Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake

Joan Hayes | Chocolate, Chocolate and more

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake - dust off the slow cooker for this warm cake with a molten chocolate bottom. Top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate dessert.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Photo

Editor's Note: Joan Hayes was to be Food Fanatic's newest chocolate fanatic, and we were so excited to have her. What follows was to be her first post for our site. We are devastated to say that it is also her last. She passed away suddenly on October 22nd, 2015.

Today is National Chocolate Day. Joan believed, with gusto, that every single day should include a little chocolate. For if your day includes chocolate, how bad could it be?

Joan, we already miss you so much. Just three short weeks of being your friends made us feel like we have lost a lifetime buddy. So many people adored you, and we are grateful to have had the chance to know you and adore you too.

Follow along with all the scores of people that adored Joan on twitter and facebook with the hashtag #chocolateforJoan.

- Amber, Eric, and the entire Food Fanatic family

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Picture

As the weather gets cooler, it's time to look for ways to warm up. I'm all about a bulky sweater. While I try to exercise (walk) daily, those sweaters help hide the indulgences I can't help but take. A fire in the fireplace. This is Georgia, so while we are getting chilly, I've got another month before I'll be lighting the match. A soft throw while relaxing on the sofa, with the dogs and a good book. Umm, I do this all year round, I just turn the air down.

Comfort foods. I look forward all year long to making soups and chili. My favorite is this Easy Cheeseburger Soup. There is the obvious choice of hot chocolate. It feels so good to wrap your hands around that warm mug, letting the hot liquid remove the chill from the inside out.

This is also the time of year, I bring out the slow cooker. Pot roasts, sauces, mulled cider. It takes a permanent place on the counter for the next six months. (I actually own four crock pots but only one gets counter status.)

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Image

One of my favorite things to make in my crock pot is... dessert! I'll be the first to admit, most things "baked" in a crock pot don't look like much. Almost gross-looking. Yes, I said it. It's what my kids would say. But looks can be deceiving.

Make sure to take your spoon all the way to the bottom of this slow cooker chocolate lava cake, because the best part is down below. Ooey gooey rich liquid heaven.

Even dished up, it still doesn't look attractive.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Pic

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. As the ice cream melts into the dessert, you'll have hot and cool, rich chocolate and creamy vanilla all melding together.

You'll forget how cold it is outside, at least until you have to go out again.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 9 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water


  1. Spray inside of crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate chips in microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir until melted and if needed heat for an additional 15 seconds.
  3. Stir in 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2/3 cup sugar, vanilla, salt, milk and egg yolk. Mix until completely combined.
  4. Stir in flour and baking powder, mixing just until completely incorporated. Spread batter evenly in bottom of the prepared crock pot.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine Remaining 6 tablespoons cocoa powder, remaining 1/3 cup sugar, brown sugar and hot water, mixing until combined. Gently pour over batter, do not stir in.
  6. Cover crock pot with lid and turn crock pot to High setting. Cook, covered for 2 hours.
  7. When cake is done (cake will be set and edges will be starting to pull away from sides of the pot), remove lid, being careful not to let condensation on lid drip onto cake.
  8. Let cake sit for 30 minutes before serving. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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Joan is a huge chocolate fanatic, which should surprise no one. Her blog is called Chocolate, Chocolate and more, after all.