Slow-Cooker Lava Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2 hours + standing


8 servings

Updated: Oct. 13, 2023
I love chocolate. Perhaps that's why this decadent slow-cooker cake has long been a family favorite. The cake can also be served cold. —Elizabeth Farrell, Hamilton, Montana
Slow-Cooker Lava Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 5 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cups hot water


  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  2. Spread into a 3-qt. slow cooker coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and the remaining brown sugar and cocoa; stir in hot water. Pour over batter (do not stir).
  3. Cook, covered, on high 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Turn off slow cooker; let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 207 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.