September 28, 2011

Crockpot Hot Fudge Cake

WARNING - this cake has lots of sugar in it, it is extremely rich, the fudge sauce is super thick and creamy, it is very chocolaty and when eaten warm with vanilla ice cream, it is VERY VERY ADDICTING.  I couldn't wait any longer to post this cake, because it was DIVINE, to say the least.  This cake is any chocolate lovers dream or dessert lovers dream.  

You have got to make this cake.  If you think it has too much sugar for a weekday snack, save it for the weekend and devour every last warm, ooey, gooey bit of it.  I found this yummy recipe in my new cookbook!  I went to Costco the other day to pick up a copy of a "healthy" cookbook that they had, because I wanted to try eating a little healthier, but to make a long story short, I didn't leave with the "healthy" cookbook, but instead left with this home cooking cookbook and made this hot fudge cake.  Oh yeah, it was so worth it!    

**Update - I was craving this cake, but didn't want to wait 2 hours for it to cook in the crockpot, so I cut the recipe in half and baked it in the oven.  It turned out perfect!! So, it works when you cut it in half and it works in the oven.  I baked it for around 35 minutes at 350 degrees.

Crockpot Hot Fudge Cake
adapted from: Big Book of Home Cooking   

1 c. all-purpose flour
1 3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed and divided
1/4 c. plus 3 Tbl. baking cocoa, divided
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbl. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 c. hot water
vanilla ice cream

Combine flour, one cup brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.  Whisk in milk, butter and vanilla.  Spread evenly in a 3 1/2-quart crockpot.  Mix together remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa; sprinkle evenly over top of batter.  Pour in hot water; DO NOT STIR.  Cover and cook on high setting for 2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted one-inch deep comes out clean.  Spoon warm cake into bowls; top with vanilla ice cream.  Serves 4-6.  

 **Update - I have had several people comment that they did not like this cake.  That just goes to show that everyone has different tastes.  I personally really like this recipe and I have made it several times.  I always serve it warm with ice cream on top.  You must serve this with ice cream.  The cake part does NOT taste like regular cake.  If that is what you are wanting, then do not make this.  Instead it is dense and has more of a gooey texture.**  
        
Jenn's Notes:  When it says do not stir - DO NOT STIR.  It will mess things up - trust me I have tried it before.  Something magic happens when this cooks.  The cake part rises to the top and the water sinks to the bottom forming this amazing thick and creamy fudge sauce.  I used a 2-quart crockpot and it was full to the top, but it worked.  It was perfect at 2 hours.  I served mine with low-fat vanilla ice cream, but you could try any flavor - mint chocolate chip, peppermint, pumpkin, coffee, vanilla bean or anything else that works with chocolate.  I really loved this cake!

60 comments:

  1. Looks Yummy! I pinned it to make later...

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  2. which part of this is the fudge sauce?

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  3. - Jay Kay Tay - When the cake cooks the cake rises to the top and the water sinks to the bottom and mixes with the other ingredients forming an amazing thick and creamy fudge sauce. There is not a separate recipe for the sauce. It is all just done in the crockpot.

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  4. Have mercy...I guess we could just crawl in the crockpot and have it all to ourselves!!! YUM!!!

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  5. I think this might be the best use for a crockpot ever!

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  6. Looks yummy! Following from Something Swanky. Hope you'll check out my blog at thecrunchymamacita.blogspot.com :)

    Paige

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  7. Yum! I love chocolate. Thanks for this recipe.
    I decorate cakes and am always looking for new recipes. I found you at Whipperberry link party and am now following.

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  8. This looks amazing! I'm a new follower from Something Swanky and can't learn to read more of your recipes.

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  9. no you didnt! I MUST have this right now! AHHHHH!!! I hope you will link up with me here:
    http://www.thegingerbreadblog.com/2011/09/sweet-saturday-v7.html

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  10. OH my! I'm so drooling right now. I have to try this!

