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Cherry Cola Chocolate Cake

For a truly different chocolate cake, think outside the box and inside the slow cooker. This easy dessert comes out warm, moist, fudgy and wonderful. And it won't heat up the kitchen. —Elaine Sweet, Dallas, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + standing Cook: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/4 cups cola
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • Optional: Vanilla ice cream and maraschino cherries

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring cola and dried cherries to a boil. Remove from the heat; let stand for 30 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, chocolate, baking powder and salt. Combine the chocolate milk, butter and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in cherry mixture. Pour into a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray.
  • For topping, in a small saucepan, combine the cola, sugar and brown sugar. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in chocolate and rum until smooth. Pour over batter; do not stir.
  • Cover and cook on high until set, 2-2-1/2 hours. Turn off heat; let stand, covered, for 30 minutes. If desired, serve warm with ice cream and maraschino cherries.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 500 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 80g carbohydrate (59g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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