2 Ingredient Cake

Submitted by Paulene Christie

2 Ingredient Cake

4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 1 Packet or Box Cake mix (any flavour you prefer) - I use 320g mix or larger
  • 1 x 425g Can of fruit in juice (any fruit you prefer)


  • 1. Combine the cake mix (dry from the box - no added ingredients to it at all) and the can of fruit (juice included)
  • 2. Pour this into a slow cooker that is greased or lined with baking paper
  • 3. Cover with a tea towel under the lid then cook on HIGH for 1.5 - 2hrs depending on your slow cooker or when skewer comes out clean
  • I did mine in my little 1.5L cooker hence the lovely high result but a larger cooker will yield a lower cake
  • The cake pictured is a vanilla cake mix and a can of mango slices - you can see the chunks of mango through the finished cake.
  • Other great combinations would be chocolate cake and cherries or Vanilla cake and fruit salad.
  • It doesn't get much easier than this!

103 thoughts on “2 Ingredient Cake”

  1. Made this delicious cake 2 nights in a row. Last night i used 440gm coles chocolate cake mix with 425gm can of pitted black cherries served with vanilla ice cream. Tonight i used same cake mix with 425gm of mixed berries served with thick dollop cream. Extremely moist cake. My 19yr old daughter normally wont eat cake but has now requested to have this for dessert every night πŸ™‚

  2. Got my little surprize in the 1.5 L cooker.! Have choc cake mix, added an egg ( don’t need to though) and 1/2 bottle of pitted cherries.
    Waiting in anticipation…….

  3. Victoria Conlan

    Attempting this just now with tin of peach slices(410g) and a packet of vanilla cake mix (400g), wish me luck πŸ™‚

      1. The cherry cake came out superbly! But a hint- I now double to glad-bake paper in strips, and then put an extra circular paper on the bottom, over the strips to stop burning.
        Now, the tea-towel takes up the moisture off the top of the cake as it is cooking. Without which it would leave it wet on top.

  4. Joanne Pinnock

    I tried this today with a tin of crushed pineapple. It came out really stodgy, as though it wasn’t cooked properly but it was starting to burn on the outside. I’m not doing very well with puddings. πŸ™

  5. Made this today with lemon cake mix and pineapple chunks in syrup. Soooo tasty and beautifully moist! Can’t wait to try different flavours!!!

  6. Currently making this with a vanilla Coles cake mix and Coles canned fruit salad and added dollops of Nutella and swirled ? So looking forward to it

  7. Mine took a little longer. I thought it wasn’t cooked, then remembered the fruit made it look moister. So easy. I did vanilla cake with sliced peaches.

  8. this was amazing…. was still fresh 2 days later.. def cooking again thankyou so much for sharing your recipe πŸ™‚

  9. I made this using a butter cake mix and a tin of fruit salad. It took the full 2 hours and was very moist. Everyone loved it!

  10. I used a butter came mix with a tin of fruit salad. Came out very moist and delicious. Cooked on high for just over 2 hours.

  11. I made this with vanilla cake and a can of peaches wow turned out awesome the moistest cake I have had for a long time thanks Pauline it was YUM ?

  12. Made this with a tin of black cherries (blitzed because granddaughter doesn’t do ‘bits’) & a chocolate cake mix. Cooked in my 1l sc & it looks & smells delicious.

  13. This is so easy, so good. I will be doing it again and again. I did chocolate fudge cake and tin of black cherries, served with cream. YUM!

  14. I did mine with a tin of sliced pears. My husband loved it but I found it very pudding like. I will have another go buts will ensure I have some icecream or cream on hand to have with it

  15. I am trying this right now with Oreo cake mix, all I could get and a can of peaches … can’t wait to see the result πŸ™‚

  16. Kylie Handley

    This is sooooo good, I did the butter cake mix with sliced peaches and it is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. I used my 3.5 litre slow cooker and it came out an alright size. Thanks for sharing Paulene x

  17. Was so delicious and easy!!! I’m not much of a baker but this was by far the most delicious cake I’ve ever made!!!

  18. Love this. As someone who can’t have eggs and is dairy sensitive this is a winner in my life!!

  19. Donna-Maree Carroll

    I made this today using a Chocolate cake mix and Black Cherries. It was so incredibly easy to make, I cooked mine in a 5L SC but had the mix in a cake tin so as to still get the height of the cake. It was really lovely, apart from my mistake of the Cherries I bought and possibly I should’ve let it cook a tad longer. I will be making this again though with a different cake mix and fruit. Thanks for such a great recipe that is almost foolproof (apart from me…lol). Love it!

  20. My packet mix is 470 grams and the fruit I bought only came in 310g tins. Can I use all of both tins or should I use 1 1/2.

    I want to use loaf tins in my slow cooker. Any idea how long to cook for? If I keep lifting the lid to see if it’s cooked I’ll lose all the heat.

    New to slow cooking and not the best cook at the best of times!

