Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes


Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes are rich and decadent, yet are an incredibly easy dessert recipe!

Hey you! How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

Ben and I saw Skyfall on Friday night. I had bought tickets for Lincoln via Fandango earlier that afternoon, but after enjoying a glass of wine at a nearby restaurant beforehand, we both agreed we’d probably fall asleep in the theater if we saw such a serious movie, and switched our tickets over to James Bond instead.

Good story.

Anyways, I know people are raving about this movie right now, but, we didn’t love it! Not enough super-cool spy gadgets, me thinks, and kind of a random plot line. Like I said though, I think we’re the only ones who’ve seen the movie and weren’t crazy about it, so definitely decide for yourself.

I spent the rest of the weekend getting ready for my marathon, 4-part, Thanksgiving-themed KCCI segment today! Sweet Ben shook me from my slumber at 3:15am then we were out the door an hour later, and cooking 30 minutes after that.

I demoed some oldies but goodies, including Luann’s Kale Salad for a fresh and healthy side dish, and Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken & Vegetables as a main option in case your turkey doesn’t thaw in time for dinner, or you only have a few mouths to feed and don’t need a huge bird. I also showed a new recipe for Healthier Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes (to die!) and ended with the grand finale, Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes. GET. READY!

It’s a fact that my family will always have Pumpkin Pie around on Thanksgiving. My Mom has made the same recipe for decades, and I think my Dad’s world would implode if he couldn’t have a big ol’ slice dolloped with whipped cream on the couch after dinner. Me? I could take it or leave. I don’t hate pumpkin pie, but I don’t love it either…as much as I love chocolate anyways. : )

So, what I’m proposing is, don’t replace the pumpkin pie with Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes, just add ’em as another option for dessert! Because who doesn’t love options?! Plus they only take 20 minutes to make from start to finish, and the rich, decadent dessert tastes extra delicious after all the heavy and savory flavors at dinner.

Still need convincing? Just look at that molten center! Warm chocolate cascading out of a spongy cake is just about one of the best things I have ever eaten. Ben’s eyeballs nearly rolled into the back of his head after one spoonful of this melty, chocolatey dessert.

Start the Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes adding 1/2 cup butter and 4 semi-sweet chocolate baking squares in a microwave safe bowl.

Here’s the baking chocolate I used, btw!

Microwave for 1 minute, or until the butter is melted, then whisk the mixture together until silky smooth.

Next whisk in 1 cup powdered sugar.

Followed by 2 whole eggs plus 2 egg yolks. Save the egg whites for a scramble, or somthin’!

Finally whisk in 6 Tablespoons flour until it’s just combined.

Next spray 4 custard cups VERY well with nonstick spray, divide the batter between the cups, then bake for 12-13 minutes at 425 degrees until the sides are set, but the center is soft. You don’t want it jiggly, just soft.

Let the cakes rest for 2 minutes, then place a plate on top of each cup and flip it over. The cake will pop right out of the cup!

Top with powdered sugar and fresh berries for an absolutely unforgettable dessert on Thanksgiving Day or, heck, ANY day! :D

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Serves 4


Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes are rich and decadent, yet are an incredibly easy dessert recipe!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 Tablespoons flour
  • Fresh raspberries or strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place butter and baking chocolate into a large microwave-safe bowl then microwave for 1 minute, or until butter is melted, then stir until butter and chocolate are smooth. Add 1 cup powdered sugar then stir until smooth. Add eggs and egg yolks then stir until smooth. Add flour then stir until just combined.
  2. Spray 4 custard cups very well with non-stick spray then place onto a baking sheet. Pour chocolate batter evenly into cups then bake for 12-13 minutes, or until the sides are set but center is still soft (not jiggly.) Let cool for 2 minutes, then invert cakes onto serving plates. Dust with powdered sugar then serve with fresh berries.


From Tasty Kitchen

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Prep the batter before you sit down for dinner, then pop ’em in the oven as you clean up the kitchen. By the time you’re done, they should be ready to invert, and inhale. You and your fam will go CRAZY for these!


What’s your favorite dessert for Thanksgiving?

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  1. This looks super simple but very elegant! Definitely pinning for the future :)

  2. I’ve never made these at home but it seems pretty simple! Would be a great impressive dessert – yum =)

  3. Rebecca 11.19.2012

    My husband and I weren’t gaga for Skyfall either. It was so hyped up and had such an awesome theme song, but I also thought the plot lacked some twists. I can wait to try this recipe. If molten chocolate cake is on any restaurant dessert menu, it’s what I choose….even if I’m stuffed full! Can’t wait to try this at home!

  4. Jess 11.19.2012

    Kristin – I’m totally with you. People seem to either absolutely love it or be unimpressed. I wanted more gadgets and cool spy stuff too…plus some of the lines were too cheesy to even try to look past. Molten lava cakes are my weakness. I had one recently that was a chocolate chip cake with molten chocolate center. I’ve never tried to make them myself – but now I’ll have to!

  5. Molten chocolate lava cakes are one of my many chocolate-related weaknesses. You are enabling me :P

  6. Sarita 11.19.2012

    A slice of “punkin pie” held in my hand Zis my favorite thanksgiving dessert. So this year I’m making apple cake! Options are great to have.,

  7. THese look awesome! I made them for Valentine’s Day one year- yum!

  8. Lauren 11.19.2012

    Did this seriously just happen? I have no words for how good these look!

  9. Beautiful!! I’m Meghan and total Chocoholic. This recipe is perfect for a gal like me! :)

  10. Heather 11.19.2012

    These look amazing but have a question, do the eggs get thoroughly cooked?

