For me, there is something so welcoming and homey when using the slow cooker. Coming home after hours at work or being at home and smelling something wonderful cooking in the kitchen – without slaving away for hours – is like walking into grandma’s house and knowing you’re going to be happy. Mom’s use of a slow cooker was best with her chili. For some reason, we always had chili in the slow cooker and I still get so excited when I walk into her house and smell that soup.
While she never made dessert with her slow cooker, I think she may try this one. In most circumstances I would say, what’s the point of making this in a slow cooker? But recently I was in a hurry to get out of the house to run some errands and didn’t have time to wait on the oven. After a little recipe tweaking, I dumped the batter in the slow cooker and went on my way. A few hours later, I returned to a delicious smelling peanut butter cake, perfectly warm and ready for my bowl. Topped with ice cream, this has become a classic for me.
To make it fitting for Valentine’s Day – which will be celebrated by me eating this whole cake – I mixed in some of my favorite candy. With or without the candy, or holiday for that matter, this cake is the homey hug you have been waiting for.