This pressure cooker chocolate lava cake is a pretty incredible dump cake with just 3 ingredients! Make it in your Instant Pot, Crockpot Express or Ninja Foodi today for a decadent treat.
Ever since we got our fancy multi cooker we’ve been creating lots of heavenly Instant Pot recipes but this goes down as one fabulously rich chocolatey dessert! Think of all your favorite flavors in one bite and done in about 30 minutes without ever having to turn on your oven. Well this pressure cooker chocolate lava cake might be just what you’re looking for. 😉 (originally published 8/18, affiliate links present)
Now on the list as one of our favorite easy dump cake recipes!
With just 3 main ingredients you can make pressure cooker chocolate lava cake any flavor you want. However, cherry is pretty amazing.
Amp it up with a 4th by topping it with a handful of extra chocolate chips if you’re ready to take it to the next level. You can make it in your Ninja Foodi pot too!
Pretty cheap to make and honestly you can find almost everything you need at the local Dollar Store which is kinda’ fun.
You can make this in any size Instant Pot but I have the 6 qt. just for reference.
This is what you’ll need to make this easy pressure cooker chocolate lava cake recipe
- Oven safe bowl – this one will fit into a 6 qt or larger Instant Pot
- Chocolate cake mix – we’ve used this one
- Can of pie filling – we used this one
- Chocolate chips
- dark chocolate or mini are great
Optional on the top:
- Whipped cream
- Melted chocolate
- Powdered sugar
Any way you make it this Instant Pot chocolate lava cake is to die for! This is free of egg yolks too so if you’re looking for an egg free dessert this one is great.
The directions are quite simple. Like other molten lava cake recipes you’re just dumping everything into your bowl in the order explained below. Close lid and valve to sealing position. Cook time is 25 minutes and just know that when it comes out it will be ooey gooey. It is supposed to be like that!
You don’t want to overbake it or have it come out like a traditional oven baked cake. A dump cake in general is very wet and almost has to be scooped out. You aren’t going to get a clean slice out of this one. Instant Pot lava cakes are just like they say. A flow of wet gooey chocolate and cherries ready to be devoured.
Looking for more easy desserts
- Instant Pot chocolate rice pudding
- Coca-Cola chocolate cake
- Dump peach cobbler uses canned pie filling too
If you’re looking for more Instant Pot desserts, these pressure cooker brownies get raving reviews from everyone! You can omit the peanut butter if you want but we love them that way. It is a lot like a flourless chocolate cake if you’ve had one of those. Dense in consistency and almost fudgy. All I can say is it is just amazing.
Want a treat for Valentine’s Day but don’t want to turn on the oven?? These are great choices!! We don’t need an excuse and both of these you see here are the perfect size for the 5 of us because they are so sweet. You only need a few bites to satisfy any sweet tooth really.
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- We started this whole Instant Pot desserts journey when we made this 3 ingredient Instant Pot dump cake using a spice cake mix and apple pie filling. It is also delicious but with a lighter flavor since it doesn’t incorporate chocolate.You should try all of them and see which you prefer. Let us know what you think!
Here’s the printable recipe.
Pressure Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake
- 1 can pie filling 21 oz., we used cherry
- 1/2 box cake mix usually 2 c or so, we used chocolate
- 4 tbsp butter melted
- 1/2 c chocolate chips semi sweet
- 1.5 c water
- Pour 1.5 c. water into your pressure cooker and put a trivet inside.
- Pour your pie filling into your oven safe bowl, the sprinkle your cake mix on top, then pour your melted butter on top of that.
- If you are adding chocolate chips sprinkle those on the very top.
- Cover the bowl with foil and lower on to the trivet (best to make a sling so you can get it back out).
- Set to high pressure for 25 minutes.
- Allow to sit and release pressure naturally for 5 minutes, then release remaining pressure.
- Lift out, remove foil and allow to cool slightly in pan to firm up a bit and then enjoy!