Crock Pot Hot Fudge Cake

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I always enjoy having frugally minded friends…and Steph from The Cheapskate Cook is definitely frugally minded. She’s joining us today, sharing a GEM. Thanks Steph!!

Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone I’m sharing this.

If you have ever run across my blog, The Cheapskate Cook, you’ll know I have two big priorities when it comes to the fabulous and admittedly, sometimes not-as-fabulous food that’s served at my table.

But I probably shouldn’t share them with you here because this recipe violates one of them. Like a lot.

But it’s so delicious, and so easy, I want to share it with you anyway. That’s how strongly I feel about this level of deliciousness. While this recipe is certainly cheap as far as cakes and desserts go – it only uses a few tablespoons of butter and no eggs whatsoever – it is not, however, whole or real foods-based. It uses white flour and regular sugar. And it’s just delicious and fantastic.

Hot Fudge Cake batter

If you’re looking for something healthier, try Stacy’s scrumptious Crock Pot Applesauce Cake. You’ll feel much better serving it to the children for breakfast. But if you’re looking for a rare indulgence that couples chocolate awesomeness and ease, look no further. It is here. Just don’t serve it for breakfast.

Hot Fudge Cake topping

On one hand, this sucker is probably better for you than the boxed cake varieties because it’s made from scratch. Then again, it has brown sugar generously sprinkled on top, so maybe it isn’t.

Crock Pot Hot Fudge Cake

Because I can’t in good conscience share a recipe without at least trying to healthify it, here is a modified version that you can probably justify making more frequently than the recipe above. You’ll notice that if you choose the dairy-free alternative ingredients, you end up with a chocolate cakes that’s, you know, dairy-free.

I’ll admit that while I still dream about the first time I tasted this cake in all it’s fluffy white flour goodness, I’m much happier making the still-rich-and-awesome healthified version. Mostly because it’s easier to justify eating for breakfast.



When Steph and her husband got married, they lived in a renovated shed and had a grocery budget that matched. As a passionate whole-foodie, Steph was determined to continue eating healthy, minimally-processed foods on their shoestring budget. So The Cheapskate Cook was born.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her two children, Annie (June 2009) and Andy (August 2012). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.

  • Denise

    Try einkorn flour instead of the whole wheat. It makes a much lighter product – healthier too.

    • Stacy

      Thanks for the tip!

  • Debra

    That looks so good.

    • Stacy

      Understatement of the century!

  • Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy

    I’ve made lava cake before, but never in the crock pot! I’ll have to try your healthified version.

    • Stacy

      Yes, Lord….amen.

  • Jami Leigh

    I am always shocked by the things you can do in a crockpot! I would have never thought of this!

    Very cool and yummy :)

    • Stacy

      I am still trying to figure out how to do my laundry in the crock…