If it's chocolately, warm, and gooey, I'm there with a spoon in one hand and a carton of vanilla ice cream in the other. Because nothing is better than warm gooey chocolate with vanilla ice cream slowly melting into it. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering right now.
Anyway, my tastebuds did a little flip of excitement when I found this recipe, because it basically requires no work. You mix a few simple ingredients into the crock-pot, set that thing, and move on with your life for a few hours. When you come back, the perfect chocolate cake will be waiting for you.
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup melted butter
1 packet chocolate pudding
1 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
Spray a large crock pot with nonstick cooking spray. Plop all ingredients into the crockpot and mix together well combines. Pop the lid on the crockpot and cook for 4 hours on low. Check the cake by inserting a knife in the center. It should come out fairly clean. You'll know the cake is done when the edges begin separating from the sides of the pot. Your first cake you make might require some checking until you get to know how quickly your slowcooker actually cooks the cake.
Turn the crockpot off and allow the cake to rest for up to 30 minutes. Slice and serve with ice cream or whipped cream or sprinkle with powdered sugar to garnish.
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