Thursday, September 22, 2011
Easy Chocolate S'Mores Cake
Hold on, because this cake is going to rock your world (only a slight exaggeration). As in, "it's-so-bad-it's-good" sort of way.
If you've read my blog for long, you know we live by a 90% rule. 90% of the time we try to eat healthful, natural foods, while 10% of the time we just throw culinary caution to the wind. Not that I have some chart measuring our percentage of healthy-to-splurge foods in the kitchen...it's not an exact science, just a general rule to guide our eating.
This recipe falls under the "10%" category: Chocolate S'mores Cake...drumroll please...that you make in your slow cooker. I've been on a bit of a slow cooker roll lately, so trying to come up with a new dessert you make in the slow cooker, just developed naturally.
This cake is so good, your kids will be asking you to S'make S'more.
Easy Slow Cooker Chocolate S'Mores Cake (directions and cooking time based on an oval 5 1/2 quart slow cooker)
1 box chocolate cake mix (I used a Devil's Food mix), mixed as box explains
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup marshmallows, any size, cut into small pieces if large
4 whole Graham Crackers, crumbles into small pieces
Line your slow cooker with foil so that it extends 2 inches up from the side all along the edges and grease well. Turn the slow cooker to high.
Mix the cake batter, adding the chocolate chips at the end, if using. Pour the batter into the foil.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours (the first time you make the recipe, keep an eye on the cake after about 2 hours--slow cookers vary in their cooking temperatures), making sure a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Turn off the slow cooker and remove the lid. Let the cake sit for 10 minutes.
Sprinkle the marshmallows on top.
Preheat your oven broiler. Pull the cake out of the slow cooker (just gently lift the foil up) and place the cake under the broiler for 40-60 SECONDS. The marshmallows brown quickly so keep a close eye on them!
Remove from the broiler and sprinkle with Graham Cracker bits. Let the cake cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Life is sweet,