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Slow-Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

slow-cooker chocolate lava cake Dessert
Slow cooker chocolate lava cake served in bowls with whipped cream
  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 8

For a dessert that's restaurant-good and slow-cooker easy, try this home-cooked take on lava cake. Let your slow cooker transform Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ triple chocolate fudge cake mix, pudding mix and chocolate chips into an impressively rich dessert. It makes a perfect dessert when you’re hosting a dinner party and need something elegant that won’t keep you in the kitchen fussing over details! MORE+ LESS-

Angie McGowan
Updated July 2, 2019
Betty Crocker Cake Mix
Make with
Betty Crocker Cake Mix

Ingredients

Cake

1
box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ triple chocolate fudge cake mix
1 1/4
cups milk
1/2
cup vegetable oil
3
eggs

Topping

1
box (4-serving size) instant chocolate pudding and pie filling mix
2
cups milk
1
bag (12 oz) milk chocolate chips (2 cups)

Steps

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  • 1
    Spray 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer as directed on cake mix box. Pour into slow cooker.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, beat pudding mix and 2 cups milk with whisk as directed on box. Pour into slow cooker over cake batter. Do not mix. Sprinkle chocolate chips over top.
  • 3
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours or until cake is set and pudding is beginning to bubble out of cake.

Expert Tips

  • Try dark chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips for more decadence in your chocolate lava cake.
  • To prevent the lava cake from having darker edges, line the slow cooker with cooking parchment paper before filling with cake batter. To prevent condensation from dripping down onto cake, place a folded, clean dish towel under cover of cooker.
  • Just when you thought it was for dinner and apps only, your most reliable kitchen appliance reveals its secrets to creating amazing slow-cooker desserts. Keep in mind that certain desserts work better than others in the slow cooker—if it’s gooey and soft, you can bet it’ll work (though you definitely want to follow a kitchen-tested recipe) better than something that needs to be crispy.
  • In the pantheon of chocolate cakes recipes, luscious, warm chocolate lava cake has become a restaurant staple, but it’s surprisingly achievable at home. In this version, the gooey “lava” part of the cake is below the cake, and gets scooped out along with the cake layer when you’re ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
670
Calories from Fat
290
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33g
50%
Saturated Fat
14g
69%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
90mg
29%
Sodium
750mg
31%
Potassium
480mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
83g
28%
Dietary Fiber
3g
12%
Sugars
58g
Protein
11g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
30%
30%
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 1/2 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 5 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
5 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Not that most people need convincing, but this chocolate cake is one you really shouldn’t pass up. And you don’t need to take our word for it, home cooks across the country have fallen for this ooey-gooey, extra-chocolatey cake — check out the 100-plus positive reviews! The texture and flavor that make this cake so good are due to the addition of chocolate pudding and chocolate chips, but the cooking method also plays a role. “Baking” the cake in the steamy slow cooker helps keep it super moist, so you get all the texture of your favorite restaurant “lava cake!” After you’ve mastered this recipe, check out Betty’s article on how to make cake to ensure success every time.

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