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!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
    Calories: 323kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 2 teaspoon granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tablespoon milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 teaspoons salted caramel sauce, divided
    • Vanilla ice cream for topping


    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • 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.


    Nutrition Facts
    Salted Caramel Molten Lava Cakes for Two
    Amount Per Serving (1 cake)
    Calories 323 Calories from Fat 171
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 19g29%
    Carbohydrates 31g10%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 14g16%
    Protein 6g12%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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

    Photography by Erin Alvarez

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  • Vijay @ NoshOnIt says:

    Totally going to make this for me & the wife soon!

  • marla says:

    I need to dive into this sweet dream stat!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says:

    Mmmm, you had me at molten. :) These look wonderful!

    And I can’t wait to see Unbroken too!

  • Heather Christo says:

    these look so decadent and delicious!

  • Maria says:

    My kind of dessert!

  • francesca says:

    decadent indeed!

  • Lauren says:

    Two teaspoons of caramel in each lava cake or one teaspoon in each?

    • Julie says:

      Hi sorry, 1 teaspoon of caramel in each lava cake.

  • Gaby says:

    These look WONDERFUL!!!

  • Katie says:

    Oh man these sound delicious. I love chocolate lava cakes!

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    Salted caramel + chocolate = THE BEST. Love these little cakes!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    Give me all the oozy, gooey, caramely, chocolatey ice cream cake lava. I’m doubling this, b/c I’d eat both otherwise ;- )

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    Wow. So decadent and delicious!

  • Matea says:

    Hard to believe Christmas is tomorrow! And these lava cakes look sooo good; I’ll probably need to make a few batches :)

  • Meriem @ Culinary Couture says:

    One for me, and one for me. Yeah, I’m not sharing these when I make them.

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    Totally sin worthy!! I love these Julie!

  • MaryAnn says:

    Pinned it, made it, loved it! ‘Nuff said. :-)

    • Julie says:

      Yay! So happy to hear this!

  • Marsha says:

    Are you sure it’s only a teaspoon of caramel for each? That’s not much.

    • Julie says:

      Yup, positive. You’re welcome to add more if you don’t think it’s enough.

  • Michael says:

    Made them for my wife on Valentine’s Day and making them again. The Salt Carmel Sauce is good by itself.

    • Julie says:

      Awesome! So glad you guys enjoyed this!

  • Cassondra says:

    Hi! I want to make this for a nice dessert for my boyfriend, but he doesn’t like dark chocolate. Can it be made with milk chocolate chunks?

    • Cassondra says:

      Or semisweet?

      • Julie says:

        Yep, any kind of chocolate chip is fine.

  • Gayle says:

    Hi Julie. Could these be microwaved like your other mug cakes?

    • Julie Wampler says:


  • Amanda says:

    omg Julie I need this right now!!

    • Julie Wampler says:

      I hope you make it!

  • Kennedy B says:

    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 says:

      Either. I don’t know what you did wrong either…what do you mean by “came out really bad?”

  • JoAnne says:

    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 says:

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

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