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Monday, August 13, 2012

Slow Cooker Chocolate Pudding Cake!

 

 
This is one of the easiest, no fail desserts you will ever make.  If you have a slow cooker, a cake mix, and a few other ingredients, you have got this one.   It's a great dessert to make when you are cooking for a big crowd or have a lot of dishes to do, because it doesn't require a lot of fussing over and it stays nice and warm in the slow cooker until you are ready to serve.  You can serve just the cake topped with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream or you can kick it up a bit by making the simple hot fudge sauce and pouring that over the ice cream and cake.  That really elevates this dessert to something very special.     Here are the ingredients:


Chocolate Pudding Cake:

1 box chocolate cake mix, any kind you prefer
1 pkg. instant chocolate pudding mix
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups sour cream
3/4 cups oil
1  1/2 cups water ( I used Sprite, we always substitute the water with Sprite or ginger ale)
1 (6 oz.) pkg chocolate chips

Chocolate Sauce:

2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
4 Tbs. flour
2 cups milk
4 Tbs. butter
1 tsp vanilla
dash of salt

Mix all of the cake ingredients together in a bowl.  Spray the slow cooker really well with nonstick cooking spray.  Pour cake mixture in the slow cooker and set on low.  Cook for 5-6 hours depending on how fast your slow cooker cooks.  The newer ones cook at a littler higher temperatures and mine was done in 5 hours.   Try not to lift the lid of the slow cooker while cooking as this lets the heat escape and slows down the cooking process.

To make the chocolate sauce, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.  In a pan, mix the milk, butter and vanilla until butter is melted.  Add in the dry ingredients and bring to a boil, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens.  Turn to low to keep warm.  If the sauce is a little too thick before serving, drop about a tablespoon of butter into it and whisk.  Don't heat it back to boiling but just warm it.  This is what some folks in the south call chocolate gravy and serve it for breakfast over biscuits.   If you are a chocolate lover, there is nothing better.

To assemble, place a piece of the warm cake in a bowl, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, top that with the chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry!   Chocolate Pudding Cake!









26 comments:

  1. This looks so delicious! I've got to pin it....and make it too!

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    1. Thanks, Kelli! It is very yummy and so easy! I hope you enjoy it!

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    2. Can you use a crock pot?

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  2. OMG This sounds so good ... I have been waiting to cook something in my new crock pot , now I got it ! Thank You

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  3. For my sister and neice...xo MB

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  4. My crock pot has temperatures in degrees, not low, medium, and high! It's old as the hills, but it was my Mama's and it still works...so I can't bear to part with it! Any idea what temp I should cook this at?

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  5. Is the pudding a regular size or a large? Sounds delish.

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  6. Sounds perfect for our game group night - about how many servings?

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  7. OH MY GOODNESS, THIS IS BAD NEWS FOR SOMEONE THAT HAS MADE A COMMITMENT TO EAT BETTER AND HEALTHIER THIS YEAR TO LISE SOME UNWANTED POUNDS, BUT IT WILL BE COOKED AT MY HOUSE SOON.

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  8. I would try to make a ganache icing - less sugar - topping/sauce, instead of all that sugar.

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  9. Do you use paper towels under the lid? Sandra Lee does to avoid water droplets on the cake.

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  10. Do you use paper towels under the lid to prevent water droplets on cake?

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  11. What size crock pot? The one pictured looks like a round and mine is rather large and oval? Should I double the cake ingredients or just cook for a shorter period of time?

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  12. Should there be gooey on the bottom in the slow cooker? I wonder how necessary the chocolate sauce would be to make in addition.

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  13. I used a 6 quart slow cooker, a 5 or 6 quart works fine.

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  14. You can serve this without the sauce, but I don't think there is enough sauciness in the bottom for it to be really gooey. That's just me. You can determine whether to make the chocolate sauce or not when it's done. You can also use hot fudge ice cream topping heated if you don't want to go the extra step of making the sauce from scratch, but there is nothing you can buy that tastes like it. :)

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    1. My crockpot has 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. What should I cook it on? Thank you

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  15. Don't place paper towels around the lid, it needs the moisture to keep the cake moist. This is supposed to be moist.

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  16. What size pudding?

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  17. making it tomorrow for my birthday :) My house is gonna smell like CHOCOLATE mmmm

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  18. The dessert looks delicious.....But I have a question about the plate/bowl it is displayed in. I have a few of the same place setting pcs. just like this which was handed down to me from my Grandmother! Would you happen to know who made them.....Mine have no markings on the bottom! Mine have a winter town carriage picture on them!

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    1. They look like Johnson Brothers.

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  19. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful recipe! This is the third time I've made this. I made it last night for a dinner with friends, and she being from Texas said that in the more than 30 years of being on the West Coast, she has not heard anyone call it chocolate gravy until I read her the recipe. After slowly tasting it, she said it tasted just like her mothers, and that they used to eat it over biscuits for breakfast. When I asked f she wanted my printed-out copy, she SNATCHED it out of my hand and stashed it in her purse and stated she needed to get back to her Southern Roots! She's planning to make a mess of biscuits and chocolate gravy before she leaves for Europe. A great testament to your recipes! Keep them coming!

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  20. I've missed having chocolate gravy for years. My best friend's mother made it daily & she's the only one who did it well. Thanks for the recipe.

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  21. looking forward to making this dessert for our Friday Night Sew In Online Group...I've posted and linked it on my blog (hhtp://sugarlanequilts.blogpspot.com) so the group can have a go at making it too. Can't wait! Thanks so much :o)

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