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.

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 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

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

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

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.


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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

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!

Best Served As:
  • Dessert
Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cake

A chocolate lava cake drenched in caramel and pecans.

Chocolate oozing out of this warm lava cake

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.

Servings:4
Difficulty:Super easy
Cooking Method(s):
  • Instant Pot
Pressure Level:High
Program:Manual / Pressure Cook
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
9 minutes
Pressure Release
QPR
Total Time
19 minutes
This Recipe Is:
  • #quickandeasy
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Ingredients

 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
 pecans, chopped
 1 jar Hershey’s caramel topping
 1 stick salted butter, melted
 1 cup powdered sugar
 3 eggs
 1 egg yolk
 6 tbsp flour
 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions

1

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.

2

Add the melted butter and eggs to the chocolate and mix well.

3

Mix in the rest of the ingredients (sugar, flour and vanilla) one by one always mixing well.

4

Spray the ramekins liberally with cooking spray. I like to use the Coconut oil PAM spray.

5

Put a layer of chopped pecans on the bottom of the sprayed ramekins.

6

Pour enough caramel sauce to cover the pecans.

7

Fill the ramekins with the chocolate batter.

8

Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and add one cup of water.

9

Place the ramekins on top of trivet and close your Instant Pot, remembering to set it to “Sealing”

10

Cook on Manual / Pressure Cook, High Pressure for 9 minutes.

11

Once the cooking time has completed, perform a Quick Pressure Release “QPR”.

12

Take out ramekins carefully and plate them upside down.

13

Enjoy alone or with ice cream!!

Kitchen Tools

This is a list of the kitchen tool, utensils and appliances I used to make this recipe.

Ingredients

 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
 pecans, chopped
 1 jar Hershey’s caramel topping
 1 stick salted butter, melted
 1 cup powdered sugar
 3 eggs
 1 egg yolk
 6 tbsp flour
 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Directions

1

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.

2

Add the melted butter and eggs to the chocolate and mix well.

3

Mix in the rest of the ingredients (sugar, flour and vanilla) one by one always mixing well.

4

Spray the ramekins liberally with cooking spray. I like to use the Coconut oil PAM spray.

5

Put a layer of chopped pecans on the bottom of the sprayed ramekins.

6

Pour enough caramel sauce to cover the pecans.

7

Fill the ramekins with the chocolate batter.

8

Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and add one cup of water.

9

Place the ramekins on top of trivet and close your Instant Pot, remembering to set it to “Sealing”

10

Cook on Manual / Pressure Cook, High Pressure for 9 minutes.

11

Once the cooking time has completed, perform a Quick Pressure Release “QPR”.

12

Take out ramekins carefully and plate them upside down.

13

Enjoy alone or with ice cream!!

Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cake
These outrageously decadent turtle lava cakes are topped with caramel and pecans, have an ooey-gooey chocolatey center, and are so easy to make. #instantpot #lavacake #recipe #dessert