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Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes (VIDEO)

Chocolate Lava Cakes have a signature molten liquid chocolate center that flows out in a lava consistency when you cut into the cake. It has been made popular by restaurants but homemade molten chocolate cakes are so easy to recreate (watch the video tutorial) and taste even better!

Chocolate Lava cake dusted with powdered sugar with molten center and served with ice cream and berries

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We love individual serving desserts like Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes, and bakery-quality treats like Cream Puffs or Eclairs and let’s not forget Strawberry Shortcakes. They are fun and easy to make and perfect for special occasions and of course Valentine’s Day!

What is a Molten Chocolate Cake?

A molten chocolate cake is also known as “Chocolate Moelleux.” It has a signature liquid center or chocolate ‘lava’ that flows out of the middle when you cut into it. It is a cross between a flourless chocolate cake (this one has just 3 Tbsp of flour) and a chocolate souffle with the decadence of chocolate mousse.

It works by baking the cakes for a short period of time on high heat so the shell of the cakes rises, while the center is molten.

Ingredients for molten chocolate lava cake with chocolate chips, eggs, butter, sugar, salt, flour and vanilla extract

Pro Tips for the Best Molten Chocolate Cake:

  • Do not over-bake. If you overbake, the center will stiffen and won’t have that signature lava consistency. Take them out of the oven when they are dry on the sides and have just a slight jiggle in the center when you jolt the pan.
  • Run a test batch to figure out the exact baking time for your specific oven (some ovens run hotter or cooler) to ensure you have your desired molten center.
  • For extra insurance that you will have a molten center, you can also dust some chocolate chunks in flour and place them into the center of the batter before baking. The flour will keep them from sinking to the bottom and will ensure a gooey middle.

Chocolate lava cake up close showing molten chocolate center

How to Make Chocolate Lava Cakes:

1. Preheat oven to 450˚F. Butter and flour four 8-oz ramekins, tapping out the excess flour (see notes below for using smaller ramekins or a cupcake tin).

Preparing ramekins with butter and flour

2. Over a double boiler, melt together butter and chocolate chips then remove from heat and set aside.

Melting chocolate and butter over double boiler

3. In a separate bowl with an electric mixer, beat 2 eggs, 2 yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt. Beat on high speed for 5 min.

4. Pour warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and fold until mostly combined. Fold in 3 Tbsp flour, mixing until fully combined.

Step by step photos how to make chocolate lava cake batter

5. Divide between 4 prepared ramekins and bake at 450˚F for 10-12 minutes, until outsides are firm and dry, and centers are soft. Cool 1 minute then immediately invert onto plates to unmold.

Chocolate cakes in ramekins before and after baking

Serve With:

After the cakes are unmolded, dust the top with powdered sugar then serve with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and fresh berries. These lava cakes taste best served warm and fresh out of the oven. We love ice cream on the side so the cold ice cream doesn’t cool the cakes and centers.

Chocolate lava cake topped with vanilla ice cream on a plate with berries

Can I Use Different Sized Ramekins?

  • 4 oz ramekins will yield 6 smaller Chocolate Lava Cakes, but be sure to bake for less time (6-8 minutes)
  • A non-stick muffin tin will yield 6 cakes and will work if you don’t have ramekins. Butter and flour the tins the same way and bake 6-8 minutes.
  • 6 oz ramekins will yield 4 taller and narrow cakes and should be baked 10-12 minutes, or you could do 5 cakes for 8-10 minutes.

More Romantic Desserts:

If you are looking for that perfect Valentine’s Day dessert, these are our top picks for your special day. These are such a treat for a date night in and can also feed a crowd.

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

4.91 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Chocolate Lava cake dusted with powdered sugar with molten center and served with ice cream and berries

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes have a signature molten liquid chocolate center. Homemade lava cakes are so easy to recreate and taste even better! Serve with powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream, and berries.

Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6-$8
Keyword: chocolate lava cake
Calories: 579 kcal
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into slices, plus more to grease ramekins
  • 6 oz  semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs (whole eggs)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour plus more to dust ramekins

Instructions

  1. Grease four 8-oz ramekins* with butter and dust inside with flour, tapping out excess flour, just like you would with a cake pan.

  2. Set a mixing bowl over a medium saucepan with about 1 cup water (the bowl should not touch the water). In the bowl, combine 6 oz semisweet chocolate and sliced butter. Keep water at a simmer and use a spatula to stir together until the chocolate and butter are melted and well combined then carefully remove from heat and set aside while making egg mixture.

  3. Combine 2 eggs, 2 yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 tsp salt and beat with an electric mixer on high speed 5 minutes (using egg beaters or whisk attachment) until whipped, thick and light yellow.

  4. Pour warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture along with 1 tsp vanilla extract. Fold until mostly combined. Add 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour and fold until fully incorporated.

  5. Divide between 4 ramekins and bake at 450˚ for 10-12 minutes (in a very hot oven) until outsides are firm and dry and centers are soft with just the slightest jiggle in the center.

  6. Cool 1 minute then gently loosen cakes with a small knife (if needed). Immediately invert onto plates to untold. Dust with powdered sugar and serve right away.

Recipe Notes

*For Smaller Ramekins: 4 oz ramekins or a non-stick muffin tin will yield 6 smaller cakes (bake 6-8 min). 6 oz ramekins yield 4 cakes (bake 12 min) or 5 cakes (bake 8-10 min)

Nutrition Facts
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 579 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 242mg81%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 970IU19%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Sonia
    February 18, 2020

    Just made these!! Delicious and easy to follow recipe. Thanks Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2020

      You’re welcome Sonia! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Judy from SC
    February 18, 2020

    I have tried so many of your recipes and everything has turned out great. You are the best I look forward everyday for another recipe to make. Thanks for doing such a great job. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2020

      You’re so nice! Thank you! I’m inspired by reading your review Judy! Reply

  • Basia
    February 15, 2020

    Did it today everyone loved it I myself have never eaten chocolate cake this delicious and light Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 16, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Polina K
    February 15, 2020

    Made this for Valentine’s last night and it turned perfect! Just like at a fancy restaurant. I used 4 oz ramekins and was able to get 6 out of the original recipe. I made the mixture a couple of hours before dinner, stored them covered in the fridge and right when we sat down for dinner, I turned on the oven to pre-heat and bake so they were hot and fresh by dessert time. I baked them for 10 min. Garnished with hazelnut gelato and raspberries. Fantastic! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 15, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review Polina. I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Reply

  • Natasha R
    February 14, 2020

    I made these tonight for Valentines Day, and they are perfect. We used dark chocolate chips so they weren’t too sweet and served the cakes with powdered sugar and a side of chocolate dipped strawberries. Heaven. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 14, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me Natasha! I’m all smiles Reply

  • Christina Velichko
    February 10, 2020

    Good but too sweet for us. Maybe I’ll try dark chocolate chips instead next time and a little less sugar. Was easy and fun to make! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 10, 2020

      I’m glad you enjoyed that! Thank you for that feedback. Reply

  • February 7, 2020

    I need to try your recipe right now! Fortunately, I have all the ingredients 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2020

      Yay sounds like a good plan Noemi. Hope you love it! Reply

  • Janice
    February 6, 2020

    Love your videos, but I was taught to dust pants with cocoa powder for chocolate cakes, not white flour… Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 6, 2020

      I’ll have to try that. Thank you for sharing that with me, Janice! Reply

  • Dan
    February 5, 2020

    Great recipe as the it was delicious…as I am using a smaller Ramekins, i could not get the molten center even i just baked for 6mins though… Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 6, 2020

      Hi Dan, was it cooking all the way through? If the ramekins are shallow that may be the culprit. Reply

  • Rachel
    February 3, 2020

    Made this today with the same amount of almond flour instead of regular. Also, used semi-sweet baker’s chocolate. So delicious! 12 min was a little too long I think, it wasn’t flowing like a lava, so maybe 11min will do next time. Thank you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      That’s so awesome Rachel! I bet our GF friends will find this helpful! Thank you for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Lavender Quee
    February 3, 2020

