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3.28.2011

Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake


    Well here it is my friends. The wonderful cake I was telling you about, that was baking in my CROCKPOT! I know there are many, many awesome things you can do in a crockpot, but I seriously had never heard of baking cakes in them! I was over at Tasty Kitchen checkin out all the great recipes, when I came across this cake.

   I was so intrigued. A cake to be made in a crockpot sounded genius and amazing to me! Especially because it was a 'Lava' cake. I am in-love with the Moulten Chocolate Lava cake at Chilis restaraunt! Have any of you had that sinful treat? I LOVE it like no other. I think that Chocolate Lava Cakes are the greatest invention ever! I am such a choc-o-holic that I just could not resist printing this recipe and trying it immediatley.
   It turned out simply AMAZING. It is warm... gooey... chocolatey bliss! You have to serve it with vanilla ice cream. Theres just no other way to eat it. Period. You can thank me later for telling you about it! ; )


CROCKPOT CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE

 
FOR THE CAKE:
  • 2 cups 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 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3 cups Boiling Water

Directions:   For the cake: Mix together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in milk, melted butter and vanilla until combined. Spread the batter over the bottom of a large crockpot.

For the fudge topping:  Mix together the brown sugar and cocoa. Sprinkle mixture over the cake batter.
Pour the boiling water over the top. DO NOT STIR! Cover and cook on High for 2 - 2 1/2 hours.
Cake will be very hot! Turn off heat, and remove lid. Let sit 20-30 minutes before serving, so its still warm but wont burn your mouth : )  ENJOY!!























75 comments:

Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks said...

I just had to wipe the drool from my chin....I want this! This is on my to-make list!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Cake in a crockpot? That's something I've never tried but this looks sooooo good I'm going to have to!

Jennifer said...

I've never done anything like this in a crockpot but you've definitely convinced me that I need to! I am loving the way this looks and it sounds so easy. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)
Jennifer

SHUGARMAN FAMILY said...

Hi! Just passing through, but wanted to say this looks divine! Thank you for sharing, I am making pork carnitas in my crockpot tonight, but I think this is going on the menu next week!
-Aimee

Brandie said...

Definitely need to make this!!

A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

This looks awesome! I wish I hadn't broken my crockpot! When I see recipes like this it makes me think it's time to invest in a new one.

- Maggie

Domestic Nerd said...

Wow! That looks so yummy! I have never used my crockpot to bake. I have seen recipes to do it before but they never looked tempting enough, until now! I will be trying this soon!

So happy I found your blog! I am enjoying many of your recipes!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That looks so so good. Molten lava cake has been on my list for a while and I just may have to give this a shot. It looks delicious!

Siggy Spice said...

My mouth seriously just wet itself! That looks completely amazing!!! Beautiful picture too :)

Elizabeth said...

I would have never thought to make cake in the Crock Pot... I am definitely making this!

Val said...

I want to jump through the screen and eat this!! YUMMERS.

carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks so good. I want so right now. I have never made a cake in the crockpot. This looks like it turned out great. Amazing pictures!

carolinaheartstrings said...

That looks so good. I want so right now. I have never made a cake in the crockpot. This looks like it turned out great. Amazing pictures!

Mandy said...

Looks amazing! I love Molten Lava cakes!! Thanks for this one!

Lindsey R said...

O..this looks incredible!!!! I agree Chili's molten choc cake is one of my most favs for sure! I love how all the ingredients for this are simple and love that ya just throw it all in the crockpot and it does it's thing! YUMMMM and chocolatey!!!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

oh my! this sounds absolutely divine!

upnorth said...

Thanks,Holly! Now, I will have to postpone my diet another week! If I make this because it's just the two of us, it will take many days to eat all of this:)!!!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Woah, this looks insanely good! I'd love to dig into it. And how easy that you can put it in the crockpot! I'm saving this recipe!

Muriel Miller said...

Oh wow this looks good! The hubs would love this!!!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, how delicious! This could actually convince me to get a crockpot. It looks so chocolatey and amazing :)

Sues

Mike and Amanda said...

