Harvey Wallbanger Cake | Slow Cooker Magic

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A Harvey Wallbanger Cake? Like the Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail?


In the slow cooker to boot, and you can whip up this cake in 20 minutes flat, from zero to pouring that lovely cake batter into the pan.

We’ve got a step by step video for you too, in the recipe below!

And then the magic.

Slow Cooker Magic that is.

Related:  Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake, Instant Pot Mint Chocolate Cheesecake, Slow Cooker Lava Cake.

Have you made a cake in your Slow Cooker yet?  Well what are you waiting for?

I’ve made the creamiest cheesecakes and now the most delicious ‘sponge’ as Mary says on the Great British Baking Show.  (love that show)

So what or who is Harvey Wallbanger?  A cocktail that became popular in the 70’s includes vodka, Orange Juice and Galliano.

closeup of harvey wallbanger caker with text that reads slow cooker harvey wallbanger cake orange slices, glaze and marascino cherries

Galliano is a delicious Italian liqueur that has a light vanilla flavor to it. Garnished with maraschino cherries.  Yum. Yum.

two harvey wallbanger cocktails

Just like a Harvey Wallbanger recipe,  many cake recipes out there,  include vodka and a lot of Galliano.

This Harvey Wallbanger Cake Recipe includes 3 tbsp. of Galliano in total.  That’s all.

Now quick and easy desserts are what we’re all about here at Pie Lady Bakes.  I think using a cake mix is a perfect way to achieve bakery style results.

You will love this recipe:

  • Cake mix
  • Instant pudding
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Orange juice
  • Galliano
ingredients for cake includes orange juice, maraschino cherries, vanilla pudding, vanilla cake mix, galliano liqueur, eggs in spring form pan, and white mixing paddle, crock pot brand slow cooker in the background

Mix it all up and put in a baking pan.  I used my 7” spring form pan, the one that fits in both my slow cooker and Instant Pot.  I love the shape.

This recipe is adapted from the gals at the Fix It and Forget It Cookbook.  I love their recipes and have tried several of them.

mixing the cake batter in a stainless steel mixing bowl with white mixing paddle
Mixing up the cake batter!

The secret to using a slow cooker to bake is to make sure the moisture gets whisked away from the cake.

So to address that, a tip is to top the slow cooker with several sheets of paper towel, just underneath the lid.  Leaving the lid slightly ajar also helps.

Slow cooker with clear glass lid and black handle on top of paper towels while cake bakes in slow cooker

Now here is something I did not think of.  That half way through cooking, to rotate my cake pan so that it gets golden all around.

And to adjust the lid so that steam comes out the opposite side.  This will give you a cake that is well baked and golden all over.

freshly baked cake on a white plate with ingredients for orange glaze, orange juice, cherries and galliano

The orange glaze on this Harvey Wallbanger Cake is a yummy confection of vanilla instant pudding, icing sugar, orange juice and Galliano.

harvey wallbanger cake with maraschino cherries, orange slices and orange zest on glaze that is dripping all over cake on a white plate

Isn’t it beautiful?

Light vanilla flavors, mixed with orange for a zesty combination.  The cake and glaze have instant vanilla pudding mixed in.  Now I think that is magical in itself.

Be sure to let the cake cook completely, before you apply the glaze.  I think even putting the cake in the refrigerator for an hour is a great idea.

slice of harvey wallbanger cake on a white plate with silver fork to the side, and the remaining cake to the left showing the slice removed
Let’s dig in to this delicious Harvey Wallbanger Cake!

So that’s it. A Harvey Wallbanger Cake.

Beautifully Simple and Simply Beautiful.

Dessert Everyday.

A Harvey Wallbanger Cake? Like the Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail? YES! Right from the 70's this delicious confection of vanilla, orange & a hint of Galliano, that you make in your slow cooker.

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

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adapted from Fix It and Forget It Cookbook
A Harvey Wallbanger Cake? Like the Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail? A deliciously rich vanilla cake, with orange and maraschino cherries.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 189 kcal


  • 1 box vanilla pound cake mix - 16 oz
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vanilla instant pudding
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 2 tbsp Galliano Liqueur
  • 2/3 cup orange juice
  • vanilla instant pudding - remainder of box for Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar - icing sugar
  • 2/3 cup orange juice - For Glaze
  • 1 tbsp Galliano Liqueur - For Glaze


  • Mix together the first six ingredients for the cake.
  • Pour batter into a well greased loaf or cake pan that will fit inside your Slow Cooker. (I used my 7″ springform pan)
  • Place pan in the bottom of the slow cooker
  • Put several sheets of paper towel just underneath the slow cooker lid to absorb excess moisture
  • Bake in the covered slow cooker on High for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours (mine was baked at 3 hours)
  • Invert cake onto a serving platter and let cool thoroughly – you may wish to refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes
  • Mix together the glaze ingredients and spoon over cake.  Decorate with sliced oranges and maraschino cherries!



Serving: 1g | Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 107mg | Sugar: 17g

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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Judy Kahansky is an experienced writer and baker, creating delicious desserts (including pie!) for over 40 years. She loves to take classic and vintage recipes and update them to fit the busy lives of her readers. When not baking, Judy and her husband Mark are passionate golfers, travelers and dog lovers, spending as much time as they can with their sweet pup Millie.