The Italian Slow Cooker Chocolate Truffle Cake

The Italian Slow Cooker Chocolate Truffle Cake

It’s Valentine’s Day and here’s a perfect cake to make.  It goes together quickly and needs just 6 ingredients.  It “bakes” in the steamy warmth of the slow cooker, so it comes out tender, moist and creamy.  You will need a large capacity slow cooker and a 7-inch spring form pan, or a 6 cup baking dish.  I got my pan at the Browadway Panhandler, but many cookware stores carry them.  Whatever you use, be sure it fits in the cooker before you begin.

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CAKE

A deep, rich chocolate cake is the perfect dessert for any special occasion.  I like to serve this one with lightly whipped cream or softened ice cream.

Serves 6 to 8

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate

3/4 cup unsalted butter

2 tablespoons rum or strong coffee

3 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, for garnish

Butter a 6-cup baking dish or a 7-inch springform pan.  Line the bottom of the pan with foil or parchment and butter the paper.

Break up the chocolate into a heatproof bowl.  Add the butter.  Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water.  The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl.  When the chocolate is softened, remove the bowl from the heat, and stir until blended and smooth.  Stir in the rum.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar until light and pale yellow.  Stir the egg mixture into the chocolate.  Scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

Place the pan in the slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until set.

Remove the pan from the slow cooker.  Cover and chill several hours or overnight.  To serve, run a small knife around the edge of the cake.  Invert it onto a serving plate.  Place the cocoa powder in a small strainer and sprinkle it over the cake.

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