On Thursday my husband turned 40! He had requested his favorite, German Chocolate Cake for his birthday. Because he asks for this every year I wasn't surprised. In the past, I've always used a box mix and even a tub of the coconut frosting that goes with it, but because I've recently been stretching my cake limits, I had planned to make a real German Chocolate Cake from scratch. I first went to Food Blog Search and quickly found an amazing recipe on David Lebovitz's blog. I couldn't wait to attempt this new recipe.
All was well until Tuesday morning when I went to preheat the oven to toast some bagels (our toaster is also out of commission) and found it to be stone cold. Needless to say, I was unable to bake a German Chocolate Cake from a mix or from scratch because I had no oven. We (or should I say I because my husband didn't really care and he knows that eventually he'll get a home baked German Chocolate Cake although he did patiently listen to me rambling on about the subject) considered our options: prepare the cake batter at home and bake it at a neighbor's house-no,too much schlepping; purchase an ice cream cake or a cookie cake-no, my hubby's not a big fan of either; or run on over to the Kroger and buy a bakery cake-no, too easy. My husband suggested that I wait until our oven is fixed and then bake him his German Chocolate Cake.
Sure, I said that I was fine with that idea, but really my mind continued to obsess. The viable option that I eventually thought of was to bake a cake in my crock pot. I remembered a recipe for Chocolate Mud Cake that I had ripped from a magazine years ago but had never actually made. With only a few hours until the birthday celebration I located the recipe, prepared the batter, and plopped it into my crock pot. Although it sure smelled good I still had my doubts.
No worries, my Crock Pot Chocolate Mud Cake was delicious! It consisted of a warm moist layer of chocolate cake that was surrounded by a thick fudgey liquid. I scooped some up for all of us and served it with vanilla ice cream. Yum! Although I still intend to bake a German Chocolate Cake from scratch and I am hoping my oven is fixed soon, I'm glad I tried a new recipe and was able to serve my husband a delicious dessert on his birthday.
Crock Pot Chocolate Mud Cake
(adapted from Family Fun magazine)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
6 Tablespoons butter
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2/3 plus 1/3 cup white sugar
3 Tablespoons plus 1/3 cup cocoa
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup hot water
vanilla ice cream
- Generously coat the inside of a 2 1/2 to 5 quart crock pot with cooking spray.
- Whisk together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
- In a large bowl, melt the butter and chocolate chips in the microwave. Whisk in 2/3 cup of white sugar, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, vanilla extract, salt, milk, and egg yolk.
- Add the flour mixture to the melted chocolate mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.
- Pour this batter into the crock pot and spread it evenly.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa, and hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Pour this mixture over the batter in the crock pot.
- Cover and cook on high for 1 to 2 1/2 hours. The larger the crock pot, the less time this cake will take to bake. Check the cake after one hour. The cake is done when nearly all of the top is set and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pot. There will be a layer of molten chocolate on the bottom and around the edges.
- When the cake is done turn off the power of the crock pot and remove the lid. Let it cool in the crock pot for at least 30 minutes.
- Serve with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!
Makes 6 to 8 servings.