Chocolate Lava Cake

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Temp High

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this rave-worth dessert, which bursts with chocolatey goodness.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Eggs (according to mix)
  • Cup Vegetable Oil (according to mix)
  • 1 2/3 Cups Water (according to mix)
  • 1 small Package Instant Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Cold Milk (according to pudding mix)
  • 1 (12 oz) Package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Directions

  1. Step One

    Prepare cake mix according to box instructions.

  2. Step Two

    Pour batter into slow cooker.

  3. Step Three

    Prepare Chocolate Pudding Mix according to box instructions and pour over cake batter.

  4. Step Four

    Sprinkle chocolate chips on the batter

  5. Step Five

    Cook in slow cooker on HIGH for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Cake will be moist and have small "lava" bubbles on top. Scoop out and serve with topping of your choice (ice cream, whipped topping or nuts).

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  1. Carla

    Do you use cooking spray on all desserts? I noticed not all of them say to do so.

  2. Janie

    I made this for Saturday night – delicious to say the least!! I followed the directions and like Susan, I followed the box measurements except for the water – added the 1 2/3 c instead of 1/3 c and omg – plus, I didn’t have a small box of chocolate pudding, so I made up the 6 oz size and divided it in half, putting the other half in dessert dishes for a late night snack. I served up the cake topped with a scoop of ice cream and for presentation had put chocolate syrup on the bottom of the dessert dish then the cake, ice cream and then lightly decorated the ice cream/cake with more chocolate syrup and as a bonus added carmel. Seconds were requested!! Yeah!

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  3. Amy

    I am making this tonight, too.
    Would you suggest i use cooking spray?

  4. Niki

    Loved this recipe! I used a gluten free Betty Crocker mix and it turned out wonderfully!

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  5. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    How small, Noelle? I wouldn’t crock it in anything less than a 5qt crock…

  6. Noelle

    I’m going to make this today. Is it ok to make this in a small slow cooker?
    Thank you.

  7. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Not a stupid question, Tabetha! Mix it up and pour on top of your batter. There’s no need to let it set in the fridge. Happy Crockin’, girl!

  8. Tabetha

    Ok, stupid question. I know I have to mix the pudding as directed on the box, but do you have to have it set in the refrigerator as well or do you just mix it up and put it on top of the cake batter?

  9. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    What size crock did you use, Terri?

  10. Terri

    I made this dish this weekend, but mine was cooked in a little over an hour. It also was slightly dry. After sitting a while, the pudding was completely on the bottom of my dish and the cake was on top. The kids loved it, but it was nothing like I was expecting. I use this crock pot all the time and have never had any issues with it. Any ideas why mine came out wrong?

  11. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Julie,
    I would check it after 2 hours just in case your slow-cooker cooks hot and fast. Do the toothpick test and cook longer if needed.

  12. Julie

    Making it tonight for the first time. There are two different cook times though. The top suays 2 hours and step 5 says 3 hours. Guess I will split the difference.

  13. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Vanessa, make a batter using the eggs, oil, and water according to the pkg directions. Sorry it’s confusing…we’ll get those amounts taken off. I don’t know why they’re there! Thanks!

  14. Vanessa

    I’m a little confused on the cake directions. Do I make the cake mix as directed on the cake box or take the cake mix and combine with the measurements you have for the oil and water?

  15. Lisa T.

    Made this today & it turned out PERFECT! I made this in my 6 qt crock which cooks really hot and has hot spots so I used a slow cooker liner, turned it on low and it was done in 2.5 hours! Another fabulous recipe!

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  16. Jessica S.

    I make this the day before, stir it all up after it is done cooking, and let it sit over night. It is SO GOOD the second day! I scoop it out into a fancy Crystal dish and it looks amazing! Today I am going to try a strawberry cake mix with white chips and a vanilla pudding.

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  17. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sorry about your flop, Michelle. Yes, make the instant pudding just as directed on the box (using milk, just as the directions indicate). You are then supposed to pour the pudding over the cake mixture already in the crock. Also, it sounds like your crock may heat a little unevenly, and that could be the cause of one side not setting. Be sure to use at least a 5qt slow cooker. Anything smaller, and it’s very likely it’s too thick for the center to set. You should try this again…I think your rating will change!

  18. Michelle G

    Had to throw it away, it looked undercooked, it was still mushy in alot of spots, it was in for 3 hours, but the bottom was burnt so I didn’t want it to keep cooking. Not sure what I did wrong….any ideas???

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  19. Jessie

    Followed the recipe as written and It was delicious! My husband asked for seconds. A couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream is a must because the cake is so rich.

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  20. Michelle G

    I am going to ask this even though I feel riduculous,…was I supposed to make the pudding like it says on the pudding box, then put it in crock or just mix the pudding powder and milk and then put in crock?

  21. Michelle G

    Mine is currently in the crockpot, but in some spots it looks done , and the middle and one side seem mushy and not done. It has been in for almost 3 hours, thinking I did something wrong??

  22. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You will be amazed at how well a cake does in the slow cooker. Don’t forget to spray with non stick spray before you get to crockin’.

  23. Michelle G

    I have a question for this recipe, when I make my cakes in the oven I replace the oil with the same amount of applesauce, it seems to make the cakes more moist. Will that work to do that in this crock recipe? I have never made a cake in the crock pot before, I would love to try it and this just looks yummy.

  24. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Susan….you go girl!! Glad it was a hit and you have a new way of making it now. Happy Crockin’, Y’all!

