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Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Cake Recipe

Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Cake Recipe

A cake baked in a slow cooker may seem unusual. But smiles around the dinner table prove how tasty it is. Sometimes, for a change of pace, I substitute butterscotch chips for chocolate. —Marleen Adkins, Placentia, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-3/4 cups boiling water
  • Vanilla ice cream


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup brown sugar, flour, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. Combine the milk, butter and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until combined.
  • 2. Spread into a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. In another bowl, combine the remaining brown sugar and cocoa; stir in boiling water. Pour over batter (do not stir).
  • 3. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 4-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean. Serve warm with ice cream. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 435 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (66g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

Reviews for Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Cake

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Gayle.Ann User ID: 7196009 251761
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2016

"I would give it 5 stars, but, despite showing a 5 star rating system, the software offered me a maximum of 4 stars. Very odd.

I make it using the Reynolds liners for minimal clean-up. It does warm up in the microwave nicely. And, I put it all in my Kitchen Aid blender, which results in minimal clean-up.
Add a tablespoon or two of cinnamon for a Mexican style chocolate cake, with an optional dash of maple EXTRACT not syrup (they are not the same). Chocolate, caramel, and raspberry (add some real berries too) syrups are great toppings. Swirl in double the fruit cherry pie filling, or canned cherries, for a Black Forest effect. Add the syrup in the canned cherries to boiling water to make the total 1 3/4 cup of liquid. Another variation is to add a handful of Kraft caramels or chunks of Heath English toffee or butter toffee. It's a great recipe with many variations.
Always use a good quality vanilla ice cream to cut the richness. A cheap one won't counter the richness as well. I make Ina Garten's vanilla ice cream with my Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment. VERY easy. I also use milk chocolate chips. We don't like the dark and semi-sweet. 2 hours works for my slow cooker. A great company dessert because you can have it ready without spending time away from guests in the kitchen. A wonderful dessert for game watching in the fall."

Psalm127-3 User ID: 7749892 246282
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"this reminds me of "to die for" AKA "triple chocolate mess". the moisture is divine - who'd a thunk?"

KLSmith User ID: 250775 219640
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2015

"Excellent! Made for company and they loved it. Warm, gooey and lots of chocolate."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 85024
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2014

"My husband is a chocoholic, and he gave this dessert two thumbs up! I cut the recipe in half and made it in a 2-quart slow cooker, using milk chocolate chips with caramel centers. I cooked it for the recommended time, which was a bit too long. Next time I will check it after three hours."

ryansaunt12 User ID: 6211169 207537
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"I absolutely LOVE this recipe because I'm a total hot fudge cake fan and I like that I can make this in my slow cooker and go about my daily chores. Try it!! You'll come back for more!"

efwynne User ID: 4092460 76572
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2014

"Delicious!! Easy and the whole family loved it!!"

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 207536
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

"slow cooker + warm chocolate = happy family!"

partytree33 User ID: 7814956 207535
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"Made this yesterday and it is great! So good with ice cream. Easy to make to"

redandhappy User ID: 5879189 76571
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2014

"Looks great and so easy to make!"

lynnz95 User ID: 4017681 68511
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"Made this sunday for the football game with tacos and everyone LOVE IT! Will make this again and again so easy and so good Thank you for this!!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 85023
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2013

"I used a 4-qt. slow cooker & it was done at around 2 1/2 to 3 hours. I turned it off & had to let it sit until we were ready after dinner. It got a little too gummy from sitting...I want to try again and be able to eat it as soon as it is done. Using soy milk and dairy-free butter & chocolate chips allowed my son to have a decadant dessert that is usually hard to come by with a milk allergy."

qbeedl User ID: 2080915 106764
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"And I plan to ! Just made last night. Put whip cream on top.It is by far an excellent recipe.So easy to make. I already raved about it to two friends and told to go there & make it! Bless you for the recipe!"

earman User ID: 4160484 137436
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"very easy recipe..I doubled it and cooked for about 5 hours. Ice cream compliments it perfectly. Nice change for a yummy dessert!"

