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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.

Chocolate lava cake with a serving on a spoon
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This lava cake is so easy to make. You just dump in all the ingredients 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.

Also see all our Crock Pot Desserts for more ideas. If you love chocolate as much as I do, you need to try this Easy Chocolate Poke Cake recipe.

What is a Lava Cake?

Slow cooker chocolate lava cake makes the best dessert. This dessert gets its name because of the molten center. The pudding and chocolate chips makes for a soft center when combined together.

This recipe satisfies any sweet tooth and perfect to feed a crowd.

Ingredients

Chocolate lava cake ingredients - chocolate fudge cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, pudding mix, milk, chocolate chips
  • Super Moist Chocolate Fudge Cake mix
  • Milk
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Eggs
  • Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Milk
  • Milk Chocolate Chips

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Variations Ideas

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.

Step by Step Instructions

Combining the cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk in a bowl with a hand mixer

Step 1 – Beat together cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk with an electric mixer for a few minutes until batter is smooth in a large bowl.

Pouring cake mixture into slow cooker

Step 2 – Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray so the cake won’t stick. Pour cake batter into the slow cooker and smooth over the bottom.

Topping chocolate chips on pudding layer in the slow cooker

Step 3 – 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.

Cooked lava cake in the slow cooker

Step 4 – Cover and cook on high for 2 and ½ hours.

Recipe Tips

  • Slow Cooker – We recommend spraying the crockpot with cooking spray. This helps for cleanup and to easily serve the cake.
  • Cooking Time – 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. Check the cake when close to cooking time so that the cake does not burn.
  • Done Cooking – 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 slow cooker with a serving on a spoon

Serving Suggestions

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.

Chocolate lava cake in a white bowl topped with ice cream

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you Keep Lava Cake in the Slow Cooker?

Yes, we keep the lava cake in the slow cooker. Make sure to turn off the slow cooker while serving so the cake does not burn. The cake will stay warm while serving for a rich and decadent dessert.

What Size of Crock Pot do I Use?

We recommend using a oval crock pot for this recipe. The 6 quart or 8 quart work great. This will allow the chocolate lava cake to cook evenly.

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.

Can I Reheat Leftovers?

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.

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Crockpot Lava Cake

5 from 95 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 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Dessert, Slow Cooker
Calories 437

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.