Perfect Molten Lava Cakes

These Perfect Molten Lava Cakes turn out perfect every time! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe for gooey, smooth lava cakes!As a kid, I was obsessed with Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Every Friday night at 8pm on the dot I’d be parked in front of the TV ready to see what Sabrina was cookin’ up with her talking cat, Salem. I even had a Sabrina the Teenage Witch “Witchcraft” book that I read religiously, concocting science experiments in the name of witchcraft.

I was… an interesting child.

Back then, I would dream of being a witch so I could do cool things like teleport and have a pet that communicates eloquently with me. I’d also use my witch powers to avoid doing homework or clone myself since I always wanted a twin. You know, normal pre-teen witch stuff.

But now, I really want to summon my witchy powers. Witches have all the cool spells and magic, and I desperately want that. I want to look at a vacuum and have it suddenly start self-vacuuming my house. I want to blink at the dishes and have them be done and *shudder* put away. And I want to be able to walk into my closet, whisper a phrase and be transported anywhere in time, anywhere in the world without having to spend an eight hour flight next to someone who sniffs constantly and won’t let me out to pee.

You know. Normal witch powers.

And you know, people use the term ‘witch’ like it’s a bad thing nowadays. I’m totally pro-witch. Honey, if you can concoct potions and have a pet dragon, more power to you. It’s 2015. Anything can happen. And unless you’re crook-nosed and concocting devilish spells to hurt people, I honestly couldn’t care less about your royal witchiness. As long as you can please put a hex on my vacuum so it vacuums itself. PLEASE?

One of the culinary spells I wanted to cast was making perfect Molten Lava Cakes. You know, the ones you always order at restaurants? The ones that, when cut open, release a molten, gooey chocolate center that’s out of this world-amazing? I wanted to recreate that amazingness at home, but frankly, I was a little scared. But truth be told, it’s a lot easier than you’d think, and this recipe yields the PERFECT Molten Lava Cake. Like ever.

And believe me, that gooey center has a spell on me. HUBBA HUBBA.

These Perfect Molten Lava Cakes turn out perfect every time! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe for gooey, smooth lava cakes!*very minimally adapted from Kraft

5.0 from 6 reviews
Perfect Molten Lava Cakes
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 4
These Molten Lava Cakes are truly PERFECT! Gooey, warm, soft and cakey, they're the ultimate decadent dessert.
  • 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate (like by Baker's or Ghirardelli)
  • ½ cup butter (I used unsalted)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • Ice cream and chocolate syrup for garnish, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Liberally grease 4 baking dishes or ramekins.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl, melt together the chocolate and butter on HIGH for 1 minute or until chocolate is smooth and butter has melted. Whisk the chocolate until mixture has combined and is smooth and glossy.
  3. Add in the powdered sugar, eggs, egg yolks and vanilla, stirring to combine. Lastly, add in the flour and pinch of salt until a thick batter forms.
  4. Portion the batter evenly among the ramekins and bake for approx. 13-15 minutes or until the edges are firm and set but the center is still soft. Let the cakes stand for about 2 minutes before carefully running a knife along the edge of the ramekin and releasing the cake gently onto a plate. Top with ice cream and chocolate sauce, if desired. Serve immediately.

These Perfect Molten Lava Cakes turn out perfect every time! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe for gooey, smooth lava cakes!

These Perfect Molten Lava Cakes turn out perfect every time! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe for gooey, smooth lava cakes!This is such a foolproof recipe that yields amazingly warm, soft and gooey molten lava cakes. The chocolate flavor is strong and sweet, and the buttery cake is so moist and fabulous. You’ll love these a la mode!

These Perfect Molten Lava Cakes turn out perfect every time! You'll love this easy, foolproof recipe for gooey, smooth lava cakes!Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley


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  1. Would you believe I’ve never made these? It sounds like maybe this is the one to try!

  2. I’d would like a spell put on my house-it needs to be able to clean itself! You definitely nailed lava cakes, these are perfect!

