For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned to the blog This Chick Cooks. Katie is a health-conscious eater who enjoys the occasional decadent treat, and the recipe I chose to make from her blog was this Molten Chocolate Lava Crockpot Cake.

I loved Katie’s description of the cake, the recipe for which she found over at Family Fun. She writes: “it is like a delicious chocolate cake/brownie swimming in it’s own fabulous chocolate sauce”, and I completely agree. The only change I made to the recipe was in using almond flour instead of all-purpose (so my version is gluten-free)…

This cake is incredibly easy to throw together, the cooking time is pretty loose (so it’s kind of impossible to mess up), and it’s very tasty. My only complaint was that it’s not the most photogenic recipe- it probably would have looked prettier if I’d whipped up some cream to dollop on top, but I did not have any on hand. Boo.

We could only eat a few spoonfuls of this at once because it is that rich. So while the recipe states that it makes 6 servings, for my family it made more.

Gluten Free Molten Chocolate Lava Crock Pot Cake Recipe

Yield: serves 6 or more


*1 1/2 cups almond flour
*2 teaspoons baking powder
*6 tablespoons organic salted butter, plus a little extra for coating the inside of the crock pot
*1/3 cup gluten-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)
*1 cup organic sugar, divided into 2/3 cup and 1/3 cup measurements
*3 tablespoons organic cocoa power, plus an additional 1/3 cup
*1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
*1/3 cup milk (I use organic, raw milk)
*1 egg yolk, preferable organic and free-range
*1/3 cup organic brown sugar
*1 1/2 cups hot water


1. Coat the inside of your crock with melted butter. I used a 5 quart one because that's what I own, but if you have a smaller crockpot (2.5 quarts), that's fine. Whisk the almond flour and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter together (I used the microwave). Mix well, then stir in 2/3 cup of sugar, 3 tablespoons of cocoa, vanilla extract, milk, and egg yolk. Add the flour mixture and stir until well combined, then pour the batter into the crockpot.

3. Mix the remaining sugar with the 1/3 cup cocoa powder, the 1/3 cup brown sugar. Heat briefly in the microwave, if necessary to dissolve the sugars. Pour this over the batter in the crockpot.

4. Cook on high for 1-2 hours. The cake is done when it starts to pull away from the edges and it will look mostly set. The chocolate sauce will still be liquid and will be kind of floating on top, though...this is what you want. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes or so before digging in...serve alone or with berries and homemade whipped cream.

Adapted from Family Fun by way of This Chick Cooks

molten lava cake slow cooker



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    Kathryn — September 12, 2011 @ 5:10 am

    I used to make a similar cake whenever I had friends round because it’s so simple and everybody loves it – this version looks absolutely delicious!

    • Winnie replied: — September 12th, 2011 @ 5:52 am

      We pretty much just ate it out of the crockpot with a spoon!

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    Melissa@IWasBornToCook — September 12, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    I always get very curious when I hear about cake in the crockpot. This looks delicious!

    • Winnie replied: — September 12th, 2011 @ 7:08 am

      I was super curious, too…glad I gave it a try!

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    Heather Davis — September 12, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    Wow this looks really interesting Winnie! And very chocolately. Never made a cake in my crock pot before. Will definitely have to try it.

    • Winnie replied: — September 12th, 2011 @ 7:08 am

      I’d never made cake in my crockpot before either- was so intrigued I just had to try it, too :)

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    Ginny — September 12, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    So gorgeous! I love the look of this gooey deliciousness. And I adore the shot of your well-loved, well-used crockpot.
    Thanks for the gluten-free inspiration!

    • Winnie replied: — September 12th, 2011 @ 7:07 am

      Thanks Ginny… I have had that crockpot for about 20 years!

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    Kathryn | Dramatic Pancake — September 12, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Ooh, this looks decadent! And I love that you used almond flour!

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    sara — September 12, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    This cake looks delicious! The berries definitely help it be more photogenic, but in any case I definitely want to try some!! What a cool idea to make cake in a crock pot.

