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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

yield: 12 SERVINGS

Ingredients

Ingredients for the cake:

  • box of chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 3.9 oz. size box of chocolate instant pudding (4 serving sized)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

For Serving:

  • vanilla ice cream

Directions

1

Beat together cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk with an electric mixer or stand mixer for a few minutes until batter is smooth.

2

Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray so the cake won't stick. Pour mixture into the slow cooker and smooth over the bottom.

3

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.

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slow cooker chocolate lava recipe

Love chocolate cake?

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! It takes just a few ingredients and is a cinch to put together!

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

yield: 12 SERVINGS

A gooey chocolate cake to make in your slow cooker!

Ingredients

Ingredients for the cake:

  • box of chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 and 1/4 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 3.9 oz. size box of chocolate instant pudding (4 serving sized)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

For Serving:

  • vanilla ice cream

Directions

1

Beat together cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk with an electric mixer or stand mixer for a few minutes until batter is smooth.

2

Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray so the cake won't stick. Pour mixture into the slow cooker and smooth over the bottom.

3

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.

Additional Notes

(Adapted from Betty Crocker)

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Note: Your cook time will vary based on the size and shape of your slow cooker. 

For instance, the 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. 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. I would start checking the slow cooker towards the end of cook time to make sure it isn’t burning.

Gooey Chocolate Cake Heaven!

Get ready to enjoy some awesome hot lava cake that is so good and literally oozing with melted chocolate. My family really enjoyed this idea, and we’ve since taken this cake to a few potlucks with success as a fun and unique dessert!


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Comments 113

  1. Tessie

    W O W ! Thank you for this post. I am a chocolate lover. This is on my must make list.

    • Kailey

      I know definitely got to make this!!

  2. Nancy

    Darn you! My diet started today

    • Nick

      Moderation and/or cheat day!

    • Lana

      Diets do not work! Eat a little bit of everything and exercise, i lost over 40 pounds in 5 months!

      • Nancy

        A “diet” is what your food choices are made up of, not something you do or start. Everyone has a diet, whether it’s healthy or not is the issue. For some people moderation doesn’t work. It doesn’t work for me (5’5″ 115lbs). I choose to abstain from certain foods because they’re unhealthy and addictive. Sugar is crazy addictive. I just had to comment that moderation is a slippery slope for some types of people. I was looking up the ingredients to attempt to make for a family member. I wish I could moderate but I’d end up eating way more. My self control comes by NOT having that stuff accessible and making healthy food choices and exercising daily. Looks good though!

        • Sheila

          You’re so right Nancy. We have to find what works for ourselves. I too have learned that I have to restrict fats, white flour, and sugar. The cake looks delish though!

  3. aachitty

    Now I know what our family is having for Friday Fun Night this week!

  4. Lori Stevens

    Thanks for the great idea! I can’t wait to make it! How will I know when it is done?

  5. Wren

    Ohmygoodness this looks sooo good.

  6. Sadia

    Can I use olive oil

    • Rae

      I have subbed olive oil in cake/brownie mixes before and it was just fine.

  7. Laura

    Would it work with brownie mix instead of chocolate cake mix? Can’t wait to try this!

    • Kerry

      Original recipe is brownie mix (make it for cake like brownies)
      And topping is just a cup of warm water & a cup of chocolate syrup mixed together. Pour on top of batter slowly & do not stir.

  8. Jamie

    now my mouth is watering… 🙂

  9. D

    Nothing healthy about this and I love it 😄😊

  10. Pharmchick

    😍😍😍😍

  11. Ashley

    how is the clean up?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Surprisingly easy. I used Pam coconut oil spray! My he cake kind of pulls away from the edges. I’ve seen people use parchment paper for this as well.

    • Janet

      Use a crockpot liner and the clean up will be a breeze.

  12. I Love Shoes

    This is a perfect life skill activity that I can do with my class. We make snacks on Fridays.

  13. Dja

    Anyone ever try applesauce to replace some of the oil in a recipe like this? I wonder if it would turn out the same?