    1. I would go 1.5 tins
      In a loaf tin check it in half hr intervals after the 1hr mark I’d say πŸ™‚
      Don’t worry too much about the heat issue… I’m a constant lid lifter/checker and it doesn’t affect my recipes πŸ™‚

  21. Sonya Cavanough

    This was as easy as the name suggests. I used a cheap brand cake mix with 420g canned fruit salad in syrup and put it on high for 1.5hrs, was fluffy & so yummy. Will definitely be making it again but maybe with the juice instead of fruit pieces for the kids fussiness lol

  22. I was very sceptical at first, but this recipe is fantastic. Can’t wait to try all sorts of different combinations.

  23. Thanks for the reply. Only just saw it as I was expecting a notification. I ended up doing it in the slower cooker using pie apple (2/3 can). There was no liquid so I made up some syrup with sugar and water. It was delicious, especially warm. Would loved to have had some ice cream with it.

  24. Donna-Maree Carroll

    I made this again the other day and it was beautiful. Vanilla cake with fruit salad mixed through. It was so moist and everyone that tried it loved it, infact I’ve emailed this recipe to a few people now who are all just as impressed as I am.

  25. I made this today with carrot cake mix and a tin of fruit salad pieces. I used a 5L slow cooker with tea towel under lid.
    Cooked for 1hr 40mins on high. Vanilla icing when cooled . Thoroughly delicious, will definitely make again trying some different combinations.

  26. Catherine walker

    I made last night the chocolate and cherries and it was a disaster i put water in the base of my cooker and tea towel and 2hrs later wasn’t cooked easy recipes have made harder recipes and no problem i can’t work out what went wrong had to throw it out it felt like it was too moist

  27. Mine is cooking now: yellow vanilla cake mix and tin of mandarins. The tin was small so I added a small container of no sugar applesauce (the kind for school lunches). I’m getting excited. I’ll test for donness at the 2 hour mark. Slurrrp.

  28. I just made this with a spice cake mix and a 20 oz can of unsweetened pineapple because the oven is broken. It is delicious! The knife came out clean after one hour and ten minutes so I stopped cooking. Can you turn the crock pot upside down and get the cake out?

  29. Instead of using baking paper could I just pop in a large paper cake liner so there’s no mess. Sorry if I sound dumb but first time sc baker lol

  30. This was so delicious constructed it a different way, was like a peach cobbler. Tinned peaches big tin on the bottom straight into slow cooker, cake mix straight out of packet sprinkled over peaches few dobs of butter on the top, cooked about 3, or 4 hours, sprinkled cinnamon and vanilla sugar on the top cinnamon helped with the colouring, I used. Butter cake but have used vanilla cake

  31. Delicious! Mr 3 helped make it and we all thought it was amazing. This will definitely be a regular recipe in our household πŸ™‚

  32. Made this last night with a butter cake mix and apricots and was very moist and tasty. Will be making again and next time try the choc cherry version

  33. Wow what an amazing cake, I used the buttercake and sliced apples but had to add an egg because not enough juice in the tin and sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top when cooked and it was so delicious ??

  34. Love this cake! Make it once or twice a week depending on how quick my family devour it! Great that you can mix up the different fruits etc for a new cake each time!

  35. Made this with my toddler as I knew he might need a treat after getting needles this morning. We used a vanilla cake and a tin of mango, put it on before the appointment and came back to a perfectly cooked cake. He’s now happily devouring a piece. ?

  36. Do you put the cake mixture mixed with the fruit straight into the slow cooker or do you all put it in a cake tin sitting on a trivit?

  37. This cake was awesome! First thing I tried in my 1.5L slow cooker. This will be a go to recipe for sure.
    It was crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. I was able to put it on before dinner and it was ready for dessert.

  38. Thank you for sharing this brilliant tip!! I am a little puzzled though, so if the box mix requires eggs or other ingredients you do not add these? just the dry cake mix and a can of fruit + it’s juice?

  39. Yay, I made a cake. I’ve never been able to bake a cake successfully. I’m wondering if someone who is baker can work out what the dry ingredients are specifically to go with one can of fruit and juice. I figure it would save buying a box cake mix every time. Isn’t the box cake mix just flour and sugar….or perhaps this is why I’ve never been able to make a cake.

  40. I recently made this earlier this evening
    And used nutella for the middle and also instead of using frosting on top used tsp drops of butter cream frosting for the lava technique
    Was a little hesitant at the beginning
    But surprisingly it actually came out
    Very successful

  41. I made this cake yesterday, I used a packet carrot cake mix and a tin of pineapple pieces. I put mixture in a silicone cake tin and placed it in my 5 litre slow cooker with tea towel under lid cooked cake for 1 1/2 hours on high. Then iced with vanilla icing. It turned out beautifully so moist, delicious ?. I will definitely be making this one again thank you for sharing ?

  42. So easy I really loved this one I used Aldi carrot cake mix and golden circle crushed pineapple, great recipe

  43. I did put this on a couple of days ago but this is just to say Persevere – if it doesn’t work the best first time, try again. I would like to thank the members who put tips on here for us beginners. It is really helpful & encouraging when our recipe comes out how we would expect it to. Excellent work to the whole site.

