Slow Cooker Molten Chocolate and Caramel Cake

Slow Cooker Molten Chocolate and Caramel Cake

I am in love with this Slow Cooker Molten Chocolate and Caramel Cake.  Besides this being rich, chocolatey, and delicious, it is so easy to make and the clean up is a breeze!  It all goes into parchment paper, which helps keep the sides from over cooking, so the mess can just be crumpled up and thrown away when you are done.  Not to mention that it cooks in the slow cooker, so no need to heat up the oven.  My house smelled amazing while this was cooking up too, who needs scented candles when you can have a molten chocolate cake slowly cooking?!
When finished cooking, the top will become a layer of chocolate cake, and underneath will be a gooey, chocolate caramel sauce.  I like to serve this up warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Be sure to follow the recipe exactly, the secret is not mixing the layers in together, no matter how much you want to.  Your slow cooker should look just like this before putting the lid on to cook:
Slow Cooker Molten Chocolate and Caramel Cake 2 


Slow Cooker Molten Chocolate and Caramel Cake

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    For the first layer:
  • parchment paper
  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • For the second layer:
  • 1 (3.9) oz. box instant chocolate pudding
  • 2 c. milk
  • For the top layer:
  • 1 bag of Rolo minis unwrapped


  • Cut out a large piece of parchment paper and place it in your slow cooker on low heat, then lightly spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix together the cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs for the first layer and beat for two minutes. Pour into the parchment paper in the slow cooker.
  • Mix together the instant pudding and milk and beat for two minutes, then carefully and evenly pour the pudding over the cake layer in the slow cooker- but DO NOT MIX IT IN!
  • Carefully arrange a layer or Rolo mini candies over the top of that, but DO NOT MIX IT IN!
  • Place lid on slow cooker and cook on low for about 3 hours, cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker. Cake is ready when a toothpick placed in the center half way down comes out clean.
  • When finished cooking, the top will become a layer of chocolate cake, and underneath will be a gooey, chocolate caramel sauce.
  • Spoon into individual bowls, and serve warm with vanilla ice cream.


  1. Maureen says:

    Hi… Is it portable for the next day? Would you remove from crock and put in another container?

    • Emily says:

      That’s what I did, although there wasn’t much left, haha. I just put what was left in some tupperware in the fridge, then warmed it up in the microwave when we had it again.

  2. Helen Hagel says:

    Trying this tonight for the first time – can’t wait. Was wondering though the size of the bag that you used of the Rolo Minis?

    • Emily says:

      I think it was 11 or 12 oz.

  3. Debbie says:

    What size crockpot works best so it will cook evenly? Small round or larger oblong?

    • Emily says:

      I used a large oblong crock pot.

  4. Valerie says:

    Do you mix up the cake as directed on the box and then add the milk, oil, and eggs? Same with the pudding mix.

    • Emily says:

      No, you just do the dry cake mix, and mix it up with the items I listed.

  5. Molly says:

    Do you need a mixer or is it possible with a whisk and determination? Lol

    • Emily says:

      A whisk would work fine. 🙂

  6. Paula Neils says:

    could you make this with different kinds of candy?

    • Emily says:

      I haven’t tried that but I don’t see why not. 🙂

      • Peggy says:

        Oh….small snickers might be good too! Yummy!!

  7. Tia says:

    What would you do to make this in the oven instead of the crock pot?

    • Emily says:

      I haven’t tried cooking it in the oven, but I would try cooking it at 350 degrees and continually checking it until the center is set.

  8. Sammie says:

    is this a cut table cake or more like amusing cake you would spoon out?

    • Emily says:

      It’s more like a cake that you would spoon out.

  9. Lori says:

    Can you use one of those crock pot liners instead of parchment paper?

    • Emily says:

      Yes, definitely.

  10. Michelle says:

    Can you substitute a brownie mix for the cake mix

    • Emily says:

      I haven’t tried that. It wouldn’t have the same consistency.

  11. Jennifer Quilter says:

    What could you use as a substitute for the rolo’s to make the sauce chocolate instead of caramel.

    • Emily says:

      You can do any kind of chocolate, chocolate chips work great.

  12. Sofia says:

    how would modify the recipe, not having the ready dry mixes?

