Chocolate lava cakes with molten centers. This is an easy chocolate dessert you can make at home! These lava cakes look fancy and taste like the ones served at restaurants, but you only need about 30 minutes to make them and just five ingredients.
Chocolate lava cakes are one of my favorite chocolate desserts and I used to only have them when we dined out. Then I realized how easy chocolate lava cakes are to make at home so now I don’t have to wait to go out to have one.
BF also loves lava cakes, so I’m happy I’ve figured out how to make them. There’s something so satisfying about breaking into the warm cake and seeing the rich chocolate center ooze out onto the plate. Chocolate lava cakes look difficult to make but they only take about 30 minutes start to finish and you only need five ingredients.
- Heavy Cream
- Cocoa Powder
How to Make Chocolate Lava Cakes
- Whisk together the eggs and heavy cream. Then add in the butter. If desired, you can also add 1 tsp of vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together cocoa and sugar, making sure that there are no clumps of cocoa powder.
- Add cocoa mixture to the wet ingredients. Whisk until smooth and pour into ramekins.
- Bake the lava cakes for 13 to 15 Serve the cakes warm.
How do you know when a chocolate lava cake is done?
You know when the cakes are done when the edges of the cake are firm and starting to pull away from the sides of the ramekin. The center will also be jiggly.
What can I serve with chocolate lava cakes?
These lava cakes are great all on their own, but you can dress them up with other toppings, too:
- Dust the warm cakes with powdered sugar.
- Drizzle the cakes with raspberry or strawberry sauce. Or, try drizzling some salted caramel sauce over the top.
- Decorate the cakes with fresh fruit like sliced strawberries and raspberries.
- Add a dollop of whipped cream.
- Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
More Lava Cake Recipes
Since sharing this chocolate lava cake recipe I’ve made quite a few other lava cakes. Here are some reader-favorites to try, too.
- Red Velvet Molten Lava Cake
- Matcha Green Tea Molten Lava Cake
- Oreo Lava Cakes
- Molten Nutella Lava Cakes
- Peanut Butter Molten Lava Cakes
Chocolate Lava Cakes
- 2 large eggs whisked
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
- 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp granulated white sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the interior of two 8-ounce ramekins with cooking oil spray.
- In a medium bowl, add eggs and heavy cream and whisk until mixed.
- Add in melted butter and vanilla (if using). Whisk until evenly combined.
- In a separate medium bowl, add cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk to evenly combine, making sure to break up any cocoa clumps.
- Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredient bowl. Whisk until batter is smooth. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared ramekins.
- Place ramekins onto a baking sheet. Place into the middle of the oven and bake for about 13-15 minutes or until the edges of the cake are set (the edges should start to slightly pull away from the ramekin) and the center is still jiggly. I recommend you start watching and checking on the cake after 12 minutes.
- Use a thin spatula or knife to loosen the edges of the cake. You will want to remove the cake from the ramekin while it is still hot, otherwise, the cake will continue to cook. Place a plate on top of the ramekin. Press the plate to the ramekin and swiftly flip upside down, so that the plate is now at the bottom and the ramekin is upside down. Gently tap the ramekin to ensure cake has slid onto plate. Lift up ramekin. Make sure to do this all while using oven mitts as the ramekin should still be very hot. Serve immediately with your choice of toppings.
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.