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This no-fuss lava cake is comfort dessert at its finest. It’s dangerously good, with a perfectly cooked cake topping and a simple, but satisfying lava made from instant pudding. The cake batter bakes over the pudding, creating a perfect cake top with moist, gooey lava underneath. You likely already have the ingredients at home, but to take things up a notch, use a good quality vanilla extract—it makes a big difference. This makes a lot, so it’s perfect to share with friends or bring to a potluck—you won’t have to worry about leftovers, trust us. Eat it with ice cream or whipped cream, and dress it up with some berries.

Recipe by MyRecipes


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
2 hrs 55 mins
Serves 10 (serving size: about 1 [2-in.] slice)


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Instructions Checklist
  • Spray a 5-quart slow cooker with baking spray. 

  • Whisk together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl until combined. Add oil, vanilla, eggs, and 1 cup of the milk; stir to combine. Stir in boiling water just until combined. Pour cake batter into prepared slow cooker. 

  • Whisk together pudding mix and remaining 2 cups milk in a medium bowl until smooth. Let stand until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour pudding in center of cake batter in the slow cooker. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips.

  • Place lid on slow cooker, and cook on HIGH until cake is dry to the touch, about 2 hours and 30 minutes. Serve with ice cream.