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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!

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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!

Kitchen Prep Tools, Utensils & Appliances

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:

Electric Pressure Cooker Accessories

Make sure to check out my post on Must-Have Electric Pressure Cooker Accessories. You’ll find a complete list of all the top accessories that can be used with your electric pressure cooker.

Making Turtle Lava Cakes in 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 3 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 topped with nuts
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  • 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
Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cake
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  • Nanamonster says:

    I only have 4oz ramekins do I need to adjust the cook time? Could this be baked in a Bundt pan? If so, how long would you suggest cooking it?

    • Hi there! I would prefer making them in the 4 oz ramekins. You shouldn’t need much time adjustment. If you make it in a bundt pan, it would definitely need adjusting, I just couldn’t tell you how much. For the 4 oz ramekins, you may want to try just a minute or two less. That’s my guess! Let me know if you try them!

  • 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?

    • 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 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.

  • Bill says:

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

    • 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!!

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