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Lava Cake | Molten Chocolate Cake Recipe

Cooks in 30 minutes Difficulty Easy
Lava Cake served with vanilla ice cream.

Just a few weeks ago, I bribed my son to shoot a Tiramisu cake video for my blog and quite a few people reacted in a positive way. So he is back again, to show you how he makes another simple dessert. This time, it’s a lava cake or molten chocolate cake. Very simple, very tasty, anyone can make this… just the way I like it.

Lava cake is very soft and cakey on the outside, while remaining liquid or runny on the inside. The trick to reach this is very simple and it’s all about the right timing and baking temperature. Bake the lava cake for too long and the “lava effect” is gone.

Is The Lava Cake Raw In The Center?

The runny inside of the lava cake.

Not really, although the center remains liquid, the internal temperature is still high enough for the cake to be perfectly safe to eat. But just to be safe, use fresh eggs from a reputable source, that’s always a good idea.

Lava Molten Chocolate Cake Ingredients:

Ingredients needed for this recipe.

100g butter (unsalted)
90g bittersweet chocolate
2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
90g granulated sugar
90g flour (all purpose)
butter
powdered sugar
ice cream
some fruits for decoration

How to make Lava (Molten Chocolate) Cake

Watch the video or scroll down for step by step instructions:

Start by melting the chocolate and butter using the water bath method. The easiest way is to use one large and one smaller pot. Once the water boils, drop in 100grams of butter and 90 grams of bittersweet chocolate. Use some high quality chocolate brand please, this is the base of the lava cake taste! The higher quality chocolate you use, the better the result will be.

TIP: When using really high cocoa content chocolate, you might need to increase the amount of sugar. We used one with 50% cocoa content.

Melt the chocolate with butter.

Keep stirring until both the butter and chocolate combine, then let the mixture cool down for a bit. Make sure the mixture doesn’t cool down completely as it would start to thicken up and we need it to stay liquid.

Melted chocolate and butter ready to use.

Eggs come next, we need two whole eggs and two more egg yolks. And please make sure you are using fresh eggs. The lava cake batter will reach safe temperature while baking, but better be safe than sorry 🙂

This lava cake recipe calls for 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks.

Add 90 grams of granulated sugar and whisk it with the eggs properly. Give it a few minutes, we need the sugar to dissolve completely.

We also need granulated sugar.

The next ingredient is white flour, all purpose is fine. We are using 90 grams again. Whisk properly until you reach a nice and creamy texture. You can experiment with the flour types, but do not use self raising flour for this lava cake recipe!

Whisk in all purpose flour.

Add the lukewarm chocolate and butter mixture now and whisk properly once more.

The chocolate mix goes in now.

You should end up with a thick and creamy dark brown cake batter.

The lava cake batter is dark brown. creamy and runny.

My son loves to use a standard muffin pan when making his lava cakes. This one makes 6 cakes and that’s exactly what we need for this amount of batter. You can also use soufflé cups or anything similar that’s safe to use in the oven.

We are baking our lava cakes in a muffin pan.

To make sure the cakes don’t stick to the pan while baking, grease the cups with some butter and spread it across the bottom and sides. Then add a bit of flour into each cup and shake it properly to create a nice nonstick layer.

Grease the cups with butter and dust with flour.

Now it’s time to fill the cups with our lava cake batter. Don’t go all the way to the top, leave some space for the cakes to fill as they will rise while baking.

Fill the cups with the lava cake batter.

Preheat your oven to 200C or 400F and we’re ready to bake. The baking time depends on how runny you want the lava cakes to stay in the center. We baked ours for 9 minutes and as you could see in the video embedded above, they turned out great. The baking time should be between 7 and 10 minutes. The longer you bake, the less runny the center will become.

Bake the lava cakes for 7-10 minutes.

Since we used butter and flour to make the cups non-stick, the lava cakes should go off the pan really easily. You can use a tablespoon or knife to take them out, or gently turn the sheet upside down and the cakes should drop out nicely.

TIP: Once finished, do not leave the lava cakes in the cups and take them out immediately. Since the pan is hot, the cakes will continue to bake.

The finished lava cakes look great.

Now let’s check the inside of the cake. Looking good I think, but if you want it to be more runny, just reduce the baking time by a minute or two.

The center of the molten chocolate cake must stay runny.

This lava cake goes really well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a strawberry slice. Add some fresh mint leaves and dust the cake with powdered sugar to make it look pretty.

Serve the cakes with ice cream and some fruits.

And that’s it, our simple lava cakes or molten chocolate cakes are ready to get devoured. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to come back for more simple recipes. Oh and, let my son know how you liked this lava cake recipe in the comments, maybe he will agree to cook some more recipes for you 🙂

Easy lava cake on a plate.

Optional Tips For This Recipe:

  • You can experiment with the final serving. Try adding chocolate topping, different ice cream type or different fruit types.
  • Did you make more lava cakes than you could eat in one go? It’s possible to reheat them later on in the microwave, 15 seconds is enough.
  • It’s possible to freeze the cake batter, just divide it into individual portions and it will be ready whenever you crave something sweet. Let the batter defrost before baking.

Looking for some more dessert recipes? Try this Tiramisu cake dessert, simple Basic crepes or these Blueberry lemon muffins from Lynn.

Lava Cake Dessert

Easy Lava Cake | Molten Chocolate Dessert Recipe

Matej
My son is back to show you how he makes another simple dessert that he loves. Lava cakes come together in a few minutes and the recipe is so easy that literally anyone can make these.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 6 servings
Calories 496 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 100 g butter unsalted
  • 90 g bittersweet chocolate
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 90 g granulated sugar
  • 90 g flour all purpose
  • butter
  • powdered sugar
  • ice cream
  • some fruits for decoration

Instructions
 

  • Using the water bath method, melt 90 of bittersweet chocolate and 100g unsalted butter. Mix properly and let cool down for a bit.
  • Mix 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks with 90g granulated sugar. Make sure the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Add 90g all purpose flour and mix well.
  • Now add the lukewarm chocolate mixture and stir properly. The finished lava cake batter should be dark brown, creamy and runny. Check the video to see the desired consistency.
  • Grease a muffin pan with some butter and dust it with flour. This will create a nice non-stick layer.
  • Fill the muffin cups with our lava cake batter, leave some space for the cakes to fill. They will rise a bit during baking.
  • Preheat your oven to 200C or 400F and we are ready to bake. The baking time is crucial, if you bake for too long the center will cook fully and the lava effect will be gone.
  • 7-10 minutes is what you should aim for. We find 8-9 to be the perfect time for our likings, but feel free to experiment.
  • Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and fruits Add some mint leaves and powdered sugar for decoration.
  • Enjoy your lava cakes!

Nutrition

Calories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 8gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 185mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 264mgFiber: 2gSugar: 35gVitamin A: 868IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 116mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Lava Cake, Lava Cake Dessert, Molten Chocolate Cake
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looks so good, perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day! I’m still trying to make the perfect lava cake so need to try this!

  2. 5 stars
    Lava cakes are such a fun and super delicious treat. I personally love them. I will give your recipe a try. Looks fab!

  3. 5 stars
    i always get intimidated making lava cakes but your recipe makes it so easy!

  4. 5 stars
    I love it. I have been looking to find something that I can make for a TikTok video. I’ll be sure to tell people to check out your website to find the recipe.

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