Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

Picture this: rich, velvety chocolate oozing out of a warm, moist cake, creating a heavenly dessert experience. With just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps, you can create these chocolate lava cakes in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re planning a special date night or simply treating yourself, this recipe is sure to impress.

Chocolate Lava Cake

Recipe by Melissa Nicholson Course: Dessert


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  • 6 oz 6 chopped high-quality semi-sweet chocolate

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 unsalted butter (1 stick)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 granulated sugar

  • 2 large 2 eggs

  • 2 large 2 egg yolks

  • 1 tsp 1 vanilla extract

  • 1 tsp 1 espresso powder

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 all-purpose flour

  • pinch salt

  • powdered sugar for dusting (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease and lightly flour four 6-ounce (170 grams) ramekins or custard cups.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, break the semi-sweet chocolate into pieces and add the butter. Microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate and butter are melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the granulated sugar, eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until well combined.
  • Gradually pour the melted chocolate mixture into the sugar and egg mixture, stirring constantly until smooth.
  • Add the flour and salt to the chocolate mixture and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared ramekins, filling them about 3/4 full.
  • Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and transfer to the preheated oven. Bake for about 10 -12 minutes, or until the edges are set but the centers are still soft and slightly jiggly.
  • Remove the lava cakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the ramekins for 1-2 minutes.
  • Using oven mitts or a kitchen towel, carefully invert each ramekin onto a serving plate. Gently tap the bottom of the ramekin to release the cake.
  • Dust the cakes with powdered sugar if desired. Serve immediately, either on their own or with a side of fresh berries or a scoop of ice cream.


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Bourbon stole my heart a few years ago when I had several opportunities to write about it. Food stole my heart when I was lucky enough to be raised by a mom who managed to make nearly everything from scratch when we were growing up.