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Chocolate Lava Cake (Crock Pot)

Chocolate Lava Cake (Crock Pot)
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This Chocolate Lava Cake is absolutely fabulous. It’s served warm, has  a moist top layer, and an ooey-gooey bottom that is rich, smooth and full of chocolate goodness. Add a cool scoop of ice cream and you will be in heaven, my friends. Not only is this cake delectable, but you can put it together in just about 15 minutes. Then it cooks in the crock pot for 2 1/2 hours. It’s great for summer gatherings when  you don’t want to heat up your oven. Make it for Sunday dinner, make it for a friend, make it for your 4th of July celebration!

Let me show you how to make it happen. :)


Chocolate Lava Cake (Crock Pot)

***NOTE: Some readers have had a hard time getting this cake to cook in the 2 1/2 hour allotted cooking time. Every crock pot cooks a little differently. You may want to leave yourself 3-3 1/2 hours cooking time. If your cake isn’t cooking quickly enough, you could also turn the crock pot setting to high for the last 15 minutes or so. This recipe takes a little experimenting with, depending on how fast your crock pot cooks.

Time: 15 min. prep + 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 hours cooking
Yield: 12 servings
Recipe from Betty Crocker

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 1/4 C milk
1/2 C vegetable or canola oil
3 eggs
1 (3.9 ounce) instant chocolate pudding
2 C milk (I used 1 %)
1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
parchment paper

1. Grab a 3-4 quart crock pot and line it with parchment paper. Spray the inside of the paper with cooking spray. The parchment paper helps the cake cook without burning along the edges. You can make it without the paper, just be sure to watch it closely.


2. Find yourself a nice chocolate cake mix and pour it into your stand mixer or medium-sized mixing bowl.
3. Add 1 1/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup oil and 3 eggs. Beat on low-speed for 1 minutes. Scrape the bottom of the bowl and beat on medium speed for 2-3 minutes or until the batter in nice and glossy.


4. Pour the batter into the lined crock pot.


5. Pour one small box of chocolate pudding into your stand mixer or medium-sized mixing bowl. Add 2 cups cold milk and beat it until the pudding thickens. Should take about 3-4 minutes.


6. Pour the pudding over the top of the cake batter. Don’t stir it. Really, cross my heart and hope to die. It will cook up best if you leave the layers be.


7. Grab a bag of milk chocolate chips and pour the pretty little things all over the top of the pudding. Again, please do not stir it.
8. Cover the crock and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours, or until the top of the cake is set. ***NOTE: Some readers have had a hard time getting this cake to cook in the 2 1/2 hour allotted cooking time. Every crock pot cooks a little differently. You may want to leave yourself 3-3 1/2 hours cooking time. If your cake isn’t cooking quickly enough, you could also turn the crock pot setting to high for the last 15 minutes or so. This recipe takes a little experimenting with, depending on how fast your crock pot cooks.***


Like this. :)


The bottom layer of the cake will be all gooey and soft. Yum.

Double yum.


9. Place some on a plate…


and add a  cool scoop of ice cream or whipped cream right on top.


Chocolate Lava Crock Pot Cake

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  1. 101
    Trudy Wood
    May 31, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I have made the Choc lava cake as well as a white chocolate and raspberry version. Both really good.

    • 102
      June 1, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Ohhh!! Would you mind sharing those recipes?! They both sound amazing!

  2. 103
    June 30, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Any estimates for the number of servings? Would love to make it for the 4th!

    • 104
      July 2, 2014 at 10:22 am

      It should serve around 12. Good luck to you! Happy Fourth!

  3. 105
    July 6, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I made this for the first time on Friday. The 2 1/2 hours on low cook time was way off for me though. It took 6 hours at least before the top was set. I really am unsure of the exact time. I just kept adding hours to the timer and I even put the temperature on high for awhile. I have a regular crock pot so that can’t be it. It was absolutely delicious though and I will make it again. And again. LOL but people are asking me for the recipe and I have no idea what to tell them in regards to cook time.

  4. 106
    July 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Hi all, crockpot size doesn’t matter but the time does when it’s hi vs low.
    its 2 1/2 to 3 or 3 1/2 hrs on hi and up to 6 -7 hr’s on low.

  5. 107
    July 13, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Oh man! I really should have checked the comments. The 2 1/2 hours on low was way off.

  6. 108
    July 16, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Can you make this in the oven to do it faster?

  7. 109
    July 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    So for the second step, (mixing the cake mix with the milk and such,) do I make it like that? Or should i make it the way that the box says to make it? I got the “chewy fudge brownies” and not the dark chocolate fudge, and they have different requirements.

