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Lava Cake Recipe

lava cake cut open with powdered sugar and raspberries on top

This Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe is a lot easier to make than you think. A spongey chocolate cake with a warm gooey inside, so good!

top down view of ingredients

Lava Cake | So Decadent and Easy!

I adore lava cakes, not only because they taste so good but also because they are actually a lot easier to make than you think. You only need a few pantry staples and a little bit of time before you have a decadent dessert ready to eat! Plus you can customize this recipe with unique toppings. It’s overall a win-win-win type of dessert that is sure to please just about anyone.

Main Ingredients Needed

You only need 5 common household ingredients to make these amazing lava cakes! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate – you can either use baking squares or chocolate chips! Whatever you have on hand.
  • Butter – butter is melted and mixed with the chocolate to add a bit more fat and to create the perfect base for the batter.
  • Powdered Sugar – to sweeten and thicken the batter.
  • Eggs + Egg Yolks – the perfect amount of protein and moisture to create a cakey outside and a gooey inside.
  • Flour – to add some structure to the cakes.

How to Make Lava Cake

For full details on how to make Lava Cake, see the recipe card down below 🙂

1. Preheat + Prep

Preheat the oven. Prepare 4 custard cups by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray and place them on a baking sheet.

2. Make Lava Cake Batter

Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl until butter is melted. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar and mix until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Add in flour.

3. Bake + Serve!

Divide evenly between prepared custard cups. Bake until the sides are firm and the center is soft. Let the cakes stand for 1 minute before inverting cups and removing them. Serve warm with ice cream!

lava cake batter in ramekins

Toppings

I love to top my lava cake with a dusting of powdered sugar and a couple of fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, etc.) Here are a couple more ideas for lava cake toppings:

  • whipped cream
  • ice cream
  • nuts
  • peanut butter
  • caramel syrup
  • chocolate syrup
  • orange zest
  • dehydrated fruit
lava cake cut open with powdered sugar and raspberries on top

Make-Ahead

Prepare the lava cake batter up to 2 days in advance! But be sure to let the batter come to room temperature before baking.

Freezing Lava Cakes

Freeze baked lava cakes for up to 3 months! Reheat in the microwave (be careful not to overdo it, you still want the center to be runny.

top down view of chocolate lava cake with powdered sugar and raspberries on top

More Chocolatey Recipes to Try!

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The printable recipe card is down below, enjoy!

lava cake cut open with powdered sugar and raspberries on top

Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

This Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe is a lot easier to make than you think. A spongey chocolate cake with a warm gooey inside, so good!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cakes
Calories 556 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking squares or just use 4 oz chocolate chips, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare 4 custard cups by spraying them with nonstick cooking spray and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl until butter is melted. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Add sugar and mix until well blended. Whisk in eggs and egg yolks. Add in flour.
  • Divide evenly between prepared custard cups. Bake 13-15 minutes or until the sides are firm and the center is soft. Let the cakes stand for 1 minute before inverting cups and removing them. Serve warm with ice cream!

Nutrition

Calories: 556kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 5gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 276mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 3gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 1162IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 3mg
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