Even though we've had a pretty mild winter so far, the colder months have still been calling for rich, warm comfort foods to keep our bellies heated and happy.
And what's better than some hot, melty, oozing chocolate cake? Well, how about one that only requires throwing some ingredients in the slow cooker and letting it do the rest of the work? Yum!
Inspired from good old Betty Crocker, this cake has a built-in hot fudge sauce that only needs a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make it a complete and utterly delicious dessert. Couldn't be easier!
Crock Pot Chocolate Fudge Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup baking cocoa
1½ cups hot water
Spray inside of 2- to 3½-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla until smooth. Stir in nuts, if using (I added chocolate chips instead, because can you ever have too much chocolate?). Pour batter into slow cooker.
Mix brown sugar and ¼ cup cocoa in small bowl. Stir in hot water until smooth. Pour evenly over the batter in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on high heat 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Turn off slow cooker. Let cake stand uncovered to cool slightly before serving (the recommended time is 30 to 40 minutes, but I think we lasted more like 5 or 10 before the smell was too much and we had to dig in). Scoop warm cake into dessert dishes, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and spoon a little extra sauce over the top.
Mmmmm! This doesn't last us more than a day or two, but it is just the thing to hit the spot for something easy, filling and delicious!