Homemade Slowcooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Full of chocolaty goodness, this homemade slow cooker chocolate lava cake is simple to make from all natural ingredients (no cake mix!) and oh so yummy! | Find the recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com This post was updated on December 3, 2015 with new photos but everything else has stayed the same. And it’s still super delicious!

I’m not sure about you, but Valentine’s Day always seems to sneak up on me. Maybe it’s because we’ve got holiday and January birthdays in our family that just passed. But, if you’re thinking you’d like to make a simple sweet treat for your family this Valentine’s Day, I’ve got just the dessert for you—Homemade Slowcooker Chocolate Lava Cake! And if you ask me, you don’t need a holiday as an excuse to make a chocolaty dessert like this!

Most recipes I’ve found for lava cake call for a box mix but I knew there had to be a way to make Chocolate Lava Cake from scratch. Indeed, there is! I modified my recipe from a few I found online and decreased the amount of sugar. Well, no one missed that extra sugar and my whole family loved it!

I loved that I could throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the afternoon and have the ooey, gooey goodness ready for dessert after dinner! So easy, I think it may be dangerous!  We served ours with vanilla ice cream. And while not exactly the same, the leftovers are a fudgy sweet treat when warmed up slightly in the microwave. I hope you’ll give it a try too. If you’re a chocolate lover like me, you won’t be disappointed!

Homemade Slowcooker Lava Cake
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Serves: 6-8
For The Cake
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
For the Fudge Topping
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3 cups boiling water
For the cake
  1. In a medium to large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Pour in milk, melted butter and vanilla and stir until combined. Spread the batter over the bottom of a 3-4 quart slowcooker.
For the fudge topping
  1. Mix together the brown sugar and cocoa. Sprinkle mixture over the cake batter.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the top. DO NOT STIR! Cover and cook on High for 2 - 2½ hours. The edges will be bubbly but the cake will look “set” with the pudding oozing around it.
  3. Cake will be very hot! Turn off heat and carefully remove lid. Let sit, uncovered, 20-30 minutes before serving. You want it warm but not too hot! Serve with ice cream if desired.

I was in a rush when I was making this and forgot to take pictures of the process but it’s so simple, I know you all can figure it out!
Full of chocolaty goodness, this homemade slow cooker chocolate lava cake is simple to make from all natural ingredients (no cake mix!) and oh so yummy! | Find the recipe at MealPlanningMagic.com

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    • says

      Laura, I’ve never tried doubling it but I imagine as long as your slowcooker is not too big (so that it doesn’t over cook) you should be ok. You might need to adjust the time to be a little less so keep that in mind. Let me know if you try it! Enjoy!

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