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Dreamy Chocolate Lava Cakes

Dreamy Chocolate Lava Cakes

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  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


This Dreamy Chocolate Lava Cakes recipe is perfectly rich and decadent, and easy to make in just 20 minutes.


  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, roughly chopped (or semisweet chocolate chips)
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces or 12 tablespoons) butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • optional toppings: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, flaky sea salt, fresh berries, whipped cream and/or ice cream


  1. Heat oven to 400°F.  Grease four large (7- to 8-ounce) or eight small (4-ounce) ramekins really well with cooking spray or butter; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan*, heat the butter and chocolate together over medium-low heat until both are melted, stirring constantly so that the chocolate does not burn.  Whisk until smooth, then remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, vigorously whisk together the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt for 1 minute.
  4. Once the chocolate mixture is also ready to go, use one hand to whisk the chocolate mixture round and round in circles, while slowly pouring the egg mixture into the chocolate with your other hand.  (This process will help to not accidentally cook/scramble the eggs when they are added.)  Whisk in the flour until it is completely combined.
  5. Portion the chocolate batter equally into the prepared ramekins.
  6. Bake until the edges of the cakes are set but most of the inside is still gooey and molten, about 12-13 minutes for large ramekins or 9-10 minutes for small ramekins.  (The centers of the cakes should be mostly risen, but not too puffy or cracked.  Feel free to use a toothpick to test the centers of the cakes to ensure that they are not over-baked.)
  7. Remove from the oven and let the cakes rest for 1 minute.  Carefully invert onto a serving plate or bowl, or serve the lava cake directly in the ramekin itself, topped with your desired toppings.  Serve immediately and enjoy the cakes while they are nice and hot. :)


  1. *Alternately, you can melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave.
  2. Recipe slightly adapted from Carnival.