The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes — One bowl, no mixer, so easy! The warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate lava cake center is heavenly! Better than any restaurant versions! Best chocolate cake EVER!!

The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes - One bowl, no mixer, so easy! The warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate center is heavenly! Better than any restaurant versions! Best chocolate cake EVER!!

Molten Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

This is some of the best chocolate cake of my life. It’s so rich, dense, and fudgy it reminds me of my favorite brownies. These chocolate lava cakes blow any restaurant molten chocolate lava cake I’ve tried out of the water.

Thankfully for my thighs this lava cake recipe only makes two cakes, but it’s easily doubled or triple depending on your needs. I’d like to say that I split one of these with my daughter but no. We both inhaled our own.

The molten chocolate lava cakes are rich, decadent, moist, robustly chocolaty, sweet enough but not too sweet. I used Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar and recommend using your favorite dark chocolate bar.

The molten, barely-set chocolate that oozes from the center is my idea of heaven. Ice cream and 10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge aren’t required but yes, they are. They’re the final icing on these perfect little cakes.

The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes - One bowl, no mixer, so easy! The warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate center is heavenly! Better than any restaurant versions! Best chocolate cake EVER!!

What’s in Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes? 

To make this molten chocolate cake recipe, you’ll need:

  • Dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • Unsalted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Instant espresso coffee granules 
  • Ice cream and hot fudge, for serving

The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes - One bowl, no mixer, so easy! The warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate center is heavenly! Better than any restaurant versions! Best chocolate cake EVER!!

How to Make Lava Cakes

When you find out how fast and easy these molten chocolate lava cakes are to make, you’ll never settle for a restaurant version again!

Simply melt butter with chocolate in one bowl, no mixer is needed. Stir in sugar, eggs, instant espresso, and flour, then pour into ramekins and bake.

You want to bake these chocolate molten lava cakes until the edges are set but the centers are still soft. Whatever you do, do NOT over bake the lava cakes, otherwise they won’t have gooey centers. 

Want to know how I made these molten chocolate cakes? Watch this video! 

Can I Prep Lava Cakes in Advance? 

I’ll be honest, this is one of the very few desserts on my site that isn’t really suitable for making ahead. You have to make the batter, then bake it, then eat it, all in short order – or the molten chocolate lava cakes won’t turn out, or won’t turn out well.

Can I Omit the Instant Espresso? 

Yes, but note that the instant espresso doesn’t make the cakes taste like coffee. It just serves to enhance the chocolate flavor! 

The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes - One bowl, no mixer, so easy! The warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate center is heavenly! Better than any restaurant versions! Best chocolate cake EVER!!

Tips for Making Chocolate Lava Cake

I prefer using bars or baking chocolate rather than chocolate chips because I prefer the flavor, texture, and they melt more smoothly, which is important for a recipe like this.

If including the instant espresso (which you definitely should!), be sure to purchase INSTANT espresso granules and not regular espresso or ground coffee. Instant espresso granules completely dissolve when mixed into the cake batter, whereas regular ground coffee would make for gritty lava cakes. 

As I mentioned above, you can easily double or triple this lava cake recipe to feed a crowd. But you’ll need to prep, bake, and enjoy the molten chocolate cakes immediately otherwise they’ll lose their gooeyness. 

The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

One bowl, no mixer, so easy! The warm, gooey, fudgy chocolate lava cake center is heavenly! Better than any restaurant versions! Best chocolate cake EVER!!

Yield: 2
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dark chocolate or bittersweet baking chocolate (I used Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar; I prefer bars or baking chocolate to chocolate chips)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 of 1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk (discard white or save for another use)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee granules, optional but recommended (doesn’t make cakes taste like coffee and serves to enhance the chocolate flavor)
  • ice cream for serving, optional but recommended
  • hot fudge for serving (homemade or storebought), optional but recommended

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425F and spray two ramekins (about 3-4 inches in diameter or about 4 ounces each) with cooking spray, place ramekins on a baking sheet; set aside.
    2. To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate, butter, and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Stop to whisk until smooth. If needed, return bowl to micro and heat in 15-second increments until chocolate can be whisked smooth.
    3. Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and whisk until smooth.
    4. Add the flour, optional espresso granules, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
    5. Pour batter into prepared ramekins, divided evenly.
    6. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until edges are set but center is still soft; don’t overbake. Baking times will vary based on oven, ramekins, and climate variances; bake until as done as desired.
    7. Allow cakes to cool in ramekins for about 1 minute, gently rim the edges of ramekins with a paring knife, and invert over serving dishes to dislodge cakes.
    8. Optionally top with ice cream, hot fudge, and serve immediately. Cakes are best warm and fresh.

