Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

by Barry Lewis

Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
15 mins


100g (2/3 cup) dark chocolate
120g (1/2 cup) butter
2 eggs
60g (1/4 cup) Caster sugar
40g (1/3 cup) Plain flour plus extra for dusting
Whipped cream, choc spread & raspberries to serve

There is something gorgeous about the sight of a fork cutting into a gorgeous chocolate molten lava cake. It’s even better when the recipe is very easy & you can even make them ahead, well they are super simple to make and in this video I show you how. It’s a great romantic valentines day treat but great all Year round, a firm outer baked layer with a gooey semi-baked molten lava centre, give this a go!

First up you want to grease your ramekin dishes and then dust with plain flour, leave to one side. Next melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl in the microwave on 2 thirty second blasts, then using the warmth in the bowl stir through until melted, leave this to cool down fully so it doesn’t cook your eggs in a moment!

Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a mixing bowl, do this for a good 5 minutes or so until fully merged and thick in texture with lots of air bubbles. Now use a spatula to incorporate the chocolate into the sugar egg mixture, be sure to scrape the spatula against the edges of the bowl to get all the chocolate in, some of it hides down the bottom, keep going until all the chocolate is scraped in and it is a consistent colour.

Next sift in the flour, again fold through until fully combined and thickened. Add the batter to the ramekins nearly all the way to the top (they do not rise much). This is where you can make ahead, you now put your ramekins in the freezer for at least 30 mins to chill and firm up the batter slightly, this will help create the molten centre. If you freezer it overnight let it stand out the freezer when baking for ten minutes to adjust slightly.

Once ready to bake, stick in the upper middle shelf for 15 mins or until the tops are firm to touch. Bake at 180c fan or see temperature conversion chart.

Tip out onto a plate carefully once baked after letting stand for a minute. I serve mine with some cream mixed with a little hazelnut spread and some fresh raspberries.
Cut open to let reveal that gorgeous molten lava!

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