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Molten Chocolate Cakes

These individual cakes have a pocket of chocolate that oozes out of a warm cake. Then they’re topped with warm Black Cherry Sauce.

Molten Chocolate Cakes

This decadent easy to make chocolate lava cake will melt on your plate and in your mouth!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Cooling25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy chocolate molten cake, Molten Chocolate Cakes
Servings: 6
Calories: 554kcal


  • Glass Mixing Bowls
  • Whisk
  • Muffin Pan
  • Ramekins



  • 4 oz. Bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 oz. Semisweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, diced
  • 4 Eggs
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Instant expresso powder (or 2 tsp. instant coffee granules)
  • ½ tsp. Kosher salt


  • ½ cup Whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 Drop almond extract
  • Shaved semisweet chocolate


  • Preheat oven to 375°. Liberally spray six 6-oz. ramekins with nonstick spray.
  • Chop chocolate for cakes into pieces the size of chocolate chips. Melt chocolate pieces and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir often to prevent burning.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture is pale yellow and looks like lightly whipped cream, about 7 minutes. 
  • Beat flour, cocoa, vanilla, and espresso powder into egg mixture until thoroughly combined, about 2 minutes. 
  • Add melted chocolate mixture to egg mixture and beat another 5 minutes. Spoon 3/4 cup batter into each ramekin. Place ramekins on a baking sheet and bake 15–17 minutes, until cakes are puffed and mostly dry on top around edges. Remove cakes from oven and let them rest about 3 minutes
  • Whip cream, sugar, and almond extract until soft peaks form.
  • Serve cakes with Black Cherry Sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.


Per Serving, Calories: 554

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories554
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 45g 70%
    • Saturated Fat 26g 130%
  • Cholesterol 200mg 67%
  • Sodium 250mg 11%
  • Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
    • Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
  • Protein 8g 16%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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