This Crockpot Lava Cake Recipe is out of this world. The chocolate is so decadent. The lava topping is amazing with chocolate chips and chocolate pudding. Top it all off with vanilla ice cream and it is SO delicious!

Close up image of chocolate lava cake in the crock pot in the wooden spoon.

Crockpot Chocolate cake recipe:

If you are looking for a dessert that is simple and easy but tastes amazing, Crockpot Lava Cake Recipe is the dessert recipe to try. It comes together so quickly in the crockpot.

You just dump it all in and let the slow cooker do the work. It’s packed with lots of yummy chocolate. The topping is ooey and gooey and can’t be beat.

We love to make homemade vanilla ice cream and put a scoop on top of this lava cake. The dessert reminds me of hot fudge cake. Yum!

The ice cream melts on top and just gets all mixed in. It turns out so amazing.

Close up image of chocolate lava cake topped with ice cream.

What kind of Crock Pot is best?

If you have been in the market for a new crock pot this is the one I recommend. The Instant Pot Aura is the one I have been using recently. I love that it has some many functions that saves me so much time in the kitchen.

Making this Chocolate Lava Cake is easy to make in the crock pot.

Let’s make Crockpot Molten Lava Cake!

Ingredients needed for chocolate lava cake - chocolate fudge cake mix, milk, vegetable oil, eggs

Ingredients for Crock Pot Chocolate Cake:

  • Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake mix
  • Milk
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs

Ingredients for the Lava topping:

  • Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Milk
  • Milk Chocolate Chips

How to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake:

  • In a large bowl beat together cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk with an electric mixer for a few minutes until batter is smooth.
Close up image of ingredients being mixed with a hand mixer in a glass bowl.
  • Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray so the cake won’t stick.
  • Pour cake mixture into the slow cooker and smooth over the bottom.
Close up image of ingredients being mixed in a clear bowl.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the 2 cups milk and pudding and pour over the top. Do not stir.
Close up image of chocolate lava cake uncooked in the crock pot.
  • Then sprinkle chocolate chips over top without stirring.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 and ½ 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.
Close up image of chocolate lava cake in the crock pot.
  • Your cook time will vary based on the size and shape of your slow cooker. For instance, original recipe said 2.5 hours on high with a wider slow cooker, but if you have a taller slow cooker, it may take longer.
  • When cooking on high, be sure to watch the cake batter so it doesn’t burn. It will take 2 hours to cook on high.

Variations for Chocolate Lava Cake:

We love recipes that have variations to them. Here are some ways to customize this cake recipe:

  • You can make it gluten free with a gluten free cake mix. The Jell-O pudding mix should be gluten free but check ingredients.
  • Make it dairy free switch to a dairy free milk option.
  • Add different types of chocolate chips. You can add in caramel chips, mini butterscotch chips, the options are endless.

How to store leftovers:

If you have any leftovers, be sure to place in the refrigerator. It will last about 2-3 days if stored properly.

We love this cake served warm, so you can simply heat up a serving in the microwave and it will taste as if it was just baked.

Close up image of chocolate lava cake with a wooden spoon.

How to serve:

This chocolate cake is great served warm right out of the crock pot. You can enjoy the chocolate cake just as it was cooked or serve with your favorite toppings. Here are some of ours:

  • Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Drizzle the cake with hot fudge or caramel sauce
  • Make sure you have some sprinkles to put on top
  • Chop some pecans or peanuts to give it that extra crunch
  • We love to add some whipped cream and cherry on top for a complete dessert.

We love making a topping bar when we have friends over for dessert. It is easy to do and a budget friendly dessert idea.

Can you reheat a lava cake?

Yes, you can reheat lava cake. Simply place a serving in the microwave on a microwave safe dish. Heat up in 20-30 seconds intervals.

Top with your favorite topping and your cake will taste as if you just baked it.

Slow Cooker Desserts are so easy and delicious! 

This dessert does not disappoint. It’s perfect for entertaining so that you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.

Another yummy slow cooker recipe is Slow Cooker Caramel Cake.  Easy cake recipes are the best. They turn out so good and you don’t have to heat your kitchen up.

The topping tastes like chocolate fudge. Yum! Chocolate Lava Cakes Recipes are so ooey, gooey and delicious! Let us know how you enjoy this dessert.

It is one of our favorites. The ice cream on top just takes it to an entirely new level. It’s hard to believe the slow cooker did all the work!

It’s so simple and easy. You will love it and the entire family will ask for it over and over!

Close up image of crock pot lava cake with a wooden spoon.

Print this Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake recipe below:

Easy Chocolate Crock Pot Lava Cake Recipe

5 from 12 votes
This Crockpot Lava Cake Recipe is so decadent. Crockpot Lava Cake has the best topping. It has lots of chocolate chips and chocolate pudding. Yum! Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake is even better topped with vanilla ice cream. Slow cooker chocolate lava cake is SO delicious! 
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 35 mins
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert, Slow Cooker
Calories 437
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • Ingredients for the Chocolate Lava Crockpot Cake:
  • 1 box of Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake mix (I used Betty crocker)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Ingredients for the lava topping:
  • 1 box of Instant chocolate pudding mix 4 oz
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 bag of milk chocolate chips 12 oz

Instructions

  • Beat together cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk with an electric mixer for a few minutes until batter is smooth.
  • Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray so the cake won’t stick.
  • Pour cake mixture into the slow cooker and smooth over the bottom.
  • In a mixing bowl, 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 ½ 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!

Recipe Notes

Want a different flavor? How about substituting the chocolate cake mix and instant pudding for your favorite flavors! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 437kcal, Carbohydrates 57g, Protein 6g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 13g, Cholesterol 51mg, Sodium 363mg, Potassium 129mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 39g, Vitamin A 230IU, Vitamin C 0.2mg, Calcium 208mg, Iron 1.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi!
    I made this, but with a little twist. When mixing the cake I used 1cup milk and 1/4 cup Maraschino Cherry Juice. It was sooo stinkin’ good… We cried. Kidding… But we could!

  2. It’s not you, it’s me. I can’t visualize how to serve this. Do you just scoop out by using a wide mouth spoon? A spatula? My brain is saying it’s going to fall apart and the only gooey part is the middle. Please help me visualize better as I do want to eat this all by myself! Thank you.