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Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Cake is the ultimate homemade dessert for lovers of ooey-gooey chocolatey goodness. Luckily these little lava cakes are so easy to make!

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Molten Chocolate Cake on plate topped with pomegranate seeds.

Molten Chocolate Cake is a chocolate lover's dream dessert. This chocolate dessert has been on my list of recipes to try for a long time. Not sure why it took me so long, but now that I've made it there is no going back. I have made these chocolate lava cakes several times now and they're always a hit. 

Molten Chocolate Cake on dish with chocolate oozing out of cake.

How to Make it

I can't believe how incredibly easy and quick it is to make these chocolate molten cakes. The ingredients can be easily divided or multiplied to get the number of portions you need. Though I suspect that the number of eggs can be reduced if you're going to make more than 4 portions at a time, I have not tried it myself. 

To make these little cakes you will need:

  • Bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • Unsalted butter
  • Large eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour

To make the cakes, you'll need to start by buttering your ramekins. In a double boiler, or using a bowl over boiling water, melt the butter and chocolate together. Once melted set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla and whisk well. Pour the melted chocolate into the egg and sugar mixture, whisk until well blended. Add the flour and salt and stir just until mixed in.

Separate the batter between the ramekins and place them on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for approximately seven minutes. The length of time will depend on how hot your oven runs.

Let cakes cool for a couple of minutes before running a knife along the sides of the cake to help release them from the ramekins. Invert on to a plate and serve plain or with ice cream, freshly whipped cream or fresh fruit.


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One Molten Chocolate Cake with view of oozing chocolate coming out of it.

Molten Chocolate Cake

Adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook
Molten Chocolate Cake is the ultimate dessert for lovers of ooey gooey chocolatey goodness. Luckily for us it's so easy to make!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 506 kcal


  • 3 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon all purpose flour


  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Butter and flour two medium-sized (5 ounces or 150 ml capacity) ramekins.
  • Bring 2 inches of water to boil in a small sauce pan.
  • In a bowl add butter and chocolate. Place the bowl so that it’s over but not touching the boiling water.
  • Stir until the chocolate and butter has melted and when it’s a smooth mixture, set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla and sugar.
  • Pour the melted chocolate into this mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Add the salt and flour and stir without over mixing.
  • Separate the batter equally into the two prepared ramekins.
  • Do not fill all the way to the top edge of the ramekins because the cakes will rise slightly.
  • Place the ramekins on the baking sheet and bake them on the centre rack of the oven for 7 to 9 minutes.
  • Remove the ramekins from the oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
  • Carefully run a paring knife around each cake, then invert the cake onto a small plate and serve immediately.


Calories: 506kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 8gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 198mgSodium: 188mgPotassium: 301mgFiber: 3gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 605IUCalcium: 51mgIron: 3.7mg
Keyword Chocolate Lava Cake, Molten Chocolate Cake
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