Molten Lava Cake

This chocolate Molten Lava Cake is a decadent special occasion dessert for two!  It’s easy to make, requires no fancy ingredients, and yet makes an impressive treat! 

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake topped with ice cream and the chocolate center is flowing onto the plate.

This chocolate Molten Lava Cake is a super easy yet impressive dessert!!  The recipe doesn’t require any fancy ingredients and yet it makes this stunning treat.  Plus, the recipe can easily be cut in half to make only two cakes.  Perfect for a special date night in!!

A great date night in menu could be a small cheese board for an appetizer, Cheese Ravioli in Mushroom Cream Sauce, Simple Roasted Green Beans, Garlic Cheddar Biscuits, and these molten lava cakes topped with ice cream and raspberries for dessert!

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake topped with ice cream and raspberries.

 

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake sprinkled with raspberries.

About this Molten Lava Cake:

  • The batter can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  Then remove from the refrigerator and let the batter come to room temperature before baking.
  • Be sure to butter your ramekins well.  Otherwise, I promise they will stick!
  • Use a high quality chocolate for this dessert.  It’s the key ingredient to making these taste well.  And this recipe has only been tested using a high quality chocolate bar (such as Lindt or Ghirardelli) and not chocolate chips.  Often times chocolate chips don’t melt well which will not give that nice molten center.
  • Be sure not to overbake or you won’t have the molten center.  I found 11 minutes to be perfect for my oven.  You will want to look for the edges to be set but the center should look soft.
  • This recipe makes 4 molten lava cakes but it can easily be cut in half to make 2.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake topped with soft slightly melting ice cream. The warm chocolate center is flowing onto the plate.

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5 from 3 votes
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake topped with soft slightly melting ice cream. The warm chocolate center is flowing onto the plate.
Molten Lava Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

This chocolate Molten Lava Cake is a decadent special occasion dessert for two!  It's easy to make, requires no fancy ingredients, and yet makes an impressive treat! 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 4
Author: Countryside Cravings
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces (170g) bittersweet chocolate or semi sweet chocolate (use a good quality chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter
  • 1/4 cup (30g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (45g) powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease 4 ramekins with extra butter.  Dust each with cocoa powder or flour; set aside.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C)

  2. Chop the chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl with the butter.  Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring well after each until smooth.  

  3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.  Spoon batter into prepared ramekins and place onto a baking sheet.  

  4. Bake for 10-13 minutes or just until the sides are set but the center looks soft.  Allow to cool for 1 minute then invert onto a plate.  Carefully remove the ramekin.  Serve immediately with desired toppings: ice cream, fruit, whipped cream.  

Recipe Notes
  1. Make ahead option:  Prepare the batter and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  Allow batter to come to room temperature before baking. 
  2. This recipe was not tested with chocolate chips but a high quality chocolate bar such as Lindt or Ghirardelli.  
  3. This recipe can easily be cut in half to make 2 lava cakes. 
  4. Recipe adapted from Food and Wine

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Comments

  • Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust wrote:

    They are so easy to make they’re dangerous! That gooey chocolate is calling my name right now!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I know!!! Thanks for commenting Dorothy!!

  • Aunt Lori wrote:

    They look yummy. Thanks for all the helpful hints.

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you Aunt Lori! 🙂

  • Danielle Green wrote:

    I am not sure I would be able to stop with eating just one! Looks unbelievably delicious!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Thank you so much!

  • Dalila G. wrote:

    OMGoodness!!
    Now this is one dreamy dessert!
    No way am I going to half this recipe….LOL!
    Thanks Malinda!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Lol, Thanks Dalila!!

  • Melissa Howell wrote:

    These are such a fantastic dessert! I don’t think people realize how quick and easy they are to make! My favorite!

    • Malinda wrote:

      I know, right!! I love how they are so easy and yet still impressive enough for special occasions!

  • Julie Evink wrote:

    This looks so Delicious! I am with Danielle, I think someone would have to stop me from eating more than one!

    • Malinda wrote:

      Speaking from experience it’s dangerously easy to eat more than one!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate wrote:

    Oh, these cakes are calling my name! A friend and I always used to go get a molten lava cake and a giant glass of milk when we had bad days in college, but I’ve never made one at home. Looks like that’s changing this weekend!

    • Malinda wrote:

      They are so easy to make!! I always turn to chocolate (or ice cream!) when I’m having a rough day. Thanks Erin! 🙂

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