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Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

Brace yourselves for a delightful chocolatey adventure with Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes recipe. If you’ve ever dreamed of indulging in a warm, gooey, and decadent chocolate experience, you’re in for a treat. These mini delights are not only easy to make but also guarantee a mouthwatering eruption of luscious molten chocolate goodness with every heavenly bite.

Chocolate Lava Cake

Why You’ll Love Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

  • Decadent Delight: Picture cutting through a warm, delicate cake to reveal a river of molten chocolate. That’s the decadence you can expect – a treat that takes dessert to the next level!
  • Surprisingly Easy: Don’t be fooled by the gourmet aura; these lava cakes are surprisingly easy to make. Perfect for impressing guests or satisfying sudden sweet cravings with minimal effort.
  • Sweet Escape: Indulge in a sweet escape from the mundane with each heavenly bite. The combination of dark chocolate and the molten center creates the perfect balance of flavors that will transport you to dessert paradise.
  • Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether it’s a cozy night in or a celebratory feast, these lava cakes are versatile. Elevate your dinner party or create a memorable family dessert – they’re perfect for any occasion.
  • Gluten-Free Friendly: With the option of using gluten-free flour, this recipe caters to various dietary preferences without compromising on taste. A delightful treat for everyone!

Ingredients Needed To Make Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Gluten-Free 1.1 flour
  • Baking powder
  • Cocoa powder

Substitutions + Alternatives

Can I use All-Purpose Flour?

Yes, All-Purpose Flour can be used. Use the same amount that is listed in the ingredients, but swap with all purpose.

How To Make Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes

  1. Preheat the oven: Set the stage for your chocolate masterpiece by preheating the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix Eggs and Sugar: Achieve the perfect texture by mixing eggs and sugar until they’re a light, pale yellow – about 5 minutes on high speed.
  3. Create a Double Boiler: Melt the chocolate and butter using a double boiler, ensuring a smooth and combined mixture. Tempering the eggs is the secret here!
  4. Combine Mixtures: Gradually introduce the chocolate mixture to the eggs, allowing them to dance together in delicious harmony.
  5. Add Flour and Baking Powder: Mix in the gluten-free flour and baking powder until just combined, creating the foundation of your lava cakes.
  6. Prepare Ramekins: Butter and dust your ramekins with cocoa powder, providing the perfect canvas for your lava cakes.

Variations & Substitutions

If you don’t have mocha sugar, you can use regular sugar for this recipe. In addition, feel free to replace the dark chocolate chips with shaved dark chocolate from your favorite chocolate bar.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I make these lava cakes ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the batter in advance and refrigerate it. Bake just before serving for that fresh, warm experience.

How do I store leftover lava cakes?

If, by some miracle, you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. A quick reheat in the oven or microwave will restore their gooey glory.

Can I use regular flour instead of gluten-free?

Absolutely! Feel free to use regular flour if gluten is not a concern.

What do I do if the center isn’t molten enough?

Adjust the baking time according to your oven and personal preference. Keep an eye on the divot – it’s your lava cake’s way of communicating.

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Dark chocolate lava cakes are rich and decadent yet light with a ooey, gooey, molten center.
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Course: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 mixing bowl/mixer
  • 1 Double boiler
  • 6 ramekins
  • 1 Baking Sheet


  • 6 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, plus 1 tbsp for ramekins
  • 5 eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Gluten Free 1.1 flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add the eggs and sugar to a mixing bowl. Mix on high for about 5 minutes until they are a light, pale yellow.
  • Create a double boiler. Bring a pot filled halfway full to a simmer and fit a bowl over the top, making sure the water never touches the bottom of the bowl.
  • Add the chocolate and butter to the bowl. Stir until they're melted and combined. Remove the bowl.
  • Add a little of the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture to temper the eggs.
  • Add the rest of the chocolate to the eggs with the mixer running.
  • Add the flour and baking powder and mix until just combined.
  • Butter 6 ramekins and dust them with cocoa powder.
  • Divide the batter between the 6 ramekins and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake the chocolate lava cakes for 12-14 minutes. The center will have a divot and they will still be jiggly.
  • Allow them to cool for 3 minutes.
  • Invert them onto a plate to serve. They can also be eaten out of the ramekins.
  • Enjoy!


Always temper your eggs before adding all of the chocolate to them. Adding a little of the warm chocolate ganache to the mix first brings the eggs closer to the temperature of the chocolate. This will gently warm them so when the remaining chocolate mixture is added in, they don’t scramble. This will give you a smooth and luxurious batter that will create that silky and molten texture.
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