Oh my!!! This is just evil...I want to jump through my computer and taste it now. My kiddos are going to LOVE when I make it!

Megan said...

Wow, that looks FABULOUS! I just added it to my April Menu Plan.

Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour said...

Omg... a chocolate lava cake that can be easily made in my favorite appliance?! Love. I'm just in love.

Laura said...

yummy! Looks so easy and delicious! Thanks!

Tammy said...

Yum!!! This looks mighty delicious!

upnorth said...

Holly, it's in the crockpot and 1/2 hour to go before it's done. I made half the recipe in the smaller crockpot just for the 2 of us, it worked out perfect!

Tiff and Ryan said...

GULP, yum to my TUMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

spcookiequeen said...

Oh my, I would dust off my crockpot for this one.
-Gina-

Anonymous said...

Looks devine, super easy to make, but I was disappointed in the final product. Didnt taste very... chocolatey. :(

Holly said...

Anonymous- sorry to hear yours didn't turn out : ( Bummer. I wonder if it was the cocoa powder you used?? Mine was very chocolatey and rich! We really loved it!

Sabrina Smeraldini said...

Lava, wow I love chocolate! Here we call lava what comes out of a volcano!

Katie Mar said...

i love that this is made in a crockpot!!
it's super delicious looking. kinda reminds me of chocolate cobbler!

Naomi said...

WOW... WOW... And SERISOUSLY WOW!!! This was the best dessert I have ever had! A huge hit!!!

Three-Cookies said...

This looks really really delicious, and simple. I will definitely be trying this

The Observer said...

i am keen to try this out. what will happen if you stir the topping

Christine said...

Oh my goodness... I just made this for dessert tonight! It was AMAZING!!! I will be repeating this over and over again! Thanks for sharing!

I've put it on my blog to share as well... http://www.meinasnap.com/2011/09/03/chocolate-lava-cake/

Erin said...

I think I love you! I can't wait to try this! Too bad hubby doesn't like chocolate. Going to have to figure out a time to try it!

Kara said...

Just wondering what size crockpot you used for this, from the pictures it looks like a pretty large one. I plan on making it this weekend. :)

Marjie said...

I just made this. It may just be my slow cooker (I have a double one from CrocPot) but I left it on high for 2.5 hours and when I spooned out a serving, it was just goo. Leaving it on for an extra 30 mins. at least... Sigh. Tastes good though!

Anonymous said...

Just made it, and loved the consistency all around! I wish it would've tasted a little more chocolatey, but not too bad for a crockpot dessert :)

mamaK said...

I just happened to have all these ingredients, on hand. Yay! Crockpot Chocolate Lava Cake is cooking up, on my counter, right now. :) Thanks for the recipe!

vegantester said...

a couple of questions:

what setting did you put the crockpot on? mine only has 'low' or 'high'. i'm guessing 'high'?

i'm thinking about dumping in some chocolate chips for extra chocolateyness - it should be fine, right?

Holly said...

Vegantester, yes you cook it on high. I've never added chocolate chips to mine but I can only imagine it would be great!!

Sondra said...

YUM! YUM! Reads like a chocolate cobbler that my niece makes. Reminds me of a scrumptious dessert I had on a cruise a few years ago. Can't wait to try it. Love my crockpot. Thanks for sharing.

The Fabulous Fonua's! said...

Do we need to spray the bottom of the crock pot and how did you make the chocolate syrup that's on top of the cake?

Anonymous said...

We made this today I thought it was pretty good, but really rich and not as chocolatey as we would have liked. It was fun to make and try out!

Cheerful said...

Oh MY Goodness! I honestly don't remember how I found your blog or this cake. I am pretty sure one related to the other : ) Anyway. I wanted to tell you thank you! It was WONDERFUL! I didn't have anyone say it wasn't chocolately or rich enough...I used dark brown sugar and Mexican Vanilla... only because that is what I had on hand. Yum, Yum~!

Simone Collins said...

