Monday, January 30, 2012

Crockpot Hot Fudge Cake

My mom has always been a good gift-giver. She listens throughout the year, and remembers things I mention. I like practical gifts for the most part, but of course there are always some exceptions, and things I just "want" because I want them, not because I "need" them. But I did need some more utensils and other items for cooking and baking. This last Christmas, most of my stocking consisted of gadgets from Sir la Table  (love that store!). She picked out some really fun things, that I'll definitely get good use out of. And.... they were all purple, which is my favorite color. :)

She also gave me the "Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook" by Phyllis Pellman Good. I purchased my first crock pot in 2011, and just recently starting using it. This cookbook has lots of great ideas, for simple meals... perfect for me! Looking forward to experimenting with new recipes and diving into the slow-cooker world.

I love to bake, and within the last 6 months to a year I've started cooking more. I must say, I'm really enjoying it. There are days where I feel going to the grocery store to pick up ingredients is a daunting task, but when I sit the meal in front of my husband or friends and other family, and they enjoy what I've made them, I get such a feeling of satisfaction from it. Makes it worth every minute in the grocery store, and the length of time spent preparing the meal.

I opened my new cookbook for the first time this last weekend and decided to have a go at one of the desserts. I've seen some yummy-looking recipes for desserts in the crock pot on Pinterest, and have been interested to see how one would turn out. I went with the one I had all the ingredients for, since I decided to make something last-minute and didn't want to go to the store. I went straight to the "dessert" section, and saw a recipe for Hot Fudge Cake. How could I resist THAT!? It was super easy to make, and was a nice, warm, delicious treat.

Hot Fudge Cake 
Makes 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 2-3 hours
Ideal Slow-cooker size: 3 1/2 qt. (this doesn't matter too much. I used my 6 qt. slow-cooker)

Ingredients: 
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup flour
3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cup boiling water

Directions: 
1. Mix together 1 cup brown sugar, flour, 3 tbsp. cocoa, baking powder and salt.
2. Stir in milk, butter and vanilla. Spread over the bottom of slow cooker.
3. Mix together 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. Sprinkle over mixture in slow cooker.
4. Pour in boiling water. Do not stir.
5. Cover and cook on High 2-3 hours, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Serving Suggestion: Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (I promise it tastes better that way!)

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