    I overlooked mine a little but it was still very good! The recipe splits in half very nicely to make 2. Can’t wait to make it again! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe, Lavender! Thank you for that great feedback! Reply

  • YYCgrandma
    February 2, 2020

    I would like to make ahead and refrigerate before baking. If I took them out and brought them to room temperate prior to baking, would that work? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2020

      I imagine that should work. If you do an experiment, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Cindy Allen
    February 1, 2020

    This looks amazing. Do you think this would turn out using gluten free flour? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 3, 2020

      Thanks Cindy. I haven’t personally tried using gluten-free flour yet but if you do try I would love to know how it goes! Reply

  • Connie Sheheane
    February 1, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    Thank you for all your wonderful entertaining recipes. You are my absolute favorite. Can you prepare these Lava cakes ahead when entertaining? Thank you, Connie Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 1, 2020

      Hi Connie, the lava effect is best fresh but they do reheat well. You can keep them covered and refrigerated so they don’t dry out then cover with a lightly damp paper towel and reheat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds just until the centers are warm then serve as usual. Reply

    • Marina
      February 1, 2020

      Hi Natasha! Absolutely love all your recipes! Will it work well to make 8 of them in the 4oz ramekins? Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        February 1, 2020

        Hi Marina, you may need to adjust your bake time for that but it should work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe. Reply

  • Joyce
    February 1, 2020

    After dividing batter into ramekins, can you hold them until ready to bake? If so, how long would you recommend? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 3, 2020

      Hi Joyce, although I think they rise best baked right away, they will keep for a few hours covered in the refrigerator before baking. Reply

  • Victoria Behrmann
    February 1, 2020

    Natasha, you are just the best! I like very much your cooking and the way you present it! Thank you that you are sharing with us your delicious recipes. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 1, 2020

      You are so nice! Thank you, Victoria! I’m smiling big reading this comment. Reply

  • Natashka
    January 31, 2020

    Thank you Natasha. This dessert looks delicious! Also, I really like the pink flowers in the background of your video Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2020

      I hope you give this dessert a try soon. Aren’t these flowers gorgeous?! Thank you for stopping by! Reply

  • Nat
    January 31, 2020

    Just want to kindly let you know that you wrote, “I hope this Chocolate Lava Cake recipe becomes a new favorite chicken dinner for you.” lol Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2020

      Ah! I’m fixing it now! Thank you for pointing that out, Nat! Reply

    • Kerry
      February 2, 2020

      Can you make this with milk chocolate instead of semi sweet chocolate? Reply

      • Natasha's Kitchen
        February 2, 2020

        I haven’t personally tried that yet Kerry. But if you do an experiment, let me know how it goes. Reply

  • Pierre cipolletta
    January 31, 2020

    How do they store in the frig?Do they warm up good? Reply

    • Natasha
      January 31, 2020

      Hi Pierre, the lava effect is best fresh but they do reheat well. You can keep them covered and refrigerated so they don’t dry out then cover with a lightly damp paper towel and reheat in the microwave for 30-45 seconds just until the centers are warm then serve as usual. Reply

  • Courtney O'Dell
    January 31, 2020

    Ive always been afraid I would mess up one of these molten lava cakes, but your instructions made it SO easy! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2020

      That’s so great Courtney! Thank you for stopping by with that awesome review! Reply

  • Stephanie
    January 31, 2020

    This is my favorite dessert of all time! I always thought they were difficult to make but it was a lot easier than I thought. And it was so delicious, now I can make it all the time! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2020

      That’s so awesome Stephanie!! I love hope easy and rich this recipe is! Reply

  • Lauren Kelly
    January 31, 2020

    I am the biggest chocolate lover and these are absolutely AMAZING!! I am in love! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 31, 2020

      These are every chocolate lovers dream – they are richly chocolatey! Thank you Lauren! Reply

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