molten lava cakes

“Skip the box mixes and frozen varieties of lava cakes,  they are MUCH more delicious when you make them from scratch!  And seriously, they take just minutes to make and bake!  It couldn’t be any easier and you don’t have all the added preservatives from the mixes. This is a super fast recipe!  

I prefer a combination of bittersweet and semisweet chocolate, but if you have only the semisweet, they will still be amazing!  I love using espresso powder with chocolate, it really enhances the chocolate in my opinion, but you can leave it out if you don’t have it.  When you dig in with your spoon, that very special, delicious chocolate filling oozes out like lava and it tastes just divine! 

In the 1980’s the molten lava cake was first served in upscale NYC restaurants.  Its popularity quickly spread across the country and to the rest of the world!   We can make this fabulous gourmet dessert quickly and easily at home!  NO problem!   Enjoy!”

Servings: 4


2 ounces semisweet baking chocolate
2 ounces bittersweet bakingchocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 eggs 
2 egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
6 tablespoons flour

1. Preheat oven to 425º.
2. Spray or butter 4 ramekins or 4 oven-proof custard cups (3/4 cup capacity)
3. Place them on a baking sheet.
4. In the microwave melt the chocolate with the butter together in a large bowl on high for 1 minute, or until it is almost melted.
5. Remove from the microwave and stir with a wire whisk until the chocolate 
is completely melted. You don’t want to overcook the chocolate mixture.
6. Stir in the confectioner’s sugar until well-blended.
7. Whisk in the eggs and egg yolks.
8. Mix the espresso powder into the flour, then whisk it into the mixture.
9. Divide the batter evenly into the 4 prepared ramekins or cups.
10. Bake for 13-14 minutes, no longer! The sides should be firm and the 
centers should be soft.
11. Remove them from the oven and let them stand for 1 minute on a wire rack.
12. Carefully run a knife around the sides to loosen.
13. Using a pot holder, invert the cakes onto your dessert dishes.
14. Serve immediately plain or sprinkle the tops with confectioner’s sugar. 
Add some berries around the cake if you wish. These are wonderful with 
whipped cream on top or ice cream if you want to gild the lily!

Nutritional Information

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving: 1 lava cake
Calories: 521
Calories from Fat: 313

% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 23g 113%
Cholesterol 132mg 44%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 52g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 5g 9%
Sugars 39g
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1%
Iron 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.




  1. israelisalad February 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    This looks so good! Can’t wait to make it!

    1. Anonymous February 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      Great! You will love it! Let me know how it goes!

  2. Angie May 6, 2016 at 11:15 am

    ha-ha, Debbie! If I could, I would! 😀

  3. Debbie Spivey May 6, 2016 at 10:49 am

    These look delicious Angie! Can you email me two for dessert tonight? 😉


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