Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake, heavenly rich and gooey, and so chocolatey. Spoil your senses with these little beauties, it’s time for a treat!

Molten lava cake topped with a raspberry and mint leaves

Chocolate! The world would be a sad place without it!I had in my mind for quite a while to make these molten lava cakes, but somehow never got to do it. And l am glad l did, they are simply beautiful.

They are rich and chocolatey, but what makes them special is the oozing molten centre. They are like little volcanoes that erupt, incredibly tasty ones.

Making the cakes can be a bit tricky, in the sense that some crucial observations have to be made, and I learnt it the hard way, by completely ruining the very first cakes.

Luckily, there was enough batter for 6 cakes, so I had my second chance and I am now able to share my experience and provide detailed instructions on how to make these divine chocolate cakes. You live and learn!

Overhead shot of 4 rameskins with batter to be baked for molten lava cakes

Once you get how to make them, you actually realise it is so easy, just a piece of cake. And it does not take long at all. But, oven temperature and time in the oven are crucial.

I would say that timing could be approximate, it might be different depending on the type of the oven, so do keep an eye on them. You do not want to bake them for too long, otherwise the centre won’t be gooey anymore.

However, they will still be absolutely delicious, so do not throw them away in case they have been in the oven for a bit longer.

On the other hand, if they are removed from the oven too early, they will simply collapse when you try to turn them upside down.

A molten lava cake topped with mint leaves and a raspberry

So, do follow the instructions carefully! This is the kind of dessert that will rock any party or celebration. After all, who doesn’t like oozing chocolate? I could easily live happily ever after only eating these beauties. Shame they don’t agree with a nice waistline!

Looking for more chocolate desserts? How about my Chocolate Cake Roll? Super easy to make, and super delicious.

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Individual molten lava cakes
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Individual molten lava cakes with a rich, chocolaty gooey centre, a fantastic dessert that chocoholics will adore.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: International
Keyword: chocolate dessert
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 217 kcal
Author: Carrie
  • 100 g dark chocolate
  • 100 g butter plus 1 tbsp extra for greasing
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and cut the butter into small cubes. Place them in a heatproof bowl and set them over a pan of boiling water to melt, then remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, icing sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder.
  3. Mix the eggs and the egg yolk with an electric mixer for about 1 minute until foamy, then add the melted chocolate and butter and mix well.
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients.
  5. Butter 6 ramekins and dust well with cocoa powder, then turn them upside-down and tap to remove the excess cocoa powder.
  6. Divide the mixture between the 6 ramekins. Be careful not to fill the ramekins, ideally you want them only about half to 3 quarters full, otherwise they will rise too much and overflow.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees C (390 Fahrenheit) for 10 minutes or until firm on the outside but gooey on the inside.

  8. Carefully remove from the oven, then run a knife around to ease up the edges. The top will be firm, but the middle nice and gooey.
  9. Place a small plate on top of the ramekin and quickly turn it onto a plate.
  10. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top and decorate with raspberries and mint.
  11. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Molten Lava Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 26mg 1%
Potassium 217mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Calcium 4.5%
Iron 16.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.




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  • Reply
    November 12, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    I’d better not show this recipe to one of my daughters who’s a virtual chocoholic! These look absolutely delicious. i’ll have to read through your recipe carefully to see how that middle part is created. It looks as though it’s self-saucing! 🙂

    • Reply
      November 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm

      l always tell myself that l deserve chocolate for having made it through a very busy day in one piece ?
      The cake is yummy!

      • Reply
        November 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm

        I’ve copied the recipe and intend to make those yummy looking cakes very soon 🙂

  • Reply
    November 12, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I’m sure you’ll like them ?

  • Reply
    Lynz Real Cooking
    November 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

    looks amazing!

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    Creative Crafts DIY
    November 13, 2015 at 7:50 pm


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    November 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Delicios 🙂 Yummy!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      November 30, 2015 at 10:08 pm


  • Reply
    February 11, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    This looks beyond delicious. Sharing it everywhere. 🙂

  • Reply
    February 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Just gorgeous, love these miniature molten lava cakes, although I’ll have to admit, I could eat more than one at a time 🙂

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      February 12, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Thank you! I know, l cannot possibly have only one either, but then it would be rude not to have more ?

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    Julie at Hostess At Heart
    February 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    I love to bake, and I haven’t been able to successfully make these cakes yet. I think I over bake them? Your lava cake is perfect!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      February 12, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you very much for your kind message. Indeed, these cakes can be a bit tricky and timing is crucial. They should not be left more than 11-12 minutes maximum, so after 9 minutes l keep checking the oven until l feel they can be safely turned upside down. I did try a few times before l got the result l was after. But then, they are so delicious, so l did not mind trying over and over again ?
      I hope yours will come out looking perfect! ?

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    February 14, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you for persevering – you’ve almost convinced me to try them myself! They look amazing!
    Thank you for bringing these along to Fiesta Friday!
    Ginger x

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      Daniela Apostol
      February 14, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      Thank you, l am glad you like them. Practice makes perfect ?

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    February 14, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    It really doesn’t get much better than oozing chocolatey goodness 🙂 This molten cake is beautiful!

  • Reply
    Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower
    February 15, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Oh my gosh! I need this molten lava cake in my life ASAP! Happy FF!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      February 15, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thank you ? Happy FF to you too! I know, what would we do without chocolate?

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