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…
Here’s what we need.
Couldn’t be simpler.
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.
4. Now we need the eggs, sugar, coffee, and salt.
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.
7. Microwave on high in 20-second increments, stirring after each, until melted.
Let cool slightly.
And be strong!
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).
10. Pour the batter into prepared ramekins.
I only have two, so I had to bake in two batches.
11. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
12. And bake for about 11 minutes.
13. These babies were baked for about 14 minutes.
Although nice and tasty, they weren’t that ‘molten’ in the center.
I baked the second batch for only 10 minutes.
That was much better.
I really like the moist center.
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.)
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36 thoughts on “Molten Lava Cakes”
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.
So heavenly! Fantastic recipe and clear directions!
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 🙂
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 🙂
Yummy yummy. Chocolate, goooey. Gooey chocolate. What really could be better?
ooww…tempting….. i’ll try to make them…
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!!
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!
I can`t stop looking at this! It`s absolutely divine and I want to try this…
Have a great time,
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!
This really is a great idea for a Valentines day romantic dessert!!
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!
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!
YUM YUM! Love this. This will be my next dessert for a dinner party!
love it!!! but I really dislike coffee flavor, what could I interchange it for?
What about using some cocoa powder? That could work very nice too.
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?
Can i make dese in a microwave oven? I dont have the other one
Hi Shanzay! I recommend using regular oven, but you can still try… 🙂 Petra
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?
Hi Nicole! I am really glad you like the site! I really recommend using the ramekins, the mugs might not withstand the baking process. 🙂 Petra
Can they be reheated ? As in a microwave ?
Hi! I think you can – for about 20-30 second in a microwave, that should be enough. 🙂 Petra
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.
hmmmmm………….Petra which country do u live??????
and how can u learn so many dishes???????????
hats off to u…..:D 😀 😀
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
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!
You have successfully made bAking seem so easy with your easy to follow guides of each recipes….your d best
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!
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!
Hi, have been reading your blog for a few year now. Very interesting recipes and pictures:-) i have a question regarding this molten lava cake. Is it ok if i make the batter and let it sit in the fridge overnight. And then when my guests are home the next day for lunch i can simply pour it into ramekins and bake! Is it ok to do that? Would you know?
Hi Ambika! Thank you for visiting this little place, I appreciate it! I think the process of making the lava cakes you described should work just fine. Happy baking! Petra 🙂
Hi! What temperature should we bake them at? Thank u!
Is that a 10 centimeter ramekin?
I found these years ago, back when I was a teenager. My sister and I would make these and indulge while watching TV. I’m now married, and I’m planning on making these again tonight, for the first time in YEARS, for my husband. Delicious, thank you for the recipe!!!