    • Lynne

      I use applesauce to replace some of the oil in most recipes now. Equal parts applesauce and oil to match the amount called for is what I do. I’ve never tried a crockpot recipe like this before, but it works when I make cakes in the oven.

  14. steph

    Make this all the time. Sometimes substitute peanut butter chips for the chocolate to give it a twist. And yes be sure to watch your crockpot because it will burn if you aren’t careful.

  15. tilla ham

    my 15 year old said “get on it” when she saw this post:)

    • Victoria

      A chocolate lover! You did a good job, Mom—she’s got her priorities straight! LOL

      • Shauna R

        This comment thread cracks me up. Hahah

  16. linda

    Hungry Girl has a recipe I’ve never tried for lighter cakes and brownies using a can of pureed pumpkin instead of the oil and eggs. Do you think that would work too? I saw the applesauce question so it’s along those lines too. Just wondering. Anybody know?

    • Pergo

      Can you post the link to that recipe? This looks really good but I need a lower calorie version.

      • linda

        Hi Pergo. I just found it on the Hungry Girl website. Seems soooo easy. Devil’s Food Cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree. She spoons it into muffins and bakes… That’s it… I want to try it, but as a single person, I don’t want to eat the whole thing…

        Here’s the link you asked for:

        http://www.hungry-girl.com/show/surprises-shockers-and-swaps-yum-yum-brownie-muffins-recipe

        I have also heard of the black beans in brownies too… Haven’t tried that, but the pumpking and devil’s food mix is just TOO EASY not to try. Saw this on Dr. Oz too. I wish you could tell me how it is when you make it.

        • Britt

          I have done the black beans in brownies! It works! Also prunes work great 🙂

      • linda

        Pergo-HungryGirl.com has tons of recipes. (I get her email.) Some are complicated and some are soooo easy with the substitutions. Check it out. You’ll fall in love with it… I just get the email and it’s plenty of info for me. Enjoy.

      • Melissa

        I do the chocolate cake mix and can of pure pumpkin all the time! I divide it out into a muffin tin. I think it makes 12. You can freeze what you don’t eat. Warm them in the micro. when ready to use and top with cool whip (fat free) if you want…. amazing!!!

    • Raquella

      I use a can of pureed black beans instead of oil & water in my brownies. They are delicious! They become more fudgy and dense. Its the only way my family will eat brownies now.

    • Stacey

      I just used a spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin (no other ingredients) to make pumpkin spice mini muffins this past weekend and it worked great. I’m going to have to try it with chocolate now! Yummo!

  17. Tessie

    When my boys (4 of them) we’re little I taught them how to cook making simple recipes. When they wanted cakes they used the 1 box cake mix & 1 can coke (no eggs, water or oil) recipe. I think their cake recipe substitute would work with this Lava Cake. I am going to try it.

    • MommytheNeuhold

      Have you tried it? Did it work?

  18. Jennifer

    Omg! I wanna lick the picture, lol!

  19. Carmen

    Yum!!!!

  20. Ashley

    I think there’s a mistake in your recipe. You state that it serves 12…..I’m thinking this is a single serving where you just grab a spoon and go at it :p

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ha ha I know!

    • Kamaya

      I totally agree!!!

    • tilla ham

      don’t forget the half gallon of vanilla ice cream and quarter of caramel sauce

      • Victoria

        Oh, yeah! You and I would get along quite well! LOL

    • April

      I was just thinking, is it wrong to eat the whole thing yourself? lol

  21. pam

    Does it have to be sugar free mix like the picture ?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      No just use what brand you like. Thanks!

  22. semiextremecouponer

    Wonder if this would work with the gluten-free cake mix? Looks delish!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I’ve read it does!

      • semiextremecouponer

        Thank you! I will give it a try tomorrow 🙂

        • Tanya G

          Turned out wonderful using Pamela’s Gluten free chocolate cake mix!!!! So good!!

  23. Susan

    Do you wait until the crock pot is hot?

  24. Suzy

    Can you line a slow cooker with parchment paper?

