Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake

I’ve been relying on the slow cooker to create true comfort during these snow days. Instead of main dishes — I’ve been making desserts. The pudding cake is made right in the slow cooker — which translates into very little mess. The pudding settles on the bottom of the crock, so that when you scoop out the cake, the pudding appears and you drizzle it on top of your plate. Yum.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (homemade!)
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter pieces (optional)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter

The method

  1. Grease or butter you crock pot before you start — to make clean-up easier.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, the 1/2 cup sugar, the 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  3. Add the milk, oil, peanut butter pieces (if using) and vanilla; stir until batter is smooth. Spread batter evenly in slow cooker.
  4. In a clean bowl, combine the 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa.
  5. Stir together boiling water and peanut butter; stir into cocoa mixture.
  6. Pour evenly over batter in the slow cooker.
  7. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean.
  8. Uncover and let cool slightly, about 30 minutes.
  9. To serve, spoon warm pudding cake into dessert dishes, and serve with ice cream or whipped topping.
9 comments to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake”
  1. unless i’m totally missing it — it doesn’t say how much peanut butter…. ? looks delicious! excited to use my crock pot for a cake!

  2. OK! 1/2 cup peanut butter… It’s also optional to add peanut butter pieces — see above modification. Oh yeah, what a great use for a crock pot!

  3. Oh yummo!!! I am making this for my honey today! In Rodeo, NM it is very very hot in July – no ovens on around here!! Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Looks yummy! Can I ask what peanut butter pieces are? Sorry, don’t have them in Greece! Thanks

  5. They are like chocolate chips — but made out of peanut butter. I’m guessing that if you don’t have them, you could use pieces of chocolate?!

  6. I have made this several times and it is always a wonderful cake, especially for pot luck dinners and it only takes 2 hours to cook.

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