Chocolate Espresso Lava Cake Recipe
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Chocolate Espresso Lava Cake Recipe

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When a chocolate craving hits, I whip up this cake my aunt inspired. It’s gooey and saucy but not crazy sweet. It’s also potluck perfect. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white baking chips

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 327 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 41mg cholesterol, 317mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, adding espresso powder before mixing. Transfer to a greased 4-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix 2 minutes. Let stand 2 minutes or until soft-set. Pour over batter. Cook, covered, on low 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out with moist crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips and baking chips. Turn off slow cooker; remove insert. Let stand, uncovered, 15-30 minutes or until chips are softened. Serve warm. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Chocolate Espresso Lava Cake in Simple & Delicious December/January 2016

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aybrittain User ID: 2674318 265611
Reviewed May. 6, 2017

"I used a chocolate butter cake mix, 11/2 tbsp. espresso and milk chocolate chips instead of semi sweet. Have made it many times and have had rave reviews . I served it with vanilla ice cream. Delicious!!"

aybrittain User ID: 2674318 265610
Reviewed May. 6, 2017

"Have made this several times. Delicious! I like 1 1/2 Tbsp. espresso and milk chocolate chips instead of semi sweet."

Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 252849
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"Delicious and oh so easy. My crock pot was bigger than called for, but no problems, I just checked it a bit earlier since it was thinner than it would have been in a 4-qt. crockpot. I used a box of sugar-free chocolate pudding because that was all I had on hand and that worked out just fine. I've been home recovering from surgery and this was a nice and easy treat to have waiting for my husband when he got home from work to say "thank you" for taking such good care of me these last few days."

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