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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 (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 583 calories, 37 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 268 mg cholesterol, 496 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g 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

Nutritional Facts

1 each (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 583 calories, 37 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 268 mg cholesterol, 496 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

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Reviewed Oct. 10, 2014

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

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"Way too much salt."

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2014

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

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!! :)"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

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

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