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Slow cooker chocolate lava cake

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(Read caption) When baked, the cake rises to the top of the crock pot, and the 'lava' lurks underneath, making for a simple, rich dessert.

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Ever since I made the crockpot French toast, I've been intrigued by the idea of being able to make desserts in my slow cooker. That opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. I went with this chocolate lava cake from My Recipe Roundup that I found on Pinterest as I'm ever on the lookout for a good lava cake.

This was really more like the black and white pudding cake I'd made before than the traditional lava cake that's usually baked in individual portions with a molten center. The basic principles are the same as the pudding cake: cake batter, sprinkle sugar-cocoa over it, cover with boiling water and let bake. Or slow cook. I've also seen something like this called a chocolate cobbler.

Regardless of what you call it, this was pretty good. The cake baked to rise to the top but when you spoon into it, the "chocolate lava" is lurking just beneath to make a very rich concoction. It's not meant to be neatly served. It's just meant to be homey decadence. Spoon into (small) dessert dishes, be generous with pouring the chocolate lava on top of the cake, and serve warm with ice cream. 

 
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