I tried an Instant Pot lava cake for the first time a few months ago and it was absolutely love at first taste! It is so chocolatey and ooey-gooey, it’s really hard to resist! And… the best part is that it’s ready in minutes since it’s made in the Instant Pot.

Vanilla and other ingredients for lava cake recipe

Ryan and I came across the recipe one night that we were browsing YouTube for Instant Pot recipe ideas. We watched Jeff from Pressure Luck make an absolutely delectable lava cake in less than 10 minutes.  He had gotten his Instant Pot lava cake recipe from Carla at Adventures of a Nurse.  So, we headed over to Carla’s blog to check out the recipe. The lava cake photos on her blog had our mouths watering. The recipe looked so easy. We had to try it!

Pecans and other ingredients for turtle lava cakes

But of course, Ryan and I wanted to take it up a notch and make our own version of the lava cake.

Ingredients for turtle lava cake recipe

For as long as I can remember, every time we go out to a place that has desserts, Ryan and I always look for the “turtle” version of things. We order the turtle blizzard at DQ, turtle cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory, and really, turtle anything if it’s on the menu! So we thought, why not turtle lava cakes?!?!

Lava cake ingredients

So we went to work to create the most delicious lava cake ever!

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I’ve linked a few of the products I used in making this recipe below for your convenience.

Cooking & Prep Tools
  • Can you believe that these amazing lava cakes were made in the Instant Pot? I hardly can! I have the 8-quart version and 4 ramekins fit in it perfectly.
  • I use these mini mitts when handling the hot ramekins. They are perfect for lifting hot items out of the Instant Pot.
  • I love my Pioneer Woman ramekins and use them all the time.
  • I also have lots of other Pioneer Woman goodies to help make my cooking prep time easier and happier 🙂 Some of the other goodies I have are these measuring bowlsmeasuring spoons, and spatulas.
Serving Lava Cake
  • These lava cakes are just so delicious that they must be served on something pretty. These are the beautiful aqua plates that I served my lava cakes on. And here are some other plates similar to what I have:

Special Ingredients

Chocolate morsels for Instant Pot lava cake

Powdered sugar for lava cake recipe

Making an Instant Pot dessert

Easy Instant Pot desserts

Instant Pot chocolate lava cake recipe

Instant Pot lava cakes

These turtle lava cakes are so decadent and rich, they will certainly please chocolate lovers to the max!

Lava cake smothered in caramel and pecans

It’s the perfect combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. They not only look like restaurant quality desserts, but they taste like it!

Turtle lava cake served on plate

These Instant Pot Turtle Lava cakes will leave your family and friends praising your dessert skills!

Instant pot molten lava cake

I’m still in awe of the Instant Pot and all the delicious things you can make in it. It’s crazy that you can go from pulled pork to chocolate lava cake all in the same pot!! If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, take a look at my unboxing video so you can see what it’s all about!

Turtle chocolate lava cake

Well, let me know if you try making these turtle lava cakes! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Turtle Lava Cake

  • Difficulty: Easy
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These outrageously decadent turtle lava cakes are topped with caramel and pecans, have an ooey-gooey chocolatey center, and are so easy to make.


  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • chopped pecans
  • 1 jar Hershey’s caramel topping
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 tbs flour
  • 1 tbs vanilla


  • Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave. I usually put mine in the microwave for 3 minutes. Mix the chips until they become creamy chocolate.
  • Add melted butter and eggs to chocolate and mix well.
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients (sugar, flour and vanilla) one by one always mixing well.
  • Spray ramekins liberally with cooking spray. I like the Coconut oil PAM spray.
  • Put a layer of chopped pecans on the bottom of the sprayed ramekins.
  • Pour enough caramel sauce to cover the pecans.
  • Fill the ramekins with the chocolate batter.
  • Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and add one cup of water.
  • Place ramekins on top of trivet and close your Instant Pot, remembering to set it to “Sealing”
  • Cook on High Pressure for 9 min. Do a Quick Pressure Release “QPR”
  • Take out ramekins carefully and plate them upside down. These Instant Pot mini mitts work great for this part!
  • Enjoy alone or with ice cream!!

These outrageously decadent turtle lava cakes are topped with caramel and pecans, have an ooey-gooey chocolatey center, and are so easy to make.