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  • 1 package devil's food cake mix
  • 1 2/3 Cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 Cup canola oil
  • 2 Cups cold 2 percent milk
  • 1 3.9-ounce package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 Cups semisweet chocolate chips


In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Then beat on medium for 2 minutes.

Transfer to a greased 4-quart slow-cooker.

In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.

Spoon over cake batter; sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out with moist crumbs.

Serve warm.

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving449

Folate equivalent (total)53µg13%

Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg13.2%

Easy Chocolate Crock Pot Lava Cake Recipe

Oh my! 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!

How to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake:

Start by spraying a 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick spray. The oval slow cooker is best for this recipe so the cake will cook evenly.

You will need:

  • Chocolate fudge cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Canola Oil
  • Brewed Coffee
  • instant chocolate pudding mix
  • milk
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips

I use coffee in place of the water in the cake mix, which made the chocolate look very dark, I loved the coffee in this cake!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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!

How to Make Crockpot Lava Cake

First, watch our quick video demo to see how we made our slow cooker chocolate lava cake. Then keep reading for photo step-by-step directions. A free printable copy of the recipe is available at the bottom of the post.

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Before pouring your batter into the slow cooker, make sure that you’ve coated the dish liberally with non-stick cooking spray. This will keep the cake from sticking to the sides.

Add cake mix, milk, egg, oil, and pudding mix to slow cooker and stir until combined. Be sure to use a silicone tool that won’t scratch the sides.

Cover the top of the cake with chocolate chips – you don’t want to stir these.

Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours. Feel free to top with whipped cream or more fudge sauce!

Customize Your Crockpot Lava Cake:

  • Make it gluten-free — Simply use a gluten free chocolate cake mix! Chocolate pudding mix should be gluten free, but check the ingredients just in case.
  • Make it dairy free — Use your favorite non-dairy milk in place of the whole milk. We like cashew milk or coconut milk because of the rich flavor and creamy texture.
  • Customize your cake — Try different types of chocolate chips, caramel chips, mini peanut butter cups, etc. Top your cake with chocolate syrup and whipped cream!

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How to make crock pot lava cake:

  • 1 Box Pillsbury Chocolate Cake, prepared
  • 1 Container Fudge Frosting
  • 1 cup semi sweet Chocolate Chips

(Gasp!) Is that all?! Yes, it sure is! This crockpot lava cake with frosting couldn’t be any easier! Next, gather your tools, a crockpot, a mixing bowl, spatula, measuring cups (both dry and wet). And, you’re ready to rock and roll!

Spray the inside of the crock pot with non-stick cooking spray. Next, pour the prepared cake mix into the crockpot, following up with dollops of frosting all of the top of the prepared cake mix.

Sprinkle the cake mix and frosting mixture with chocolate chips.

Place a paper towel large enough to cover the entire top of the crockpot over the crockpot and place the slow cooker lid over the paper towel (and crockpot).

Bake on high for 1-2 hours.

At one hour, use a toothpick in the middle of the crockpot chocolate lava cake to determine the amount of cooking time left. When the toothpick comes out mostly clean from the middle of the cake, you can turn the crockpot off.

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Recipe Summary

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Spray crock of a large slow cooker with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla until well combined. Whisk in the boiling water. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.

Pour the cake batter into the prepared slow cooker.

Set slow cooker to "Low". Cook until cake has no wet spots on top and has pulled away from the sides of the crock, about 3 hours. Turn off slow cooker and allow cake to rest for 30 minutes before serving.

Easy Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

When it comes to decadent chocolate desserts, it doesn’t get much easier than this Easy Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake.

If you’ve ever had a chocolate lava cake–or warm chocolate pudding cake–you know how dreamy and delicious they are. And in this recipe, the slow cooker does most of the work for you.

Basically, you mix up the chocolate cake batter, put it in your slow cooker, then top it off with dollops of chocolate pudding and loads of chocolate chips.

Three hours later you have a moist, rich, spoon-able dessert that any chocolate lover will go crazy for. Pretty much everyone who tries this cake falls in love with it.

And no one needs to know how easy it is to make–that can be your little secret. To make clean-up quick and easy too, use a slow cooker liner. Easy peasy!

Although the recipe calls for a devil’s food cake mix, you can use any chocolate cake mix with good results. Same goes for the pudding–there are several versions of chocolate pudding available, and any will work in this recipe.

I like to serve this cake with fresh berries to contrast with the richness of the chocolate and pudding. And of course, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream is a must!

This does make enough to serve a crowd, so if you have leftovers, simply spoon a serving into a microwave safe bowl and heat until warm and gooey.

Another reason I love this recipe, besides the fact that it’s ridiculously easy, is that it frees up space in my oven for cooking main dishes and sides. And I always have the ingredients on hand!

Next time a chocolate craving strikes, whip up this Easy Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake. You won’t regret it!

  • Don’t skip the can of icing, it’s what takes the “lava” from an ok pudding to an amazing chocolate explosion of lava! Trust me, this is what makes this Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake so decadent! Using this in addition to the chocolate chips makes it great!
  • Like I mentioned before watch the cake edges carefully at the end of the cooking time.
  • This Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake is done when the middle of the cake is baked completely. When you are testing it make sure that you aren’t piercing through to the chocolate lava part otherwise you’ll think the cake isn’t done. When the tester comes out clean the cake is ready!
  • As a result of this being a super easy recipe you can play around with this recipe as you see fit, mix and match cake mixes and puddings!

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