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

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  11. this looks amazing and so yummy! Would love if you would come over this week and link up to my Tasty Tuesday party!
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

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  12. oh my gosh! Are you kidding me?! I have got to try this! I love my crock pot and this looks DELICIOUS! I would love for you to come link this and/or any other projects you have been up to at the Tuesday Talent Show! Hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  13. I think you could nearly have a "Homer S." moment with this... aaaaahhhhhhggggggg!!! ;) Looks decadent.

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  14. This looks amazing! I featured your recipe on Mouth Watering Monday! Come by and check it out and feel free to grab a button if you would like!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  15. This reminds me of a recipe I have that belonged to my grandmother, who died in the early 1940's. It calls for the dry ingredients to go on the bottom, 1 pint of pie cherries on the top along with water and "a lump of butter the size of an egg" on top. It miraculously turns "upside down" when baking.

    Once, I tried making it "healthy" with sugar sub and some butter substitute . . it ende up with a 3" cake on the bottom and the cherries on top . . it was kind of dense . . and I guess I was too :0}

    The "miracles" of baking still amaze me.

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  16. Yeah!! I have company coming Sunday for dinner and I know what desert I'm making :)

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  17. I have a 1.5qt crock pot and a 5.5 qt! But I want this cake...(even more so after reading all the wonderful comments)! Have you tried doubling the recipe or halving it- quaint dessert for 2? I was going to chance it (double- more is better) but didn't want to mess up the cooking time. Any help would be great!

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  18. Smattes - I would definitely try cutting the recipe in half and using your 1.5 qt. crock pot. I think it would work just fine, especially since there aren't any eggs in the recipe. Half of a recipe would be plenty for 2 people, since this cake is really rich! I seriously loved it and I hope you give it a try. Let me know what you think! -Jenn

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  19. This sounds absurdly excellent. Hope I get a chance to try it soon. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I have this in the crock pot right now! I did substitute orange flavoring for the vanilla because I love orange and chocolate together. Can't wait for it to get done and try it! Thanks for the recipe. I also pinned this!

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  21. Pinning this...it sounds delicious! There is a similar recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook but it bakes in the oven not the crockpot so this will be neat to try. The recipe I have was never quite sweet enough so hopefully this will do the trick ;) Thanks!

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  22. Agree that this sounds DELISH! Wondering tho if I could double the 'fudge'? These cakes never seem to have quite enuff for me...teehee
    Pinned this too, btw

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  23. @dragongirl - This really was so good and it sounds so good right now, because it is really cold outside. Anyway, I thought this had quite a bit of fudge sauce, but if you think you will want even more, then I am not sure if it would work to double the "fudge" part? It already amazes me how the liquid sinks and the cake rises and it turns out the way it does, so I don't know if it would still turn out or not? Let me know if you try it.

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  24. Stumbleupon sent me here...this sounds yummy, I'm contemplating how to make it in my [larger than 3.5 qt] crockpot. To my faves it goes!

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  25. i made this but it wasnt that great. didnt have ice cream with it is that the key?

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  26. @Anonymous - I'm sorry you didn't care for the cake. I personally think it is amazing and I would definitely say you HAVE to eat it while it's warm with ice cream or at least with whipping cream. - Jenn

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  27. You're a girl after my own heart. This sounds amazing.

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  28. I made this last night and it reminded me of an Easy Bake cake and a thick pudding mix. I liked it, but it was an odd combinations of flavors and textures in your mouth. Big plus is that it's SUPER simple and you always have those ingredients on hand!

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  29. I am a terrible cook. I don't want to be, but I am. I have made some pretty bad stuff recently and I have been chicken to try new things. I found this recipe of pintrest. It tempted me to try again. When I opened the crock pot I was afraid I had screwed it up. But once we dug in the kids were fighting over who gets to scrap the bowl. THANK YOU!!!!!

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    1. I bet you are not a terrible cook! I am soooo glad you liked this cake! Thanks for letting me know - Jenn

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  30. i have a 6 quart, should i just double it?

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    1. If you have enough people to eat it, then I would double it. If not, you could always bake it in the oven. Make sure to serve it while it is warm with ice cream!

