Chocolate Lava Cake, Recipe

Indulge in the decadent delight of a chocolate lava cake, where a rich, molten center oozes out from a perfectly baked exterior. This dessert is perfect for special occasions or a luxurious treat at home.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional: cocoa powder or powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Grease four 6-ounce ramekins with butter and lightly dust with cocoa powder or flour to prevent sticking.
  2. Melt Chocolate and Butter: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and chopped chocolate together in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until smooth and fully melted. Alternatively, use a double boiler over simmering water.
  3. Mix Ingredients: Stir in the powdered sugar into the melted chocolate mixture until well combined. Add the eggs and egg yolks, one at a time, whisking until smooth. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. Combine Dry Ingredients: Gently fold in the flour and a pinch of salt until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  5. Fill Ramekins: Divide the batter evenly among the prepared ramekins, filling each about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake: Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are set but the center is still soft and slightly jiggly.
  7. Serve: Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1-2 minutes, then run a knife around the edges to loosen. Carefully invert each ramekin onto a serving plate and lift to release the cake.
  8. Garnish: Dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar if desired. Serve immediately for the best molten center experience.

Enjoy your homemade chocolate lava cake, a sumptuous dessert with a luscious, gooey center!

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