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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

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 YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-2/3 cups water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional 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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loonygirl User ID: 4165641 268924
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2017


Debra Torres User ID: 4566970 253317
Reviewed 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!"

lola717 User ID: 8804411 245430
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2016

"i made this yesterday. I thought it was terrible. Nothing like I thought it was going to taste like. so disappointing."

NoodleNel User ID: 6393598 244250
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"I made this for my family on Valentine's Day and they were thrilled. We served it with vanilla ice cream. I will definitely make it again! I used the crockpot liner and am glad I did. No mess to clean up. I couldn't find devil's food cake s used German chocolate. Delicious. Only served the 4 of us. We had huge helpings. If I had company, I would try to double it."

mary.honerman User ID: 8175635 244025
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2016

"This was so easy and so delicious! I will make it again! It took three hours on high to cook."

Pink1963 User ID: 8769674 243770
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2016

"This turned out perfect! Took like 3 minutes to put together, than 3 hours in the crock pot. A really great flavor, I will definitely make this again when I have people over, it does make a lot. I don't like cakes with frosting or that are too sweet, so this was just my cup of tea. Now I'm wondering if you can use other flavors of cake mix and pudding..........."

SpartanRepair User ID: 8748406 243028
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"I made this and it literally tasted like nothing(plain oatmeal like)... It made my house smell good atleast"

Evil74 User ID: 8689228 241294
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2016

"I needed to try this but didn't have a chocolate cake, or chocolate pudding, so I used yellow cake mix with cocoa, vanilla pudding with cocoa, dark chocolate chips. was GREAT !!! , with ice cream , just over 2 1/2 hrs on high."

rdwags62 User ID: 6077205 237316
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2015

"This cake was very rich and very good. I would call it a pudding cake rather than lava cake but that is not a big deal. We used to make pudding cake when I was growing up and this reminded me of that."

watsonl1 User ID: 3481416 237167
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2015

"This cake was just so-so in my opinion. It is easy to put together, but don't forget it as you can most crock pot meals. Mine like other reviewers was done in 2-2.5 hours tops. The flavor is just so-so and it seemed to lack the "molten" texture I was looking for in lava cake. My daughter who is a choc-o-holic was not impressed either. Good to try but I wouldn't take this to an event or make again."

Ms.phyllischeeks User ID: 8599297 236118
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"I had it at church it was the bomb"

bonito15 User ID: 6959830 236072
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2015

"OMG this looked too easy and it was and how great to just serve it out of the slow cooker and it stayed warm so when it was time for dessert - voila it was ready and warm"

bardougma User ID: 8575766 235064
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"Really not a lava cake, exactly. More of a chocolate pudding cake. However, It is delicious and got rave reviews when I used it! I tried it using a spice cake mix instead of chocolate, and it was great."

silverfox2951 User ID: 6536833 221469
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"This is my go-to dessert when I need something easy but good! Everyone in my family likes this. I change it up sometimes by adding peanut butter chips instead of semi sweet. You can also use cinnamon chips or milk chocolate too."

sixkritters User ID: 7676539 220081
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2015

"YUMMO!!! If you need a chocolate fix this is it."

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 218159
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2015

"I love the taste and how easy it is!"

IslandChickadee User ID: 7611946 180642
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"I've made this several times, exactly as the recipe says, and it's been a hit every time. Deliciously sweet, warm, and rich. It IS chocolate, after all!"

SuziJT User ID: 7679454 119711
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"Looking good"

menosmal User ID: 7450223 196474
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2014

"Good, easy to put together. Could be slightly sweeter. Careful with your cook time-- in my slow cooker, this was done at 2.5 hours."

deluxmary2000 User ID: 7606780 212948
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"This was good, but not GREAT. I actually agree with the one reviewer who said it was not sweet enough. I may try a different cake mix next time rather than devil's food. It was very easy, though, hence the 4 stars instead of 3. Also, my daughter and husband both loved it.

I made exactly according to the recipe and used a liner as suggested. It didn't start to burn, but it was ready to eat in about 2.5 hours."

Crickhollow User ID: 7406647 186809
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"Agree with others...started to burn after an hour or so. Turned the crockpot from high to low. Used less chocolate chips...and that is hard for a chocoholic to say! Otherwise a great dish when having friends over. Needs that scoop of vanilla bean ice cream."

