Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

We made this for dessert last night and it was super good!  It took a whole 15 minutes to put together then it cooks in the crock pot for 3 hours.  We served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it made a perfect winter dessert.  Enjoy!

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ingredients

For the Cake:
Cake Mix
1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs

For the Topping
1 box (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
2 cups milk
1 bag (12 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups)

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Spray 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer as directed on cake mix box. Pour into slow cooker. In medium bowl, beat pudding mix and 2 cups milk with whisk as directed on box. Pour into slow cooker over cake batter. Do not mix. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Cover cook on Low heat setting 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours or until cake is set and pudding is beginning to bubble out of cake.  Delicious!20140118-095356.jpg

 

Birthday Cake

Making a good, fluffy, homemade cake has been a challenge that I have failed at over and over again.  I have tried many and they always turn out flat or hard.  After making an awesome strawberry cake recently from a box, I set out determined to learn how to make a good basic cake.  It was a lot of work, but it turned out well.

Here is what you need: (I modified it from Martha Stewart’s cake 🙂 )

1/2 cup butter, softened

4 egg whites at room temperature

3/4 cup milk at room temperature

2 cups cake flour

1 cup sugar

1 TBS baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

20130819-082846.jpgOne of the steps I often skip when baking is bringing ingredients down to room temperature.  I rarely think about it ahead of time and when I am ready to cook, I just don’t have the time to wait.  But, since I have had so many failed attempts at cakes I decided to do it right this time.

 

20130819-082901.jpgPut your flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.

20130819-082914.jpgSift together.  (Yet another step I always skip…… )

20130819-082934.jpgIn a mixer, whisk together your eggs, butter, extracts and sugar until well combined.

Mix in your dry ingredients a little at a time until well blended.

20130819-083123.jpgPour into 2 9-inch, well-greased, cake pans.  Cook on 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

20130819-083135.jpgCool, ice and make your little birthday princess HAPPY!!!!

Blueberry Coffee Cake Recipe

 

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Recently I went to the grocery store and they had large containers of fresh blueberries for $.99.  C.R.A.Z.Y.  They are normally about 5X that, so I had to throw some in my basket…..like 3 of them.  At the time it seemed like such a GREAT idea.  But frugality goes out the window if you let the berries rot!  So what is a frugal mom to do??  Why make blueberry coffee cake of course!  It turned out AMAZING!

Here is what you need….

For the Cake:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 cup shortening

1/4 cup butter

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4  cup milk

4 cups flour

4 tsp. baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3-4 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)

 

for the Streusel topping:

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup flour

3/4 tsp cinnamon

6 tbsp. butter (softened)

 

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Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream together your sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and eggs.  Then slowly add the milk a little at a time.  Mixing as you add.

IMG_4933In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon.

IMG_4934Slowly fold in the dry ingredients to the wet.

 IMG_4937Once your batter is mixed well, set aside.  Take your blueberries and sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of flour on top of them.  This will keep them from sinking to the bottom.  IMG_4940Gently fold them into the batter and spread evenly in a well-greased 9 x 13 pan.

IMG_4941Mix together your streusel ingredients and sprinkle evenly over the top of the cake.  Bake for about 40-45 minutes. (Until a toothpick…or spaghetti noodle……. comes out clean.) 🙂

NOTE:  If you use frozen blueberries, reduce the milk by about 1/4 of a cup.

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