  25. Susan

    I used the oil/egg/water measurements that you gave here instead of the ones posted on the box of my cake mix. Everything turned out great. In fact, I am glad that I used the extra water because I left it on warm while we were eating dinner and it firmed up more than what you mention on here. It was still so moist and the pudding made it over the top! A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top melting down… even better!

    I have made cake in the crock pot before, but never thought of adding pudding mix just on top, I always mixed it in with the cake batter! This is MUCH better!

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  26. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You’ve probably already made this but just wanted to check in with you to see how it turned out. You use the package of cake mix and use the eggs and oil to make the batter. Hope it was lavalicious!!

  27. Susan

    Cooking this now, but I should have asked first…

    The measurements for the cake, did you just use what was on the back of you box?

  28. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Yes, Patti. And we like it with a scoop of ice cream, too

  29. Patti S.

    Question, to serve this cake you just scoop it into bowls or plate?

  30. colleen J.

    I made this a few times and my chocoholic husband loved it! I knew it was a keeper when I took it to the firehouse for Thanksgiving dinner. I will be making it soon when we host the family reunion.

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  31. Barbara R.

    I used an ancient, Harvest Gold, crock to make mine–yes, from the late 80′s, I think. It cooked for hours, but never stopped jiggling in the center. After 4 hours, we let it cool, just a little, and dove in. Oh my…so good! Added Vanilla ice cream to cool it down, and devoured it! I didn’t get little volcanoes, but when we scooped it out, the lava from the pudding was just perfect! It probably would do better in a newer crock, but honestly, I liked the fact that it took awhile to cook…It was “done” after dinner (4 hours later) and it was well worth the wait!

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  32. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    The smaller package, Dixie…make sure it’s instant!

  33. Dixie W.

    What size of pudding box are you to use?

  34. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    So glad to hear y’all like it as much as we do! Rock on with your crockin’ self :)

  35. Erica S.

    I made this exactly as the recipe says. Cooked on high for 3 hours. Served it with cookies n cream ice-cream! This dessert was FABULOUS!!! New favorite in my family :)

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  36. Karen L.

    I made this today for a family crawfish boil. Served it warm with vanilla ice cream. It was a big hit!

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  37. Erika D.

    This was very tasty! Cooked as recipe stated and my family loved this! My husband, who doesn’t particularly like chocolate cake, loved this. I will be trying different variations in the very near future.

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  38. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Sorry it didn’t turn out for you Robyn. Maybe your slow cooker cooks a little hot. You may need to cut down the cooking time.

  39. Robyn P.

    I’m not sure what happened with mine, but it was very chewy and GROSS! I threw out the majority of it. :(

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  40. Holly M.

    Made this for my Mom’s birthday and it was fabulous! Took 2 1/2 hours on HIGH in my 2 yr. old oval crockpot. Used 2% milk and small box of regular chocolate pudding. Excellent!

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  41. Jessica S.

    I made this for a wedding shower the day before. I let it cool in the crockpot and then mixed it all up. I spooned it out into a pretty dish and let it sit overnight. The next day it was SO moist and amazing! Basically… the leftovers are even better then the original! :-)

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  42. Beth W.

    I am all over the spice cake mixture! I just put another version in my pot for tonight! I added peanut butter and a little extra milk to the pudding. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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  43. Karen D.

    My family LOVES this cake! I’ve made a chocolate lava and spice lava. For the spice one I used a spice cake mix, vanilla pudding and white chocolate chips. Yum!

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  44. Beth W.

    I have made this twice. First time exactly as written but it was a bit too rich for our family. I made it yesterday and used milk chocolate cake mix and milk chocolate chips and the sweeter version was a big improvement for our taste buds. Everyone at work was asking for the recipe! Also, I used a new crock pot and it burnt the first time at 3 hours. I used an older pot the second time and 3 hours was perfect! If you have a new pot, check it at 2 hours! The middle should jiggle! :)

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  45. Beth W.

    Oh also, use the small box of pudding mix.

  46. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    So glad y’all like the lava cake :) It’s a fav in our homes, too! LOVE how you made it gluten free Laurie…that’s great to know.
    And Marissa and Angie…just use the regular pudding box size. Happy Crockin’ y’all!

  47. Lori G.

    I have made this twice now and everyone LOVES it! I’m going to try some different flavors next time and will let you know if it was successful or not!! I have told many people about this recipe and it’s so easy! (oh by the way…the pudding box size is the one that states for 4 servings….that’s what I’ve seen on other recipes for it).

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  48. April K.

    How do you get it out without making it fall apart? I waited til it cooled and used to spatulas but it was still not pretty. Guess I will serve it in dishes to each person with ice cream! It still tastes good…

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  49. Marissa J.

    What size Choc instant pudding do you use? I made this once before & it was fantastic. I just can’t remember – big box or little box…???

  50. Angie G.

    what size ccp do u use for this?

  51. Laurie P.

    I modified this for my food gluten/dairy intolerences. I replaced the eggs,oil, water with a 15oz. can of pumpkin, I used a gluten free devils food cake mix and I replaced the milk with coconut milk. It is FABULOUS!!! Thank you so much! This is a new favorite in our house!

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  52. Emily J.

    Easy & delicious!

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  53. Cindy E.

    I made this recently, and it was as easy AND delicious as it sounds! One version I read suggested using a liner. I live overseas and don’t have access to them, so I greased the pot. It was super easy to serve and clean up afterwards.

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  54. Heidi E.

    I love how this turned out. So easy and not fussy. I just about ate the whole thing by myself! Definitely a keeper! Thanks crock pot girls.

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