Molten Lava Cakes

molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial

I love these little babies.

Surprisingly, this has been the first time I’ve ever made them myself.

 

While preparing these Chocolate Lava Cakes I learned that they are super-fun to make.

They are also surprising. That is what you find out when you dig into them.

And, with the generous amount of chocolate they contain, I’m sure they are just super seductive.

That all makes them the perfect dessert choice for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think?

 

Now, let me invite you to my kitchen and show you how I prepared my version of these adorable sweet cakes…
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, ingredients

Here’s what we need.

Couldn’t be simpler.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, preheat the oven to 400 F - 200 C, butter 4 ramekins, 6-ounce - 180 ml ramekins

1. First, preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).

 

2. Butter 4 ramekins.

I’ve used 6-ounce (180 ml) ramekins.

 

3. Then dust the ramekins with some confectioners’ sugar.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, eggs, sugar, coffee, and salt

4. Now we need the eggs, sugar, coffee, and salt.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, eggs, sugar, coffee, salt in a bowl

5. Throw them all into one bowl and mix them for about 2 minutes.

6. Break the chocolate into pieces. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, microwave on high in 20-seconds increments, stirring after each, until melted, let cool slightly

7. Microwave on high in 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted.

Let cool slightly.

And be strong!
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, add the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, whisk to combine

8. Add the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture. Whisk to combine.

9. Then add the flour, and whisk just until combined (do not overmix).
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, pour the batter into prepared ramekins

10. Pour the batter into prepared ramekins.

I only have two, so I had to bake in two batches.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, place the ramekins on a baking sheet

11. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial, bake for about 11 minutes

12. And bake for about 11 minutes.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial

13. These babies were baked for about 14 minutes.

Too long.

 

molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial

Although nice and tasty, they weren’t that ‘molten’ in the center.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial

I baked the second batch for only 10 minutes.

That was much better.

I really like the moist center.
molten lava cakes recipe with step by step picture tutorial

Aah, I love this game.

 

But, if I had another chance, which I think I am going to give myself soon, I’d try baking these for exactly 11 minutes.

11 minutes would make them absolutely perfect.

 

Enjoy, dear friends!

 

(This recipe makes 4 cakes and was loosely based on Molten Mocha Cakes from www.delish.com.)

 

 

33 Responses to Molten Lava Cakes

  1. 1
    Teresa says:

    Those are amazing. Just waiting for moving with my boyfriend and bought a few ramekins and then I will bake them. Congratulations on your blog.

  2. 2
    ldh says:

    So heavenly! Fantastic recipe and clear directions!

  3. 3
    Zo Zhou says:

    Yay! Finally, a whole egg recipe which still does a super oozy centre :) Thank you so much for this, can’t wait to try it :)

  4. 4
    chaoticallyme says:

    They look delectably naughty! I think I’m going to pop out in the morning to buy the ingredients, these will definitely make my weekend :)

  5. 5
    Stef says:

    Yummy yummy. Chocolate, goooey. Gooey chocolate. What really could be better?

  6. 6
    chicfuschia says:

    ooww…tempting….. i’ll try to make them…

  7. 7
    Carine says:

    I love how you say “Be strong!” in front of the melted chocolates…haha..I’m not strong enough :)
    By the way, Love your ooey gooey chocolate cake! I’ll make it soon!!

  8. 8
    Atari says:

    Woah, the photo of that super gooey lava cake totally caught my sleepy eyes at over at foodgawker this morning and woke me right up. Stunning!
    Whenever I make lava cakes, I take out some insurance by tucking little balls of cold ganache into the batter. They melt in the oven, so even if they’re in there for three minutes too long, the center is guaranteed to be oozing and melty!

  9. 9
    Paula says:

    I can`t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this…

    Have a great time,
    Paula

  10. 10
    Honey says:

    OMG, that looks heavenly! It isn’t a bad amount of butter at 4 tbsp. So gorgeous. I could just imagine how insanely good this tastes.
    :-) nice job!

  11. 11

    This really is a great idea for a Valentines day romantic dessert!!

  12. 12
    Jackie says:

    I’ve never made these divine looking puddings before but have seen them baked as part of a food competition programme on TV. The main problem some of the contestants seemed to have was getting that gooey chocolate the right consistency so it did look just like molten lava oozing out of the cake. Your last picture shows you have perfected this step rather well! Yum can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  13. 13
    Mª Carmen says:

    They look delicious! thank you for the recipe ( i’m going to make it soon) and for translate the oz in grs. better for Spain! I love your blog, congratulations!

  14. 14
    Delishhh says:

    YUM YUM! Love this. This will be my next dessert for a dinner party!

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    Christia Casalduc says:

    love it!!! but I really dislike coffee flavor, what could I interchange it for?

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    Inês says:

    Hi Petra, I did these molten lava cakes and I ate one hot, and lef the other ones to eat later and when I ate another one it had dried out. so what did i do wrong? maybe 11 minutes in the oven was too much?

  17. 17
    Shanzay says:

    Can i make dese in a microwave oven? I dont have the other one

  18. 18
    Nicole V says:

    Hi there! I love your website! you are so talented, I have found sooo many recipes from your awesome site. Do you know if I could use something in place of the ramekins, maybe a coffeee mug?

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  20. 20
    Renault says:

    Can they be reheated ? As in a microwave ?

  21. 21
    bruna parmezan says:

    I made these today and they came out great. I just didn’t use the coffee, b/c my family doesn’t like it. But it was a great dessert. Very easy to make. Thank You for the recipe.

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  23. 23
    Divya khan says:

    faoulous………<3<3 it

  24. 24
    Divya khan says:

    hmmmmm………….Petra which country do u live??????
    and how can u learn so many dishes???????????
    hats off to u…..:D :D :D

  25. 25
    Eloine Red says:

    I am just 12 years old and I am aiming to become a pastry chef someday.I was inspired to make a molten lava cake but I didn’t know what the recipe or the the procedure is.Tnx 2 this website, I know it now!I’ll try making this someday.it looks so cute, fragile and YUMMY!
    =) XD =D

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    novicefoodie says:

    Hi Petra, thanks for this recipe. We had a very similar dessert at a restaurant one night and my husband looved it. I thought it would be so complicated to replicate, but was perfect on the first go! Any tricks for making sure the cake stays together when you take it out of the ramekin? One more question, I want to half the recipe (we were too blissed out to eat the other two) but just wondered about the eggs, do you recommend one or two? Thanks again for a easy to follow and YUMMY recipe!

  27. 27
    fifi says:

    You have successfully made bAking seem so easy with your easy to follow guides of each recipes….your d best

  28. 28
    Maschelle Mashburn says:

    Ooohh! These little yummies look like something my mom used to make when I was little! She can’t remember making it (so no recipe) but I will never forget. I thought she had called it ‘pudding cake’. It was a dense cake that yummy liquid chocolate poured out of when you pierced it! I do remember cocoa powder in the place of the coffee this recipe calls for. I have 4 ramekins (no more, no less) and am so excited at the prospect of making this long, lost treasure! Thank You!

  29. 29
    Helena says:

    Hey Petra!
    A little tip! I don’t know if you tried, but eating it with ice cream is the best! It’s just like petit gateau! try with some fruits as well =)) Hope u enjoy!

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