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Crockpot Lava Cake | Chocolate

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Crockpot lava cake is rich, delicious, and super easy to make. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream come true!

chocolate cake slice in white dish topped with strawberrie slices with glass milk and blueberries in background

Did you know that you can make a cake in your crockpot? There are few desserts easier than a slow cooker cake, and this chocolatey wonder is one of the best I’ve ever made.

You’ll love this choco lava cake because it’s…

  • Surprisingly simple
  • Ooey-gooey
  • Warm
  • Chocolatey
  • Amazingly delicious
slice of crockpot chocolate cake halfway eaten in white dish with messy fork

Vegan crockpot lava cake made easy and healthy

Crockpot lava dump cakes were all the rage back in the ’90s. That’s because after mixing a few ingredients in a bowl, you simply dump them into a crockpot, set the cooking temperature, and walk away.

With very little prep work required, they are so simple and fun to make. This is a great opportunity to get the kids involved or any other reluctant cook in the house.

Usually, crockpot lava cakes are made with very unhealthy boxes of cake mix. Then you have to add eggs, butter, and milk that are loaded with saturated fat. Thankfully, this vegan cake recipe is a much healthier version!

The best part is that it’s oil-free, dairy-free, and only has 143 calories and 1 fat gram per serving!

Get ready for a mountain of chocolate cake with rivers of ooey-gooey fudgy mess flowing down the sides!

slice of chocolate slow cooker cake in pink serving plate with fork

How to make crockpot chocolate lava cake from scratch

Making a crockpot cake from scratch is so simple and requires only about 15 minutes of prep time.

Place flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 cup cocoa powder in a large bowl and whisk together. Believe it or not, there is absolutely no sugar–or any sweetener for that matter–added to the cake batter.

stainless mixing bowl with flour and cocoa powder with whisk

In a separate bowl, whisk together plant milk, vanilla, and apple sauce. I always purchase unsweetened applesauce, but you can make it homemade if desired.

silver mixing bowl with applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla and bottle of vanilla in background

Making your own applesauce

Often I get messages from people who live in countries other than the United States saying that they don’t have apple sauce where they live and asking if they can make their own. The answer is YES!

Making your own applesauce is actually the best way to ensure you are familiar with all the ingredients. To make two cups of applesauce, simply:

  • Core, peel, and slice four apples
  • Steam the slices in a covered pot with enough water to nearly cover the apples for 5-7 minutes or until tender.
  • Turn the apples into a sauce by pureeing with an immersion blender or a high-speed blender.

You will only need 1/2 cup of the applesauce for this recipe, so you can save the rest to snack on or add to other recipes like my Banana Oatmeal Pancakes.

Next, pour the wet batter mixture into the flour mixture and whisk together well. Keep in mind that if you taste the batter, it won’t be great because there is no sweetener in it yet. That’s added in the fudge sauce coming up.

crockpot with choco cake batter inside

Pour the batter into a 4-6 quart crockpot or slow cooker and set it to medium heat. You will notice in my photos that I lined my crockpot with white parchment paper that is usually used to prevent sticking. You don’t need to do this. I only used the parchment paper for these photos because my crockpot is black and made it difficult to see the batter.

One addition I like to make at this point is to sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of non-dairy chocolate chips over the top of the batter. This is of course optional.

Making Fudge frosting

Mix the three ingredients for the fudge sauce--cocoa, hot water, and sugar. This is where the sweetness comes in and, believe it or not, the sugar in this simple sauce is enough to sweeten the entire cake. Make sure your water is very hot to dissolve the sugar.

slow cooker with choco cake batter and frosting

Pour the frosting sauce into the crockpot over the cake batter. It will look very watery, but the sauce will thicken up into fudgy heaven!

Place slow-cooker lid on top and allow the cake to cook on medium for approximately 3 hours. Crockpot temperatures vary, so check after 2 hours to see how it’s coming along. You want it to be firm but still moist on the top.

crockpot with cooked choco lava cake sprinkled with vegan chocolate chips

Crockpot setting options

If your crockpot doesn’t have a medium setting here are a couple of suggestions to choose from:

  • Cook on high the 1st hour, then low the last 2 hours
  • Cook on low for a longer time, perhaps 3-1/2 to 4 hours

When a spoon is used to cut into the top, the hot fudge sauce on the bottom will be ready to spoon over each serving.

crockpot filled with choco lava cake and large spoon

Tips for making a crockpot lava cake

  • This cake is not gluten-free, but this link to the Minimalist Baker will help adjust it for those that want to give it a try.
  • The basic cake recipe serves about 8 people, so if you are making this for a crowd, I suggest making a double-batch.
  • If you would like to make this recipe in the oven, this article will help- Easy Vegan Hot Fudge Cake.
slice of chocolate crockpot lava cake topped with strawberry slices

*Recipe originally published September 2018.

Recipe adapted from President of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Dr. Neal Barnard, in his book, Breaking the Food Seduction.

Check out another newer slow cooker recipe called Crock Pot Vanilla Lava Cake

 

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Crockpot Lava Cake | Chocolate

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Crockpot lava cake is rich, delicious, and super easy to make. It's a chocolate lover's dream come true!

Ingredients

  • 1.25 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, (divide in half)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup plant milk such as almond or soy
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar or date sugar, (use 1 cup if you like it sweeter)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1-2 Tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place flour, baking powder, salt, and 1/4 cup cocoa powder (save the other half for the frosting) in a large bowl and whisk together. Believe it or not, there is absolutely no sugar–or any sweetener for that matter–added to the cake batter.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together plant milk, vanilla, and apple sauce. I always purchase unsweetened applesauce, but you can make it homemade if desired. I've included instructions on how to make your own in the article above.
  3. Next, pour the wet batter mixture into the flour mixture and whisk together well. Keep in mind that if you taste the batter, it won’t be great because there is no sweetener in it yet. That’s added in the fudge sauce coming up.
  4. Pour the batter into a 4-6 quart crockpot or slow cooker and set it to medium heat. You will notice in my photos above that I lined my crockpot with white parchment paper that is usually used to prevent sticking. You don't need to do this. I only used the parchment paper for these photos because my crockpot is black and made it difficult to see the batter.
  5. One addition I like to make at this point is to sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of non-dairy chocolate chips over the top of the batter. This is of course optional.

Making the frosting

  1. Mix the three ingredients for the fudge sauce--1/4 cup cocoa, hot water, and sugar. This is where the sweetness comes in and, believe it or not, the sugar in this simple sauce is enough to sweeten the entire cake. Make sure your water is very hot to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Pour the frosting sauce into the crockpot over the cake batter. It will look very watery, but the sauce will thicken up into fudgy heaven!
  3. Place slow-cooker lid on top and allow the cake to cook on medium for approximately 3 hours. Crockpot temperatures vary, so check after 2 hours to see how it’s coming along. You want it to be firm but still moist on the top.
  4. For those with crockpots that don't have a medium setting, I've included other setting options and times in the article above.
  5. When a spoon is used to cut into the top, the hot fudge sauce on the bottom will be ready to spoon over each serving.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 1.2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2.4gSugar: 27gProtein: 3.6g

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