Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Here in Wisconsin, winter weather is extreme. A hot dessert is just the thing to warm us up. This slow-cooked chocolate cake gets its crunch from a sprinkling of peanuts. —Lisa Erickson, Ripon, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa, divided
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • Chopped salted peanuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without peanuts): 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, milk, peanut butter and oil until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, 1/2 cup cocoa and baking powder; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture (batter will be thick). Transfer to a greased 5-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the remaining sugar and cocoa. Stir in water. Pour over batter (do not stir).
  3. Cook, covered, on high 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out with moist crumbs. If desired, sprinkle with peanuts. Serve warm. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2016

"I love crock pot desserts. Was so disappointed with this. I don't know what went wrong, put it together, on high. 2 1/2 hrs & it wasn't done. After 3 hrs, i checked it and it seemed firm, no crumbs when poked. I went to scoop it out and it was all liquid underneath a dense cakey surface. Since it has no egg, I tossed it together & added chocolate & peanut butter chips to save it. Sorry, I won't be making this one again."

Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"My family and friends loved it ..... Unfortunately I don't care for peanut butter, so the 5 stars are from them and they thank you."

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2016

"carroune you'd want to bake this at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Sue Stetzel
Online Community Manager
Taste of Home Magazine"

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016 Edited Jan. 8, 2016

"i have a question pls. this recipe sounds amazing. but can i make it in the regular oven???"

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"I haven't tried this yet but it's got to be awesome. I'm sure when I make it I will come back & give it a five star. Love the way it frees up your oven."

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