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Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes for Two

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A decadent and rich molten lava cake for two! You'll love breaking into this!

If you were to ask me what I’d choose to eat for dessert, I will always say some sort of chocolate.

Whenever we go out to eat, I always look at the dessert menu first.

I need to know what to save room in my stomach for, you know?!

If there’s anything chocolate on the menu — and there usually is — I usually always choose that.

My favorite is a super decadent chocolate cake but I will also take any type of chocolate dessert.

I feel like molten lava cake is a very popular one to have on menus but I’ve always dreamed about making it at home myself.

Insert salted caramel molten lava cakes.

Absolutely, 100% drool-worthy.

A decadent and rich molten lava cake for two! You'll love breaking into this!

What is a molten lava cake?

A molten lava cake is kind of like emulating a volcano.

Hot, gooey chocolate liquid is in the center of the half-baked cake and when you slice it in half, it all oozes out into a river of chocolate goodness.

Mine doesn’t stay liquid in the center

You’ve cooked it too long!

You need to cook it JUST until the center is slightly jiggly and then immediately pull it out of the oven otherwise it’ll keep baking.

Mine fell apart when I inverted it

That’s probably because it was not structurally cooked enough.

The sides may have looked cooked but it couldn’t structurally hold itself when you inverted it.

A decadent and rich molten lava cake for two! You'll love breaking into this!

I don’t like dark chocolate.

You can make this with semisweet chocolate chips, if you prefer or milk chocolate.

A decadent and rich molten lava cake for two! You'll love breaking into this!

What can I serve this with?

A giant scoop of ice cream on top, DUH!

Do I have to use the salted caramel?

No, you certainly don’t have to but that’s a third of the goodness, isn’t it?!

Can I make this ahead of time?

You can make the batter ahead of time but no, this cake needs to be made and eaten immediately.

So I can’t freeze it.


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Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes for Two

The perfect treat for you and yours on any night of the week!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 cakes
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • ¾ cup (128 g) dark chocolate chunks
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons salted caramel sauce, divided
  • Vanilla ice cream for topping



  • Preheat oven to 400 °F (204 °C)
  • Place a heat-proof glass bowl over a pot of simmering water or use a double-boiler.
  • Melt chocolate and butter together then remove from heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, and baking powder.
  • Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture. Whisk to incorporate.
  • Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture then whisk until fully incorporated.
  • Divide batter amongst 2 well-greased 6-ounce ramekins.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of salted caramel into the center of the batter in each ramekin.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until the edges of the cake are set and the center is only slightly jiggly.
  • Invert the ramekin onto a plate, top with ice cream, and serve.


Serving: 1 cake | Calories: 323 kcal | Carbohydrates: 31 g | Protein: 6 g | Fat: 19 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 14 g

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A decadent and rich molten lava cake for two! You'll love breaking into this!

Photography by Erin Alvarez

Recipe Rating

Lisa Martinez

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

What salted caramel sauce do you use? Do you have a preference on brand? I have none and I may see about making my own as well. Thank you for sharing your recipes, I am grateful.

Bryna Lee

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

@Julie Chiou, I was hoping you would share a recipe for the salted caramel sauce. Thanks! I love the format you use for your recipes. How you ask and answer the questions I would be asking. Thanks!

Julie Chiou

Thursday 5th of November 2020

i have a recipe for salted caramel sauce!


Monday 28th of September 2020

If I make the batter ahead of time, do I store it in the fridge? And when I’m ready to bake, do I hear it up before dividing it into the two ramekins?

Julie Chiou

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

this batter isn't made to be prepared ahead of time


Sunday 4th of August 2019

Hi Julie, I just found your site & I am very impressed!!! I want the corn fritters, Asian Salad & Molten Lava cake NOW☺. Thanks for sharing such great recipes. They are for people who are not 5 STAR chefs! I can make all of these & be a STAR!!! Thanks a lot.

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 7th of August 2019

So glad you found me and have found some great recipes to try!

Kennedy B

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Is this supposed to a chopped dark chocolate bar? Or dark chocolate chips? I tried it out with some of both, and it came out really bad :( idk what I did wrong

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Either. I don't know what you did wrong either...what do you mean by "came out really bad?"


Thursday 21st of March 2019

omg Julie I need this right now!!

Julie Wampler

Saturday 23rd of March 2019

I hope you make it!