Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

The Spruce / Julia Estrada

Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
383 Calories
22g Fat
42g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 383
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 196mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

What could be better than a chocolate cake for dessert? How about a chocolate cake that is served warm with a river of chocolate running from it? Using dark chocolate makes this recipe for molten lava cake better than any you can get in a restaurant.


  • 5 to 6 ounces dark chocolate

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • Whipped cream, or ice cream, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake ingredients

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  2. Lightly grease four 4-ounce custard cups. Preheat oven to 400 F.

    Lightly grease four 4 custard cups

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  3. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter. Stir in sugar.

    In a double boiler, melt chocolate, sugar and butter

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  4. In a small bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add some chocolate mixture to eggs to temper eggs.

    add chocolate mixture to a beaten egg to temper it

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  5. Carefully, stir egg mixture into chocolate mixture. Add flour and combine completely.

    stir egg mixture into chocolate mixture

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  6. Add batter to custard cups.

    Add batter to custard cups

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  7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Centers should be soft but sides should be done.

    custard cups on a baking sheet

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  8. Invert cups on individual serving plates.

    Invert cups on individual serving plates

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  9. Remove ramekins after 2 minutes. Serve warm with whipped or ice cream. Enjoy!

    Dark Chocolate Molten Lava Cake on a plate

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