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4.92 from 23 votes

Perfect Molten Lava Cakes

These Molten Lava Cakes are truly PERFECT! Gooey, warm, soft and cakey, they're the ultimate decadent dessert.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Cakes/Cupcakes, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Dessert
Servings: 4
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel


  • 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate like by Baker's or Ghirardelli
  • 1/2 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


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Liberally grease 4 baking dishes or ramekins.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.