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    2. what size cake pan and what temp would you bake it at and how long?

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    3. If you make a full batch, I would use a 9''x13'' pan. Bake it at 350 degrees from 35-45 minutes. I baked a half batch in an 8''x6'' and it was done at 35 minutes. If you insert a toothpick in the cake part, it should come out clean.

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  31. Sounds divine! I have 2 questions. What size pan did you use for the halfed recipe in the oven? I'm wondering if it would still be good if I saved some for later. Maybe reheated?

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    1. I used around an 8''x6'' glass dish. I've actually never had any leftover to see if it reheats. It seems like it would work fine!

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  32. Love the idea of doing it in crock pot. Have done this type of cake for a many long years. I have 22 grandkids and remember oh so well when I was a little one my mother made this but called it pudding cake. IThe recipe I have is the same but also is called Chocolate Cobbler.

    Just am going to have to give my crockpot a try for this one.

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  33. For the regular recipe do you use a 9 by 13 for the oven and how long do you bake it plus what temp. I do not have a small crockpot and this sounds really GOOD.

    Marti

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    1. Yes, I would use a 9x13 for the full recipe. I baked my 1/2 batch at 350 degrees for around 35 minutes, so I would imagine the full recipe would be done within that same time, maybe a few extra minutes. You can stick a toothpick in the cake part and if it comes out clean, then you know it is done.

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  34. Has anyone tried to double this recipe? How did it turn out and how long did you have to cook it? I need to serve about 12.

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  35. I just made it and I did not like it at all! I found it to lack flavor and the consistency wasn't very good either. I am disappointed, this one is too good to be true!

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    1. - Sorry you didn't like it? I personally love it.

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  36. I made this for a birthday for my sister and it was not good at all. nobody liked it. just a warning try things before bring them to a party!

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    1. - Sorry you didn't care for the cake.

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  37. I just found you and can't wait to check out more of your blog!! I have a similar recipe to your crockpot hot fudge cake recipe and it's delish!! My recipe does call for an egg, but we haven't served it with ice cream and it's very good!! If you love hot, fudgy brownies out of the oven, this is a good one:) Have a great day!!

    http://stellabskitchen.blogspot.com/2011/01/slow-cooker-chocolate-mud-cake.html

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  38. LOVED it! Used a crock pot liner so we didn't have to scrape the edges, but it doesn't look as pretty.

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  39. Just put everything in the crock pot. I only had bakers squares instead of cocoa so i just omitted the butter. I hope it still turns out even though the chocolate isn't blended!

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    1. I hope it turns out too! - Jenn

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  40. I quartered the recipe and turned it into mug cake. (I was like, halfway to my tiny crockpot when I decided I didn't want to wait that long!) Sorry I ruined the spirit of the recipe. But 90 seconds later, this went deliciously with a scoop of vanilla with fudge layers.

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  41. This sounds very similar to a recipe I make in the oven. Can't wait to give it a try, looks much less fussy. This is the address to the recipe from Hershey. Might be worth a shot if you ever want to make it in the oven again.
    http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/recipe-details.aspx?id=4761

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    1. I will definitely check out that Hershey's version! Thanks - Jenn

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  42. Try a pinch of cayenne pepper!! yummy. scant 1/8 tsp
    Peg

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    1. I've heard of adding cayenne to desserts, but haven't tried it myself. I'll have to try it when I make this cake this Fall. - Jenn

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  43. Can it stay in the crock pot for more then two hours or will it over cook? What about putting it on 'low' for a longer time?

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    1. I wouldn't leave it in the crockpot longer than two hours unless you have one that automatically switches to warm once it is done. If it switches to warm, it would probably be okay for longer. As far as cooking it on low, I'm really not sure, I have never tried it. I did just look up a few other crock pot hot fudge cake recipes and every single one cooks on high. You could always try it. Sorry, I'm not much help on that. - Jenn

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  44. I halved the recipe and cooked it in my 1.5 quart crockpot on low for 4 hours and it was delicious!

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    1. That is so good to hear that you liked it! - Jenn

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