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Recipe: Chocolate Lava Cake aka Molten Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake (a.k.a. Molten Chocolate Cake) is a common dessert in fine dining restaurants and hotels, and that’s the reason why people think it’s very hard and expensive to make. But surprisingly, it’s completely the opposite. It’s so easy that you can make it in 15 minutes. 🙂

Chocolate sauce oozing from the Chocolate Lava Cake

The only ingredient that may be considered costly are the dark chocolate chips. We used Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate that we got for Php 180. Believe me, you won’t even regret having spent that much once you get your first spoonful of the chocolate lava cake. 😉

Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips

We’re sure you’ll love this recipe for Chocolate Lava Cake. We highly recommend you serve this with vanilla ice cream to make the whole experience complete. The warm, oozing decadence from the molten chocolate cake is best enjoyed with ice cream, trust me. 🙂


Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe (a.k.a. Molten Chocolate Cake)

Oozing with chocolate goodness - molten chocolate cake recipe

Ingredients / Tools:
  • 125 grams Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 125 grams Unsalted Butter
  • 3 pieces Egg Yolks
  • 2 pieces Whole Eggs
  • 50 grams White Sugar
  • 25 grams All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 gallon Vanilla Ice Cream

Ingredients for Chocolate Lava Cake or Molten Chocolate Cake

  • 4 – 5 pieces Ramekins / Aluminum Mold (We got these at SM Department Store.) Pastry brush extra butter for coating extra flour for dusting.


How to Make Chocolate Lava Cake:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Generously brush sides and bottoms of the ramekins / aluminum molds with butter. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the sides of the container, making way for easier unmolding.

Brush butter inside the ramekins

3. Put some flour inside the containers. Make sure the sides and bottoms are evenly coated with flour. Turn the containers upside down, then tap to remove excess flour. Set aside.

4. Combine chocolate chips and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. A thick glass / plastic bowl would do. Melt in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir to make sure all chocolate chips are melted. Set aside.

Combine the butter and chocolate chips

5. Combine egg yolks, whole eggs, sugar and flour in a deep bowl. Beat with a hand mixer or wire whisk until sugar is melted, no more lumps of flour, and the mixture is slightly frothy.

Use a hand mixer to beat the egg yolks

6. Add the melted chocolate and butter, then whisk/beat until well mixed.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the ramekins

7. Pour mixture into ramekins / aluminum molds until 3/4 full.

8. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until the middle stops jiggling.

Bake the chocolate lava cake for 10-12 minutes

9. While waiting for the cake to finish cooking, dust your plate with cocoa powder.

10. When the cake is done, remove from the oven. Hold it at the base with a cloth, then carefully turn over onto the plate.

11. Scoop your ice cream, place it on the side or on top of the cake, then serve.

Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Lava Cake - plated

See? Making Chocolate Lava Cake is that easy! You’ll be impressing your family and friends in no time! 🙂

A big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of our Molten Chocolate Cake aka Chocolate Lava Cake

Oozing with chocolate inside

Go ahead and try this recipe, but don’t forget to give us feedback on how your Chocolate Lava Cake or Molten Chocolate Cake went. 🙂

Molten Chocolate Cake with vanilla sauce

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Kenneth is the chef in the family (he studied Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Art in GCHA). He's responsible for most of the more complicated recipes featured here, and loves preparing pastries and desserts. Aside from being a chef, he's also a Registered Nurse and Midwife. His love for cooking led him to pursue a culinary career.



  • Wow! this looks so good! i think i cook this one, see if i can make this look good like yours. cheers!

  • jakieandthebeadstalk

    will try this next weekend! thanks for sharing

    • You’re welcome and we hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  • Mary Grace Marquez Cabanilla

    i am excited to do this. But our oven is having a hard time baking on top parts of the cake (not a convection oven). Any suggestion that may help us in fixing the problem? thanks in advance and more power!

    • We actually have the same problem with our oven. Here’s what Ken recommends:

      Don’t use a tray. Use the grill instead para mas kalat yung init. Better if you buy an oven temp ’cause the knob on your oven is not accurate.

      • Mary Grace Marquez Cabanilla

        yay! Thanks for the advise! ^_^ More power!

  • Ane

    Oh my gosh, that looks so delish! *wiping drool*

    I hope I can pull this off, will try and make it on the weekend. 😛

    • Kaya mo yan!! 😀

      Let us know how it goes!

      • Ane

        Wahahaha good luck to me! 😀 I shall let you know how I failed. 😀 hahaha 😛