Lava Chocolate Cakes Recipe
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Lava Chocolate Cakes Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Lava Chocolate Cakes in Taste of Home Cooking School Collection Fall 2008, p69

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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"

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!!"

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

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

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

"Way too much salt."

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

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

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!! :)"

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

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

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!"

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."

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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