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Warm Rocky Road Cake

When it's warm, this reminds me of super moist lava cake. And until I made this, I didn't think a slow cooker cake could be so attractive. It's a real winner. —Scarlett Elrod, Newnan, Georgia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (3.9 ounces) instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-1/4 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients; add 1-1/4 cups milk. Beat on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium 2 minutes. Transfer to a greased 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Sprinkle cook-and-serve pudding mix over batter.
  • In a small saucepan, heat remaining milk until bubbles form around sides of pan; gradually pour over contents of slow cooker.
  • Cook, covered, on high 3-4 hours or until a toothpick inserted in cake portion comes out with moist crumbs.
  • Turn off slow cooker. Sprinkle marshmallows, chocolate chips and pecans over cake; let stand, covered, until marshmallows begin to melt, about 5 minutes. Serve warm. If desired, serve with ice cream.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without ice cream): 386 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 431mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • bessiebell
    Mar 11, 2015

    i made this yesterday, and it was wonderful it was very rich. my mother loved it.

  • tribefan56
    May 12, 2014

    I was a bit disappointed in this recipe. It tasted good the day I served it, but it sat in the refrigerator ever after and no one wanted any more. (and I have three boys and a husband). The leftovers kind of tasted like grainy chocolate cake, it was not all that flavorful left over.

  • MrsOwens
    Mar 29, 2014

    Very good. Very sweet, but very good! Will make again when I am cooking for a crowd.

  • JBiester
    Dec 7, 2013

    I made this recipe for work and it was a big hit!