Pressure-Cooker Lava Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + standing


8 servings

Updated: Sep. 23, 2023
Because we love chocolate, this decadent cake has long been a family favorite. It's even amazing cold the next day—assuming you have any leftovers! —Elizabeth Farrell, Hamilton, Montana
Pressure-Cooker Lava Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 5 tablespoons baking cocoa, divided
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 cups hot water
  • Optional toppings: Fresh raspberries and vanilla ice cream


  1. In a large bowl, whisk flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk milk, oil and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.
  2. Spread into a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa; stir in hot water. Pour over batter (do not stir).
  3. Place trivet insert and 1 cup water in a 6-qt. electric pressure cooker. Cover baking dish with foil. Fold an 18x12-in. piece of foil lengthwise into thirds, making a sling. Use the sling to lower the dish onto the trivet. Lock lid; close pressure-release valve. Adjust to pressure-cook on high for 20 minutes. Quick-release pressure.
  4. Using foil sling, carefully remove baking dish. Let stand 15 minutes. A toothpick inserted in cake portion should come out clean. If desired, serve with raspberries and ice cream.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 208 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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