Chocolate Lava Cake

close-up photo of a chocolate lava cake

Chocolate lava cake is one of my favorite ways to eat chocolate. I used to buy it all the time until I realized just how easy it is to make. So now I just make my own.

My normal method of making it is to put it in ramekins for baking, then turn them upside down, put some powder sugar and top with some berries. However, this weekend I decided to put them in cupcake liners. They aren’t nearly as pretty in cupcake liners, but they are so much easier to clean up!
chocolate lava cake on a plate
BF loves chocolate as much as me and he loves chocolate lava cakes. BF also hates doing dishes. Hates. It always exasperates me that a dish that can take 30 seconds to wash, he would rather put it off for a week and the washing process is much longer since he then has to soak the dish first, scrub it, etc. He is so lazy about doing dishes that he is constantly using plastic utensils and paper plates.
photo of a lava cake with chocolate oozing out
So I thought of making these lava cakes in cupcake lines for him. Because the clean up is so easy. All the melted chocolate stays in the cupcake liners so he just needs to throw away the wrapper when he is done. Of course, it’s hard to eat it like a cupcake, so I gave him a fork and put the cupcake liner on a napkin. He loved it. =)
close-up photo of a lava cake
These heat well too. So you can make a couple and heat them up in the microwave for a few seconds when you want to eat them.
Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These cakes are easy to make and each one has a molten chocolate center.


  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour


  1. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave, in thirty second intervals and stirring in between until it is completely melted and mixed.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add chocolate mixture into the eggs. Add flour and mix until incorporated.
  4. Put cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Pour batter into cupcake liners.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350°F for about 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.

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close-up photo of a cake with chocolate oozing out

23 comments on “Chocolate Lava Cake”

  1. Wow, that recipe IS easy! I will have to try it soon.

    Funny story about BF and dishes – must be a guy thing! It reminds me when my brothers and I were young and if we were on our own for a meal. I was responsible for cooking (or heating up food before microwave ovens) and they were responsible for cleaning up. They made sure I used as few pots and dishes as possible, and if they had their way, we wouldn’t have used ANY dishes.

  2. Good idea with the cupcake liners! These look so delicious I need to make them asap!

  3. These sound so simple and delcious. I love it! Thanks for the recipe

  4. I cannot wait to try your version of molten lava cakes. The only one I have tried has eggs in it, so I always end up over cooking it, because I worry about the eggs and then my molten center isn’t so molten. Your pictures are mouthwatering!!!

    • Well this one has eggs also…but I don’t think you need to worry. Eggs cook pretty quickly at high heat, so after a couple minutes of baking, you shouldn’t have any problem with raw eggs if you still have a molten center.

  5. I just re-read the recipe and yeah it does have eggs in it. I must have completely skipped over them the first time I read the recipe. You are probably thinking . . .can this girl read? Anyway, thanks for the info on the eggs.

    • Haha, it’s ok. I do it all the time. I read through a recipe, print it out to make it and halfway through making it, I realize that there is an ingredient I don’t have and I didn’t read it, or there is some really long step I don’t have the time to take.

  6. What type of flour did you use? All purpose or self-rising? Would it make a difference with the molten middle?

    • I used all purpose. I think it would make a difference if you use self rising, but I’ve never tried making it with self rising.

  7. I am drooling now. Mmmm these look delicious!

  8. Hi Kirbie!
    I m writing to thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! I have done them 3 days ago, and me and my boyfriend absolutely loved it, and it was actually quite hard not to eat them all in once! :)) You can see few pictures (not as gorgeous as yours tough!) in my blog:

    Thanks so much once again! 😉

  9. How many cakes is this recipe for?

  10. Is that 350 degree Fahrenheit or Celsius?

  11. OMG these were great and so easy. I added some cocoa powder to the mix so the color of the cake was a little darker. Thank you for sharing, this recipe its definitely going in the regular rotation.

  12. Hi , it soo yummy but the chocolate how much 4 oz in cup ? 

    • the chocolate needs to be weighed, otherwise you’re going to have very inaccurate amounts based on how big or small your chopped chocolate is.

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