Crockpot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Cake

Cocoa powder
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  • Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 1 Cake (8 to 10 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
254 Calories
7g Fat
46g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 Cake (8 to 10 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 254
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 312mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 2g
Calcium 144mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This rich, gooey Crockpot chocolate fudge pudding cake is good straight from the crockpot, cold or reheated. It doesn't keep very well, but you shouldn't have any left over anyway!

Desserts made in the crockpot, or slow cooker, tend to be moist and creamy. This cake is no exception. It is made in a rather unusual way. The batter is mixed first in a bowl, then poured into the slow cooker ceramic insert. Then a mixture of brown sugar, water, and cocoa is mixed and poured over the batter, but not stirred in.

You can use either natural or Dutch-processed cocoa in this recipe. The natural cocoa powder is simply unsweetened chocolate that is ground. Dutch-processed cocoa is treated with an alkaline agent to lower the acidity and make it taste more strongly of chocolate.​

As the cake cooks, the liquid forms a gooey sauce and makes the cake very moist. Well, that's why it's called a "pudding" cake! The cake does stay light and has the texture between a carrot cake and a chocolate cake.

This easy dessert recipe must be served with a spoon as soon as it tests done. Scoop the cake and sauce out of the slow cooker and spoon into dishes.

Serve this wonderful treat with some cold ice cream or softly whipped cream that has been flavored with vanilla and powdered sugar. Or you could make a hard sauce, which is basically like a soft icing. It melts into the cake as you eat. Yum.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons safflower or plain vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1-3/4 cups hot water

Steps to Make It

  1. Spray 4-quart crockpot with a nonstick cooking spray containing flour and set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine. Add milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla and stir well. Pour into prepared crockpot.

  3. In a medium bowl, stir 3/4 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa together. Add hot water and mix well until blended.

  4. Pour this sauce over batter in crockpot; do not stir!

  5. Cover crockpot and cook on high about 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

  6. Do not overcook or the cake will be dry. If you have a newer hotter cooking crockpot, check the dessert after 1-1/2 hours.

  7. Serve as soon as it's cooked. Dish the cake and sauce out of the crockpot into dishes and serve immediately.