Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

10.30.2018

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes are the ultimate decadent dessert! Tender chocolate cake is filled with a warm gooey chocolate center, topped with sweet vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and finished with optional fresh berries. It’s a magical cake you’ll definitely want to keep on file!

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

A few weeks ago I shared these Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting and thought of them as the ultimate Valentines dessert, well I change that to – we have a tie. Really there are so many amazing desserts out there that are perfect for Valentines Day but chocolate must be incorporated and red berries or cherries are a definite bonus.

So, Valentines breakfast anyone? Okay just kidding, not really what I’ll be eating for breakfast but I could eat this anytime of day – but I’ll save the best for after dinner.Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes | Cooking Classy

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How to Make Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 6 wells of a jumbo muffin pan or six 6 oz. ramekins.
  • Heat chocolate with butter microwave until melted. Let cool slightly.
  • Stir in powdered sugar and salt (it will be thick at this point) then mix in eggs, egg yolks and vanilla.
  • Fold in flour until combined.
  • Divide batter among prepared muffin wells, filling each about 2/3 full (about 1/2 cup in each. If using custard cups transfer them to a baking sheet to bake).

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  • Bake in preheated oven until edges are set but center is still soft, about 11 – 12 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and cool 1 – 2 minutes (run a knife around edge if they don’t seem loose), invert onto a cutting board or other rectangular surface then transfer to dessert plates and top as desired, serve warm.

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I made these a few times and I personally like the added touch of a little bittersweet chocolate but if you want them a little more mild then feel free to use all semi-sweet chocolate.

I think the slightly deeper, dark chocolatey flavor pairs well with a vanilla ice cream or sweet whipped cream topping, and raspberries of course!

Strawberries would be equally as good here so use what you’ve got. And maybe I’m crazy but even maraschino cherries sound good with this, so if you can’t find fresh fruit maybe serve a few of those alongside the ice cream.

Happy Valentines Day everyone! Make these perfectly decadent Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes today and indulge a little, it’s a holiday!

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Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

5 from 2 votes

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes are the ultimate decadent dessert! Tender chocolate cake is filled with a warm gooey chocolate center, topped with sweet vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and finished with optional fresh berries. It's a magical cake you'll definitely want to keep on file!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Chocolate Lava Cake, Molten Lava Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 589 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate , roughly chopped
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate , roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup (168g) unsalted butter, diced into 1 Tbsp pieces, plus more butter for pan
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) powdered sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (70g) all-purpose flour
  • Vanilla ice cream , sweetened whipped cream, raspberries, chocolate sauce or caramel sauce for serving

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter 6 wells of a jumbo muffin pan or six 6 oz. ramekins with softened butter (cover well you don't want these to stick), set aside.
  2. Place chocolate and butter in a medium microwave safe mixing bowl and heat in microwave in high power for 30 seconds, remove and stir. 
  3. Return to microwave and heat 30 seconds longer, stir well. If it's still not melted continue to heat in 15 second intervals until melted. Let cool slightly. 
  4. Stir in powdered sugar and salt (it will be thick at this point) then mix in eggs, egg yolks and vanilla (it will take a bit of stirring to get them fully incorporated). Stir and fold in flour until combined. 
  5. Divide batter among prepared muffin wells, filling each about 2/3 full (about 1/2 cup in each. If using custard cups transfer them to a baking sheet to bake). 
  6. Bake in preheated oven until edges are set but center is still soft, about 11 - 12 minutes. 
  7. Remove from oven and cool 1 - 2 minutes (run a knife around edge if they don't seem loose), invert onto a cutting board or other rectangular surface then transfer to dessert plates and top as desired, serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  • Toppings not included in nutrition.
  • Recipe source: adapted from Kraft
Nutrition Facts
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 589 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 242mg 81%
Sodium 90mg 4%
Potassium 220mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 40g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 19.3%
Calcium 5%
Iron 16.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

37 comments

  • Stevee: I followed this recipe to a “T” and there was no lava in the cakes at all….won’t make again😕 July 24, 2018 at 8:28pm Reply

  • Asia: Made this for my family today. It was a big hit. Kids said they want this for their birthday cake from now on. Candle will be placed on the ice cream. Lol April 15, 2018 at 3:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Win! April 18, 2018 at 10:38am Reply

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