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Lava Chocolate Cakes Recipe

Lava Chocolate Cakes Recipe

True decadence at its best, this rich chocolate cake created by the Taste of Home Cooking School features a warm, gooey chocolate center that oozes out onto the dessert plate. Whether you enjoy it garnished with a dollop of whipped cream or sprinkled with confectioners' sugar, you'll want to lick the plate clean!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream, optional
  • Additional confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • 1. Grease the bottom and sides of four 6-oz. ramekins; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon sugar. Place ramekins on a baking sheet; set aside.
  • 2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Whisk in the eggs, egg yolks, instant coffee and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt; spoon batter into prepared ramekins.
  • 3. Bake at 400° for about 12 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160° and cake sides are set and centers are soft.
  • 4. Remove ramekins to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully run a small knife around cakes to loosen. Invert warm cakes onto serving plates. Lift ramekins off cakes. Serve warm with whipped cream or sprinkle with additional confectioners' sugar if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 583 calories, 37g fat (21g saturated fat), 268mg cholesterol, 496mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

Reviews for Lava Chocolate Cakes

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Christinel8668 User ID: 8005448 226890
Reviewed May. 25, 2015

"The instant coffee ruined it. If I were to make it again I'd definitely leave the coffee out. I love coffee but not in this recipe"

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IslandWife User ID: 6007790 216829
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"Yummy! I used 1/4 C applesauce instead of butter, and lessened the sugar to 1/2 C. Thanks for sharing!!"

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East_Coast_Girl User ID: 6228326 182082
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

"Out of this world.....rich and delicious! I've made this recipe many times. I top my cakes with fresh, whipped cream."

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Nichaphat User ID: 7588309 100217
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"Way too much salt."

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glendle User ID: 108086 164566
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

"Delicious, easy to make. Will fix again."

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brownie35 User ID: 542523 114757
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"I can't believe I have never tried this recipe before! It was so easy to make and tasted delicious!!! I wanted a special dessert for Valentine's Day and this was definately the perfect choice! My husband loved it and it looked so nice on the plate I served it on. To make it look like Valentines, I served it on my red temptations plate garnished with fanned out strawberries and vanilla ice cream. I dusted more confectionery sugar over the top of the cake. I left the coffee out and used 3/4 c. dark chocolate chips, I will definately be making this again!!!! Oh...everyone commened on serving it warm. We ate it at room temperature and we both thought it would taste great cold! We'll find out tonight when we eat the other two!! :)"

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TheDix User ID: 607421 185481
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"Will try to double this for a group this eve? Doable?"

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Grammy Debbie User ID: 30612 124872
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"Outstanding recipe! What a special dessert! Everyone from our 2 year old grandson to my chocolate-loving husband (their grandpa) declared this their favorite dessert ever! We ended our Christmas Eve celebration with this treat and it was the perfect ending to a very special meal. I topped the warm cakes with their lovely chocolate centers with vanilla bean ice cream and we were all in chocolate heaven!"

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LushLips User ID: 7191541 182081
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"I was craving something gooey, chocolatey, and warm, and this was just what I needed. It was absolutely delicious! For those who don't like coffee, you really can't taste it. Coffee deepens the flavor of chocolate rather than distracting from it. I will definitely make these again and again."

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dollargirl User ID: 939213 124871
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"I didn't think that such a special dessert would be so quick and easy to make. My family enjoyed this on Valentine's Day. The centers were more runny than I expected - should I have baked it a little longer?"

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angcy User ID: 1160970 182079
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"Easy and delicious. Next time, i will bake it for 1-2 minutes less so that it is more gooey in the middle."

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Brenda2772 User ID: 2165447 105400
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"Delicious! Tricky to get the timing right. Easy to half, and can be made quickly."

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orneryelmer User ID: 6568854 114366
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"This was so yummy!!! The best chocolate lava cake i have ever had!!!"

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kimjess2588 User ID: 1467642 181913
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"This was awesome! I didn't change a thing about this recipe. Perfect!"

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s_pants User ID: 174050 124870
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2011

"Had to bake longer than 12 minutes because the centers were not temping to 160 degrees. I made 2 batches because my son is allergic to dairy...the ones made with real butter had the oozing center (not as much as the picture though) and the ones made with non-dairy buttery spread and Ghiradelli chocolate chips did not have any...it had all cooked into the cake. Still, it was very good and my family said that I should make it again."

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organicmommy User ID: 6023731 99175
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2011

"Although I gave this recipe a high rating, I was disappointed in the flavor as it is written. I plan to make this again, omitting the salt, and expect it will be fantastic! It was very good except for a salty taste. I did bake for about 3 extra minutes."

