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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake in the Slow Cooker Hip2Save

Did you know you can make a delicious cake with very little effort right in your slow cooker? Try this amazing gooey chocolate lava cake recipe for your next gathering without ever turning on the oven!

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

(Adapted from Betty Crocker)

Ingredients for the cake:

box of chocolate cake mix
3 eggs
1 and 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil like I prefer)

Ingredients for the topping:

1 four serving size box of chocolate instant pudding
2 cups milk
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips

How to make chocolate lava cake in the slow cooker Hip2Save


Beat together cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk with an electric mixer or stand mixer for a few minutes until batter is smooth. Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray so the cake won’t stick. Pour mixture into the slow cooker and smooth over the bottom. Beat together the 2 cups milk and pudding and pour over the top. Do not stir. Then sprinkle chocolate chips over top without stirring. Cover and cook on high for 2 and 1/2 hours. You’ll know when it is done when the outsides and top set up like a sponge- the middle will be gooey. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired. Serves 12. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Notes: Your cook time will vary based on the size and shape of your slow cooker. For instance, original recipe said 2.5 hours on low, but many reviews say that was very incorrect. I cooked mine on high for 2.5 hours with a wider shaped oval slow cooker with a larger cooking surface. If you have a taller slow cooker, it may take longer. When cooking on high, be sure to watch the cake so it doesn’t burn.

Easy Chocolate Lava Cake Hip2Save
Get ready to enjoy some awesome hot lava cake that is so good and literally oozing with melted chocolate.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 34

  1. Mrs.Greenway

    I made this for my work crew one night, brought some vanilla ice cream with it…AMAZING!!!

  2. sf

    Made this for my family one day. And we all thought it was horrible.

    • Stephanie

      What could possibly be horrible about chocolate cake?? πŸ™‚

    • lynn l

      SF you should definitely be able to voice your opinion but mixing it with a small amount of kindness would be appreciated by all. πŸ™‚

      • Laura

        lynn, why? sf was saying what she thought. I don’t get it. If you don’t like something how are you supposed to mix it in with small amounts of kindness? Have a good day. Just so I don’t get a bad comment

        • Jennifer

          Agreed! Nothing about the statement was unkind

        • Brittany

          This made me laugh out loud. You ladies on here are so funny/random. Hopefully that is mixed with enough kindness for you. πŸ˜‰

      • lynn l

        I’m sorry if I came off the wrong way ladies. Not my intention at all. I just know that if someone had used the word horrible in describing something I cooked, I would feel really bad. Often it’s just the way something is said, when a gentler way of saying it is better like “it wasn’t for us or it wasn’t something I enjoyed”. I just felt bad for Lina that’s all. Sorry again.

        • Brittany

          She didn’t say the one Lina made was horrible– just the one she did. Haha. πŸ˜‰ seriously though, no biggie. I love when people try to moderate blog comments. Much ado about nothing.

        • Bethany

          But if you read the original post, Lina got the recipe from somewhere else, too, so even if it was “insulting” it wouldn’t even be toward Lina, right?

    • Jennifer

      Made this with Duncan Hines and did not care for it.Tried it again using Pillsbury and my whole family LOVED it! The duncan hines seemed dry compared to the pillsbury which was really moist. Super rich though!

      • pandoraaddict

        Pillsbury has pudding already in their cake mixes, DH doesn’t.

        • Jennifer

          I am aware of that.

    • Erin

      I’ve made this in the past. For what it’s worth, it tastes very processed to me–and I love me some boxed cake mix (once in a while, in moderation πŸ˜‰ )! It reminds me of grocery store bakery items: they’re kind of good . . . but really only when you’re very hungry or want something sweet but don’t want to make it or make a special run for “good” pastries/dessert. If that makes any sense.

      • mel

        I’ve read that if you add a tsp or 2 of Vanilla extract (or even strong brewed coffee to a chocolate mix) it takes thats processed taste out. I made a cake over the summer and I like to make my own buttercream frosting. I was out of powder sugar and no time to run to the store so I added a few tsp of Vanilla extract to a can of frosting I had in the pantry and no one was the wiser!

  3. Rose

    Yummy πŸ™‚

  4. eyez

    can you use the slow cooker liners?

    • Shannon

      Slow cooker liners are bad for you. They are made of plastic and whenever you heat up plastic the chemicals leach into your food. I wonder if you could use parchment paper or something.

  5. Momma

    I made it New Year’s Eve and it was ok but I didn’t like the texture of it when cooked in the crock pot. My daughter loved it though!!

  6. Cheryl

    This was a huge hit at our family Christmas party. Easy to throw together while cooking everything else, came out perfect and no leftovers πŸ™‚

  7. R.A.

    Couldn’t resist. Got my slow cooker out and ingredients. Cooking right now…I’ll report back in 2 1/2 hours. Yum! Thanks for this easy recipe Lina.

    • Adrian

      I’m coming over with my kids!

      • R.A.

        It turned out perfect. Followed instructions exactly. For ingredients I added a pinch of cinnamon and only half the chocolate chips. I have a 6 quart oval cooker and it was done in 2 hours 10 minutes. Put a little vanilla ice cream on top. Really feeds a crowd, we have leftovers so Adrian come over with your kids lol.

        • Jeannine

          Which brand of cake mix did you use? Thank you!

          • R.A.

            Betty Crocker delights super moist triple chocolate fudge cake mix.

            • Jeannine

              Thank you!

        • Just Saying...

          I’m glad it turned out great. Let me get my 6 chocoholic boys in the car πŸ˜‰ I need to try this. Off topic, have you ever made chocolate peanut clusters in your slow cooker? I was told it’s just chocolate, marshmallows, and peanuts(or any other nut) and once everything is melted you put little scoops of it onto parchment paper. It might have other ingredients since the lady that told me doesn’t like sharing her recipes.

          • Ns55

            I know this comment doesn’t have anything to do with cake, but I’m ALWAYS intrigued by people with a lot of kids. 6 boys?? Sounds awesome. I have my 5th on the way. My son is the oldest and the rest girls with this one being a girl as well. Any tips on how to keep things rolling smoothly? Things are hectic.
            I don’t do Facebook (just never got into it, kinda like β€’what’s the point?” ) so I don’t have contact with people on there to ask opinions. Hopefully you’re not offended, just seeing from one large family to another (and I know there’s people who have much larger families) how you make it all work. Guess I’m just looking for advice. TIA

            • Adrian

              Wow! Let’s arrange some marriages! Totally kidding! I’m not sure I have any real advice other than teach them when they’re young. Bad habits are harder to break when you have been doing them for a long time. Also, having a routine helps. My boys are 5-15 years old. Their school day routine is basically always the same, get home from school, have a quick snack, do homework(quiet time), go to practice, etc. I never have to tell my older boys to do their homework, they just do it. Feel free to email me if you would like to chat some more proudmommaof6@hotmail.com

  8. AngieO

    Anyone know where I can find those meatless Monday recipes??

    • Laura

      AngieO – All the recipes are under the tab “Tips” at the top of this page. The meatless Mondays are mixed in with the other dinner recipes. HTH

  9. Whitney

    Uhhhh…YUM! I want to try this with homemade dark chocolate cake mix and dark chocolate chips! πŸ˜‹

  10. babymair

    Hi ladies.. does anyone know if u can use almond,or soy milk ??? Tia

  11. Laura

    Oh my! This was INCREDIBLE! I followed the directions as written, set it at 2.5 hours, headed off to church and served it as dessert. So probably 3 hours after prep at least, and close to an hour after it finished cooking. Served with vanilla ice-cream, it was incredible! Thanks!

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