Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell  

Chocolate-Butterscotch Lava Cake

What could be more decadent than Chocolate-Butterscotch Lava Cake? Chocolate-Butterscotch Lava Cake made in your slow cooker!

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 12 Servings
  • Hands-on: 25 Minutes
  • Total: 5 Hours, 10 Minutes


  • 1 (17.5-oz.) package dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (3.4-oz) package chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cups milk, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (8-oz.) package toffee bits, divided
  • 1 (3.4-oz.) package butterscotch instant pudding mix
  • 1 (8-oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


1. Beat cake mix, chocolate pudding mix, sour cream, butter, vanilla, 1 1/4 cups milk, and eggs in a large bowl at medium speed of an electric mixer 2 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Stir in 1 cup toffee bits. Pour batter into a lightly greased 5-qt. oval-shaped slow cooker.

2. Heat remaining 2 cups milk over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until hot and bubbly. Remove from heat. Sprinkle butterscotch pudding mix over batter in slow cooker. Slowly pour hot milk over pudding.

3. Cover and cook on Low 4 1/2 hours or until edge of cake is set at least 2 inches from edge of slow cooker but center still jiggles slightly when moved. Turn off slow cooker. Let stand 15 minutes. Top with whipped topping and remaining toffee bits.