I struggle with some recipes…in particular, bread puddings and crockpot cakes. Why?? Because they are so darn hard to photograph! It’s a crying shame that a couple of the most delicious types of desserts (especially bread pudding) just look plain ugly in photos. Delicious? Yes. Photogenic?? No. So hopefully I can convince you to make this crockpot cake based on my simple review of this recipe!
To say this cake is AWESOME is an understatement…it’s actually FREAKIN AWESOME. I was making a dessert for a family get-together and was a little stumped because I knew everyone wanted something majorly chocolate but I didn’t want to just do a chocolate layer cake or cupcakes. And then out of nowhere I remembered this Rocky Road Crockpot cake that one of my former co-worker’s had brought to work for a party and how absolutely, incredibly amazing it was. So I thought why not swap out the nuts for cookies and voila! Cookie Monster Crockpot Cake! If you like chocolate, cake, gooey marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies and Oreos, you may like and possibly even love this dessert. Oh and do I even have to mention the vanilla ice cream?? That’s kind of a no-brainer.
2 c. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces (I used Keebler Elf Soft and Chewy)
1 c. Bittersweet or Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 c. Miniature Marshmallows
Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
Lightly grease a 4-qt slow cooker or spray with cooking spray.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat cake mix, next 5 ingredients and 1¼ c. milk at medium speed for 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Pour batter into slow cooker.
Cook remaining 2 cups milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 5-8 minutes or until bubbles appear (do not boil); remove from heat.
Sprinkle cook-and-serve pudding mix over batter. Slowly pour hot milk over pudding. Place a towel over the slow cooker and place lid on top (this prevents condensation from dripping into the cake). Cook on LOW for 3½ hours. Meanwhile, mix chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips together in a large bowl.
Turn off slow cooker or onto low if yours has that setting. Sprinkle with the cookie, marshmallow and chocolate chip mixture and let stand 15 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly melted. Spoon into dessert dishes and serve with ice cream, if desired.
There’s only one thing hotter than football this fall…crockpots. Yes, CROCKPOTS. They are blowing up all over the Internet like they were invented yesterday. And there are many reasons to love crockpots…they require simple/few ingredients most of the time, they cook for you while you’re at work and it’s all done in one single piece of equipment. Yay! And there are soooo many recipes that you can make in a crockpot…from apple cider, to mexican casseroles, to appetizers and meatloaf, the possibilities are endless. And I recently discovered another use for my crockpot–cake!
Who would have thought you could make a cake without turning your oven on?? Simply amazing. Now this cake isn’t winning any beauty pageants any time soon, but in the taste department it takes home the gold! I literally threw the ingredients together for this cake in 30 minutes over my lunch break, went back to work for a couple of hours and when I got home my whole house smelled like chocolate. Yeah, I could come home to that smell every day.
It’s an interesting recipe because you make the cake batter and put it in the crockpot and then pour this water/sugar/cocoa mixture all over the cake. I mean, it’s a LOT of liquid! But amazingly enough while the cake cooks, the liquid turns to a yummy fudge sauce underneath. It’s hard to capture the full deliciousness of this cake in a picture just ’cause really, it’s not pretty, but alot of ugly recipes taste the best. This is one of those.
6 T. Unsweetened Cocoa (I used 4 T. regular unsweetened cocoa and 2 T. Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa)
⅔ c. Semi-Sweet or Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1½ sticks Unsalted Butter, cut into chunks
1 t. Instant Coffee Granules
1¼ c. Granulated Sugar
⅔ c. Whole Milk
2 Large Egg Yolks
2 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
3 c. Hot Water
⅔ c. Granulated Sugar
⅔ c. Packed Brown Sugar
⅔ c. Unsweetened Cocoa (I used half regular unsweetened and half Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa)
1 T. Pure Vanilla Extract
For the Cake:
Coat the inside of a 2½ quart to 5 quart slow cooker or crockpot with cooking spray.
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa. Set aside.
In another large bowl melt the chocolate chips, butter and instant coffee granules in the microwave at 20-second intervals, stirring between each until melted and smooth. Whisk in the sugar thoroughly and then the milk, egg yolks and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix thoroughly with a spatula. Pour into the bottom of your slow cooker and spread evenly.
For the Fudge Sauce:
Combine the hot water and both sugars and whisk until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the cocoa and vanilla. Pour over the cake batter.
Cover the slow cooker with a tea towel and then put the lid on top of that (the towel will absorb any condensation that occurs). Cook for 2½ hours on high. You will know it's ready when nearly all of the cake is set and the edges begin to pull away from the sides. Let it set for 30-45 minutes and then serve in bowls with whipped cream or ice cream.