Swank77 User ID: 3435863 134902
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012

"Very gooey and rich. The ice cream is a definite must! I dont think it is very good cold, but tastes just as good rewarmed in the microwave. Definitly best made for a crowd."

kinpatsu User ID: 6904301 156650
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2012

"Weird, gummy texture, especially on the part that touched the side of the slow cooker. The melted chocolate chips were the best part, which isn't saying much."

deannasnz User ID: 6542477 160372
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"So good and easy, I'll definitely make this again. Next time I'll use milk choc chips, since the whole cake basically tastes like glorified chocolate chips and I think milk choc would be even better. It was done in 3 hours."

nwiseman User ID: 3438233 68510
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2012

"Made it last night for company and it was a hit. We LOVED it."

darowan07 User ID: 3714352 61946
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

"After reading through all the reviews I cooked this on high for 2 hours and cut the chocolate chips since I didnt have them anyway. Also for all the negative reviewers who say its too rich or didnt cook through or what not, if the idea of intense chocolatey gooey fudge doesnt appeal to you then why would this recipe appeal to you? But if it does, this is your kind of cake! I served it with vanilla frozen yogurt and was very satisfied."

MOB09 User ID: 1698128 85022
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"Sounds, and looks, very similar to a Brownie Pudding recipe (baked in the oven) I have been making for years which is delicious. I may have to try this."

7833louis User ID: 1040763 207534
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

"This was great! The suggested 8 servings only made it to 4 in my house!"

marciedarcie User ID: 3127814 68509
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2012

"It was a hit! The comment from wasoongu was absolutely correct. It was very rich, only needs about a cups of the ch. chips and you really must eat it with vanilla ice cream."

avlon77 User ID: 6447166 85021
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2012

"Good, but not great. Both my husband and I agreed that it was missing something. I agree that it's very rich, although it lacks sweetness. I'll try it with a combo of milk & semi-sweet chips next time."

ablackard User ID: 5677816 76570
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2012

"My nephew and son love this cake. It is rich and a little goes a long way. Don't forget the ice cream!"

tparris User ID: 1013429 156647
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2011

"This cake is AMAZING and super easy to make. I learned about this cake at a TOH cooking show. Dana Elliott pointed out that if you are using a metal lined slow cooker, rather than a crock style slow cooker, cut the cooking time in 1/2. Perhaps that is why previous posts recommend cooking for only 1-1/2 hours. I Have a crock and it came out perfect after 4 hours or so. This recipe is VERY rich and wonderful! Definitely making it again!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 1263038 151335
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"Made on a hot summer afternoon and it was nice not to turn on the oven. This was delicious!! and it only took 2 1/2 hours...glad I checked it...even better the next day! YUMMM..."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 137434
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"This was so GOOD! This reminded us of Applebee's dessert but much better. It is very rich and must be served with plenty of vanilla ice cream! The cooking time for me was only 1 1/2 hours."

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 78071
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"This was so GOOD! This reminded us of Applebee's dessert but much better. It is very rich and must be served with plenty of vanilla ice cream!"

tongue tingle 2536 User ID: 5841055 160364
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"Very good. I used milk chocolate chips and I didn't think it was too rich at all. I would only cook it for 2 hours on high next time. I cooked mine on high for 3 hours and it was a little burned on the edges. Still very tastey. Will definately make again."

blhenn User ID: 5747906 134901
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2011

"This was really good. It was moist and gooey. My family all enjoyed it and surprisingly it was just as good the next day after being put in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds before adding the icecream over top. I only gave it 4 stars because it was so incredibly rich. I had to have only a really small piece (like 1/4 cup) and put twice as much ice cream on to for me to enjoy it. I may make this again if my husband requests it."

