Monday, August 22

Good Eating Monday: Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Home made Chocolate Lava Cake! What could better? And in a slow-cooker, too!
I tried this recipe on Sunday. It's a Pinterest recipe that easy and yummy. The original link goes to a Buzzfeed Tasty video on how to make it here, if you'd like to watch it.
The recipe is okay as is, but I think it could greatly benefit form some slight improvements: 
I'd like a bit more juiciness in the chocolate "Lava," so I recommend adding a bit more milk to the instant pudding mix--1/4 cup at least, as a start. Maybe as much as 1/2 cup, but I'd try the lesser amount first.
I say it needs a bit more saucy "Lava" because "baking" in a slow-cooker makes for a drier cake texture and it really needs plenty of chocolate lava sauce!
Also, I think the over-all flavor of the chocolate cake could be greatly enriched by the addition of 1 teaspoon of instant coffee and
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon added to the cake. Even if you don't want the coffee, Cinnamon enriches the flavor of chocolate!
So I'm going to note these additions as optional in the ingredients & directions for you.

 Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake
1 box Chocolate cake mix 
(plus 3 eggs, 1 cup water & 1/3 cup oil to make it with)
1 small box of Instant Chocolate Pudding
(plus 2 1/4 cups milk to make it with)
1 to 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional: 1 teaspoon instant coffee stirred into the 1 cup water needed for the cake mix plus 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon.

Prep your slow-cooker by spraying with oil cook spray and turn on high to start warming up.

In medium bowl combine cake mix, Cinnamon, eggs, oil, water with instant coffee added, if desired, then mix with electric mixer per box directions. Then pour cake batter into slow-cooker.

In medium bowl again, whisk Instant Pudding together with 2 1/4 cups milk  until it starts to  thicken slightly. Pour on top of cake batter in slow-cooker.

Finally, sprinkle choc chips all over the top, put lid on slow-cooker and cook on high exactly 2.5 hours (2 hours and 30 minutes).
Turn off slow-cooker and serve warm with ice-cream! Serves at least 8 and can be stretched to 10.
A fantastic easy recipe!
The recipe would be also be good with nuts, raisins, cherries or anything other touches you'd like to experiment with!
Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!


Susan Joy Clark said...

I pinned this recipe to possibly try later.

Debbie Allen said...

hmmmm sounds good and I love chocolate!

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