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I think it must have come to me in a dream: the idea of a chocolate lava cake but one that was made in the slow cooker. It sounded like a meal planner’s heaven. Well, really, I think I had read it somewhere online but I didn’t remember where so I went searching because I knew this was what I wanted to make to satisfy my chocolate craving. When I first started looking at some of my cookbooks, most of them called for a cake box mix. I wanted something from scratch and I found several recipes online.
I modified mine a bit because I was low on brown sugar, one of the main ingredients. Well, no one missed that extra sugar and my whole family loved it! I loved that I could throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker on a lazy Sunday afternoon and have the ooey, gooey goodness ready for dessert after dinner! So easy, I think it may be dangerous! We served ours with vanilla ice cream. And while not exactly the same, the leftovers are a fudgy sweet treat when warmed up slightly in the microwave. I hope you’ll give it a try too. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you won’t be disappointed!
- FOR THE CAKE:
- ½ cups Brown Sugar
- 2 cups All-purpose Flour
- 6 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Milk
- 4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- FOR THE FUDGE TOPPING:
- ¾ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3 cups Boiling Water
- For the cake:
- In a medium to large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
- Pour in milk, melted butter and vanilla and stir until combined.
- Spread the batter over the bottom of a 3-4 quart slow cooker.
- For the fudge topping:
- Mix together the brown sugar and cocoa.
- Sprinkle mixture over the cake batter.
- Pour the boiling water over the top.
- DO NOT STIR!
- Cover and cook on High for 2 - 2½ hours.
- The edges will be bubbly but the cake will look “set” with the pudding oozing around it.
- Cake will be very hot!
- Turn off heat and carefully remove lid.
- Let sit, uncovered, 20-30 minutes before serving.
- You want it warm but not too hot! Serve with ice cream if desired.
Thank you, Brenda! I agree, that looks like one dangerous cake. It sounds so easy and looks so good!!!