These molten Nutella lava cakes are just 4 ingredients and easy to make in the Instant Pot. This recipe is easier than a baked oven version and the batter is made in one bowl without the need of a mixer. I’m making all my molten cakes in an Instant Pot from now on!
I’ve made Nutella lava cakes before. While my traditional oven-baked recipe is also just 4 ingredients, it does take more prep.
Because these cakes are steamed at high pressure, it eliminates a lot of the prep work that usually goes into lava cakes.
For this recipe, I use a 6-quart Instant Pot and two 4-oz ramekins for the cakes.
- Large egg plus one egg yolk
- Granulated sugar
- All-purpose flour
Whisk the eggs and sugar in a bowl. Mix in the Nutella and then add the flour. Stir until smooth.
Coat the ramekins with cooking spray and divide the batter between each.
Place the trivet in the Instant Pot. Add one cup of water. If you are using a different kind of pressure cooker, you should add the amount of water recommended by the manufacturer.
Place the ramekins on the trivet, secure the lid, close the vent and then set the manual setting to high pressure for 9 minutes.
Once it’s done, do a quick release by carefully opening the steam valve. The cakes will be very hot, so use tongs to lift the ramekins onto a pot.
Place each cake on a small plate or coaster so it’s easy to turn them out of the container. Top each with a small plate and then carefully turn them over to release them from the ramekin. They should slide right out.
Serve the cakes while they’re warm.
Toppings and Garnish Ideas
They are great served with some powdered sugar on top or you can add other toppings.
- Add some whipped cream or coconut whipped cream.
- Drizzle chocolate syrup or fruit sauce like strawberry or raspberry sauce.
- Garnish with fresh fruit.
I was so pleased with how these lava cakes turned out. The added moisture helped them slip right out of their containers and each one has a gooey molten lava center.
These are especially great for date night or a dinner party.
More Molten Cakes
4 Ingredient Instant Pot Nutella Lava Cakes
- 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
- 1/3 cup Nutella spread or 3.5 weighted ounces
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- Add egg and egg yolk to a medium mixing bowl. Mix with a whisk until smooth. Add in sugar and whisk until smooth. Add in Nutella spread and whisk again until smooth. Add in flour and whisk until smooth.
- Grease two 4 oz porcelain ramekins with cooking oil spray (do not use the baking spray that has flour added). Divide batter evenly between the two ramekins.
- Place trivet inside the inner pot of your Instant Pot and fill with 1 cup of water. (I use the 6 quart Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker which requires 1 cup of water to come to pressure. It's my understanding that the larger version and other versions need different amounts of water so please add whatever the amount of water is stated in the instruction manual to allow the pot to properly pressurize).
- Place ramekins onto trivet. Seal Instant Pot and set to manual, high pressure, 9 minutes.
- When Instant Pot is done, do a quick release to prevent cakes from overcooking. Use tongs to remove ramekins from Instant Pot. Place each ramekin onto a separate coaster. This will allow you to invert the cake more easily while the ramekin is still hot. Place a small plate on top of each ramekin. Invert the ramekin by lifting the coaster with the ramekin and plate and gripping with both hands (like you're holding a sandwich) and flipping it upside down so the coaster side is now facing up and the plate is on a the bottom. Tap the ramekin a few times too loosen the cake. Cake should fall out inverted onto plate. Repeat with remaining cake. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh fruit. Cakes are best enjoyed while warm.
- I used the I use the 6 Quart Instant Pot 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker*
- If you don't have 4 oz ramekins*, you can also use 6 oz pyrex bowls*, which have the same bottom width as the 4 oz ramekins so that cooking time remains the same. I do find that the glass bowls don't cook quite as evenly as the ramekins though so I prefer using ramekins.
- This recipe makes two cakes. If you want to make more, you can cook several batches. You can attempt to cook 4 at a time, using the same amount of water and time. You likely won't be able to fit four onto the trivet, so you'd have to place three on the trivet and balance one on top of the other ramekins.
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.