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


  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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kredhead 242263
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."

1914skin 241427
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."

sstetzel 241312
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"

carroune 241234
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???"

Billiehuck 240977
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."

sarg1968 240970
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016 Edited Jan. 4, 2016

"Sounds great!"

cindybn58 240963
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016 Edited Jan. 4, 2016

"Sounds wonderful"

MY REVIEW 240960
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016 Edited Jan. 4, 2016

"This is an excellent recipe"

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