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    Hannah — September 12, 2011 @ 11:11 am

    I’m pulling my crockpot out today to make this! I’ve made a chocolate pudding cake before but yours looks even more decadent.

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    Krista @ Meet The Swans — September 12, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    Wow! This looks great! I’ve seen crock-pot cake recipes before but have never tried it. I love anything I can do in a slow cooker!!

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    judee@glutenfreeA-Z — September 12, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    I was so excited when I started to read your post and learned that you made incredible looking dessert gluten free. I love using the crock pot and can not wait to try it. What a great choice. FYI ; I have the same flowered crock pot.

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    Erin — September 12, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    I love molten lava cakes, and it has never even occurred to me that it might be possible to make such a thing in the crock-pot. This looks fantastic!

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    Katie — September 12, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    I am so glad you all enjoyed the recipe! Your version with the almond flour sounds fantastic!
    Ps- you have a lovely blog :)

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    Katrina — September 12, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    That looks like a perfect treat!

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    Lisa~~ — September 12, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

    Chocolate, easy, rich and delicious…who could ask for more? Great SRC choice.

    Cook Lisa Cook

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    Peggy — September 12, 2011 @ 7:02 pm

    chocolate cake in a crockpot? Genius! Great choice for the SRC!

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    Chaya — September 12, 2011 @ 7:55 pm

    I have wanted to make this for a long time and figured it was difficult. I am so glad, I read this. Now, I will make an effort to try it. I love gushy chocolate.

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    marla — September 12, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    In the slow cooker?? This is a genius recipe Winnie. Fun choice for the SRC :)

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    cooking rookie — September 12, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

    What a yummy cake and a wonderful pic! Great job on the SRC assignment!

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    Paula — September 12, 2011 @ 11:21 pm

    I’ve never heard of making a cake using a crock pot. This one does look very rich and while the servings sizes may be small, I’m sure second servings are requested :).

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — September 13, 2011 @ 7:56 am

    Ooh, I LOVE using my crockpot, but haven’t made a dessert with it yet. This will be the first one I make and what a great one to start with! Great SRC post!

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    Katherine Martinelli — September 13, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    I’ve never made a dessert in my slow cooker (which is sadly in storage back in the States right now anyway…) but this looks beyond delicious!!!

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    Karriann Graf — September 13, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    What a great round-up! happy Baking!

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    Margaret — September 14, 2011 @ 7:55 am

    Crockpot lava cake! How convenient. How clever. And gluten-free. Will have to share this one with my GF friend.

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    Monet — September 15, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    It still looks delicious to me! I’m drooling. Thank you for sharing your sweet treat. I’m eating a boring egg sandwich and wishing I had THIS to munch on. I hope you have a beautfiul day and weekend. We’re getting close! Much love from Austin.

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    Shelby — September 15, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    This looks similar to hot fudge pudding cake and we love it around here! I haven’t tried a cake in a crockpot but seems like a good idea to me.

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    Lisa — September 16, 2011 @ 10:39 am

    Never in my life have I seen chocolate lava cakes made in a crockpot, but it’s genius, especially since you can eat it right out of the pot! I love it! I always make my ‘flourless’ chocolate cakes with almond flour, so the gluten-free is a bonus. Brilliant choice for SRC!

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    Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy — September 25, 2011 @ 6:29 am

    Wow, i’ve made lava cakes, but never in the slow cooker – awesome!

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    Catherine — December 19, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

    I loved the sound of this recipe but for some reason it didn’t set. In the last step of the recipe I assume you add the 1 1/2 cups hot water with the sugars and cocoa and then pour it over the flour mixture however it doesn’t say to use the water it is just the last ingredient and it hadn’t been used. Is it 1 1/2 cups water…it tastes great it is just too liquid. Please let me know as my celiac children are dying for me to make it again as it smelled and looked delicious in your picture.
    Thanks :)