    • Emily says:

      You could use the dry ingredients of a homemade cake mix.

  13. Melanie Wright says:

    What it the 1oz box of chocolate pudding mean, is that the packets of chocolate moose stuff ? Sorry for being a bit thick

    • Emily says:

      Pudding would be more similar to custard.

  14. Caramel says:

    Could a slow cooker liner be substituted for the parchment paper?

    • Emily says:


  15. Becca Johnson says:

    Do you know if it’s possible to make this with a chocolate cake recipe? I don’t use cake box mixes and would prefer to use a homemade cake mix instead. Thank you!

    • Emily says:

      Yes, that would work fine.

  16. Jackie says:

    made this yesterday and have leftovers for today 😊 it’s delicious and will definitely be making it again

  17. Janetta says:

    How many does it serve?

  18. Shandra Madsen says:

    Oh, yum! I love caramel and chocolate. I am going to make this this weekend. We have been all about slow cooker recipes lately on our blog and this one will be a great one to try. Thanks for another great recipe 😉

  19. Carrie McLaughlin says:

    Can I use almond milk instead of regular milk?

    • Erica says:

      We haven’t tried it that way before but you will probably be ok. Let us know if you try it and how it turns out!

    • Juanita says:

      I used almond milk and it turned out fine.

  20. Peggy says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I just saw it posted by someone on facebook. Will definitely share! It looks so yummy!

  21. Linda says:

    I cooked this exactly like the recipe. At three and a half hours it was still like soup. Continued on for another 30 minutes and still the same. I know crock pots are different but I would have thought that at least by 4 hours it would have set at least some, but it never did. Any suggestions on maybe what went wrong? We still loved it even though it was like pudding. Thank you very much.

    • Emily says:

      Sorry, I’m not sure what went wrong. Did you stir it all together?

  22. Jill Loftus says:

    No parchment paper, no problem..I just used cooking spray on the crock pot. In addition, I couldn’t find the Rolos, so I went with Carmel Kisses.. yes a lot of unwrapping but oh so worth it.. my family and friends raved, (and drooled) and begged for more.

    • Erica says:

      So happy you liked it! Caramel kisses would be great! yum!

  23. Brownie says:

    What is the pax for this recipe ?

    • Erica says:

      I’m not sure what you mean by “pax”? Can you elaborate?

  24. Abby says:

    You were the hit of the potluck! My crockpot might be bigger; I accidentally made a family-sized pudding recipe and barely had enough to cover the cake layer. My temp might be different as well — it needed about 3.5 hours on low to set to my liking.

    If anyone is on the fence about this, give it a go. Seriously, amazing. I was practically signing autographs and getting papped before the potluck was over. Thanks so much!

    • Echo says:

      That is fantastic! Thank you for sharing your experience with this recipe. I’m so glad it was a hit!

  25. Trina says:

    4hrs on low & still not cooked! Will definitely give it longer next time!

  26. Sonya says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m going to use sea salt caramels instead of Rolos, I hope it works. I love chocolate, caramel, and sea salt together. Could you substitute a white cake mix with vanilla pudding and peanut butter chips? I love peanut butter and white chocolate together too.

    • Echo says:

      The white cake mix with vanilla pudding and peanut butter chips should work great. It sounds delicious!

  27. megan says:

    What could u substitute to make it white chocolate? White cake mix vanilla pudding but what candies?

    • Echo says:

      That’s a tough question. I think I would probably try white chocolate chips and caramel bits. The caramel bits can be found near the chocolate chips in most grocery stores. It sounds good – let me know how it turns out.

  28. Judy says:

    Do you have to use parchment paper? I prefer just to spray crock pot?

    • Echo says:

      Yes, you can make this without the parchment paper if you prefer. Do spray the crock pot so it doesn’t stick to the sides. Thanks for asking!

  29. Kathy says:

    Do you actually make the pudding, from directions or is the mix dry?

    • Echo says:

      The mix is dry when you add it with the 2 cups milk for the second layer. Thanks for asking!

  30. Natalie says:

    Mine has been in there for 5 hours and still not cooked. Would it hurt to put it on high?

    • Erica says:

      You can try putting it on high to see if it cooks through faster. Are the edges cooked at all?

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