Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

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!!


  • 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.

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


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


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)

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

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