habanero pepper jelly over the hot cake?
  • While it’s still hot, iced or not, wrap the insert in foil, tightly. Put the wrapped insert into the refrigerator.
  • In the morning, remove from fridge. Remove the cake from the crockpot insert and set it on a plate.
  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the entire thing using a sifter. Then…dig in. You can also make a simple powdered sugar and water drizzle, which is really pretty and adds some sweetness.
  • If you're not a powdered sugar fan whipped cream on this crockpot cake is amazing, too! The whipped cream makes it kind of like a strawberry shortcake.

Notes

You don't have to wait to enjoy this delicious strawberry crockpot cake to sweat overnight in the refrigerator. Seriously, you can go ahead and serve warm. Eat it while it is fresh and hot from the crockpot.
 
Allowing it to be set up overnight gives it a more firm texture. So, it’s really just a matter of how you prefer to enjoy it... oh, and allows the flavor-blending to happen overnight as well. But either way, you will enjoy this fantastic spicy strawberry cake!
 
The nutritional values are based on an outside independent nutrition recipe analyzer tool through WP Recipe Maker

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 5gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 490mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 411IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 146mgIron: 1mg
Keyword crockpot, crockpot recipe, dump cake, easy recipe, fresh strawberries, habanero, holiday dessert, party food, pepper jelly, texas style, yellow cake mix
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