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Crockpot Lava Cake | Chocolate

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

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Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake

We love this crockpot cake because it’s…

  • Surprisingly simple
  • Ooey-gooey
  • Warm
  • Chocolaty
  • Amazingly delicious

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!

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

How to make crockpot chocolate lava cake from scratch

Making crockpot cake from scratch is so simple and requires only about 20 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.

crockpot lava cake dry ingredients in bowl
Whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set to the side.

In a separate bowl, whisk together plant milk, vanilla, and apple sauce.

Crockpot lava cake wet ingredients in a bowl.

Pour wet 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 chocolate cake batter in bowl with whisk.

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Next, pour the batter into a crockpot or slow cooker and set to medium heat. 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.

Crockpot lava cake with 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.

crockpot lava cake frosting ingredients
This sauce will not look impressive at this point, but just wait!

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!

Crockpot cake uncooked in pot.
Don’t be fooled by the thin watery appearance. This chocolate sauce will thicken right up.

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.

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
  • or cook on low for a longer time, perhaps 3-1/2 to 4 hours
Finished crockpot lava chocolate cake
When finished the cake will be firm on top like this.

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.

easy crockpot lava cake with fudge in middle.
This is how you want the cake to look when it’s done cooking.

Tips for easy 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.

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

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

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Crock Pot Lava Cake | Hot Fudge

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

Did you know that you can make cake in your crock pot? There are few desserts easier than a crock pot lava cake, and this hot fudge chocolatey wonder is one of the best I've ever made.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, (divide in half)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk, (or any plant milk)
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark brown 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 of the 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. It’s true that if you try to eat the batter on its own, it won’t be impressive at all…but, hang on it’s coming.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla, and apple sauce.
  3. Pour wet mixture into the flour mixture and mix well.
  4. Next, pour the batter into a crockpot and set to medium heat. 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. But, this is optional. 
  5. Begin mixing 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.
  6. Pour the sauce into the crockpot over the cake batter. It will look very watery, but the sauce will thicken up into fudgy heaven!
  7. Cover and allow 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 on the top. If your crockpot doesn't have a medium setting here are a couple of suggestions to choose from. Either cook on high the 1st hour, then low the last 2 hours. Or cook on low for a longer time, perhaps 3-1/2 to 4 hours.
  8. When you put a serving spoon in and cut into the top, the hot fudge sauce on the bottom will ready to spoon over each serving.
  9. Serve warm and enjoy!

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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Tessa

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

If you double the recipe, can it be made in one crockpot? Or would you need to use 2 crockpots...

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Hi Tessa- I have doubled this recipe before in my 8-quart crockpot without any problems.

Kathleen

Monday 17th of August 2020

I made this today, and it was so easy and delicious that I will definitely do it again. Thanks for the recipe.

Terri Edwards

Monday 17th of August 2020

Hi Kathleen- Wonderful! This is probably my favorite chocolate cake because of the gooey sauce. Glad you liked it.

Jennifer

Friday 5th of June 2020

hi there! I really want to make this, but it is only myself and my son who would eat this... how well does this store, and how would you do that? thank you!

Terri Edwards

Friday 5th of June 2020

Hi Jennifer- This actually keeps well in an airtight container (to hold in the moisture) in the refrigerator. Just reheat in the microwave. Honestly, I kind of like it chilled straight out of the refrigerator too. Hope you both enjoy it.

Julie McIntyre

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Have you ever cooked this in an Insta Pot? If so, what are cooking times and temps?

Terri Edwards

Thursday 4th of June 2020

Hi Julie- I haven't made this in an InstantPot before but, if you give it a try, I would love to hear how it comes out.

Gemma

Thursday 20th of February 2020

I had absolutely no idea you could bake cakes in a crock pot?! That’s a massive exciting revelation to me! I can’t wait to try this delicious recipe, I’m such a chocoholic x

Terri Edwards

Thursday 20th of February 2020

Oh yes! Crockpot cakes are amazing. I hope you enjoy this one because it's my favorite one. :)