Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Use our instructions to make a five-star quality chocolate lava cake from scratch.

By: Jackie Bruchez

Molten lava cake is the perfect decadent dessert to share with your Valentine or family. Although it’s often a five-star favorite, molten lava cakes are easy to make. Lava cake is also the perfect dinner party dessert. Since it’s served warm, you can prepare it prior to guests arriving and pop it in the oven while everyone is enjoying the main course. Remove from the oven, garnish with powdered sugar, ice cream or fruit, and you will quickly become everyone’s favorite chef.

Molten Lave Cake Recipe
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15-18 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Cost: $

2 large egg yolks
2 large whole eggs
5 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 ounces (1 bar) chopped dark chocolate
5 tablespoons butter
4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 Tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
Fresh fruit, powdered sugar and/or mint (for garnish)


  1. Generously grease four 5-ounce ramekins with butter or non-stick cooking spray
  2. Fill a small saucepan half way with water and bring to a boil
  3. In a glass bowl, combine chopped chocolate and butter and place on top of saucepan
  4. Stir chocolate until melted, then remove bowl from heat
  5. In a bowl, combine eggs, egg yolks and sugar. Whisk with a mixer or by hand until the mixture is pale yellow
  6. Add melted chocolate to egg mixture slowly while mixing. Mix in vanilla
  7. Sift cocoa powder and flour into batter and add salt. Mix to combine
  8. Pour batter into individual ramekins and cover with plastic wrap
  9. Refrigerate ramekins for 30 minutes
  10. Preheat oven to 425 F
  11. Place ramekins in a shallow baking dish and fill dish half way with hot water
  12. Bake ramekins for 15-18 minutes or until the cake edges start to pull away from the sides
  13. Allow cakes to cool for 5 minutes then run a knife around the edges to release the sides
  14. Place a plate over individual ramekins and turn to release. Sprinkle lava cakes with powdered sugar, mint leaves and fresh fruit, if desired

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day dessert? Tell us in the comments below!

Jackie Bruchez is a wife and mother of three living in Solana Beach, Calif. She is the author of the food blog The Seaside Baker, which focuses on delicious baked desserts and the occasional savory dish. She loves to travel and is currently working on a cookbook featuring West Coast farmers and cuisine.


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