Homemade Chocolate Lava Cake


  • ½ cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the ramekins
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons flour, plus more for dusting the ramekins
  • Powdered sugar and vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat the Oven and Prepare Ramekins:
    • Preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C).
    • Grease two ramekins with butter and lightly dust with flour.
  2. Melt Chocolate and Butter:
    • Combine the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl.
    • Microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth.
  3. Mix Eggs and Sugar:
    • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar until the mixture is light and thick.
  4. Combine Ingredients:
    • Fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.
    • Then, sift the flour over the top and fold in until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Bake:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared ramekins.
    • Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are firm but the center is still soft.
  6. Serve:
    • Let the cakes sit for 1 minute, then cover each ramekin with an inverted plate and turn over.
    • Lift off the ramekin, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve immediately with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Why This Dessert Works:

  • Fast and Easy: Ready in about 20 minutes, this dessert is as quick as it is impressive.
  • Perfect Finishing Touch: The gooey chocolate center provides a luxurious finish to any dining experience.
  • Customizable: Easy to adapt by adding a splash of espresso, a pinch of sea salt, or even a dash of chili powder for a unique twist.

Chocolate Lava Cake is sure to please any chocolate lover and makes a fantastic close to any gathering or special dinner. Enjoy the rave reviews from your guests!

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