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Slow-Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Everyone who tries this dessert falls in love with it. Using a slow cooker liner makes cleanup a breeze. —Latona Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-2/3 cups water
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs and oil; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Transfer to a greased 4-qt. slow cooker.
  • In another bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand until soft-set, about 2 minutes. 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.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 215 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Michelle
    May 13, 2020

    I really enjoyed this! It was really tasty and easy to make. The cake was moist and spongy and the pudding was the perfect consistency underneath. I used cashew milk instead of 2% milk and I used sunflower oil instead of vegetable oil. It was done in only 2.5 hrs!

  • Linda
    Mar 31, 2020

    Can I use a pudding that is supposed to be cooked instead of instant pudding?

  • Yvonda
    Mar 16, 2020

    Will try this in my 9 X 13 casserole slow cooker at our next pot luck.

  • Sandra
    Apr 25, 2019

    This was great to make and eat the whole family loved it. I lined crockpot with parchment paper. TIP wet paper before lining the pot.

  • Tran
    Oct 5, 2018

    Instead of dumping the pudding on top, what I did was split the cake batter in half

  • Anya
    Apr 18, 2018

    This isn't how you make the recipe from scratch this is a easy less tasty version

  • kredhead
    Feb 1, 2018

    I have been making this recipe for years, it is especially nice on a holiday or special occasion. I love this when I am super busy making a meal for company. This hot dessert in a crockpot is easy, fast to put together, delicious & most importantly frees up my kitchen. People can even serve themselves. Don't forget the vanilla ice cream to go with. My only addition would be to watch this when it is done, don't let the bottom burn even when it's on warm, if left for an extended time, it may scorch.

  • Jeannie
    Dec 18, 2017

    Tried this with Red Velvet cake mix and it was to die for !

  • loonygirl
    Jul 3, 2017


  • Debra Torres
    Aug 28, 2016

    Love taking this to church potlucks! The best dessert for a crowd. So easy, but it seems like you slaved all day to make it!