I just make this seem so easy. Wait…..IT IS!
I have stared at my crock-pot for 2 weeks straight wondering what delicious dessert I can make using the wonderful appliance. I already made a Hot Fudge Cake made from a crock-pot, which was divine. I wanted to make something else. I kept thinking that I want to make something that is ooey gooey, buttery, and just down right delicious . Then, as I was cleaning out my cupboard I cam across a bag of butterscotch chips that I guess I was going to use for something at one point in my life. Then I thought, “hmmmm I could use this some kind of way”. “How” was the one worded question that I kept coming to.
I thought a Butterscotch cake would be appropriate and to some of you it would’ve been but I didn’t want it to be all butterscotch. I like butterscotch but too much of it can be too much, you know what I mean? Then I finally figured it out. I was thinking too much. I went to the grocery store and I looked at the box cake mixes and grabbed the first flavor I saw that was perfect. It was a caramel cake mix by Duncan Hines. I’m sure a regular yellow cake mix would’ve been good, but for some reason the caramel cake mix did it for me.
What I love about this dessert recipe is that it is simply a foundation for many wonderful things. You can add apples, peaches, nuts, toffee, or whatever you want. It is so easy and simple that it makes no sense. If you need to make something for a pot luck then this is a perfect dessert for you. The best thing about it is that when you scrape some of the cake out of the pot, you will see some of the butterscotch has melted down the sides and created a pool or ooey gooey goodness for the cake to swim in. You have to drizzle the top of the cake with extra caramel. I didn’t have any at the time, but it would’ve went perfectly! I also would’ve topped it off with some toffee pieces or crush Butterfinger pieces. GET CREATIVE! You can do or add just about anything to it and it will come out amazing. Enjoy!
- 16.5 oz. box Duncan Hines Caramel Cake
- 1 stick + 2 tbsp. butter
- ½ c. milk
- 1 c. butterscotch chips
- 1¾ c. boiling water
- caramel sauce, for drizzling
- Preheat your crockpot by placing it on low 10-15 minutes before you begin making the cake (I used a 7 quart crockpot).
- Reserve 1 cup of the cake mix and set aside and melt the stick of butter. Take the remaining of the cake mix and place it into a large bowl. Pour in the melted stick of butter and the ½ cup of milk and stir until most of the lumps are out and the batter is thick and smooth. Pour that part of the cake batter into the crockpot. Use a spoon and spread evenly across the bottom of the crockpot.
- Sprinkle the butterscotch chips on top of the bottom layer of the cake. Optional: if you would like to drizzle about ¼ cup of caramel here, you can do that as well. Now, take the 1 cup of the reserved cake mix and place it into a separate medium shallow bowl. Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Pour in the melted butter and the boiling water and stir until well mixed. Pour the mixture over the rest of the cake that is in the crock pot and allow to cook for 2 hours or until cake has set in the middle. If it is taking longer than 2 hours you can turn it up on high for about 30 minutes or until middle part is set and turn back down on warm (You do not have to. You can just let it bake until its done on low).
- Serve with ice cream and drizzle additional caramel sauce on top and enjoy!