Monday, February 15, 2010
Slow Cooker Chocolate Cake
Sometimes I need chocolate. I need it in a sound the alarm, get out of my way, is it possible get this in IV form? - kind of way. They say that your body craves what you're lacking, so maybe I have a high threshold for the cacao bean (I actually read somewhere that your body craves what it lacks. But because I come from a long line of exaggerators, in my family if you're going to spout off a fact that you've read you'll be immediately met with "site your source!" to ensure you're not creating random bits of information to support your argument. I can't remember where I read that your body craves what it needs. So, I am going to stick with the very vague but important sounding "they say" argument).
What was I saying? Right...chocolate. This past weekend was one of those times when I needed it. Since there weren't any IVs to be found, I decided to test out a recipe that I've been seeing different versions of for awhile now. To be honest, I always kind of thought that baking in a crockpot was a little uncouth. I am usually of the "its better from scratch" variety, but people, listen to me when I tell you, I would eat this cake any day of the week. It couldn't possibly be easier to make, its super chocolatey and moist, and it smells divine while its cooking!
1 Box of Chocolate Cake Mix
1 Package Chocolate Pudding Mix
1 cup Chocolate Chips (but really any kind of chocolate will work)
8oz Sour cream
1 cup Water
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until relatively smooth. Spray the inside of the slow cooker really well. I apparently didn't get one side completely coated and it burnt a bit. Pour all the ingredients into the slow cooker, place the lid on and cook on low 6-8 hours (or high 3-4 hours).
You can certainly eat it plain (and while its still warm is best) but it also goes well with a little whip cream or ice cream, of course. You can loosen the whole cake with a knife and turn it over onto a cake stand, but who has the time? Once you smell that thing cooking for four hours, if you're capable of anything other than scooping it out of the slow cooker and onto a plate, you have my unwavering respect!