Notes

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 867 Total Fat: 53g Saturated Fat: 31g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 278mg Sodium: 173mg Carbohydrates: 86g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 61g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g

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91 comments on “The Best and The Easiest Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes”

  1. Molten chocolate is heaven! And hey- they’re pretty small, so devouring a whole one isn’t *too* bad. That’s what I try to tell myself, anyways.

  2. I had no idea I could have a lava cake within 15 min but it looks like a short time in a hot oven makes it possible!! Ice cream and hot fudge on top are almost a necessity for me. These look too easy and so good!

  3. Oh, NO. You cannot have made these so easy! Now I’ll bake and eat a bazillion. This is a new fave of mine, Averie!

  4. Coffee in my chocolate = YES. Molten lava center = DOUBLE YES. These look amazing… And like something I need to make ASAP. They’ve been on my list for awhile now! Time to get bubbling!

  5. Oooh, these sound like an ooey, gooey treat. I may be expanding my baking repertoire sometime soon …

  6. I love molten lava cakes! They are so chocolatey and gooey and delicious!

  7. I’ve never bothered ordering molten lavas from a restaurant because I’ve been permanently spoiled by the homemade version! I’m the weirdo that doesn’t really like cake with ice cream (I know!) so I usually top mine with real whipped cream…Looks like you just set off a craving….

  8. My husband love molten cakes. I’ll have to surprise him with this easy homemade version. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wow! These look so decadent and rich. Love how it only makes two so I’m not tempted to eat the entire batch! I can’t wait to try this recipe, love how easy it is!

  10. These cakes look amazing! Can I make the batter for two and bake one at a time? How long would the unbaked serving keep in the fridge?

  11. I used to not like lava cakes (I know, right) but now I’m totally a fan. I just pinned your recipe, it’s going on my to-do list soon :)

  12. You do not include in the ingredients list the flour amount. Please let me know. Thanks.

  13. Hubba, hubba! These *do* look perfect. I bet I couldn’t eat just one :)

  14. Molten Lava Cake is heavenly. It satisfies the worst cravings imaginable. :D

  15. This definitely wasn’t a time for sharing…these look so good.  I’ve never made lava cakes but you make it look easy so that may need to change.

  16. Everything about these cakes are amazing!! Love the gooey greatness!!

  17. Omg i love chocolate

  18. Averie,

    Making Molten Lava Cake is on my bucket list. I’ve pinned for later. Happy Easter.

    Annamaria

  19. Now I’m not normally a pudding person…but these look amazing! And looks so simple, will certainly be giving these a try :-). Thanks for sharing!

  20. After seeing this post – a molten chocolate lava cake is ALL I am craving. Just divine!

  21. Averie, you saved Easter dinner! I had actually made a dessert pinned from another food blogger that was an epic disaster (recipe had so many flaws in it, I should have known better) but I remembered I had pinned your chocolate lava cakes a few days ago, knew I had all the ingredients, and whipped them up in 15 min. They were AMAZING! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

  22. Molten Chocolate Lava cakes are my love language!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  23. Love the recipe! Chocolate lava cakes are my favorite. Is there a concern at all with the middle not technically being baked through and raw egg? I want to make this for my friend, but she is pregnant so I want to make sure this would be unconditionally safe! Thanks!

    • Yes I think the egg is cooked to a safe point. It’s not ‘that’ gooey and un-set that I would worry about anything personally (I served this to my child and felt 100% fine), but if you’re concerned use pasteurized eggs to begin with. And as always, use common sense because I’m not a dietician or food safety expert!

      Enjoy the cakes!

  24. YAY! Molten lava cakes are my FAVORITE and this looks amazingggg

  25. I think I would drizzle Hot Fudge and Caramel over the whole thing LOL sounds yummy to me

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