    • CW

      I honestly would use the slow cooker bag as it burns

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes it’s pretty common with baking bread in it also.

      • maflies1

        Do you have any slow cooker bread recipes that you’ve tried & that you would just love to share? 🙂 I would sure love to try some.

  25. CW

    I made this Betty Crocker recipe this summer, it’s fabulous. I strongly suggest you use a Reynolds Slow Cooker liner bag. It does burn to the cooker – cooking spray was not enough.

  26. Mary Ann

    We serve this a lot! Delish! But to add something extra just before serving we add: chocolate chips sprinkled on top, chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, then pour slightly warmed canned chocolate frosting all over top!! That’s a Chocolate Lava cake on steroids!! Lol

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Wow! Ya that’s serious! Awesome…

  27. Eira

    I wanna lick the screen too..but gotta find a from scratch recipe for this because my daughter has soy allergies and most cake mixes has soybean oil in them. Great tip!

  28. Eira

    or just a thought I could maybe try some of the gluetin free chocolate cake mixes out this….hmmmm..warning…warning..serious danger ahead 😉

  29. hipkat

    I wonder if the pudding would set with soy, almond or coconut milk. I can’t do dairy any more. I remember my mom buying the packages growing up in the store for chocolate and also for lemon ummmmmm both sooooooo gooooood.

    • Stacey

      My son is allergic to milk and soy so we have made pudding with almond and coconut milk. It is a little runnier than with cow’s milk, but it works.

  30. ihearthip

    Made this tonight. It was yummy. I used Pillsbury basic chocolate cake mix – I think next time I will use something more rich like devil’s food. Super easy!

  31. Cheryl

    What do I do with the left overs? Refrigerate or leave out? It’s really good!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Refrigerate then warm up in the microwave a few seconds. Yum

    • mimi

      leftovers? you have left overs?! don’t tell my family or they’ll be right over! lol

  32. Tabby

    Can u leave this on low over night in crock pot?

  33. Erica

    Will red velvet cake mix work? That’s my fave… Yummo

  34. Sally

    I want to do the chocolate lava cake but I only have oval 6.5slow cooker will that be to big and thank you

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hmm I’d try it but it may cook faster do watch it closer the first time to time it? Thanks

  35. Susie Knese

    I have used several recipes for crock pot lava cake. This is a very good recipe that is a snap to put together!! 😀

  36. Darlene

    Has anyone ever tried this recipe with chocolate fudge rather than chocolate pudding? I absolutely looooove the flavor of chocolate fudge in a lava cake.

  37. Norma S

    This recipe is easy and it tastes delicious. Its more like 3 hours in the slow cooker in low.

  38. Angela

    I made this once and it was AMAZING! In fact, I’ll be making it again for the 4th of July.

  39. Heather

    My teenage daughter has been wanting to make a cake, but it has been so hot & I don’t want the house being even hotter by running the oven. She is happy I found this recipe & just put it in the slow cooker. We can’t wait! Thanks!

  40. Bologna

    Line your crockpot with parchment paper prevent the edges from burning:)

  41. Plum Plum

    Wow it looks so delicious. <

  42. Sarah

    cake and lava are delicious, but way too much lava! Not sure if just reducing the milk in the pudding would help. Seemed like 2/3 lava and 1/3 cake.

  43. Leanne

    I’m being thick here but what’s instant chocolate pudding??

  44. Victoria McIntyre

    So, I have a question…. is it possible to put candles in this cake for a birthday, or is it too gooey? I am baking this for a friend’s party, and it’s her son’s birthday.

  45. Jessica

    Has anyone ever tried this w gluten free cake mix?

  46. Chrissy

    How long do you think a double batch would take to cook?

  47. Edie

    Made this today…very yummy…but took a lot longer than 2.5 hour….more like 5 hours on high…

  48. Angelina

    What do I preheat the oven to?

  49. Lori

    Made this today absolutely delicious, you can use any type of chocolate cake mix and any type of chocolate pudding and or dark or milk chocolate chips!/Yum yum

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