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Molten oozing out of a chocolate lava cake.

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake

Treat your guests, date, valentine etc. with this amazing lava cake. Soft and spongy on the outside with a beautiful gooey suprise on the inside.

Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Keyword chocolate lava cake, lava cake recipe, molten lava cake
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 lava cakes
Calories 365 kcal
Author Nicolas


  • Cooking spray
  • 110 g of dark chocolate chips
  • 110 g of butter plus a bit extra for greasing your moulds
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup of caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of plain flour (gluten free flour if you're gluten free)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 225 degrees Celsius. (435 degrees F)

  2. Grease your small ramekins moulds with the EXTRA butter.

  3. Trace a circle around your ramekin on some baking paper, cut out the circle and stick it to the bottom of the greased ramekin. Then cut a rectangle out of the baking paper as wide as the height of the ramekin and long enough to cover whole surface area of the sides (if you're confused, watch the video in the post). Then stick that rectangle of baking paper around the sides of the ramekin. Continue doing this with the rest of the ramekins.

  4. Once the ramekins are greased and lined, use the cooking spray to spray the baking paper. This will ensure the cake doesn't stick once baked.

  5. Put the chocolate chips and butter in a large bowl, then heat in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds at a time stirring on each occasion. Do this until the chocolate melts (don't just blast it in the microwave, because if chocolate gets too hot, it won't melt).

  6. Use an electric beater to beat the eggs, egg yolks and caster sugar together in a large bowl. Beat for a good 6-7 minutes until the mixture goes light, foamy and triples in size.

  7. From there, add your chocolate and butter mixture in 3-4 intervals, stirring through on each occasion.

  8. One the batter has been mixed well, add the cocoa powder, flour and your vanilla, then stir through one last time.

  9. Ladle your batter into the moulds and fill about 3 quarters of the way up. If you have made any mess around the edges of the moulds, quickly clean it up with kitchen paper. If you are using ramekins, put them on a baking tray first. Otherwise get your cakes in the oven on a rack in the middle (not too heigh, not too low) and cook for about 8-9 minutes.

  10. Once they are done. Carefully flip them out of the ramekins onto a plate, then peel the paper away.

  11. You can put a scoop of ice-cream on top if you wish, then serve straight away while hot.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure those lava cakes don't stick in the moulds, and this recipe should be a no-brainer. Make sure you spray the inside of the ramekins once greased and lined.
  • If you don't have small ramekins, you can use a muffin tray instead.
  • If you want to prepare these lava cakes in advance, then you can fill your ramekins with the batter, leave them in the fridge and cook them when you're ready to.
  • Make sure you beat the eggs and sugar together until foamy and tripled in size.
  • When you place your cakes in the oven to cook, make sure they are on a rack in the middle of the oven. Don't place them too height or too low.
  • If you're looking for an even quicker, cheats version of lava cake. Then you should try the recipe made by Steph from "A Grande Life" I linked in the post.
Nutrition Facts
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 17.1g107%
Cholesterol 202mg67%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 129mg4%
Carbohydrates 24.2g8%
Fiber 0.9g4%
Sugar 21.6g24%
Protein 5.3g11%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.