When I was growing up, sometimes on cold evenings, my mom would turn on the oven and make this incredible, tasty dish called "Surprise Fudge Pudding". I loved it because it had this wonderful fudgy sauce with a super moist cake and it was a surprise! I love surprises! It is a surprise because when you put the cake together, the cake batter goes on the bottom and the fudge ingredients go on the top in a powdered form. You add boiling hot water and stick the whole thing in the over and when it is finished, the fudge sauce is on the bottom and the cake is on the top! Magic!
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Well, I was thinking about this dish the other night because it has been a little cooler in the evenings. (Just under 80 degrees, that is cool for Phoenix). In the daytime, it is still hitting 100. But the idea of this recipe caught hold of me and I wondered if I could do it in the Crock Pot? Guess what! I could and I did! Here is how I did it.
Spray the inside of the crock and preheat to the low setting while you mix the batter.
Cream 1/4 c. butter and 3/4 c. sugar in a mixing bowl. In a different bowl, sift together 1 and 1/2 c. flour, 2 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt. Add this to the butter mixture a little at a time alternately with 3/4 c. milk. Add 1 tsp. vanilla. You may also add 3/4 c. chopped nuts to the batter, but I never do that. I don't remember my mom doing that either. Spread this batter, which will be quite thick, into the bottom of your Crock Pot.
Blend together 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 and 1/2 c. packed brown sugar. Sprinkle over the top of the batter. Pour 1 c. boiling water over all of this. Put on the lid of the Crock Pot and let bake for aprox. 1 and 1/2 hours. (I checked it after 40 min., then after 30 more and then gave it about 20 to 30 more min. and decided it seemed done, and it was perfect. Depending on the size of your pot, times may vary.)
If baking in the oven, put into a 13 x 9 baking dish and bake for 40 min. at 375 degrees F.
Serve topped with ice cream while warm!