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Molten Lava Cake so easy to put together for chocolate lovers every where!

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If you love chocolate, then you’re going to love this dessert. This molten lava cake is flowing (literally) with chocolate. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream to be eating this. It’s so rich and decadent. This is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth!

Jason and I went to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse on Friday evening with our friends, Amanda and Sol. Cute little double date :) It was all of ours first time at this steakhouse and the only reason why we even went was because there was a Yelp promotion going on for this restaurant (make a reservation and get $25 off) and also Sol had a $50 off gift card. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Their steaks were cooked perfectly to our requests and their side dishes were delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant if you have one in your area (no, I was not paid in gift cards to make this plug. I like giving reviews of restaurants too!).

Now, let’s talk about their dessert. Their molten lava cake is what gave me the inspiration to make this dessert in the first place. Our waitress asked us halfway into our meal if we wanted their signature dessert, the molten lava cake, and if we did, we should order it now because it takes about 20 minutes to make. I said I saw the pictures of it online and it looked awesome so we all agreed to get one to share. When it came out, it was the most luscious chocolatey goodness, ever. I was determined to make one of my own. I know that desserts are restaurants are extremely up-charged and I know how easy they are to make (example: the crème brûlée) so I was sure I could make this myself too.

I’m happy to say that this turned out just as I expected: a moist cake on the outside and hot gooey chocolate lava on the inside. It takes no time (literally took me 5 minutes) to whip it all up and pop it in the oven for it to do the rest. If you have 20 minutes, then you have time to make yourself a sinful treat :) You’ll definitely want to serve these with a large glass of milk or ice cream to wash it all down. It’s very rich!

molten lava cake
Recipe type: Dessert, Cakes
Serves: 4-6 individual cakes
  • 4 tbsp. butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup of flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease the inside of your ramekins with some cooking spray or take a pad of butter and rub it around on the inside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar until creamy.
  3. Add in the eggs, one by one, beating after each egg.
  4. Add in the flour and salt and combine until smooth.
  5. Gently blend in your melted chocolate until just combined.
  6. Divide batter evenly amongst your ramekins. I was able to make 5. You’ll want to fill the ramekins ¾ of the way. Put your ramekins on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the cake no longer jiggle when you shake the pan lightly.
  8. Let sit for 10 minutes then take a knife and go around the edge. They should pop out easily.
  9. Lightly dust with powdered sugar on top before serving.



  1. 11/21/2011 at 9:36 am

    These used to be my favorite at restaurants but have never made them at home. They look wonderful, must try!

  2. 11/21/2011 at 1:47 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!! I absolutely can not pass up molten chocolate cake if it’s on the menu at a restaurant. I just loved the oozing center and the brownie-like exterior. These look phenomenal!!

  3. 11/21/2011 at 9:31 pm

    I make some chocolate lava cakes and they are EVIL! I’ve limited myself to twice a year because I will eat them ALL!

  4. 11/22/2011 at 2:08 pm

    Love chocolate fondants!!! I made these a couple weeks ago and posted it on my blog. These are so decadent!! MMM great post!

  5. 11/23/2011 at 11:44 am

    I have seen these so many times…and drooled over them so many times…but never actually eaten one! This needs to change because yours look fantastic :)

    • 11/23/2011 at 5:30 pm

      You definitely need to make some for yourself — so easy & so delicious :)

  6. 11/28/2011 at 2:18 pm

    Mmmm, sounds (and looks!) delicious!

  7. Nelli
    03/07/2012 at 9:18 am

    I’m going to try to make these tomorrow, but am wondering if you know how many grams of chocolate is 1 1/3 cup?
    Also do you mix the ingredients together with a spatula or do you use an electric whisk?

    Many thanks!

    Nelli from Finland

    • 03/07/2012 at 10:33 am

      I used a spatula to mix all the ingredients together. I do not know how many grams of chocolate is in 1 1/3 cup. Sorry.

  8. Christina
    03/28/2012 at 10:38 am

    I am dying to make these! Can you tell me if the 1 1/3 chocolate is pre melting or post? just to make sure.

    Love your blog!

    • 03/28/2012 at 10:40 am

      It’s pre-melting :) thanks!

  9. 07/11/2012 at 10:36 pm

    Totally making these this summer! Thanks!

  10. Leslie
    07/13/2012 at 3:11 pm

    I found a recipe that said that it was Fleming’s actual recipe
    I split the recipe in half because that was way too much to make but I’m not sure what I did wrong but the cake came out way too moist. I tried it yesterday.

    I’ll be trying your recipe next after I get some more chocolate

  11. taylor
    08/20/2013 at 12:00 am

    how many does this recipe make?? i am making theses at school and i am just wondering thanks

    • 08/20/2013 at 8:15 am

      Hi Taylor! In the directions, it said I was able to make 5, but you should be able to make 5-6 depending on how much batter you put in the ramekins.

  12. BakingNoob
    11/04/2013 at 10:29 pm

    The flour used is all purpose flour or cake flour?

  13. 01/19/2014 at 2:44 pm

    Dear person behind table for two, and behind this simply beautiful recipe for molten lava cake! I succeeded having 6 pots of amazing chocolate joy just like in the picture! Thank you, and well-done! Aida

    • 01/20/2014 at 7:54 am

      So glad you enjoyed this Aida!! Thanks for the comment!

  14. Lisa
    01/22/2014 at 1:14 pm

    These look delicious! I need a date night dessert recipe and am thinking about trying these. Are they best served warm or will they still be good sitting out until after dinner? I don’t want to bake while I’m there :)

    • 01/23/2014 at 8:20 am

      Hi Lisa! They’re best warm with ice cream on top :) I’m afraid if you sit them out, the chocolate inside will harden slightly so you won’t get the lava effect, however, I can’t picture them hardening too much – a quick zap in the microwave should work! Enjoy!

  15. Kendra
    03/03/2014 at 11:17 pm

    Hello, Do you think these would still turn out if I fill the ramekins with the batter and let sit for a few hours before baking in the oven? Entertaining this weekend and want to make these a little bit ahead of time so all I have to do is pop them in the oven…thank you!

    • 03/04/2014 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Kendra! Yes, it would be fine to let it sit for a few hours before baking. Enjoy!

  16. Holly P
    03/17/2014 at 12:10 am

    I have tried 4 different molten lava cake recipes over the last week and this was by far the best one. The cook, texture, flavor and sweetness were spot on for what I was looking for and imagining in my mind. Thank you for making it so easy for me to make something that looks so impossible for home baking.

    • Julie
      03/17/2014 at 7:31 am

      I’m so happy to hear this, Holly!! I’m so glad this one worked out for you!


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