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Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cake

A Sweet Twist on the Instant Pot Lava Cake

My turtle lava cakes are drenched in caramel and covered in pecans. The warm, ooey, gooey, fudgy center comes flowing out with your first spoonful. These lava cakes are so rich, so decadent and absolutely amazing.

Turtle lava cake fresh out of the Instant Pot
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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
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Ryan and I came across a few lava cake recipes one night that we were browsing the internet for Instant Pot recipe ideas. The pictures made my mouth water. They all looked so incredibly yummy!  I mean, delicious chocolate lava cake in under 10 minutes, you got me!

Pecans and other ingredients for turtle lava cakes
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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
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Putting Our Own Spin on Instant Pot Lava Cake

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

Making Turtle Lava Cakes in the Instant Pot

In this video, I take you step-by-step through making turtle lava cakes in the Instant Pot. Makes my mouth water every time I watch it.

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

Before we get started, here is a list of the kitchen prep tools, utensils, and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Appliances & Cookware

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.

Prep Tools & Utensils

Here are a few of the prep tools and utensils I used to make this recipe:

  • 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

Here are some of the ingredients I use that make these lava cakes so great:

Must-Have Instant Pot Accessories

Don’t forget to check out my post on Must-Have Accessories for the Instant Pot. It’s a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with the Instant Pot.

Must-Have Instant Pot Cookbooks

I have also put together a list of Must-Have Cookbooks for the Instant Pot.

Chocolate morsels for Instant Pot lava cake
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Powdered sugar for lava cake recipe
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Making an Instant Pot dessert
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Easy Instant Pot desserts
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Instant Pot chocolate lava cake recipe
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Instant Pot lava cakes
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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
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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
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These Instant Pot Turtle Lava cakes will leave your family and friends praising your dessert skills!

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

Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cake

A chocolate lava cake drenched in caramel and pecans.

5 from 2 votes
4 cakes
DifficultySuper Easy
Cooking Method(s)
  • Instant Pot
IP Pressure LevelHigh
IP ProgramManual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
9 minutes
Pressure Release
Total Time
19 minutes
Recipe by: Valerie Cooper
Drenched in caramel and covered in pecans with a warm, ooey, gooey, fudgy center. These turtle lava cakes are so rich and decadent that they should be sinful.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Category: Cakes
Molten lava cake
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  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • pecans chopped
  • 1 jar caramel topping I prefer Hershey’s Caramel Topping
  • 1 stick salted butter melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 tbsps all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • 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 the melted butter and eggs to the chocolate and mix well.
  • Mix in the rest of the ingredients (sugar, flour and vanilla) one by one always mixing well.
  • Spray the ramekins liberally with cooking spray. I like to use 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 the ramekins on top of trivet and close your Instant Pot, remembering to set it to “Sealing”
  • Cook on Manual / Pressure Cook, High Pressure for 9 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time has completed, perform a Quick Pressure Release “QPR”.
  • Take out ramekins carefully and plate them upside down.
  • Enjoy alone or with ice cream!!

Nutrition Facts

While every effort is made to correctly calculate these nutritional facts, they should be used as general guidance as they may not be 100% accurate.

Serving: 1cake | Calories: 692kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 312mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 4.1mg
  • Jeri G says:

    My 15 yr old granddaughter saw turtle lava cake on the restaurant menu, $6.99. I told her we’d make our own. We tried your recipe and it was beyond amazing. She made it herself and wowed her family. Using the Instant Pot was brilliant, it’s a miserably, hot, humid day here in Indiana but we didn’t have to heat an oven for this decadent dessert. 2 thumbs up!! Thank you!

    • Hi Jeri! Your comment just made my night! I’m so happy your granddaughter made the turtle lava cakes and everyone enjoyed them! Thank you for stopping by the blog, I appreciate it!

  • Debbie says:

    How MANY and what SIZE ramekins are needed for this dessert?

  • Cheryl says:

    This was amazing. How do I go bigger? Just double, triple the recipe and use larger dish?

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Cheryl! So happy you loved these! I would not use a larger dish, because you’ll have to play with the cook time to get it right. You could double the recipe and make more ramekins. You can either find a way to stack them or do two rounds of cooking in the pot. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Cheryl says:

        Well I already tried,,,I had to!!
        Just doubled it, Put it in a corningware 7″, 18min pressure. QR
        Opened the pot up and I was amazed how well it looked..BUT THEN put a plate on it flipped it over, left it for a min, picked the bowl up..it ran all over my counter,,,What a mess. But not complete fail, the outter edges were edible, so spooned some onto a plate with the creamy center and powered sugar on top and that tasted just like the other one I made. But I wont be going bigger bowl anymore, stick with double recipe, in ramikins. But gosh darn it, you just have to have some waiting for you when you want a sweet treat. they are gone as soon as I make a batch.

        • Valerie Cooper says:

          Haha! You couldn’t resist! Stick with the ramekins and make a few batches. I’m glad you at least got some yumminess out of the experiment! Have a great night!

  • Bill says:

    Didn’t worked for me. I turned over a wet gooey mess😒

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      Hi Bill! So sorry to hear it didn’t work for you. Too much caramel maybe? Maybe an extra minute of cook time in your pot? I’ve made them so many times, with and without the caramel and I haven’t had an issue. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Deanna Jolly Frazee says:

    This looks so yummy. Who doesn’t love ooey gooey goodness?

  • Gypsy says:

    Made this today really really good!

  • I DIE!!! This looks absolutely amazing! I need to make very soon! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    • Valerie Cooper says:

      I promise you Bethany, you will not be disappointed!! You’ll want to make them every day!! Thanks for stopping by!

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