  44. I’m afraid this cake has become a favourite of ours – especially Choc & Cherry. I’m going to have to be careful or I might crack my cooker bowl we use it that much!! I guess it’s worth it in the long run.

  45. What size can of fruit should you use? (For example with a standard Betty Crocker box cake mix)
    I’m not in America or Canada. Approximately how much liquid is needed? I want to have this work. ?

  46. Well another one of these done today – Vanilla & Blueberry. Nice & moist. Didn’t dawn on me that when I mixed Blueberries into mixture I would end up with a ‘Blue’ cake instead of Vanilla. Still tastes good.

  47. Made this tonight. Exactly to recipe. Used 1.5 litre SC. Chocolate and canned cherries. Just delicious. Soooo easy.

  48. Hi first time at this its been in my large slowcooker for 4 hours and still not cooked i have it on high with tea towel cover any one else had the problem

    1. Hi Debbie, was this in a cake tin or straight in? This time is based on a 1.5L slow cooker so a flatter cake in a ‘large’ cooker should cook faster.. however if it’s in a cake tine etc instead that will cause it to cook longer πŸ™‚

  49. Heather Armstrong

    Please help me every time I cook. Cake in my small cooker . I line it and spray it , but it always burns on one side . I use the tea towel

  50. Oh my! I’ve made this a few times now, with variations, and always it’s been a hit! I just use my little Woolworths 1.5 ltr $20 SC. SIMPLE AS,

  51. First attempt at the 2 ingredient cake recipe with tinned apples and Edmonds Butter Cake mix and it was delicious! 2 hrs on high in the 5.7 Ltr SC and it was moist ?? – FIL and MIL had a second helping with yoghurt ?

  52. Tried this recipe twice,
    First was cafe style chocolate cake with A tin mixed berries

    Second was vanilla cake with tinned mango slices.

    Both turned out great but the chocolate overpowered the berries more than I thought it would.

    The vanilla was well balanced.

    Both overall great and so easy!

    Was done in exactly 2 hours in a 5.7l cooker.


  53. Thanks for the great recipe. Turned out a treat. I only had a tin of pie apples in the pantry and one of the cheap woolies cake mixes. I add some milk to the mixture as the pie apples don’t have any juice, plus a dash of cinnamon. Will be adding this to our caravan recipes.

  54. 5 stars
    Love the simplicity of this. Currently waiting on mine. Tinned pears, 1/4 Cup of cocoa pwd and a teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a little hot water. Cake mix was 400g vanilla so figured a little more liquid may be required ?. Will let you know how it goes.

  55. Maria Mihailidis

    5 stars
    Love the convenience of a cake cooked so easy.
    Great for the summer time.
    I made a vanilla cake with a tin of fruit salad.
    Thank you for simplifying baking for busy families. God bless ???

  56. 5 stars
    Miss 7 whipped this together this morning! with 2 ingredients you can’t go wrong, had some for morning tea and she couldn’t get enough, would of went back for thirds if I let her haha ? ! Thankyou

  57. Di Fairweather

    5 stars
    I was surprised how quick and easy this was to make. I could easily eat this warm with yoghurt or ice-cream. My family loved it on its own. I sprinkled cinnamon on top before cooking. I will definitely make it again.

  58. Parsons Jennifer

    5 stars
    My hubby loves it when I make this cake for him. It is so easy and quick to throw together. And makes a great cake when you need it in a hurry. I usually cover the top in frosting that you buy in the cake isle in Woolies or coles. It is great sc it in the 1.5L or my 3.5L Thanks Jenny P

  59. 5 stars
    This recipe is versatile – iced for afternoon tea or uncovered to use as dessert, quick & easy & minimum ingredients makes it a quick mix. Our favourite is chocolate & black cherry. Thanks for sharing.

  60. 5 stars
    2 Ingredient Cake recipe made with tinned apples (770 grams) and 2 x 340 gram Vanilla cake mix, plus 200 mls water. Recipe was basically doubled, so I cooked it for 3 hours on high. I used an 8″ cake tin placed on egg rings. It tastes delicious and so easy and economical to make.

  61. Made this today! Thanks to all the commenters before me with their insight and tips! I did white cake today with a can of blueberries in syrup. I added a couple of pats of butter on top and then stirred in veg oil too because I realized I forgot to grease my pan, LOL. Call it a rookie move but I just needed cake, okay?!? OMG. Literally this is so good. I had to cook mine for 2 hours (made it in a 4.5 QT slow cooker) and the edges crisped up and it was so yum. No issue getting out it either after cooling. Can’t believe this worked. It’s just so easy. YOU MUST MAKE THIS!!!

  62. 5 stars
    I used a Woolies buttercake mix and a can of woolies apricots in juice, which I chopped up with scissors.
    Cooked in a 6L SC sprayed with cooking spray & lined with baking paper.
    Cooked for 2.5 hours on high.
    AMAZING! A deliciously moist cake. You can eat it on its own, or our favourite way is with custard as a dessert.
    So easy. Fuss free. DELICIOUS!

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