This looks so good! Featured your recipe in my Food Trend article today on the RecipeLion blog. http://is.gd/QgEcu4

Jake & Karaline said...

Looks delicious! I want to make for christmas eve. Just wondering how many it serves? I have a large family! :)

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Just spotted this one on Pinterest and WOW is it awesome! I think I'm gonna have to but out my slow cooker!

Summer Greenberg said...

We found ours not sweet enough too, so we just sprinkled confectioners sugar on top and now it's perfect. I really think it's just whatever your preference is.

courtneyschell said...

I have this cooking in my crock pot right now. It smells amazing! I can't wait to try it out. I also bought vanilla ice cream to put on top of it! Yummmm! This will hit the spot after our Chicken Pistachio balls smothered in a cream cheese sauce! Thanks!

Meagan said...

I seem to be the only one, but mine didn't turn out well and I don't know what I did wrong!! The gooey part was very soupy, and the cake part was extremely dense...like a Little Debbie brownie. It was hard to even cut through.
It TASTED deliciious, but i'd love to know how to make the textures work better!

MarieElizabeth said...

I am trying this tomorrow!!

Starla said...

Had this for dessert tonight! It was a HUGE hit! Thank you! I do however have some leftover and I'm not sure if I should refrigerate it or not. We will definitely make this again. It was so easy and it allowed me to use our oven while the cake was cooking in the crockpot so we were able to enjoy it right after dinner instead of having to wait!

Anonymous said...

Could this be made in a smaller crockpot, and cooked for longer? I really want to make it, but I don't have a large crockpot

Holly said...

@ Anonymous. I only have a large crockpot so I've never tried it in a small one. Maybe you could try cutting the recipe in half. That should work! Let me know if you try it.

To All others: I made this again the other weekend, and again we all LOVED it! Everyone has different taste buds. Some people like more sweetness in chocolate and others like not-so-sweet things. I dont know. Sorry to everyone who didnt enjoy it!

MDS said...

I made this last night in my crockpot, starting at 6pm. It was still soup at 8, 9, and 10pm. I figured I had nothing to lose so I left it cooking overnight.

By 9am it was cooked through, and I gave the kids a small snack pack to take to school. They loved it! There was not a lot of cake but a lot of "lava" (pudding). I used a little less of the sugar than called for and didn't pack it when measuring, and it was perfect. In terms of expectations: My experience is that it's definitely NOT like a lava cake from the oven, the cake is much denser and more like a steamed pudding, but still very delicious. This result may be from the amount of time mine was cooked, but didn't detract from the results. I didn't expect an oven cake from a slow cooker.

So for those of you who didn't get a good turnout, maybe try putting it in sometime in the morning and cooking it all day - if it's cooking too fast you can turn it down to "low" - it's quite good if you can get it to work. There's a lot of it, too, will serve a family of at least 4 with leftovers.

Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! :) I'll be checking out your blog for more tasty treats. Cheers!

ahstegich said...

I just tried this today. There is something off with the flavor. It turned out a sweet, chalky, paste. I think the texture would have been fine had the flavor been better. I feel like using cocoa just isn't enough to get the rich chocolatey flavor you're looking for in a lava cake. I might try to tweak the recipe to use actual chocolate and regular sugar instead of brown. There's just something not good about it. Unfortunately, this cake ended up down the garbage disposal :(

Julie'smusings said...

Made this today, oh my word it was AMAZING!!! Served it up to 3 men who all want the recipe!! My son is seriously thinking of going out and buying a Crockpot now, just so that he can make this in his flat! Found you on Pinterest!

Linda said...

