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Molten Lava Cake

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This Molten Lava Cake recipe is one of the easiest and most decadent desserts to make at home! Only a few ingredients are needed that you probably already have on hand! If this dessert isn’t your thing, give my perfect chocolate cake a recipe with accompanying frosting. It’s one of my most popular recipes!

Lava Cake oozing out chocolate with raspberries and powdered sugar on top

What is Lava Cake?

Lava Cake is a mix between a chocolate cake and a soufflé. Originally from France, lava cakes are made from a combination of eggs, chocolate, sugar, butter, and flour. The outside is a dense chocolate cake while the inside is essentially uncooked cake batter brought to temperature so you don’t become sick. The center is especially hot which is why you’ll sometimes hear this dessert be called Molten Lava Cake.

You can top this dessert with powdered sugar, whipped cream, cold ice cream, syrups, and/or fresh berries.

How to Make Homemade Lava Cakes

For full details on how to make lava cakes from scratch, see the recipe card below!

Prep

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray 4 custard cups with non-stick cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

Make the Batter

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 and Serve Hot

Bake 13-15 minutes until sides are firm and center is soft. Let stand 1 minute before removing. Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream, or powdered sugar and berries!

How to Make Mini Lava Cakes

If you want to make mini lava cakes you’re going to need a mini muffin tin with 24 wells. Most of the recipe stays the same except for the baking temperature and time. Here’s how to do it:

Prep Mini Muffin Tin

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Generously spray a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Make the Batter

Melt the chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cool 3 minutes. Stir in eggs and egg yolks until incorporated. Stir in powdered sugar and flour. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin so the batter is 3/4 the way up each well.

Bake and Serve Hot!

Bake 4-7 minutes or until the edges are cooked and the centers are soft. Cool 5 minutes and carefully remove from the pan using a butter knife. Serve warm with whatever your heart desires!

 Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes on a plate with ice cream and sliced strawberries

Can I heat up leftover lava cake?

While leftover lava cakes can be cooled down and refrigerated to enjoy later, I would highly suggest eating this dessert fresh instead of reheating leftovers. This is because reheating could overbake the middle. If you are going to reheat I’d suggest doing so carefully either for a short time in the microwave or oven.

Making Lava Cakes Ahead of Time

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 Instructions

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.

Lava Cake oozing out chocolate with raspberries and powdered sugar on top

More Chocolate Cake Recipes!

Voila! That’s it! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, date night an anniversary, or just because. The printable recipe card below 🙂

4.88 from 24 votes

Molten 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 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 18 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking squares or just use 4 oz chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons flour

Equipment

  • 4 custard cups

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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66 Responses
  1. Rayne

    Chocolate chip substitution is printed WHERE???? it says in the recipe card below…..well either I am blind or you neglected to list it on the RECIPE CARD BELOW! Nice to confuse the hell out of people…….

    1. Lauren

      You seem fun…4 ounces of chocolate chips can be used in place of 4 oz of baking chocolate. It’s about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

  2. Prianka

    I make this recipe all the time because it’s so delicious and super easy to make! Thank you for sharing this recipe. Just wanted to point out that the amount of chocolate chips required does not adjust for different servings like the other ingredients do. Chocolate always reads 2/3 cup, you might want to fix this.

  3. Jessica Conley

    2 stars
    I make cakes all the time, and ive ordered lava cakes before but have never made them. I love lava cakes so much , I was happy when I found this recipe. I did everything as the recipe instructed but mine did not turn out right. I did not like the look, the flavor, the texture, and mine did not have lava!

  4. Erny Sadikin

    5 stars
    Just finished making this and it’s so delicious.. Will def save this recipe and make it again. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. 👍

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