Foolproof molten chocolate cake recipe! Individual chocolate lava cakes have warm chocolate fudge inside. Great Valentine’s Day dessert!
Oh, how I love molten chocolate cake!! These little cakes are so rich and soooooo delicious!
They are one of my go-to recipes when I need a “fancy” dessert because they never fail to impress. I made these molten chocolate cakes for dessert the first time I cooked for my husband, and my family still goes crazy for them every time I make them.
Even though these cakes look (and taste) like a restaurant-quality dessert, they are so easy to make. They’re also really easy to prep ahead, so you can make them and then bake them when you’re ready.
How To Make Molten Chocolate Cake
In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate and butter for 1 minute, or until the butter has melted.
Whisk until completely melted and mixed together. Add the powdered sugar and whisk in.
Whisk in the eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla. Add flour and whisk in just until combined.
Divide batter among ramekins. Bake.
- Chocolate: I recommend using a baking chocolate bar, like Baker’s Chocolate or Ghirardelli.
- Butter: I like to use salted butter in this recipe. You can use unsalted butter with a pinch of salt, if you prefer.
- Baking: Slightly underbaking the cakes is key to keeping the molten center. As you can see in the picture above, the cake should look done around the edges but still look soft and a little underbaked in the center.
- Toppings: Raspberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar all go well with these cakes.
Molten chocolate cakes are easy to make, and they can be made a day ahead of time, which is perfect for times when you’re entertaining.
Just follow the recipe through step 7. Then, cover with plastic wrap and place the ramekins in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them.
Set the ramekins out while you preheat the oven, uncover, and bake as directed.
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Molten Chocolate Cake
- 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar plus more for dusting
- 2 large eggs
- 2 egg yolks from large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease 4 ramekins. I use 6 ounce ramekins.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl, microwave chocolate and butter on high for 1 minute, or until butter has melted.
- Whisk together butter and chocolate until chocolate has melted and is incorporated.
- Add the powdered sugar, and whisk until combined.
- Whisk in the eggs, yolks, and vanilla until well-combined.
- Add flour, and whisk until just combined.
- Pour batter into prepared ramekins.
- Set ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are firm but the center is still soft.
- Let the cakes stand for 1 minute.
- Run a thin knife around the edge to loosen cakes, and invert onto plate.
- Dust with additional powdered sugar, if desired, and serve warm.
- To make ahead: Just follow the recipe through step 7. Then, cover with plastic wrap and place the ramekins in the fridge until you're ready to bake them. Set the ramekins out while you preheat the oven, uncover, and bake as directed.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
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Originally published 3/1/13. Updated with new photos and tips 1/29/20.
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Comments & Reviews
This is literally one of my favorite recipes. Thank you!
Yay! I’m so glad you liked it! =)
so should i not make this into a cake…. and if yes what size pan for this recipe?
No, it won’t work out right if it’s baked in a cake pan. Ramekins work well because then you get a molten center with set edges. If you bake it in a cake pan, the middle will just be molten and, while it will still taste good, it won’t really be servable. I hope that helped! Please let me know if you have any more questions!
Wat is c and t Measurements?
C= cup, tsp = teaspoon, and T= tablespoon. Sorry if the abbreviations were confusing! =)
Karly Campbell says
Ooh, this looks amazing! I love molten cakes!
Thanks for linking up to What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Thanks!! It is hard to say no to cake stuffed with melty chocolate =).
One of my husband’s favorite desserts is molton lava cake. I need to make one of these for him!
I hope you two enjoy them!! =)
Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com says
Y U M ! ! !
YUMMY! :) Thanks for linking up! :)
Thanks!! And thanks for hosting! =)
Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com says
Oh, I adore a molten cake! This one almost made me lick my screen. LOL
Wouldn’t it be awesome if computer screens had scratch and sniff or samples! Thanks!! I would love to come link up! =)
Walking On Sunshine Recipes says
Thank you for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back and VOTE on Sunday. I have chosen your recipe as my Host Favorite and it will be featured in a post on Daily Dish Magazine. I will share the link with you on Monday!
Yay! Thank you so much!! That’s awesome! =)
This looks amazing! I would love for you to join the Pinworthy Projects
Thanks!! I would love to come by your link party! =)
Yummy. Lava cake was my first ever to bake but I always fail every tries. I kept on trying to perfect it until Hubby told me to stop and try other cake recipes. And I did. Thanks for sharing. I might give this a try.
If you love lava cakes, I hope you give this one a try! There’s really not much to it, and they are so (so so!) good!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks!! Have a great one, too!! =)
Walking On Sunshine Recipes says
It looks amazing!