Slow Cooker Lava Cake

12 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake is an easy decadent dessert. Homemade rich chocolate cake with a molten fudgy center. No boxed cake mix or instant pudding!

This delicious, easy Dessert has the same gooey, chocolatey goodness as a fancy Chocolate Lava Cake but with half of the work and made in a slow cooker!

Slow Cooker Lava Cake in bowl with vanilla ice cream


Slow cookers are a staple for making easy family dinners, but they are also great to make your favorite dessert recipe easier too. Just like so many savory recipes, you can toss your ingredients into the slow cooker and in a few hours you have a ready-to-serve decadent dessert.

This Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake recipe gets even better made completely from scratch with no chocolate cake mix or instant pudding. You get the same rich chocolate cake with a fudgy, velvety chocolate center as a regular lava cake recipe without turning on your oven. Cooked low and slow, the lid traps the moisture, steaming it slightly for a melt-in-your-mouth moist cake.

Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake is a delicious dessert to make for a party too. Start it beforehand so it is hot and ready to serve by the time you are clearing the table, without taking time away from your guests. This sweet chocolatey cake doesn’t need any frosting, just serve scoops of molten chocolate lava cake in bowls with Vanilla Ice Cream.

Slow Cooker Lava Cake ingredients in bowls

For an extra special treat, you can serve Slow Cooker Lave Cake with a dollop of Whipped Cream, and a drizzle of sauce like Salted Caramel Sauce or Chocolate Ganache. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the warm cake for a quick chocolatey topping, chopped nuts for some crunch, or fresh berries for sweet fruity flavor.

To make clean up just as easy as making this slow cooker dessert, be sure to grease the slow cooker insert really well. Use a generous spray of cooking spray directly on the crockpot, or you can line the slow cooker with parchment paper sprayed with baking spray. The parchment paper will make it easier to remove the leftover cake for storing.


Slow Cooker Lava Cake in slow cooker before cooking


  • Nuts: Sprinkle a ½ cup crushed peanuts, chopped pecans or sliced almonds over the top of the cake batter before adding the brown sugar hot water mixture.
  • Vanilla: To make a Vanilla Lava Cake, omit the cocoa powder and increase to 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. For a funfetti cake, stir in ½ cup rainbow sprinkle or rainbow candy chips to the cake batter.
  • Peanut Butter: Add dollops of creamy peanut butter on top of the cake batter before pouring hot water mixture over top. You could also stir in up to ½ cup mini peanut butter cups or peanut butter chips to the cake batter.
  • Chocolate Chips: For more chocolatey flavor, fold in ½ cup chocolate chips to the cake batter like dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Cake Mix: Swap the dry ingredients in the homemade cake mix with a box of your favorite chocolate cake mix to make this recipe even easier. Try devil’s food cake mix or chocolate fudge cake mix.
  • Instant Pudding: For a fudgier, chewier cake, add a box of instant chocolate pudding mix. Sprinkle the instant pudding mix over the cake batter before carefully pouring the hot water mixture.



  • ServeSlow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake can be kept covered on warm for up to 4 hours or at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
  • Store: Transfer leftover Slow Cooker Lava Cake to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Warm in the microwave in 30 second burst to reheat for serving.
  • Freeze: Once cooled, place Slow Cooker Lave Cake in a freezer safe container and press parchment paper on the top to prevent freezer burn. Freeze covered for up to 3 months and thaw overnight before reheating in the oven or microwave.

Slow Cooker Lava Cake in slow cooker

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Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake is an easy decadent dessert. Homemade rich chocolate cake with a molten fudgy center. No boxed cake mix or instant pudding!
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar , divided
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder , divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar , firmly packed
  • 1 cups hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup hot water


  • Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking oil spray.
  • In a large bowl whisk together milk, butter and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add in (careful, ingredients are divided here) ¾ cup sugar, flour, ¼ cup cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until just combined and no dry streaks remain.
  • Add the mixture to your slow cooker.
  • To your same large bowl add your brown sugar, hot coffee, water, remaining ½ cup sugar and remaining ¼ cup cocoa powder until well combined.
  • Gently pour over your batter.
  • Cook on high for 3 hours (you want the top of the cake to be dry) or on low for 5 hours.


Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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