Monday, August 12, 2013

Gooey Chocolate Spoon Cake


I actually debated calling this cake Chocolate Pudding Cake. That's the name this recipe came with when I got it from a co-worker years ago. But I didn't want folks to think it was just a chocolate cake made with pudding. You don't cut into this cake at all like an actual cake. It is actually a dessert that you spoon into a bowl so it's part pudding/part cake. So I thought it best to call it a spoon cake. But boy is it chocolate-y. And boy is it so gooey and moist and incredible. If you love chocolate pudding and you love cake then this is a yummy marriage of the two. Now, personally, I think it's best to top it off with a little drizzle of Hershey's chocolate syrup and if you are feeling really decadent, a little dollop of whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Yummy!
And you gotta love that this is all made in your crock pot. So, you can have dessert baking away on your countertop and it's not taking up any precious oven space for while you are making your dinner. I love when I can actually plan stuff out like that! Most folks don't realize it until they are cooking a lot for other people, but making supper can really be a balancing act of timing everything just right so it can all be served up warm and cooked perfectly. So these kinds of desserts that don't require a whole lot of my time and attention really work in my day-to-day world! 
Ingredients:
1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix (I used Devil's Food Cake)
2 cups sour cream
1 small (4 oz.) box instant chocolate pudding mix
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
4 eggs
1 cup water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Note: I made a boo-boo in this photo. I took the photo with a cook & serve pudding but this is actually made with instant pudding. I didn't realize until I started dumping everything into my mixing bowl.  So just pretend you see instant pudding here. 

Directions:
Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. 
Note: I'm using a 4.5 quart round slow cooker here. 
In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients until combined (I'm using my stand mixer). 
Then stir in chocolate chips.
Pour into prepared slow cooker
 Cover and cook on low for about 4-6 hours.
Please note, many crock pots are made differently these days and the heating elements are located in different parts of the slow cookers so times will vary depending on your brand of slow cooker.  If your slow cooker tends to run hot, check around the 3 hour mark.
It should spring back to the touch when it is ready.  It will appear kind of spongy. 
Now, it doesn't look too pretty sitting here in the crock pot, but don't worry, we're gonna jazz it up a bit.
Spoon a serving into a small bowl. Now, it's starting to look better!
Then drizzle a little chocolate syrup on top and wow!
 It not only looks scrumptious but it really sets this dessert off.
If you like, top with whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

Note: Another way to change this up would be to use mint chocolate chips instead of the semi-sweet to add a touch of mint to the overall taste! Also, you should be able to make this in the oven. I haven't tried it yet so I can't give exact times. If anyone tries it in the oven, please comment and let me know how it turned out for you. 

Enjoy!

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