I’ve made this recipe for my favorite chocolate lava cake for years. How I never posted it, I don’t know. Finally, you can enjoy it, too. Note that some links are affiliate links that earn me a small commission if you purchase with them.
How do you know you have a good dessert? You take it to a friend’s house, and the host immediately asks if anyone doesn’t want one because he wants all the molten chocolate cake for himself. That really happened back when my husband and I were still dating.
We did a “guys cook” night where my husband and a friend made jambalaya for two other couples. I volunteered to make dessert, mostly because these are so quick to mix up and to bake. They guys did well with dinner, but I won dessert.
And no, no one offered to give up a cake so Craig could have an extra one.
Chocolate lava cake used to be a staple on dessert menus, but I don’t see them often anymore. Of course, the exception is Carnival that has their molten chocolate cake on the dessert menu every night. But shhhh I think mine tastes better than theirs. My husband does, too.
This recipe makes enough to feed eight people for dessert, but I sometimes put this batter into six large ramekins instead so we get more. If you have a crowd, you can use ten small ramekins, but make sure you reduce the bake time by a minute.
No matter what, serve these as soon as they come out of the oven. You want them ooey, gooey and warm. Of course, when I make this cake for guests, I never tell them it’s a chocolate lava cake. I just tell them I made chocolate cake.
Why? Welllllll if I overbake it, no one complains. If I do it right, the joy of seeing the chocolate gently spill from the chocolate lava cake? I told you. I won dessert that night.
Quick hint as I searched my old recipes? I have a small batch version of these chocolate lava cakes. If you want to make just enough for two for a romantic dinner, check out this molten chocolate cakes recipe from the archives.
How to Make Chocolate Lava Cake
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
Melt the butter in a saucepan until just melted, not bubbling. While the butter in melting, chop your chocolate so that it will melt quickly.
Remove the butter from the heat, and add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Let the butter/chocolate mixture sit and cool for a bit while you work on the next part.
Butter the bottoms and sides of your ramekins really well. You don’t want anything sticking! I leave the butter stick in its wrapper, just peeling back the side enough to expose one of the four sides of the stick. With a secure hold, I can quickly and easily butter everything perfectly – and you can, too!
Separate three eggs. Save the whites for later and add the yolks to a bowl. Add three more whole eggs to the bowl, and whisk for a minute until lightened in color and a uniform consistency.
Add the powdered sugar and whisk again until well beaten. Pour lightly cooled chocolate mixture into your bowl and mix until incorporated.
Add flour and stir just until incorporated. Pour into buttered ramekins.
Bake in 450 degree oven until sides are set and top just cracks. For eight chocolate lava cakes, bake 9 minutes. For six, bake 11 minutes. If you make 10 small chocolate lava cakes, bake 7-8 minutes.
As soon as the cakes come out of the oven, run a small knife around the edge of the ramekins to loosen. Turn out onto a plate and serve immediately. These are great with ice cream or just by themselves.
Have you ever made chocolate lava cake at home?
This makes 8 servings generally. If you want to enjoy more cake, you can use larger ramekins and make 6 molten chocolate cakes. Increase the baking time to 10-11 minutes if you do so. Additionally, if you use smaller ramekins, this makes enough to serve 10. Reduce the baking time to 8 minutes if you use smaller ramekins. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn a commission from qualifying purchases.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 cake
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 283 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 127mg Sodium: 29mg Carbohydrates: 40g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 32g Protein: 4g
This makes 8 servings generally. If you want to enjoy more cake, you can use larger ramekins and make 6 molten chocolate cakes. Increase the baking time to 10-11 minutes if you do so. Additionally, if you use smaller ramekins, this makes enough to serve 10. Reduce the baking time to 8 minutes if you use smaller ramekins.
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