  3. I can’t resist a good molten lava cake! I need to try these soon!

  4. I”m a Sabrina lover from way back! I watched all the seasons. I also loved Clarissa Explains It All. Oh, BTW, these cakes look delicious!

  5. Oh my gosh. Did I love Sabrina and Harvey!! We always watched TGIF with my grandmother. She was super hip. She might have loved witches and wizards more than we did. 🙂 I need to try and make molten lava cakes. I love them so!

  6. OMG. I need one of these today!!

  7. Oooh talk about delicious! I adore lava cakes!

  8. OMG! Drooling over these molten lava cakes! YUM!

  9. I knew we were soulmates: I was EXACTLY the same way about STTW as a kid! And I also really really wanted to be a witch. Ahhhhh love it!

    and lava cakes are one of my all time fave desserts! they really are deceptively easy! this recipe looks perfect!

  10. Question! How far in advance can I make the batter? Can I make the batter while my lasagna bakes, then throw it in the oven when we clear the table for dessert?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      As far as I know, I think it’d be fine to prepare in advance. I’d prepare it within an hour or two though, of baking your lasagna.

  11. We made this tonight and it was delicious! Would you please tell me what size ramekin you used for the recipe? I only have the 12 oz. (5″ diameter) dishes and would like to buy the correct size for this easy recipe. Thank you!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Kelly! So glad you loved them. I have 4.5″ diameter ramekins, but I’d think you’d be able to continue using your 5″ diameter ones!

  12. Donna limpert says:

    What size ramekins do you use for these?? I so want to make them !! Thank you !!!

  13. Donna limpert says:

    What size rampkins do you use for these?? I so want to make them !! Thank you , have a wonderful day!!

  14. Will these be good made Thursday night and take to work on Friday for a party?

  15. Make this lava cake!!! I didn’t eat it right away so it kept cooking in its ramekin but it was still the most delicious little chocolate cake! I’ve made lave cake a couple of times before and this is my favorite recipe.

  16. Just to clarify you use two eggs in addition to two egg yolks? Going to make these for valentine’s day!

  17. Your Lava cakes were the perfect ending to our Valentines dinner. Thank you for a great recipe!!

  18. I had a dinner party and made these went down so well everyone asked for recipe THANKS FOR THE PERFECT RECIPE !!!!!!

  19. So good and so easy! I cut the recipe in half, since there were just two of us. Prepped it a few hours ahead of time, pulled it out of the fridge an hour or so before baking to take the chill off, and they baked up perfectly. So perfect, in fact, that my Valentine demanded the recipe for himself. We paired with vanilla ice cream which was a necessary contrast to the rich chocolatey goodness. My only modification was using half semisweet and half bittersweet (60%) chocolate.

    Thanks for a great recipe. I have wanted to make lava cakes for years but was too intimidated by other recipes. Not anymore!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Deborah, I’m so glad you guys loved them! Love the fact that you used half bittersweet chocolate, too. Enjoy!!

  20. Would this recipe work well doubled? I want to make a double batch but not sure of the outcome?

  21. Janirelle says:

    Can you make a video pleasee

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Yes! I will absolutely try to do one this week for you 🙂 Keep your eyes peeled on Facebook and Instagram!

  22. wow my favourite Molten Lava Cake.

  23. Émilie L. says:

    I we want to do your recipe for father`s day, on sunday, but I`m use to do french recipe. So I just wanted to be sure that your powder sugar was like icing sugar and not granulated sugar?
    thank you

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Emilie! Yes, powdered sugar is icing sugar!

      • Émilie Lévesque says:

        super good!! we did it for father’s day, and it was like by everyone. Next time we will do 15min instead of 13. and I put a homemade rasberry sirop. Perfect combination. Thank you for the wonderful recipe.

  24. Oh my gosh! I quarter this recipe, only using one egg, for a single cake, to split between my friend and and me. I cried, partially because they were so good, partially because my friend didn’t show up. lol.

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