JBoomsma User ID: 5553624 136152
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"I liked that this was an easy dessert to bring to dinner with friends. It wasn't just the basic cookies, pie, etc, but something warm and not reheated."

annrms User ID: 2649709 193488
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2013

"I made this and used half for a Mother's Day dessert with vanilla ice cream. I froze the other half and thawed it to make a strawberry and lava cake trifle with fresh whipped cream. Delicious!"

MrsOwens User ID: 7095603 196472
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"I made this recipe twice. Once following the recipe as closely as I could and second making adjustments. Lets start with the original recipe- first, it calls for cooking on high for 3-4 hours. I had to turn mine off at 1 1/2 hours as it started to burn. Second, the addition of chocolate chips was just too much! It made the cake too sweet and to me, it just didn't blend well flavor wise. When I made the cake again, I made the following adjustments and it tuned out wonderful! I omitted the chocolate chips, reduced the milk to 1 cup and cooked on medium for 2 hours, lid on. My family raved about it! We ate it hot, which left the pudding slightly liquid but not overly runny. Was great with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream!"

Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 198180
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013


Danielle_09 User ID: 3114908 186808
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"This was my first time making a recipe in a slow cooker and I would definetly do this again. It turned out great and it was fun to watch the pudding pop out of the top of the cake, just like lava!! I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top while the cake was still warm and gooey. I do want to say that I did use a 4-qt slow cooker and it only took two and a half hours, not three to four like the recipe stated but it may vary by slow cooker."

patb435 User ID: 728482 182589
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"I made this cake for my book club dessert and served it with ice cream. Everyone raved about it. It was delicious and there was nothing left! I will definitely make this recipe again."

carolbadenoch User ID: 2938863 196468
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2013

"Absolutely delicious! The cake layer is moist, and the lava layer forms perfectly on the bottom. I cooked it on high for 3 hours. It's so good, my grandson picked it for his birthday dessert."

spiceygas User ID: 3317044 119606
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013

"Super easy and very tasty. Next time I'm going to try it with white chocolate chips to see how that turns out."

spud69 User ID: 1041067 136151
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2013

"Not sweet enough."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1865753 136142
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"Huge success at my Church pot luck this afternoon!! It disappeared so quickly I only got a little taste! I will definitely put this one on my list of favorites!!!"

YahYee User ID: 6346370 198179
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"My husband loved this! I followed the recipe and it came out delicious. This recipe is a keeper."

nklamport User ID: 1105097 114811
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Tried this tonight. Used a 3qt crock pot and it seemed to work fine. Was done after 3 hours (although we haven't gotten to the bottom yet). Delicious, moist, and wonderful."

Paschendale User ID: 7074674 136120
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Excellent cake, very easy and extremely tasty. Combine it all and forget it for 3 hours. This one's a keeper!"

craiganddi User ID: 4353232 198178
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"Very yummy! My chocoholic hubby ate two bowls of it. I didn't have pudding mix so I added cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and cornstarch to the 2 cups of milk and whipped it. The cake was totally set and had molten chocolate pockets, too. Seemed to have worked just fine! :)"

nklamport User ID: 1105097 212947
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Can't wait to try the recipe. If I use a 3 quart crockpot, can you tell me if it works just as well and how much longer to cook it? it possible to cook it on low longer? If so, any idea how long? Want to take this for work soon for a morning treat."

seasons4 User ID: 978190 136119
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"This cake is wonderful! I didn't have a devil's food cake mix, so I used a triple fudge cake mix. I also used instant vanilla pudding - I was going to call it Zebra cake. However, there was no evidence of the vanilla pudding when I served it - everything looked chocolatey. Definitely will make this again!"

KimMynatt User ID: 7068143 120905
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"easy and delicious!"

Judy Hillegonds User ID: 2513094 212946
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013 Edited Sep. 16, 2013

"I served this dessert for a holiday luncheon I hosted and it was a great hit with all my friends. Several asked for the recipe. Best served warm right out of the slow cooker but is also good later as a leftover heated up in the microwave. I served it with a dollop of whipped topping."

kathleen98 User ID: 1845006 186807
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2012

"Delicious! easy to make! We served ice cream and chocolate sauce with it. Adding raspberries next time!"

katbrown2057 User ID: 2109747 120904
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2012 Edited Feb. 2, 2016

"This Lava cake is amazing! easy and delicious! I have made a pudding cake just like it from scratch ... this tastes just as good with half the prep time. This cake tastes best eaten immediately, although it is still good heated up."

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