15 Slow-Cooker Desserts That Are Perfect for Summer

Who says that slow cooking is just for the winter?

15 Slow-Cooker Desserts That Are Perfect for Summer

It isn’t every day that you’re greeted by a sweet treat. Gift yourself any time by setting up one of these tasty recipes in your slow cooker. All of them are totally indulgent and worth every bite!

Slow-Cooker Apple Crisp

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp


This ooey-gooey cinnamon-baked apple crisp is covered in a sweet oat crumble. It’s simple and ridiculously delicious — we honestly cannot stress that enough! Don’t forget the scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! 

Follow this Apple Crisp recipe and cook in your slow-cooker on high for about two hours, turn off the heat and leave covered for up to an hour to let the sauce thicken.

Slow-Cooker Bananas Foster Recipe

Although the fun part of bananas Foster usually involves some flambéing, this slow-cooker recipe will have these bananas melting in your mouth. The flavors of caramel, rum, and walnut naturally complement fresh bananas in this classic dessert made easy!

Check out this recipe for Bananas Foster here.


Slow Cooker Carrot Cake

This recipe, although designed for the oven, can be cooked fully in your slow-cooker. Keep an eye on it and when a cake tester or tooth pick comes out nearly clean, turn off the heat. Don’t forget that the ambient heat from the slow-cooker will continue to cook the cake even when you turn the cooker off. Try placing dollops of frosting in the batter before cooking for an internal surprise.

Check out this Carrot Cake recipe here!

Crock-Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate-lovers rejoice: Everyone who tries this dessert falls in love with it. Plus, if you use a liner in your slow-cooker, cleanup is a breeze.

Find this Chocolate Lava Cake recipe here.

Slow-Cooker Coconut-Nutella Pudding Cake

Fact: Anything with Nutella is awesome. Need I say more? This cake is decadent, delicious, and perfect with vanilla — or, better yet, coconut — ice cream.  

To find the recipe for Nutella Pudding Cake, click here!

Peanut Butter Fudge

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Fudge


Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. When these two ingredients are combined in the slow-cooker, they melt to form the perfect base for creamy and luscious fudge that’s super simple to make.

Click here for the Peanut Butter Fudge recipe!

Slow-Cooker Cranberry-Orange Cake

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Cake


Staff writer Karen Peterson adapted this recipe from a Bundt cake recipe her mom makes. She reports that it worked just fine in the slow-cooker (six quarts is ideal) and was gobbled up immediately. If you want to cook it in a Bundt pan, bake at 325 degrees F for 1-½ hours.

Check out the recipe for Cranberry Orange Cake here.

Slow-Cooker Pink Grapefruit Cheesecake

Cheesecake from a slow-cooker? Give it a try. You'll be amazed at the results. This recipe also offers ingredient variations so you can top your cheesecake with sugared cranberries and chocolate and peacans too!

Click here for the Pink Grapefruit Cheesecake recipe!


Slow Cooker Poach Pears

Slow Cooker Poached Pears


Poach fresh pears in liquid, from green tea to white or red wine until tender — it’s as easy as that!

Click here for our Best Recipes for Poached Pears.

Tarte Tatin Slow-Cooker Style!

Tarte Tatin Slow-Cooker Style!


For a slow-cooker version, thickly slice the apples instead of cutting them in half to ensure that they cook all the way through. To make this even easier, you can also use store-bought caramel and store-bought pie crust.

Check out the recipe here.

Wine-Braised Apricots

Wine-Braised Apricots


Substitute any stone fruit — like peaches or plums — for this simple dessert that celebrates the best of summer. In this recipe, the fruit cookes in slightly sweet wine like a riesling, moscato, or gewurztraminer; the alcohol in the wine will steam off during the cooking process, but leave behind all the residual sugars and flavors. Enjoy these with a big scoop of buttermilk ice cream.

Click here for this Wine-Braised Apriocot recipe!