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Lava Chocolate Cakes

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


  • 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


  • Grease the bottom and sides of four 6-oz. ramekins; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon sugar. Place ramekins on a baking sheet; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Bake at 400° for about 12 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160° and cake sides are set and centers are soft.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 583 calories, 37g fat (21g saturated fat), 268mg cholesterol, 496mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (47g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.
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  • fairwoodshelties
    Oct 10, 2018

    I loved these! Easy to make and so satisfying for your chocolate craving!

  • muffbear74
    Oct 6, 2017

    Guess maybe my thermoter is wrong, because I had to bake it longer to reach 160, and then the centered was no longer liquidy. Still tasted great, but was more like a moist brownie. I used espresso powder and no salt.

  • Christinel8668
    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
    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
    Oct 10, 2014

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

  • Nichaphat
    Aug 1, 2014

    Way too much salt.

  • glendle
    Mar 21, 2014

    Delicious, easy to make. Will fix again.

  • brownie35
    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
    Feb 10, 2014

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

  • Grammy Debbie
    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!