Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

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Chocolate Lava Cakes are one of my very favorite dessert recipes – and they only take a total of 20 minutes from start to eating!

There are few desserts that I love more than those that combine chocolate plus carbs. I love chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and all things chocolate + butter + sugar + salt. It’s a glorious combination that I adore. This Chocolate Molten Lava Cake recipe is one of my very very favorite dessert recipes, and I can’t believe I haven’t shared it with you before.

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Chocolate Lava Cakes

I started making this recipe in 2012, and I have made it so many times since then that I can’t even count. I haven’t shared it though because 99% of the time I make it late at night when I want a treat after the kids have gone to bed.

I have made this recipe lots and lots of times when we have had overnight guests over too. It only makes four little lava cakes and having a hot little cake with some ice cream on top is just the kind of things that turns staying up talking into a treat.

This is my go-to company is coming treat because I always have what I need on hand, and they only take me a total of 20 minutes from start to eating. Plus, they are amazingly chocolatey and delicious. I love this recipe.

I thought this would also be perfect for you to have on hand for Valentine’s day! They are so much fun to make and eat, perfect for a holiday or special occasion. Sometimes at night I’ll make these for Thomas and I. I’ll hide the other two cakes in the fridge and reheat them again for the next night. The kids never find out we had dessert without them, and I get a treat two nights in a row.

Tips and Tricks for Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes:

  • A 4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup is the perfect size to make the batter in and then you have a nice little lip to pour from too.
  • If you don’t have semi-sweet baking chocolate you can substitute good quality chocolate chips (it’ll be just over ½ cup of chocolate chips). I like the Guittard brand of semi-sweet and extra dark chocolate chips for this recipe. If you like a lighter chocolate flavor you can also use milk chocolate chips.
  • You make need to run a thin knife around the edge of the cake (between the cake and the ramekin) before you invert them on a serving plate.

How do I serve Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes?

You can serve these right in the little dish you baked them in or you can carefully run a butter knife along the outside and turn them onto a plate so that they come out of the dish. If you have a hard time getting the cakes out of the ramekins you can always serve them in them. They taste the same 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I serve with Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes?

We like them with vanilla ice cream or freshly whipped cream and a few berries. Both ways are delicious, but I think I like the ice cream option best. There’s something magical about warm desserts and cold ice cream.

If I don’t have ramekins can I use a muffin tin?

I prefer to use ramekins but they are the perfect size for this dessert and they look classy too BUT if you don’t have access to them you can use a muffin tin. Make sure to grease each muffin cup thoroughly to prevent sticking. If you use a muffin tin they will be a little bit smaller so you will yield a couple more lava cakes. 

Is a chocolate lava cake similar to a soufflé?

Souffles and lava cakes are similar in many ways but they vary greatly in texture. Chocolate lava cakes have a runny and chocolatey center whereas souffles are completely cooked on the inside. 

I have heard rumblings about chocolate lave cakes not being safe to eat because they aren’t cooked all the way through. Even though the center of the cake is still liquid, the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees making it totally safe to consume and delicious too!

History of molten lava cake:

In France, the molten lava cake is known as chocolate moelleux which means soft in French. I bring up the French name because there seems to be a bit of controversy when it comes to where the molten lava cake originated from. A chef living in New York claimed to invent this lava cake in 1981. However, another French chef said he discovered this dessert after he took a chocolate sponge cake out of the oven and it was runny on the inside. We aren’t sure exactly who has the claim to fame but this chocolate dessert is a regular item on menus now. The Chili’s molten lava cake at the popular chain restaurant is credited for bring this dessert to mainstream America.

Video on how to make lava cake:

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spoon dipping into the soft center of a lava cake with whipped cream and raspberries and blueberries on top
5 from 16 votes

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes are one of my very favorite dessert recipes – and they only take a total of 20 minutes from start to eating!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate,, (4 ounces) or a very full 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour or gluten-free baking blend

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease 4 six-ounce ramekins with butter and set aside.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl add the butter and chocolate. Microwave on high until the butter melts and the chocolate starts to soften, about 1 minute.
  • Mix the chocolate and butter together until no lumps remain. If you need to microwave it a bit longer you can.
  • Add powdered sugar and stir to combine.
  • Add the eggs and egg yolks and stir to combine.
  • Add the flour and stir to make a thick batter.
  • Place the batter in the prepared ramekins. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet to easily move them in and out of the oven.
  • Place the baking sheet and ramekins in the oven. Bake for 12-13 minutes until the edges are set and the center is soft (but it won’t be glossy or super jiggly).
  • Let the cakes rest for 2 minutes and then invert them onto a serving plate.
  • Serve right away with freshly whipped cream and berries or vanilla ice cream.

Video

Notes

  • A 4 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup is the perfect size to make the batter in and then you have a nice little lip to pour from too.
  • You can use dark, semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips for this recipe depending on your preferences.
  • You make need to run a thin knife around the edge of the cake (between the cake and the ramekin) before you invert them on a serving plate.
  • If you have a hard time getting the cakes out of the ramekins you can always serve them in them. They taste the same 🙂
  • I generally use salted butter for this recipe, you can use what you have on hand.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Lava Cake, Calories: 552kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 36g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 241mg, Sodium: 221mg, Potassium: 187mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 38g, Vitamin A: 969IU, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 3mg
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Here’s a list of some of my all time favorite chocolate desserts in case you need some more ideas for your Valentine:

Now that’s a good looking list! Enjoy some sweets, from my kitchen to yours. And if you happen to make this recipe, I’d love for you to let me know how you enjoyed it. I’m pretty sure lava cakes are going to become a quick favorite dessert in your house too.

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26 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Very happy with results! As suggested, use good chocolate for the best possible tasting choose lava cakes. Using the microwave also saves a lot of time. Quick turnaround. I baked in anchor hocking glassware about the size of a ramekin. Left in oven a little longer to ensure firm enough without middle being overcooked. They came out perfect! Yuuuuummmmm!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this was sooooo easy & so delicious!! It’s an impressive dessert, good enough for a dinner party!! My family was so impressed lol! I can’t believe how easy & delicious.

  3. 5 stars
    Yummy, super fast and easy. A great go-to if you need a dessert in a hurry. That and you can easily dress it up if you need something fancy.

  4. 5 stars
    Very yummy! I did learn that if you let them cool, they are no longer longer runny inside. So enjoy them while they’re warm!

  5. Salted or unsalted butter? I’m assuming unsalted since it doesn’t say?

    But I guess you could use salted for a little extra rise and for a salty taste to counteract the sweet?

    Thanks! I have been looking all over for a “milk” chocolate recipe because some of my family prefer that over the semi-sweet/dark chocolate taste that I love. I was so happy to see that you commented that you can use milk chocolate chips! All of the other recipes out there use semi-sweet or dark chocolate. Can’t wait to try I that way!

    1. You can use the butter that you have on hand, I generally use salted, unsalted works great too.