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Instant Pot Turtle 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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time19 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake, Chocolate, Dessert, Instant Pot Desserts, Lava Cake, Pressure Cooker, Quick and Easy
Category: Cakes
Cooking Method: Instant Pot
Difficulty: Super Easy
Development Status: Finished
Servings: 4 cakes
Calories: 692kcal
Author: Valerie Cooper


  • 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 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon 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!!



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