Molten Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

4.88 from 24 votes

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 This Molten Chocolate Lava Cake recipe is one of the easiest and most decadent desserts to make at home! Only a few ingredients needed that you probably already have on hand!

Man are Lava Cakes good. So good, in fact, that we made them two days in a row-by my family’s request. When you dig into these little cakes, the center oozes out warm fudgy heavenly goodness. It’s especially delicious with ice cream!

Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

If you’ve never had a lava cake before, you are in for a treat. I first tried this recipe when I was in college and after the first bite, I knew I needed the recipe. So, a few years went by and I completely forgot about it UNTIL my old roommate, Brandielle, posted it on the Pioneer Woman’s site and I found it! These are not so good for my thunder thigh situation. But, that’s not your problem.

SO! If you’re looking for your chocolate fix, this will certainly fit the bill!

If lava cakes aren’t your thing, give my perfect chocolate cake a recipe with accompanying frosting. It’s one of my most popular recipes!

Lava Cake Recipe Ingredients

These cakes are DANGEROUS in my house because I always always always have the ingredients on hand.

  • Chocolate – Use semi-sweet baking squares, but if you don’t have those I have a good substitute down below in the recipe card (regular chocolate chips!).
  • Eggs – Two whole eggs and two egg yolks to be exact.
  • Butter – An essential baking ingredient that is also found in this recipe.
  • Powdered Sugar and All-Purpose Flour – For sweetness and structure!
Chocolate Lava Cake

How to Make Lava Cake

{For measurements and times see the recipe card below}

  1. Preheat oven. Spray 4 custard cups with non-stick cooking spray and place on a baking sheet. (If you don’t have custard cups you can use a muffin tin!)
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour. Divide evenly between baking dishes.
  3. Bake until sides are firm and center is soft. Let stand before removing. Serve warm with ice cream or Whipped Cream.

Make-Ahead

Prepare the batter up to 2 days in advance to make Lava Cakes ahead of time! But be sure to let the batter come to room temperature before baking.

Freezing

Freeze baked lava cakes for up to 3 months! Reheat in the microwave but don’t overdo it, you still want the center to be runny.

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Voila! That’s it! Enjoy your Molten Chocolate Lava Cake and the printable recipe card below!

4.88 from 24 votes

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes are some of the easiest and most decadent desserts to make at home! Only a few ingredients needed that you probably already have on hand!
servings 4
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 18 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 4 custard cups with non-stick cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in sugar until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Stir in flour. Divide evenly between baking dishes.
  • Bake 13-15 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft. Let stand 1 minute before removing. Serve warm with ice cream.

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Notes

Freezing. Freeze baked lava cakes for up to 3 months! Reheat in the microwave but don’t overdo it, you still want the center to be runny.
Make-Ahead. Prepare the batter up to 2 days in advance to make Lava Cakes ahead of time! But be sure to let the batter come to room temperature before baking.

Nutrition

Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 242mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 970IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Lava Cake, Lava Cake, Lava Cake Recipe, Molten Lava Cake
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64 Responses
  1. Erin Johnson

    5 stars
    These are AMAZING! They are also dangerous cuz i always have these ingredients I’ve made them 3 times in the last week! Rob and I are in heaven!!!!

  2. Noelle P

    5 stars
    Found you from Google.. I made this recipe last night for a girls night treat, it was amazing! (And so simple!) Thanks for posting 🙂

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  4. Daisy

    This is absolutely gorgeous. My family loves chocolate and this lava cake deserves to be in our table for Thanksgiving. Thanks for the idea!

  5. Carol Weaver

    I’ve tried repeatively to print this recipe from the printable copy but I get everything but the ingredients and directions!
    Is anyone else having this problem?

  6. Laurie Scarcello

    5 stars
    Made these and my guests raved about them and asked for recipe and I was glad to share it and introduce them to your wonderful website.

  7. Shannon Wickstrom

    These look incredible! Trying to figure out how the chocolate stays liquid inside and the cake bakes around it. Guess I should try them out for our Christmas dinner this year! =)

  8. Anne Pik

    5 stars
    Yum! Chocolaty heaven! I’ve made this a few times and it’s always a hit & the recipe is requested. Merry Christmas Lauren & family!

  9. Cassie

    5 stars
    These are SO good! My family raved about them! It’s too bad they are so easy and use ingredients I always have on hand – going to have to practice some self restraint!

  10. Sandy Mosser

    5 stars
    I made this over the weekend. It was a hit. I topped mine with whip cream and then put some homemade peppermint brittle on top for decoration. It was a hit! And, super easy to make

  11. Shweta

    5 stars
    I have been wanting to do this cake for a long time.I tried it on the weekend n it was easy n very delicious. The perfect dessert for cold Canadian winters.

  12. Danielle

    5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to try making molten lava cake and this looks delicious! Seems a lot more simple to make than I would have thought too!

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    1. Lauren

      6 or 8 oz. are fine, but honestly, any small dish will do! I’ve even made these in really well greased muffin tins. Just reduce or increase the baking time as needed.

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