  8. 110
    October 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    This looks delicious! Any best practices for storing leftovers?

    • 111
      October 29, 2014 at 7:40 am

      Hi Kelsey,
      Store leftovers in a microwave safe container, in the fridge. It’s best if you warm it up a bit before you eat it. Best of luck. Hope you love it!

  9. 112
    November 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Very sad.
    I ruined Family’s dessert because the time said 2.5 hours on low. Turns out in the comments it had the correct cook time/temp. Looks like I’ll have to wake up in the middle of the night to turn it off or stay up and family doesn’t get dessert. Maybe next time we can try this.
    It looks like it’ll be good

  10. 113
    December 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I had made this before and thought I had cooked it on high but this recipe said low, it also said to make the cake according to the directions on the box and I used the exact same cake mix but the box said to use water instead of milk. Anyway, yes the cooking time is off on this recipe – I have a crockpot full of chocolate soup which I hope will salvage if I keep cooking it on low for another 3 hours. :(

  11. 114
    December 31, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    The recipe says 2.5 hours on low. Only after seeing it not setting have I just read the comments where it now says high….

    Please change the recipe instructions so that others don’t make this same mistake, especially if it’s a special occasion.

  12. 115
    January 2, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Just wanted to inform others I noticed the ingredients listed milk twice. Once was 1-1/4 cup and once was 2-cups. So the first ingredient lists 3-1/4 cups total. So if you are not careful, you will use 2-cups of milk and not 1-1/4 cups in the cake mix. This could cause the longer cook time. We cooked it for 3 hours on high and it still was not done so we transferred it to the oven at 3:50 to finish. We now just cook it in the oven at 350 which is faster for 40 to 45 minutes. Insert toothpick halfway from the center to the outer edge and if no cake sticks it is done.

  13. 116
    January 3, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I’m not a fan of chocolate cake. But when I saw this on Pinterest I said I had to try this. It came out perfect! I used a 7 qt. crock pot and cooked it for 2 1/2 hours on Hi. The kids love it!! I’m on my second serving since this evening!!

  14. 117
    January 14, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Do you have to use instant pudding? Has anyone not used the instant? Thanks!

  15. 118
    January 28, 2015 at 1:46 am

    I made this recipe the night before and put it in the crock pot at 330 am so it would be ready for the next morning for a class party… I read the comments then I’m so glad I did because I had it on low it would have never been done in time so I put it on high hope it turns out OK. Should really change that in the recipe so people know.

  16. 119
    February 4, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Is it possible to use brownie mix instead of cake mix? I have both and was wondering what it would taste like if I switched them out.

  17. 120
    February 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Making this for Valentine’s tomorrow… my husband will FLIP. :-) Excited!

  18. 121
    February 15, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I made this for Valentine’s Day, and it was amazing. It is important to mention that after reading so many of the comments on this page, I was hesitant to make this recipe. I decided to go on Pintrest and look at what other similar recipes said. All of the other recipes I read said to cook for 2.5 hours on HIGH. I did that, and it turned out perfectly. I actually took another website’s advice and cooked for 2 hours on high and then turned it off and put the lid on for another half hour to an hour while we ate supper. **I think based on so many comments and other similar recipes that this recipe is incorrect. I used a standard Crock Pot brand crock pot and this recipe would have never cooked on low in the 2.5 hours. It would have taken all day.
    Still, with the one adjustment, this by far is my favorite chocolate cake recipe.

  19. 122
    February 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I thought this recipe was horrible! I was surprised with all that chocolate and it wasnt sweet at all. Needless to say all 6 of my kids took 1 bite and threw it away.

  20. 123
    March 21, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I didn’t have parchment paper so lined my crock pot with alumnium foil. Its still cooking Iit turns out ok my kids amd husband are excited.

  21. 124
    March 22, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Please change the cook time. It’s 6:55pm, I’ve been cooking on low for 3 hours, after reading the comments I turned the heat up to high! No dessert tonight, the kids are bummed as dessert is not on the menu daily, let alone weekly at our house!! Maybe I’ll have a midnight snack while they sleep!!

  22. 125
    April 14, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    I’m cooking it now, I started it at 10 am and it’s 3:00 pm and still not done. I hope it’s done by dinner time :0(

  23. 126
    Trista Taylor
    April 17, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I started cooking it at 9 pm and it is 1 am now. I turned it on high about an hour ago and the edges are getting done so maybe it won’t be too much longer. The smell was so tempting I couldn’t take it anymore so I got a little of the edge..hehe. It is absolutely delicious with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!!! :)

  24. 127
    November 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Are you able to just double the recipe to make for a large group? If so, would the cooking time change at all? (I’ve made it before and it’s awesome!)

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