    • Erin 11.20.2012

      This was my question too Heather! These look great, but I’m pregnant and therefore, more hyper vigilant than usual about avoiding raw eggs….so I’m curious as well!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.20.2012

      I’m not sure! With all the Lava Cake recipes out there though, I would think they are heated to a point that’s safe to eat!

  11. Julie 11.19.2012

    Love these! I have substituted equal weight of chocolate chips, works awesome. I like the idea of mixing together and just popping in the oven just before serving time. Personally, I feel a bit too heavy after a Thanksgiving feast!

  12. All I have to say is, “yes, please!!” :)

  13. Oh girl. How did you KNOW I just bought myself some ramekins when I was supposed to be Christmas shopping for other people :) What can I say, they were on sale. I bought them mostly to make these and now you just sealed the deal. Thanks!

  14. Bek @ Crave 11.19.2012

    These look so simple and omg- my bf LOVES molten lava cakes..I’m going to have to make these for him. Saved ;)

  15. Tom Moore 11.20.2012

    Hi Kirsten, Firstly I agree with your Skyfall comments – not a big James Bond film at all no real gadgets – but I did read an article somewhere that as it was the 50th anniversary that where taking James Bond back to his film debut. Anyway back to the chocolate … My better half would do anything for chocolate and really mean anything .. so this is a little secret I may keep up my sleeve for a special treat and you never know …. Thanks for the recipe ( printing now ! )

  16. mmm I absolutely loveeeeee molten lava cakes! I used to have them all the time! They are so yummy! KCCI is one of my sister stations at work!! (:

  17. Nikki 11.20.2012

    You should have seen Lincoln!! Fastest 2-1/2 hours ever!! I can fall asleep anywhere, any time, and I thought I would for sure during such a serious movie that one needs to pay attention to, but nope! Was totally engaged. It was fantastic!

    I just happened upon your blog a few weeks ago and LOVE it! Your recipes are amazing!! Thank you!

  18. Oh my goodness! I never realized these were so simple to make. I will definately be making them for my upcoming holiday party. Thanks IGE!

  19. Lisa 11.20.2012

    Do you know how big your custard cups are? Cuz I have ramekins to use for this but I’m wondering if they are too big and if I’d have to increase the bake time which would mess everything up! :(

  20. Leslie 11.20.2012

    I would love to make these, but have a question. My daughter is allergic to dairy, do you think I could substitute margarine instead of butter? I know I could use her dairy free chocolate, but wondered about the butter. If anyone has an answer please feel free to reply. thanks.

  21. Jillian 11.20.2012

    I have a request! I am an American currently living in France. I am having a Thanksgiving celebration with some friends and I need to bring a couple sides but I do not have an oven. Only a stove top (4 burners) and a microwave. I was thinking a green side (salad, green beans, etc) and we really want to make stuffing (the host is cooking a chicken) but don’t know of a good stove top recipe. HELP! :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 11.21.2012

      I am a horrible foodie and actually, gasp!, loved boxed stuffing mixes! Do you have those there?

  22. Tracy 11.20.2012

    Great job on the segment! Your haircut looks darling! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  23. STACY 11.20.2012

    wow! I actually have all the ingredients in my pantry. If we were going to be home tomorrow I would totally make these!

  24. Anna 11.20.2012

    I always order lava cakes in restaurants in winter, but I had no idea it was quite so easy to make them myself. I’ve really got to try this out! Thank you for sharing

  25. How the heck have I never made molten chocolate lava cakes before?! Must change that, stat!

  26. Tiffany Colvert 11.20.2012

    Yum! Loved seeing you on BHG!!

  27. Molten lavas are one of those things that are impressive but super easy. I love ’em. I even bought little ramekins just for them, which is not normally my style to have something so specific.

    Who wouldn’t fall in love with that river of chocolate?

  28. Matt 11.21.2012

    Wow, great Job! I just made these and everybody loved them.
    BTW: Have you tried freezing them, after you put the dough in the cups? Somebody told me about a similar recipe and the froze it and the put them right into the oven, when they needed them. I think you just need to bake them a lil longer then…

  29. blanca 01.10.2013

    this looks yummy!! wondering if it would taste and look the same if bake them and then reheat them a few hrs later??

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  31. Crystal 02.04.2013

    Hi Kristin,

    Mmmmmmm. I know what I’m making for dessert this Valentine’s Day! :) I just featured your Molten Chocolate Lava Cake on my blog Sew Creative in my Weekly Inspiration Post on Valentine’s Day Baking. I’d love for you to take a look!

    Best Wishes,


  32. Erika 02.09.2013

    these look awesome thanks for sharing the recipe…(this is totally not concerning the recipe) but may i ask what camera are you using? Your pictures look amazing!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.10.2013

      Hey Erika! This was shot with a Nikon D3000. I shoot with a Nikon D7000 now!

  33. wiktoria 02.11.2013

    i’ve just been watching masterchef : gordon ramsay and they have been baking this in the pressure test and gordon said that this desert is one of the most hardest deserts in the country , so i checked it out and i dont seriously think so , im only 11 and im going to hopefully bake this for valentines day !!! BECAUSE ITS SO EASY !!!

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  39. Keerthana 04.04.2013

    This is the BEST recipe ever, thank you soo much! I can’t wait to try these!
    P.S – Your pictures make me feel like to simply grab the raspberries and cake a pop it into my mouth! :D

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  44. Katie 02.14.2014

    I messed this up somehow. Your pictures looked amazing. Mine was not molten lava. It was not even gooey. It tasted okay but I was disappointed. It is just not my day.

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    Easy-peasy and better than pie! Came out perfect!

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