Chocolate Lava Cake | Molten Cake




About: Hey y'all! My name is Lydia and I want to share my passion for cooking/baking with everyone!

Does chocolate lava cake even need an introduction? Maybe... this little cake is the perfect size to enjoy without feeling too guilty about eating a whole cake. It's nice and chocolatey, the inside oozes out and is so creamy, decadent and warm, pared with vanilla ice cream on the side gives it even more creaminess and compliments the warm cake perfectly! The outside has a nice texture that holds in the "lava" perfectly. Give it a try and see how easy it is =) If you want to learn how to make your own chocolate lava cake, follow the step by step instructable down below or watch the video tutorial here:

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Step 1: Ingredients and Tools


  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ teaspoon Instant Coffee
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • ¼ cup Flour


  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Strawberries


Step 2: Prepare Double Boiler

Start off by preheating the oven to 450 degrees. Add the chocolate and butter to the Pyrex bowl. In a double boiler (I'm using a sauce pan with about an inch of warm water and adding a glass Pyrex bowl that fits on top but does not touch the water).

Step 3: Melt Chocolate

Melt chocolate chips and butter in the double boiler until smooth on low heat. Once melted, take it off the stove.

Step 4: Add Ingredients

To your chocolate mixture add in coffee, vanilla and salt. Give it a gentle stir until everything is combined.

Step 5: Separate and Add Eggs

Separate two eggs, add in the yolks to the chocolate mixture (you can save the egg whites for another recipe). Add in two more whole eggs and stir until combined (you want two whole eggs and two egg yolk in the recipe).

Step 6: Add Flour

Add flour to a strainer and sift it on top of the chocolate mixture (this will assure you the there is no clumps and your cake will be smooth). Stir in flour until just combined.

Step 7: Spray and Fill Ramekins

Spay four 6 ounce ramekins with cooking spray. Add ramekins to a cooking sheet (this allows for easy placement in the oven). Next fill each ramekin 2/3 full of the chocolate batter.

Step 8: Bake

Bake chocolate cakes for 10 minutes in your preheated 450 F oven (NO LONGER!). Centers will still be con-caved (thats perfect because you want the "lava" to come out once you cut into it).

Step 9: Flip the Cake

Allow it to cool enough to handle. Once it is cool enough, run a pairing knife around the edges of the cake. Place a flat plate on top of the ramekin and flip it over (the cake should come right out).

Step 10: Add Toppings

Dust with powdered sugar and add the toppings of your choice. I topped mine with a strawberry and served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Step 11: Enjoy!

Enjoy your chocolate molten lava cake!

Step 12: Video Tutorial

If your prefer a video tutorial you can watch it here!

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    17 Discussions


    7 months ago

    Take care in using a double boiler method for melting the chocolate - water is the enemy of chocolate - unless one wants the seizing chunks. LOL. Nice recipe.

    3 replies

    Reply 6 months ago

    I melted the chocolate and butter in the microwave, stirring at 30 second intervals until it was smooth.


    Reply 6 months ago

    Yes, the microwave method works better and that's how my sister's chocolate shop did their chocolates


    7 months ago

    I didn't know that the name of "fondant au chocolat" was lava cake in English. They look so good. I think I will try to do them this week end. Thanks

    4 replies
    FOOD by Lydsmalijai

    Reply 7 months ago

    I didn't know it was called "fondant au chocolat" haha. You're welcome I hope you enjoy it!

    ddj0195FOOD by Lyds

    Reply 7 months ago

    "Fondant au Chocolat" is more of a soft chocolate center. While the "Lava CAke" is more fluid and will flow out from the cake. Similar, but not the same.


    Reply 7 months ago

    Thank you for the precision. You are right, I have confounded Fondant au Chocolat with Moelleux au chocolat which is the right translation.


    7 months ago

    Those clear ramekins are so awesome! Also saving this recipe because the cakes look perfect :D

    2 replies
    FOOD by Lydsjessyratfink

    Reply 7 months ago

    Thanks Jessy, I just picked them up recently from home goods :-) Hope you enjoy!


    7 months ago

    I love this! I want some. Well done. :) I've never seen clear ramekins before-- want those too :)

    2 replies
    FOOD by Lydsattosa

    Reply 7 months ago

    Thanks! I picked them up from Homegoods, maybe you can find them there.


    7 months ago

    I have always wanted to make these and you make it sound so easy and doable, Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    1 reply