Lava Cake in the Slow Cooker

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Did you know you can make a cake in the crockpot?

For real, my friend.

Need a dump- and- go, super simple, dessert recipe for an upcoming event… like a lazy Saturday? You’ve gotta make this easy crockpot lava cake!

(Check out all of my easy dessert recipes while you’re here!)



crockpot chocolate lava cake


  • 1 boxed devils food cake
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1 2/3 cup water
  • 1 pkg Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding Mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)

Add the eggs, cake mix, oil and water to a batter bowl and mix well.

Once well combined, pour the mixture into your crockpot.

Next, mix the cold milk and the Instant Chocolate Pudding in a batter bowl with a whisk.

Once the consistency is firm, pour the pudding over the cake batter.

Do not mix it into the batter,  just pour it over the top of the batter.

Sprinkle the bag of chocolate chips over the cake and pudding.

Put a lid on it and let it cook for 2-3 hours on high.

When it is done it will look bubbly.

Scoop up some cake and a nice helping of ice cream (we got vanilla bean ice cream on clearance at Target) and prepare yourself for the yummiest dessert you’ve ever tasted.

From the crockpot, no less.

Warning: this is sweet. I could only handle a couple of bites, but everyone else devoured it!

Garnish with fruit and mint sprigs if you want!

lava cake made in the crockpot

Don’t forget, Crystal & Co., has tons of easy recipes, many of which are crockpotable!

(I found this recipe originally over at the Crockpot Girls website.)

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Lava Cake in the Slow Cooker

Lava Cake in the Slow Cooker

This lava cake made right in your slow cooker is a decadent chocolate dessert your whole family will love!


  • 1 boxed devils food cake
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c vegetable oil
  • 1 2/3 cup water
  • 1 pkg Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding Mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 bag chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)


  1. Mix up the eggs, cake mix, oil, and water in a large bowl.
  2. Pour the mixture into the crockpot.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the cold milk and the instant chocolate pudding until completely smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture on top of the cake batter in the crockpot.
  5. DO NOT MIX. Allow the pudding to sit where it has been poured.
  6. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate pudding cake concoction with chocolate chips. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.
  7. Serve out of the crockpot with a scoop of ice cream or garnished with a fruit of your choice.


  1. I make a cake similar to this in the oven, but I love anything made in a crock pot. Looks SO good!

    1. aniC- it really was delicious. My kids loved it and thought it was so neat how it was melted looking.

      Thanks for reading.

    1. Kim- really! Amazing, isn’t it?
      This cake is perfect for a book club dessert.
      Let me know how it goes.

  2. Oh man – I know I would absolutely love this recipe!

  3. I have just discovered the wonder of the crock pot. Can I say you just changed my life? A cake in the crock pot??? Is there anything better?
    Thanks for sharing this!!!!

    1. Andrea, the crockpot is most likely the one item I would take to a deserted island. 🙂

  4. How easy and delicious!! My family would love this (and I love making it in the slow cooker!)

  5. This looks amazing! Someone brought a chocolatey cake thing made in a crock pot to a church potluck once – it was a amazing and I always wished I new how to make it. Yours looks the same so I’m going to give it a whirl!

  6. Wow…I never thought of making a cake in a crock pot! This is awesome! 😀

  7. Whoa. What a great way to free up the oven for other things…and what a decadent dessert. I’m trying this, for sure.

    1. Ann- Decadent is such a great word for this cake. I am always amazed when I find a dessert crockpot recipe. Perfect for pot lucks and busy schedules.

  8. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    sounds yummy!

  9. Hi Crystal,
    This is a great dessert and easy in the Crock Pot! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I need a slice of that…yesterday! That looks incredible 🙂

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  12. As it is winter here in Australia my crockpot sits out on my countertop nearly 24/7. I never thought about making dessert in it too. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Dessert in the crockpot is the best. This recipe is yummy!

  13. This looks so yummy! I love that you make it in a crock pot too!

    1. Jenny- it was fun to make. Any dessert that can be made in the crockpot is a keeper in my book!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  14. That looks really yummy. I’ve never tried making a cake in the crock pot- guess I’ll have to now! Thanks for the recipe.
    : )

  15. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace says:

    This looks great! Thanks for the recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. Love recipes with the crock pot!

  16. another I am going to have to try…thanks again for sharing

  17. Jessica Schwarzott says:

    my husband has been “craving” lava cake for a week now, so i’m trying this tonight. if all goes well, i think i may try it with choc cake mix and white choc pudding and white choc chips next. another variation i’m going to try is yellow cake mix with choc chips mixed in, then the choc pudding and choc chips for the “lava”……so many options!

    1. Jessica- all of those variations sound awesome. Let me know which is your favorite.

  18. About how long did it take for the cake batter to become firm?

    1. Leslie-

      I really cannot say at what point the cake became firm because I was not home the entire time that it was cooking. But, that picture in the tutorial that shows the cake mix bubbly in the crockpot, it had cooked for 3 hours on high at that point and it was done.

      Hope that helps.

  19. This sounds so wonderful! I have one question though–does it matter what size crock pot to use? Thanks!

    1. I used a 6 qt oval. I think it works best for making this cake cook evenly at a good speed.

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  21. Do u know if this recipe will work with cook and serve pudding?

    1. I do not know as I have not tried that. Let me know if it works for you.

  22. Hello! Happy Holidays! I’m the store and they don’t have chocolate chips. Can I get Hershey’s drops candy? What other options? Thanks

    1. I have no idea what drop candies are, but if it is small chocolate pieces I am sure it will work fine.

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