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molten lava cake

molten lava cake

Molten Lava cake is amazing. As someone who really prefers to cook rather than bake, I was amazed when I saw how “easy” the recipes for lava cake were.  I have tried a few recipes and I like the consistency of this cake recipe the best.   Sorry I tried so many – that I don’t remember the source. 


  • Butter to grease ramekins
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3 1/2 ounces chopped dark chocolate
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Butter the inside of 4 (5 1/2 ounce) ramekins.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together egg yolks, eggs, and sugar in a bowl until light, foamy.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring  at  30-second intervals to insure you don’t burn the chocolate. About 1 to 3 minutes depending on your microwave.
  4. Stir melted chocolate mixture into egg and sugar mixture until combined.
  5. Sift cocoa powder into the mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Sift flour and salt into the mixture and stir well until it has a consistency of a batter
  7. Stir vanilla extract into the batter.
  8. Transfer batter to a Ziploc plastic bag.
  9. Snip one corner of the bag with scissors to create a tip.
  10. Squeeze batter in to the ramekins
  11. Gently shake the ramekins to remove any air bubbles
  12. Refrigerate 30 minutes. (at this time preheat  your oven to 425 degrees F)
  13. Arrange the ramekins in a casserole dish.
  14. Pour hot tap water into the casserole dish to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  15. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes.
  16. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  17. Loosen the edges from the ramekin with a butter  knife.
  18.  Invert each cake onto a plate. 
  19. I like to drizzle some chocolate ganache and sprinkle some mini chocolate chips on top as well.