Made this yesterday for family gathering, wasn't sure if this was a good choice since I hadn't made it before. The photo looks so inviting, so I went for it. I did have a few (but very few)concerns after reading all the comments. I pre-heated and pre-treated the crockpot with cooking spray as I mixed ingredients according to recipe. The only changes I made were in the cake batter, using 1 3/4 cups of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of granulated white sugar and I doubled the vanilla. I left the crockpot on high for 2 hours and then low temp for last 1/2 hour. I removed the lid and turned crockpot off after 2 1/2 hours, as the aroma was so tantalizing to all my choco loving granddaughters, actually the entire house smelled great! I spooned up a little of the 'lava', not be able to wait the recommended 30 minutes of set time to taste for flavor, it didn't disappoint. It was quite runny as previously commented on by others, however; it did thicken up some as time progressed. My guests were very anxious to try this new dessert Grandma found online. I had 16 people and not knowing how many this would serve I was probably stingy with the servings. I served with Cool Whip and the consensus was a 'thumbs up', to be entered on my menus for future get togethers. The family thought the Cool Whip was a better choice than ice cream, we'll see next time. Only 10 people tried this, but there was still enough left to probably serve at least 4 or 5 more. I would estimate that it would generously serve at least 12 people. By the time I put the leftover portion in the refrigerator the lava that was remaining (there wasn't much) was very thick. When serving your portions don't be overly generous with the lava that pours out as you spoon first servings, as it does have to last for rest of container. I don't really recall taste of any Molten Lava cakes at restaurants, so I can't compare, but I would definitely make this again, for both taste and convenience. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Could you use Almond Milk instead of regular milk?

Flyingicecream said...

How funny that it turns out so differently every time! I made this cake 3 or 4 times when I lived in New Mexico and it turned out a bit different every time, but it was still very good (I started adding a little less cocoa to the cake, my husband liked it better that way). We recently moved to Louisiana and I've only made it once so far, but it was very different! The batter seemed to be thinner, and instead of too much chocolate it tasted like too much brown sugar. I'm trying it again tonight using some white sugar in place of some of the brown sugar (maybe 1/2 a cup or so?) and I'm hoping it turns out well.

Flyingicecream said...

I'd also like to add that in New Mexico I used a large oval crockpot but in Louisiana I used a smaller round crockpot and there wasn't a difference in cook time. I kept it going on high for the full 2 1/2 hours and it was perfect!

Debra Piedra said...

Just made this - halved the recipe and used Rival Crock-ette. Kept the time at 2-1/2 hours but I think it could've been a bit shorter. Came out great. Thanks for the recipe.

Deb said...

Awesome... halved the recipe and used a smaller crockpot. Thanks!

Kristen said...

Wow! I've never had something that looked and smelled so good taste so ... bad. Followed the directions to a "t", used all the same ingredient, and cooked it for 2 hours and 15 minutes. The flavor is off. It's not that it isn't edible; it's just not tasty. I will stick to my original lava cake recipe that came with my Kitchen Aid mixer. It's more work, but definitely worth it. On the up side, I'm looking forward to perusing your site.

JDrake said...

Well since I have an extra large crock pot, guess I will have to make extra lava cake. That also means I WILL just force myself to buy extra ice cream too.
I wonder how many miles I will have to walk to shed the extra pounds of flavor off my hips for this sin. Can't wait to try it!

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

This is in the crock pot! :-) So excited! :-) Merry Christmas! :-)

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

I made this last night and everyone loved it! :-) Thank you for the recipe! :-)

elsalgal said...

This is just as easily done without a crockpot. I've had a recipe for Chocolate Pudding Cake for years that I make in the oven, in exactly the same way as this. You just bake it for 45 minutes.

Courtney H said...

This recipe looked so good, so I just had to make it! It's in the crockpot right now and has 30 minutes left. I'm getting hungry to try it!

Thanks!
Courtney

Courtney H said...

This recipe looked so good, so I just had to make it! It's in the crockpot right now and has 30 minutes left. I'm getting hungry to try it!

Thanks!
Courtney

Jordan said...

So yummy Holly! I love getting new ideas from your blog on how to quench my chocolate cravings! I made it just how you said except I used dark chocolate(that's all I had) and it turned out great! DELICIOUS!

Valerie Strehlow-Seiler said...

My husband made this following the directions as is. It tasted like it was burnt or had alcohol in it. It was quite gross.