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lightedway User ID: 4228023 182071
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"These are excellent. I have the ones I made pictured on my page. They came out perfect. The middle is like oozing hot brownie batter. I understand that some people are not fans of coffee so they omit it. That's fine of course however for me the instant coffee granules enhance the taste of the chocolate. You can not taste the coffee at all.
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danthecook User ID: 5488651 169189
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Absolutely awesome. Made it for my wife and she loved it!"

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bjoyful78 User ID: 1259184 169181
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Delicious and simple dessert. I worry about the gooey center and having egg in the batter. Is this safe to eat?"

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Mcbrogdon User ID: 153103 124869
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"Quick, easy and delicious."

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br00ke35 User ID: 3292721 114736
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"wonderful dessert. Made exactly as written and baked in muffin tins. This recipe made 7 cakes and baked just a directed...very good!"

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annalisa_harmon User ID: 4521665 100215
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"This is so good!"

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egancm User ID: 1473730 144457
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"Very yummy and incredibly rich"

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hcopeland User ID: 3848457 114731
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"Wow! I also left the coffee out of this recipe and it was absolutely wonderful! If you like chocolate, you will love this. I was shocked how easy it was to make and how fancy it seemed to everyone."

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ColleenaG User ID: 1190332 181911
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"Simply wonderful! I made them in a muffin pan and reduced the time slightly. Worked like a charm. While you HAVE to serve these cakes warm, I was able to re-heat the extras for 30 seconds in the microwave. The lava was not quite the same as the day before, they were still very good."

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sportssweetie2000 User ID: 1851591 114363
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"This was the first time I have ever attempted to make this dessert. I have had it at some restaurants. This was a text book recipe. It came out looking and tasting absolutely wonderful. Made it for my honey on Valentines Day."

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bj6503 User ID: 2503656 114730
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"VERY GOOD! I WAS GOING TO LEAVE OUT THE COFFEE, GLAD I DIDN'T. VERY EASY TO MAKE. WILL DEFINITELY MAKE AGAIN, AND AGAIN!! MAY TAKE A LITTLE PRACTICE AS NOT TO OVER BAKE AND TO GET OUT OF THE DISH, BUT WELL WORTH THE EFFORT! I DIDN'T HAVE RAMEKINS SO I USED A MUFFIN PAN (STONE WARE). JUST THE RIGHT SIZE, IF YOUR WATCHING YOUR WAIST LINE! IV'E BEEN WANTING TO MAKE THESE AND THIS ONE IS IT, THANKS!!!"

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redhummert User ID: 4316524 182067
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2010

"Absolutely delish and not too sweet. I baked mine a few minutes longer than the recipe as the sides were not set up at 12 mins. A real treat!"

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Dioptase User ID: 1776920 124867
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"OMG!! This was so great. We love coffee and Chocolate. Together - WOW !"

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issalyn User ID: 1912871 210836
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2009

"Awesome, but don't put in all the coffee. Use 1/2 as much if you still want the flavor."

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missleslie36 User ID: 1271065 99174
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2009

"So wonderful! I'll make these over and over. They're even tasty leftover, I just pop them in the microwave to warm them up a little."

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cookinwkrash User ID: 3770976 100214
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2009

"This dessert is amazing! I had to laugh after reading through the description again after we ate it because it says "you'll want to lick the plate clean," which my husband did! :)"

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cloreep User ID: 668273 210835
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2009

"I left out the coffee. My whole family loved it the way it was -- just chocolate :)"

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cloreep User ID: 668273 180915
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2009

"This was SO delicious! But I wonder if there's a way to lighten it up a bit. There is SO much butter and egg!"

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ltamyoung User ID: 3619042 182065
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"Very rich, but yummy! I used my glass custard dishes and they were perfect. Very easy too."

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dianepage User ID: 3867219 181837
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2009

"I cannot wait to try this one! Looks easy enough."

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modell User ID: 2087044 124865
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"Loved them! Easy to make."

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GooFan User ID: 2452423 185480
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2009

"Great Recipe!"

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dburden2 User ID: 306642 183582
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"NO"

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Alice McKean User ID: 3180322 181833
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2009

"This is the best cake I have ever eaten. We LOVE it. If you don't like coffee don't use it. ACE"

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miz_wright User ID: 3422357 164565
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2009

"Do I HAVE TO the instant coffee granules? I don't care for the taste. Do they have a purpose other than flavor? Thanks!

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