Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes


Few desserts elicit the oohs and ahhs that molten cakes do, which makes them a natural pick for special dinners. Feel free to use semi-sweet baking chocolate in place of the bittersweet chocolate if that's the variety you have on hand.

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cool Time:
2 mins
Bake Time:
12 mins
Total Time:
29 mins


  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 8 ounce bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

  • ¾ cup butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 3 egg yolks

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • Powdered sugar

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Using 2 tablespoons butter, grease six 8- to 10-ounce ramekins, soufflé dishes, or custard cups. Place ramekins in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan; set aside.

  2. In a heavy small saucepan, combine chocolate and 3/4 cup butter. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate melts. Remove pan from heat; set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, egg yolks, granulated sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on high speed for 8 to 10 minutes or until thick and lemon color. Fold one-third of the chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Fold remaining chocolate mixture and flour into egg mixture. Spoon about 2/3 cup batter into each prepared ramekin.

  4. Bake about 12 minutes or until cake edges feel firm. Cool in ramekins on a wire rack for 2 to 3 minutes. Using a knife, loosen cakes from sides of ramekins. Invert onto dessert plates. Sift with powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

544 Calories
45g Fat
36g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 544
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 27g 135%
Cholesterol 282mg 94%
Sodium 233mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 2.2mg 12%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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