When I was growing up, my mom made a wonderful hot fudge cake for special occasions. Click here to see the recipe. But in the summer heat, I try to avoid turning the oven on as much as possible. So no delicious hot fudge cake.
Until.....I discovered a similar recipe for the crockpot! Oh, yes! You can make this gooey chocolate delight without heating up the kitchen. It doesn't make as much as my mom's recipe, but it does serve 6-8 people.
Here's what you need:
1 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
1 cup flour
5 TBSP cocoa, divided
2 teas baking powder
1/2 teas salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teas vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 3/4 cup boiling water
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the brown sugar, flour, 3 TBSP of the cocoa, baking powder and salt.
Stir in the milk and vanilla until moistened.
Transfer to a greased crockpot - I use a small one. I think it's 3-quarts. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and nuts.
Spread the remaining brown sugar over the top.
Pour the boiling water over all. Do not stir. The nuts will float to the top. That's okay.
Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. The cake will pull away from the sides when it is done.
Scoop out of the crockpot and serve with ice cream.
The pudding that develops as the cake cooks is amazingly delicious! It's thick and gooey and wonderful. I love how easy this is and how it keeps my kitchen cool.
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