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Put everything for this recipe into the slow cooker, and it not only creates a rich chocolate sponge, but also it’s own thick and delicious chocolate custard hiding underneath! What is this magic?!

The Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Pudding takes 5 minutes to prep, and then can be left to do its thing in the slow cooker. In less than 3 hours you have the chocolate orange dessert of dreams.

Slow cooker chocolate pudding with chocolate oranges, serving straight out of the pan.

I’m not exaggerating when I say I think this might be the BEST thing I’ve ever made in my slow cooker!

Not only is it soooo good, it’s also perfect when you’re cooking for guests because you can get it all ready hours in advance and then serve it straight out of the pan into bowls. 

I love to make this at Christmas, when I need some easy dessert options that don’t take any time or need for kitchen space – or a place in the oven!

This one is perfect for chocolate lovers and is just the ultimate comfort food at any time of year though.

Why you’ll love this Slow Cooker Pudding recipe

⭐️ After a little prep it cooks itself

⭐️ Oozing chocolatey deliciousness

⭐️ Perfect for cooking for guests

Close up of slow cooker pan with chocolate orange pudding inside.

About this recipe

This recipe is a bit like magic. Instead of dumping in all of the ingredients and then mixing together, with this you sort of carefully layer them up, then pour over boiling water gently – at which point it will all look a bit odd, but keep the faith! 

Then you can leave the pudding up to about 2.5 hours it’s firm in the middle, and serve up straight from the slow cooker pan.. Add some ice cream on the side and you’re done! (Did I already mention how utterly heavenly this pudding is?!)

Other delicious chocolatey slow cooker recipe to try in winter is my Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate.

Or if it’s a slow cooker dessert you’re after, try my Slow Cooker Apple Crumble or the Easter version of this recipe – Slow Cooker Mini Egg Chocolate Pudding!

Slow Cooker Chocolate pudding ingredients

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Pudding laid on a counter top.
  • Butter – Salted or unsalted is fine
  • Self-raising flour
  • Soft light brown sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Baking powder – Don’t forget this, it helps to make the pudding rise!
  • Eggs – Medium or large
  • Orange extract – This is available from the baking department of most supermarkets now. It adds heaps of flavour
  • Milk – Semi-skimmed or whole milk
  • Terry’s chocolate orange
  • Boiling water

How to make slow cooker pudding

How to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Pudding. Step 1.
  1. Mix up a sponge mixture in a bowl.
How to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Pudding. Step 2.

2. Tip the mixture into the slow cooker and press in the Terry’s Chocolate Orange segments.

How to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Pudding. Step 3.

3. Mix cocoa powder and brown sugar together and sprinkle evenly over the top.

How to make Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Pudding. Step 4.

4. Gently pour the boiling water over the top of the pudding, put the lid on, then cook as per the recipe card below. Add a few more segments on top and serve.


In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully in the microwave before serving.

Top tip

Lining the pan

If your slow cooker is the ceramic type (that is NOT non-stick) I would recommend lining it with baking paper before cooking this cake. Just squash a large sheet into the shape of the cooker (so there are no gaps for the sauce to escape). There will be no need to use the butter to grease it in this case.


Can you recommend a slow cooker?

The Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker is my all-time favourite because you can use it for initial browning on the hob and it’s really light. For induction hobs, I recommend the Lakeland Digital 6.5l Slow Cooker instead.


You can bake this pudding in the oven at 160c fan for 30 – 40 minutes.

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5 from 117 votes

Slow Cooker Chocolate Orange Pudding

This slow cooker pudding is the ultimate dessert indulgence, with an oozing chocolatey sauce and delicious sponge filling. Make it ahead of time and leave to cook until it's time to serve.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 20 g Butter, At room temperature, to grease the pan

For the sponge pudding mixture:

  • 100 g Butter, Melted
  • 250 g Self-raising flour
  • 125 g Soft light brown sugar
  • 30 g Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 3 Eggs
  • 150 ml Milk
  • 2 tsp Orange extract

For the slow cooker:

  • 157 g Terry's Chocolate Orange

For the topping:

  • 150 g Soft light brown sugar
  • 20 g Cocoa powder
  • 500 ml Boiling water


  • Grease the slow cooker bowl very well with the 20g butter.
  • In a large bowl, mix all of the sponge pudding ingredients together until smooth. Put into the greased slow cooker and smooth out.
  • Add chocolate orange segments evenly on top, pressing them into the mixture. (Keep a few segments back for decoration at the end.)
  • In another small bowl, mix the sugar and cocoa powder for the topping. Sprinkle this evenly over the top of the cake batter.
  • Carefully pour over the boiling water. (It will all look a bit odd at the moment, but keep the faith!)
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 1.5 – 2.5 hours until the cake is firm in the middle.
  • About 30 minutes before the cake is cooked I like to take the lid off and add the extra chocolate orange segments that I saved on top. These melt slightly and make the cake look lovely!


Lining: If your slow cooker is the ceramic type (and is NOT non-stick) I would recommend lining it with baking paper before cooking this cake. Just squash a large sheet into the shape of the cooker (so there are no gaps for the sauce to escape) there will be no need to use the butter to grease it.
If you don’t have a Slow Cooker this can be baked at 160c fan for 30-40 minutes. 


Calories: 661kcalCarbohydrates: 98gProtein: 12gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 451mgFiber: 6gSugar: 60gVitamin A: 672IUCalcium: 144mgIron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Family Food
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  1. 5 stars
    Run, do not walk to make this pudding! It is sensational and SO easy!

    I’ve lost count of the people I’ve made this for who have asked for the recipe…it is amazing!!

  2. 5 stars
    Absolutely love this. It’s a hit in our house but can you also cook it on low? How long would you leave it for?

  3. 🙏 🙏
    I had After 8 chocs left over from the holidays so I used instead of chocolate orange. Consensus was it worked! Delicious and so easy to make.