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You can’t beat a classic! This Chocolate Molten Lava Cake is a rich chocolate cake with a liquid molten center. Best served with ice cream!

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

  • Author: Deborah
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert


You can’t beat a classic!  This Chocolate Molten Lava Cake is a rich chocolate cake with a liquid molten center.  Best served with ice cream!



  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting
  • 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour, sifted


Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Coat 6-8 custard cups with the 1 tablespoon of butter.  Dust the cups with cocoa powder to coat, tapping out any excess cocoa.

Combine the remaining butter and the chocolate in a small saucepan and set over low heat, stirring until melted and smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, egg yolks and sugar and beat until pale and doubled in volume.  (This is easiest to do with an electric mixer – it should take about 3-5 minutes.)

Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.  Add the flour and whisk until smooth.  Pour the batter into the prepared cups, dividing equally.  Bake the cakes for 13-15 minutes, until puffed in the center and set around the sides.  If you test it with a toothpick, some batter will show.  Let the cakes rest for 5 minutes.

Run a small, sharp knife around the sides of the molds.  Place a plate under the cup, then flip it over, inverting and releasing the cake. 

Serve with whipped cream, ice cream, and/or chocolate syrup.

Recipe Notes:

adapted from Take Home Chef

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts.


  • Serving Size: 1 cake
  • Calories: 386
  • Sugar: 23 g
  • Sodium: 145 mg
  • Fat: 25 g
  • Saturated Fat: 14 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Cholesterol: 219 mg