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Hot fudge lava cake

April 9, 2011

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One of my favorite desserts to order at a restaurant is lava cake … chocolate cake with a core of molten hot fudge. So rich and delicious! This kind of concoction seems like it would be really difficult to make at home, but it isn’t! Once again, the slow cooker proves it’s worth its weight in gold.

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Here’s the recipe for a 2 1/2- to 3-quart slow cooker. I usually double it and pull out one of my big crocks, because the leftovers are so good! When this dessert is finished, the baked cake will have risen to the top of the slow cooker, and the bubbly hot fudge sauce will be underneath.

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1 cup flour

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp. baking cocoa

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup milk

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips
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3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup baking cocoa

1 1/2 cups hot water

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Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix flour, sugar, 2 Tbsp. cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in milk, oil and vanilla; mix until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread batter evenly in slow cooker.

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In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa until combined. Stir in hot water until smooth. Pour evenly over the batter in the slow cooker.

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Cover and cook on high heat setting for 2  to 2 1/2 hours, or until tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Turn off the slow cooker and let stand uncovered 15-30 minutes to cool slightly and let the sauce thicken. Spoon warm cake into dessert dishes and top with the sauce. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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Since this cake bakes in a slow cooker, it’s perfect for busy times of the year. I can throw the ingredients together before we leave for an evening of baseball practice, and we have a tasty, warm dessert waiting when we get home! Everyone in my family loves this cake, including Will, pictured here. It gets a little messy, but it’s totally worth it!

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