Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
15 Mins
Cook Time
3 Hours 40 Mins
Stand Time
15 Mins
Makes 8 to 10 servings

Slow-cook your way to rich, chocolatey, marshmallowey goodness.

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat cake mix, next 5 ingredients, and 1 1/4 cups milk at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Pour batter into a lightly greased 4-qt. slow cooker.

Step 2

Cook remaining 2 cups milk in a heavy nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or just until bubbles appear (do not boil); remove from heat.

Step 3

Sprinkle cook-and-serve pudding mix over batter. Slowly pour hot milk over pudding. Cover and cook on LOW 3 1/2 hours.

Step 4

Meanwhile, heat pecans in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant.

Step 5

Turn off slow cooker. Sprinkle cake with pecans, marshmallows, and chocolate morsels. Let stand 15 minutes or until marshmallows are slightly melted. Spoon into dessert dishes, and serve with ice cream, if desired.

Chef's Notes

This cake will look like it needs to cook just a little longer, but by the time the topping is set, it's ready to serve.

Also appeared in: Southern Living, November, 2013,Southern Living Our Best Slow Cooker Suppers

Ratings & Reviews

Hyebun's Review

April 19, 2009
This was like the chocolate lava cake you get from a restaurant. I admit, it didn't look completely cooked at the end of the 3 1/2 hrs., but it is just the oohey, gooey, warm, chocolate yumminess. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Our dinner party guests loved it. And, it couldn't be any easier.

titsmacgee's Review

January 22, 2013

ammycek's Review

December 06, 2012

pbjplzmom's Review

August 06, 2012
Rich cake, but nice and fluffy! Got milk? You will want a glass with this!

sarahkuhn's Review

June 29, 2012
I made this last nite & can't stop eating it. I followed the directions to a T & it came out perfect. The cake part was done & topping was melted to perfection.

gloriandsu728's Review

April 12, 2011
This cake was amazing! I brought it to a pot-luck at work and it was almost completely devoured by the time I left! I did make a few changes to the recipe though, like I cooked it in a 6-quart slow cooker and I cooked it on low for about 4-4.5 hours and then left it on warm during the pot-luck. However, I do have to warn that if you leave it on the warm setting, the cake starts to get over-cooked and a little rubbery at the bottom. When you get the cake at the perfect moment though, there is still a little bit of gooey-ness and some of the people at the pot-luck thought it tasted like caramel. It is delicious! Just don't make it if you're going to be the only one around, it'll end up disappearing way too fast! ;)

cindyluq's Review

March 13, 2011
we like the recipe my crock pot was accidentally left on low all night and the sides were a little burnt. you have to cook about 6 - 8 hours on low, the cooking time suggested is not long enough, it would be liquidly for the cooking time suggested, i read in some of the other reviews and it just needed to be cooked for a longer period of time

RebaJones's Review

February 07, 2011
Made this for a superbowl party - it was delicious and easy for folks to "self serve". I would agree that ice cream is a must (even for a chocaholic like me), and be prepared that it is moist and crumbly.

SusanD88's Review

December 27, 2010
Made for Thanksgiving, and was a total hit! Everyone loved it so much, they wanted it for Christmas too! Absolutely none leftover! This is a chocoholic's dream dessert - very, very rich and delicious! Will experiment with other flavors of pudding and cake mix, as other reviewers suggested. Try this recipe!

Haptowns's Review

November 14, 2010
I followed the recipe to a T and this was a gooey mess, not cake-like at all except around the edges. I had high hopes for this recipe, served it on game day, but I feel it was a waste of good ingredients.