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 106762
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"I've served this hot fudge cake over and over to my family and to guests. The first time my son tasted it, he gave me a big thumbs up and said, "Mom, you're the best cooker in the world!" Seriously: warm, gooey, and chocolate... IS there anything better? Here are a few pointers: 1) It is very rich. Serve with lots of vanilla ice cream! 2) It only takes about 1.5 hrs in my 3 qt crockpot. 3) Plan on it being gooey -- more like a bread pudding than a cake. Waiting for it to cook to the density of a cake will cause the edges to burn. 4) One cup of chocolate chips is more than enough. 5) Don't lift the lid or try to stir it during cooking. You'll disrupt the magic!"

embatt User ID: 2414376 134900
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2011

"Turned out well. I doubled the recipe to use in my large crockpot, but cut down somewhat on the cocoa and chocolate chips. It was sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. I'll make it again!"

tiffy2522 User ID: 4254578 68507
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"way to rich. i only ate two bites. will not make again."

tracy197600 User ID: 3040337 156364
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"this was amazing!!! so yummy!!! I doubled the cake and left the liquid the same. it only took about 1-1/2 hours on high for me. I alos used 1 bag of milk chocolate chips, the whole bag. came out perfect~!!! will be making this again and again!!!"

butterfly3gayle User ID: 3267063 106760
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"I have to agree with others is rich...and I only had mine on for 3 1/2 hours was just getting ready to start to burn along the edges...but very good...will def make again"

gerrigraphics User ID: 5655429 85020
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"I tried it and love it!"

Live2Cook User ID: 1011121 134899
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"Yummy. Very moist, I like to let it stand a few minutes for the sauce to thicken up. Great with ice cream."

mrs_h User ID: 3544768 156645
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2010

"The only thing I will change next time I serve it is give a smaller piece of cake and top it with a lot of ice cream. It is very good, but very rich."

mbvanzante User ID: 1073479 66569
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"This has been a favorite recipe of ours for a couple of years now. I usually double it for our family. The top cooks into a brownie like cake and the bottom is a chocolate pudding that can be poured over the top. It's delicious with icecream or whipped topping. Extremely rich."

SandyC79 User ID: 1568273 66567
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"Nasty! This cake was horrible! I made this for my family of 4 and none of us could eat it. Don't waste your time with this one. Yuk."

mitchellma User ID: 4588353 76563
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"Made this for Valentines Day, and it was really good. But like others, I turned off the crock pot at about 3 1/2 hours. Otherwise it would have burned."

l2bake User ID: 2030987 76562
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2010

"Have made this a couple of times and everyone loves it! Definatly a recipe for the chocolate lover."

MsFraulline User ID: 952377 68506
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2010

"A complete flop. I follow the instructions according to the directions: it burned on the outside, and turned hard, and the middle taste like it never cooked. (No, nothing was wrong with my slow cooker, it's brand new)"

judyamurphy User ID: 333767 156362
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"one big gob of goop and to sweet"

munderhill User ID: 4602633 78069
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2010

"I made this exactly as indicated and it was way too rich. I made this for a Christmas get together and was very disappointed."

Janegracemurray User ID: 714071 151197
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"Made this and it burned. Had a new 3 qt. crockpot, checked it at 3 hours, 20 min. and it was burnt on edges. Is 4 to 4 1/2 hours really how long it takes? Also, was too chocolatey. Think half milk choc. and half semisweet chips would be better. Am going to try it again, in my old faithful, 28 year old, 3 1/2 qt. crockpot. Hope it works.


LuvAmor User ID: 4389723 134897
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"Sounds soo good and I'm a chocolate lover so I'm looking forward to this intense chocolaty goodness :-)"

fjljenos User ID: 1345063 61945
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"Re: chocolate intensity...try using 3/4c semi-sweet and 3/4c milk chocolate chips. that should lessen the intensity of the taste."

smfeldner User ID: 3400556 85019
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"good. but *really* intense. next time might cut the chocolate chips down to 1 cup."

wenjc67 User ID: 3473958 156621
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2009 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"I doubled the recipe each time I made it without difficulty."

slburton373 User ID: 2874164 137430
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2009

"I baked this in a larger (5-6qt?) slow cooker but reduced the cooking time to 3.5 hours. Seems to be just fine! I also sprinkled sliced almonds on the top at the time I put the chocolate chips on. Seemed to be a nice touch, I'm sure walnuts or pecans would also work well."

djb1240 User ID: 1014935 156620
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2009 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"yummy. Good enough for more."

brfarm User ID: 1339144 160362
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"Yummy!! I substituted the Nestle Milk Chocolate and Caramel Morsels. It was wonderful!


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