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

molten lava cake

molten lava cake

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

molten lava cake

Such a great treat for chocolate lovers everywhere!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • cup of sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • cup of flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tablespoon confectioner's sugar

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  • Preheat oven to 400 °F. Grease the inside of your ramekins with some cooking spray or take a pad of butter and rub it around on the inside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar until creamy.
  • Add in the eggs, one by one, beating after each egg.
  • Add in the flour and salt and combine until smooth.
  • Gently blend in your melted chocolate until just combined.
  • Divide batter evenly amongst your ramekins. I was able to make 5. You'll want to fill the ramekins 3/4 of the way. Put your ramekins on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops of the cake no longer jiggle when you shake the pan lightly.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes then take a knife and go around the edge. They should pop out easily.
  • Lightly dust with powdered sugar on top before serving.

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Recipe Rating

Pia Anderson

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

Can I make this in a bigger pan (7" round) or should you suggest sticking with ramekin size? Your idea is greatly appreciated.

Julie Chiou

Saturday 28th of August 2021

i would stick to ramekin since that's what i tested these in


Thursday 3rd of June 2021

I would like to use this recipe for a virtual baby shower. Do you think powdered milk could be substituted? Also, do you have a suggestion as an alternative to oil, which could be included in the mix?

Julie Chiou

Friday 4th of June 2021

powdered milk substituted for which ingredient? but honestly, you don't even have to answer that since the more i'm thinking about it...powdered milk substituted for whatever dry ingredient that's in this recipe won't work out. the only oil in this recipe is butter and while you could substitute a neutral oil, i would stick with the recipe. molten lava cakes are finicky as it is so substituting ingredients i haven't fully tested is asking for failure.


Thursday 3rd of June 2021

This is delicious and a quick fix for a chocolate craving in the middle of the afternoon.


Sunday 4th of October 2020

Delicious! Made these for my in laws last night and they were amazed - they love Fleming's and these are exactly the same. We did serve them with mint chocolate chip ice cream and that was well received. Thanks for sharing!


Saturday 2nd of March 2019

Yum!! Made these tonight because I had a chocolate craving, and they were delicious. The extra ones are going in the fridge for another day. ...or later tonight. I will definitely save this recipe for another chocolate craving day.

Julie Wampler

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Great to hear!