Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake

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Chocolate Lovers, need a decadent, loved by the whole family and minimal effort dessert?  Then this easy Crockpot Lava Cake, made with a few everyday ingredients, is your best bet.

You’ll also love Crockpot Bread Pudding and Crockpot Peanut Clusters.

the finished crockpot lava cake inside the slow cooker with a scoop of ice cream on top and a serving spoon stuck inside.

Crockpot Lava Cake is a deliciously gooey, decadent cake made with homemade creamy pudding mix frosting topped with the perfect amount of chocolate chips. Trust me, if you’ve never baked anything in your Crockpot, you’re in for a real treat!

Folks, there isn’t much better than tossing this Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake together and then smelling it allllllll afternoon while it cooks. Its rich chocolate aroma is so tantalizing, you’ll want to devour the whole darn thing as soon as it’s done baking. 

And if you like this then try Crockpot Bread Pudding or this easy Crockpot Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake.

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If you’ve ever tried a Molten Chocolate Lava Cake at a restaurant and loved it, this Slow Cooker Lava Cake recipe will become a fast favorite. Baking in the crockpot is easy and fun, so you get an ultra moist, delightfully rich chocolate cake each and every time. #crockpotbaking

the finished lava cake recipe inside the crockpot with a serving spoon stuck in it

Why You’ll ♡ This

  • Easy to bake in a crockpot- bake your dessert easily in a slow cooker.
  • Chocolate aroma- Your house will smell like amazing chocolate all day while it bakes.
  • Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate- Every chocolate lovers dream. 
  • Perfect for gatherings- You can’t go wrong with this chocolate dessert for a crowd. 

What Is A Chocolate Lava Cake?

This also know as Molten Lava Cake is a delicious dessert that combines 2 other popular desserts: chocolate cake, and chocolate souffle. 

This Crockpot Dessert has a liquid “lava” chocolate sauce center, called moelleux which is where its name comes from. 

one portion of chocolate lava cake in a bowl and topped with ice cream, whipped cream and berries

Ready to learn how easy it us to make this dessert? Then gather up these ingredients and I will show you……

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How To Make Crockpot Lava Cake

Get the complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Spray a crockpot with cooking spray. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, using a hand mixer or whisk, mix cake mix, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and coffee granules until all combined. 
  3. Add cake batter into crockpot. 
  4. In another mixing bowl, whisk together milk and pudding mix until combined. Let stand for a few minutes before pouring it over the cake batter. Make sure to NOT mix the layers together. 
  5. Sprinkle the bag of chocolate chips on top. 
  6. Cover and cook on High for 2 hours 45 minutes – 3 hours or until the top of the cake is puffed up and set. Timing will vary depending on the size and make of your slow cooker.
  7. Once baked, serve the cake with cream, ice cream, etc. 
image collage showing the steps for making crockpot chocolate lava cake

Recipe Tips

  • The coffee granules enhance the chocolate flavor but are not a must-have ingredient
  • Make sure that you don’t mix the layers before baking. 
  • Watch the edges of the cake as it cooks, you want to make sure you don’t overbake the cake. 
  • If your slow cooker tends to burn desserts, try lining the insert with parchment paper and then spray with cooking spray.
  • I used Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix in this recipe.  
  • The cooking time for your cake may vary depending on the size, make and model of your slow cooker. 

Delicious Recipe Variations

This dessert is so tasty already, but here are other variations you can try.

  • Swap the water in the cake – use coffee or flavored cream instead of water in the cake for extra added flavor.  
  • Swap out the coffee granules- try using espresso powder or other flavored coffee granules. 
  • Add toppings – top with powdered sugar, caramel sauce, chopped nuts, or fresh berries.
  • Add extra flavor. Orange zest makes a lovely addition to this.
a serving of lava cake in a ceramic bowl topped with ice cream and strawberries

Prep Ahead and Storage

Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake is best served fresh from the oven (with a nice scoop of ice cream) but it can also be served at room temperature.

Prep Ahead – You can make the batter for the cake ahead of time and store it in the fridge. I don’t recommend making it more than 24 hours in advance. 

Store – Store baked cake in the fridge for a day or two in an airtight container. 

Freeze – If you want to freeze this cake try these tips: 

  • Once the cake has baked and cooled, store in an airtight container or large ziplock bag. 
  • If using a bag, label it and then lay flat in the freezer.
  • Store in the freezer for 3 months.

Pro Tip: Once frozen, you need to thaw the cake in the fridge overnight and then reheat in the microwave when ready to enjoy. 

Reheat- You can make this dessert ahead of time and reheat them in the microwave, but just like many other baked desserts, this cake is best enjoyed right from the slow cooker, still warm. It’s just not the same reheated. 

top down view of the cooked crockpot chocolate lava cake

FAQs

How Do You Know When A Chocolate Lava Cake Is Done?

Guys, you’ll know your cake is done when the edges are cooked all around and the middle has started to rise but isn’t too puffy. The center will be set upwards and should still be slightly soft but not jiggly. 

What Size Slow Cooker Should You Use? 

For this recipe, I used a 4-quart slow cooker. If you use a larger size, your baking time may change. Make sure to watch your cake as it cooks. 

What Kind Of Pudding Do You Use? 

In this dessert recipe, make sure to use instant pudding and pie filling mix and NOT the kind that you have to cook. 

the completed crock pot lava cake inside the crockpot with a serving removed

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the finished crockpot lava cake inside the slow cooker with a scoop of ice cream on top and a serving spoon stuck inside.
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5 from 2 votes

Crockpot Lava Cake

This decadent chocolate cake is easy and fun to make in your slow cooker.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: american, western
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 723kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 15.25 ounces (432g) Chocolate Cake Mix one box
  • 1 1/4 cup (296ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (118ml) oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules

For the topping

  • 3.4 ounces (111g) instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix one box
  • 2 cups (250ml) milk
  • 12 ounces (240g) milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips one bag

Instructions

  • Spray a crockpot with cooking spray.
  • In a bowl, use a hand mixer or whisk to mix together cake mix, water, oil, eggs, vanilla and coffee granules until well combined.
  • Add cake batter into crockpot.
  • In another bowl, whisk together milk and pudding mix until combined. Let stand for a few minutes before pouring it over the cake batter. Make sure to NOT mix in with cake batter.
  • Sprinkle the bag of chocolate chips on top of the pudding layer, and do not mix in.
  • Cover and cook on High for 2.75 – 3 hours, or until the top of the cake is puffed up and set. Timing will vary depending on the size and make of your slow cooker.
  • Once baked, remove cake and serve with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream.
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Notes

  • The coffee granules enhance the chocolate flavor but are not a must-have ingredient
  • Make sure that you don’t mix the layers before baking. 
  • Watch the edges of the cake as it cooks, you want to make sure you don’t overbake the cake. 
  • If your slow cooker tends to burn desserts, try lining the insert with parchment paper and then spray with cooking spray.
  • I used Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix in this recipe.  
  • The cooking time for your cake may vary depending on the size, make and model of your slow cooker. 

Nutrition

Calories: 723kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 750mg | Potassium: 564mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 6mg

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7 Comments

  1. This has become a family tradition every year with my Dad. So easy and turns out great every time!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’d love to have tried this but I’m in England and I’ve never seen instant pudding & pie mix in supermarkets here.
    We do have the cake mixes but that wouldn’t be quite the same, no lava effect (the yummy part)

  3. Thanks for telling us how to tell when it’s done. Can’t wait to make this Saturday for the family!