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Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, mix the remaining sugar and cocoa. Stir in water. Pour over batter (do not stir).
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 512 calories, 19g fat (3g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 298mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • Brittany
    Aug 11, 2017

    Very disappointed with this recipe. I followed the directions but it's kind of bland and dry, even with the water. The water kind of sits around the cake but that's it. Weird. Won't make again.

  • kredhead
    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
    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
    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 StetzelOnline Community ManagerTaste of Home Magazine

  • carroune
    Jan 7, 2016

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

  • Billiehuck
    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
    Jan 3, 2016

    Sounds great!

  • cindybn58
    Jan 3, 2016

    Sounds wonderful

  • catsmom
    Jan 3, 2016

    This is an excellent recipe