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Molten Chocolate Cakes on white plates, garnished with vanilla ice cream and blueberries.
Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 2 mins

Dense chocolate cake with a chocolate lava filling.  This Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe will put any restaurant's version to shame.  Made in under an hour from start to finish, this dessert will knock your socks off.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate lava cake, lava cake, molten chocolate cake
Servings: 4 cakes
Calories: 842 kcal
Author: Kadee
Lava Filling
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5/8 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
Chocolate Cake
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
Topping Ideas
  • ice cream
  • chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream
  • berries
Lava Filling
  1. In a small saucepan, heat whipping cream until it simmers.  Remove from heat.

  2. Add chocolate chips and butter to hot cream.  Let stand for 5 minutes.

  3. Whisk until smooth and shiny.  Let cool slightly.

  4. Place in freezer while you prepare cake.  About 15-20 minutes.

Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 375.

  2. In a small saucepan combine butter and chocolate chips.  Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.  When shiny and smooth, remove from heat and allow to slightly cool.

  3. Mix in vanilla, flour, and chocolate/butter mixture.

  4. Generously butter 4 ramekins.  

  5. Using a hand or stand mixer, combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Beat for 5 minutes. Mixture will be pale.

  6. Spoon enough batter into each ramekin so that it measures about an inch deep.

  7. Remove filling from freezer. It should be a fudgy consistency. Divide into 4, and wish clean hands, roll quickly into balls. Place on top of batter.

  8. Spoon remaining batter over top of the filling balls.

  9. Bake for 20-22 minutes until edges and top are firm, but center can still be jiggled. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes.

  10. Run a knife around the edges of cake to release from ramekin. Invert cakes onto serving plates. Top with ice cream, chocolate sauce, or other desired toppings.

Recipe Notes

Can prepare ahead of time and chill batter until ready to bake and serve.
Please use quality chocolate!!!

Nutrition Facts
Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 842 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 34g213%
Cholesterol 268mg89%
Sodium 408mg18%
Potassium 418mg12%
Carbohydrates 70g23%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 48g53%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1250IU25%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.