What do you do when your oven goes on the "fritz," a repair part is days away and you just have to have some CAKE?

And, no, I didn't want to buy a cake at the grocery store.

So...what now?

I know, this sounds like a question that Big Joe would ask!

Live on the WILD side and take out your crock pot!

It really works, just watch the batter as it "bakes," so that it doesn't burn on the edges where it meets the hot crock.

The dishtowel tells no lies... (Craig Allen photo).

Chocolate Crock Pot Cake

2 C sugar

1 & 3/4 C All Purpose flour

3/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder

1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 & 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 C milk

1/2 C vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

! C boiling water

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Spray the crock of a large slow cooker with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients.

In a larger bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, until well blended.

Add the cup of boiling water to all the wet ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet...and mix well (I used the electric mixer at this point)..

Pour the cake batter into the prepared slow cooker.

Set slow cooker to "LOW."

Let cake batter "slow cook" until there are no more wet spots on top, and the sides of the cake are pulling away from the sides of the crock.

Time is about 3 hours. Like I said above, watch it so that you don't burn the sides.

Turn off the slow cooker, and let the cake rest for about 30 minutes.

Frost the cake...and ENJOY!

I found the cake to be delicious...although it is a "heavier" cake. It isn't as "light and airy" as a 3-layered cake, baked in an oven.

Yes...its a one layer cake...but you noticed that from the photo...right?