Chocolate Lava Cakes
This rich and dense chocolate cake has an alluring warm and gooey chocolate center that flows like lava when you break into the cake. It takes just a few simple ingredients to make this impressive and decadent dessert.
Are you one of those people who makes a big fuss over Valentine’s? I think I used to when I was younger, but now that I’ve been married for almost 10 years, it’s been simplified to a nice homemade dinner and maybe a card. The days of going to a fancy restaurant and going all out seem to be a distant memory lol.
I remember reading about Galentine’s Day a few years ago, and thinking to myself, what a great idea! Single or not, it’s a special day to celebrate your best girlfriends and being ladies. Especially after the year we’ve had, I think it’s more important than ever to celebrate being a woman. No more putting up with crap. Be strong, be supportive of one another, be fierce, and let’s make 2018 a year for women! Okay, that’s my rant for today. My apologies for getting sidetracked there. Anyways, back to the recipe.
This elegant and impressive dessert is surprisingly easy to make. It’s just chocolate, butter, powdered sugar, eggs, flour, a dash of vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Molten lava cake is basically an undercooked cake. The uncooked batter is what gives you that delightful pudding-like center that makes this dessert so special.
This chocolate lava cake is rich and intensely chocolatey with a silky-smooth chocolate liquid center. The simplicity and elegance of this dessert make it suited for a romantic occasion or any special occasion to celebrate with good friends and family.Print
Chocolate Lava Cakes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4
This rich and dense chocolate cake has an alluring warm and gooey chocolate center that flows like lava when you break into the cake.
- 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate
- ½ cup (114g) unsalted butter
- 1 cup (125g) powdered sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 6 Tbsp (50g) all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp (10ml) vanilla
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 425F. Generously grease 4 custard cups or ramekins.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt together the chocolate and butter on HIGH for 1 minute. Whisk together until completely melted and smooth.
- Whisk in the powdered sugar, then eggs and vanilla. Lastly, stir in the flour and salt until combined.
- Divide the batter evenly among the 4 baking cups.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges are firm and set, but the center is still soft.
- Let the cakes stand for about 2 minutes before carefully running a knife along the edge of the ramekin and releasing the cake gently onto a plate.
- Serve with some fresh strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy warm.
To make in advance: Bake just until the edges are set, then re-heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds to warm up before serving.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 15 min
- Category: dessert
- Method: bake
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: chocolate lava cake recipe, easy lava cake recipe, chocolate molten cake recipe
Recipe from The Domestic Rebel.
24 Comments on “Chocolate Lava Cakes”
I haven’t made these yet but I am excited to try them! My birthday is on the 14th and I will be twelve so that will be a fun way to celebrate! Do you have any good cake recipes? ( My favorite is red velvet!)
Thank you and how exciting! Yes, I have a red velvet cupcake recipe that can be turned into a cake. https://www.littlesweetbaker.com/red-velvet-cupcakes-cream-cheese-frosting/ Let me know what size cake you would like to make and I can further assist:)
Sorry, I see you already answered the custard cup size for another reader. I have some heart-shaped ones that can hold between 4-6 oz.
Yes, those would work and be super cute for Valentine’s!
What size custard cups/ramekins?
1/2 cup size. I hope you enjoy the lava cakes!
This recipe sounds wonderful and I plan on making it. The only question I have is what size ramekin or backing cup do you use?
They’re about half a cup in size. I hope you enjoy the lava cakes and let me know if you have any other questions:)
What can I use to replace eggs .we are pure vegetarian
I’m not sure. You can probably use aquafaba for the egg whites, but I have no idea what you can use for the egg yolks – sorry.
This recipe is super simple & gets a BIG crowd reaction. I wasn’t sure this would work, but it did. I made the batter & portioned them out 24hrs in advance (covered them w/ Saran Wrap & stored in the fridge). Then the next day, took them out of the fridge while we ate (so they could warm back up to room temperate) & baked when dinner was over. They turned out perfect. Just a note, when she says “heavily greased,” she does mean HEAVILY GREASED! The most important part, being the bottom!
I love your recipes. So delicious and easy to follow. One question. Can these lava cakes be made ahead of time?
Yes, bake just until the edges are set. Then re-heat in the microwave for about 30-60 seconds to warm up before serving. Thank you for your question and enjoy!
I love watching the chocolate come out of the cake after cutting it! These are delicious!
Greetings, I have a question: since the center is soft and not “cooked” all the way, is it safe to eat especially when eggs are used in this recipe?? Thank you.
Yes, it is safe to eat because it’s baked at a high temperature. So even though it’s not fully cooked, it’s been heated through long enough to be safe to consume.
I’m drooling… they look stunning!
These look delicious! My kids love these but have never tired making myself. Thanks for sharing the recipe. You have inspired me to learn to make them for a Valentines surprise!
You’re welcome and thanks for stopping by, Alisa!
These look just gorgeous, definitely worth making when you are trying to impress someone. I love how simple this recipe is too. Thank you for bringing it to FF:)
You’re welcome and thank you for co-hosting!
Now, you are making me crave chocolate!! This looks so inviting and yummy! Thanks for sharing, Lily!
You’re very welcome, Jhuls. Thanks for stopping by!