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Lava Cakes
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5 from 5 votes

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Sweet cake with a deliciously gooey center for the ultimate chocolate indulgence.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 568kcal


  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark
  • ½ C unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 3 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon espresso or finely ground coffee
  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour or gluten free flour blend


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray ramekins with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium microwavable bowl (or over a double broiler) heat chocolate chips and butter in 30 second intervals stirring between each heating until melted and no lumps remain.
  • To the chocolate, add sugar, vanilla, salt, and espresso. Stir.
  • Mix in the eggs. Then gently mix in the flour.
  • Pour equally into 4 ramekins and place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 11-16 minutes.*
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes keeping in mind that they will continue to cook while in the hot ramekins.
  • Remove from the ramekins and serve warm. Tastes great with ice cream, powdered sugar, berries, or whipped cream (ar all of the above).


To make ahead of time, pre-make the batter and place in ramekins then cover and put in the refrigerator. When ready, bake as directed.
*I prefer mine pretty lava-ey so I only cook 11-12 minutes (the outside is firm but the middle is very jiggly) but cook longer if you want a more solid cake.


Calories: 568kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 910IU | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 4mg