Friday, August 10, 2012

Mini Molten Lava Cakes

Lava Cake

Lava cake is one of those extraordinarily rich and decadent desserts that you often see on the menu of a fancy restaurant. The truth of the matter, however, is that there’s really nothing all that fancy about lava cake. It can be made quickly and easily, and with pretty basic ingredients. When done correctly, what you get is less like an actual cake and almost more like hot pudding that’s wearing a cakey hat. It’s creamy and delicious, and the perfect dessert to top off that impending food coma.

Recipe adapted from

Difficulty: Easy
Active Prep Time: About 15 minutes
Total Prep Time: About 1 hour
Special Equipment: None
Serves: 4


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3.5 ounces dark chocolate
  • 2 extra large eggs
  • 1 extra large egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • powdered sugar as needed



1. Chop up the chocolate and place it into a small bowl. In a separate container, melt the butter, then pour it over the chopped chocolate. Stir to combine until the chocolate is melted.


2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, and sugar until the mixture is light yellow in color, and the sugar is dissolved. 

3. Pour the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and whisk until combined. Sift in the flour, cocoa, and salt, then fold in with a spatula until combined.


4. Spoon the mixture into 4 small, buttered ramekins. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.


5. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Place ramekins in a baking dish and add water until it is halfway up the sides.


6. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool a bit.


7. Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm. The cakes can be turned out, or simply served in the ramekins.


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