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Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 24 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Cakes 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert


Chocolate Lava Cakes are deceptively easy to make and always turn out delicious! Perfect for impressing guests or your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day!


  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, chopped chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • optional garnish: whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Coat 4 ramekins/custard cups with nonstick spray. Place on a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl melt the chocolate chips and butter together for 1 minute on high heat. Stir until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Whisk in the powdered sugar and salt until combined, and then add in the eggs, yolks, and vanilla extract, whisking until smooth.
  4. Stir in the flour until incorporated and divide the batter equally between the prepared ramekins.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until edges are set, but centers are still soft.
  6. Allow the lava cakes to cool for 3-4 minutes, and then run a knife along edges to loosen. Using an oven mitt, invert cups onto small, individual serving plates.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar and top with desired garnishes.


Best if eaten immediately. 

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