It’s always time for cake in my house and using your food processor to create them makes it even easy than before. You no longer need to lug that stand mixer out of the cupboard and onto the bench. Find further below our food processor cake recipes that we prepared for you.
Delicious Food Processor Cake Recipes
You can use a food processor to make cake? Yes! Food processor cake recipes are super easy and ‘All-in-One’ meaning you put all the ingredients into the bowl then process into your batter ready to bake. The simplicity and the outcome of the cakes are remarkable, no need for fancy mixers if you don’t already have one. Plus, they save you time!
You do need to make sure you follow each step-in order to get the desired texture for some of the cakes, for example, use your food processer to chop nuts or grate the carrot before creating your batter for the carrot cake. And you need to make sure you don’t over process your mix but other than that using the food processor to make your cake batters is a game changer.
The 3 delicious food processor cake recipes below will get your started on making some of the UK’s favorite cakes that will delight both your taste buds and the family!
1. Food Processor Pound Cake Recipe
Traditionally pound cakes where exactly that, a pound each of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. They can be denser in texture, dry out fast and sometimes a little bland when made this way. These days pound cake recipes have changed and evolved to add extra flavour, be lighter in texture and to last a little longer (that’s if you don’t eat it all in one go!) Pound cakes are a fantastic all in one recipe for the food processer and I’ve included a few variations below to get your taste buds tingling.
- 1 cup melted butter
- 1 ¼ cups castor sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups All-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ salt
- Preheat oven to 180c. Grease and line a loaf tin.
- Add your melted butter, sugar, vanilla, and eggs to the food processor bowl and mix until smooth.
- Add in the sifted flour with baking powder and salt. Pulse until combined and the batter is smooth.
- Pour into your lined loaf pan and bake for 50minutes, check to see if its ready by inserting a skewer or toothpick, if it comes out clean it is ready, if not it may need a little more time in the oven.
- Remove cake from oven when ready and cook in pan for 10minutes. Remove from pan and allow it to further cool on a cooling rack. Slice and serve.
Ready to add a little flavour? Try these options to spice up your Pound cake game. Each recipe requires you to add the flavour into the sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla mixture (Step 2).
Pound Cake Variations
Lemon Pound Cake Recipe
Add 2 TBS grated lemon zest and 3 tsp lemon juice to the sugar mix.
Ginger Pound Cake
Add 3 TBS crystallised ginger and 2 tsp ground ginger to the sugar mix. Optional 1 tsp ground Allspice.
Orange Pound Cake
Add 1 TBS Orange juice (fresh) and 1 TBS grated orange zest to the sugar mix.
Pound cake is best eaten fresh and within a few days.
2. Food Processor Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
A slice of carrot cake is like sunshine on a plate. Nothing better than a slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting with a sprinkle of walnuts top to make any day great. Don’t like icing or just don’t have the time to wait? No worries, just serve slices of this carrot cake with lashings of butter, simple and just delicious!
- ½ cup walnuts
- 2 carrots
- 250g brown sugar
- 250g vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 225g All-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp bicarb soda
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon (ground)
- 1 tsp allspice (ground)
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 200g cream cheese
- 150g sugar (castor)
- 50g Butter, softened
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 180c and grease a loaf tin with butter.
- Peel and wash carrots. Using the grater attachment on your food processor grate the carrots, you can also use a hand grater. Set grated carrot aside.
- Using the blade pulse your walnuts until chunky chopped or use a knife to roughly chop, set aside. You can do the nuts for your icing now as well if you like and set aside.
- In the bowl of the food processor place the sugar, eggs, and oil. Process until they have combined well.
- Add in your baking powder, bicarb, spices, and all-purpose flour. Pulse until combined and starting to look smooth.
- Add the carrots and walnuts, pulse 2-3 times to combine. Do not pulse to many times or you will lose the texture of the carrots and nuts.
- Pour your batter into your greased loaf tin.
- Bake for 25-35mins, check your cake by using a skewer inserted and removed to see if any batter come out or skewer is clean. Cool you cake in the tin for 10minutes and remove and further cool on a wire rack.
- Wash a clean the food processor bowl from the cake mix.
- Using the cutting blade chop the walnuts if you haven’t done so all ready. Remove and set aside.
- Add the cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, and butter to the bowl. Process until smooth.
- When cake is cool spread the cream cheese icing over your cake and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
You can also use this recipe to make carrot cupcakes. Using cupcake tray lined papers and bake for 12-15mins, check, and bake longer if required. To decorate you can pipe your icing onto each cake in a swirl design and top with a little orange zest.
3. Food Processor Apple Cake Recipe (No Added Sugar!)
Now this cake is one you’ll be making regularly as it has no added sugar! The sweetness comes from the apples, cinnamon, and the yoghurt. It almost feels guilt free and is perfect for both work and school lunches. As a treat as it is a much healthier version of most cakes and is easily frozen for when the urge for cake hits.
- 3 Red Sweet Apples
- 2 eggs (free range)
- 80g Butter
- 1 cup natural yogurt (plain)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups self-raising flour
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 180c and grease and line a slice pan with baking paper.
- Cut apples into rough chunks, removing the stalk, seeds, or any hard core. Place into food processor bowl and pulse until chopped (do not puree).
- Add the eggs, butter, yogurt and vanilla to the apple mix and process for 15 secs to combine.
- Next add your sifted flour and cinnamon and pulse until just combined and smooth.
- Pour your batter into the lined slice pan and bake at 180c for 45 minutes. Test with a skewer to see if cooked through.
- Remove from oven and cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and continue to cool.
This is a freezer friendly recipe. Cut into required sized slices and wrap in plastic wrap. Place wrapped slices into a container and freeze until required. They make an easy lunch box addition, after school treat, or a perfect late-night snack.
Apple Cake Variation: Vegan/Dairy/Egg Free Version
To make this tasty apple cake vegan you can replace eggs with an egg replacement (different egg replacement products available in the health food section) or 2 flax seed eggs (1 Flaxseed egg = 1TBS ground flaxseed mixed with 2 TBS water and let sit for 15 mins). The butter can be replaced with vegan butter or margarine. For the yoghurt substitute for a good coconut yoghurt. Your baking times will be roughly the same, just check on your cake as it gets closer to time and remember to test with a toothpick or skewer.
No matter which recipe you choose to make you will be impressed with how easy your food processor makes it. Don’t over think it, keep it simple and you’ll be happy with the result.
The hardest part of using a food processor to make a cake batter is using your self-control to not over process your mix, especially if you have fruit or nuts in it. Take your time, pulse instead of blitzing flat out and your cakes will be beautiful and light. Again, hold back on the buttons! It’s hard to not just let it go flat out but calm yourself Sir-Mix-a-lot and go slow.
Check your food processors manual for a recipe guide. Many will have baking recipes including cakes and dough recipes inside. You’ll be amazed at the versatility of your machine and how to use it for baking a variety of foods. So much easier than dragging the stand mixer up onto the bench for a quick cake.
Who said you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Have fun baking!