Break into these individual chocolate cakes to find a lusciously melted soft chocolate center inside.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Centers:
Cakes:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • To make the centers, in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the 2 ounces of chocolate with the cream. Whisk gently to blend.

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  • Refrigerate for about 2 hours, or until firm. With your hands, form into six balls; refrigerate until needed.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray.

  • To make the cakes, in the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the 4 ounces of chocolate and the butter, stirring occasionally until smooth.

  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, whisk the whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla on high speed for about 5 minutes, or until thick and light. Fold the melted chocolate mixture and flour into the egg mixture just until combined. Spoon the cake batter into the ramekins. Place a chocolate ball in the middle of each ramekin.

  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cake is firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes. Run a small, sharp knife around the inside of each ramekin, place an upside-down plate on top, invert, and remove the ramekin. Garnish with raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

424 calories; protein 4.9g; carbohydrates 31.8g; fat 33g; cholesterol 178.8mg; sodium 29.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (134)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2010
Two tips for you: 1) An 11.5 oz. bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips is about $3.99. A 4 oz. Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking bar is about $3.59. Therefore, if you buy the chips instead of the bar, you have almost enough chocolate to make this dessert on two different occasions (vs. having to buy two bars at about $3.59 each to make it once). If you use the chips, you'll be short 1/4 oz. of chocolate each time you make it, which is not a big deal, and the chips melt faster, too! 2) This recipe is delicious, but I gave it four stars because it's a lot of extra, unnecessary work to have to make the center mixture separately from the cake. There are many other recipes out there that are just as good that do NOT require you to do this. Other recipes simply have you melt the chocolate and butter in a double broiler, add the sugar, pour that mixture into the egg mixture, add the flour, put in ramekins and bake. And, if you bake it the proper number of minutes, you'll have a perfectly molten center just like this recipe, without having to refrigerate anything. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2009
now I must admit, I really improvised; I did not want to leave my house just to buy ingredients.... so, the texture was great, the taste, ok. BUT definitely was b/c of my substitutions: had no Ghirardelli choc, so used 45% cacao semi-sweet choc chips (365 brand) and had no heavy whipping cream, so used dry milk and made it very thick when adding the water (this mixture would not harden in the fridge, so stuck in the freezer for a few minutes, and turned out just ok). I subbed spelt flour with 1 T. of potato starch for the cake flour. The chocolate was way too sweet, so def. make sure you use the chocolate it calls for. Also, I baked it in regular cupcake tins (with liners) and baked for about 11 minutes (I had enough batter for 10 cupcakes). The consistancy of the "lava" did improve the longer I waited to eat it (about 10-15 minutes after it is removed from oven is perfect). And oh, if you are watching it bake, and the liquid in the middle starts to ooze out a little at the top, take out immediately, it was in there too long. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2010
Two tips for you: 1) An 11.5 oz. bag of Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips is about $3.99. A 4 oz. Ghirardelli 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking bar is about $3.59. Therefore, if you buy the chips instead of the bar, you have almost enough chocolate to make this dessert on two different occasions (vs. having to buy two bars at about $3.59 each to make it once). If you use the chips, you'll be short 1/4 oz. of chocolate each time you make it, which is not a big deal, and the chips melt faster, too! 2) This recipe is delicious, but I gave it four stars because it's a lot of extra, unnecessary work to have to make the center mixture separately from the cake. There are many other recipes out there that are just as good that do NOT require you to do this. Other recipes simply have you melt the chocolate and butter in a double broiler, add the sugar, pour that mixture into the egg mixture, add the flour, put in ramekins and bake. And, if you bake it the proper number of minutes, you'll have a perfectly molten center just like this recipe, without having to refrigerate anything. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2009
I found this recipe in an ad in one of my magazines. I've made it many times, and my guests always ask for the recipe. It's wonderful and comes out great every time. I like spreading a little raspberry sauce around the bottom of the plate to make a nice presentation and add a little something extra to the taste. I've even made the batter ahead of time, put it in the individual dishes, and then refrigerated it for several days. Pop it in the oven and they still come out great! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/23/2009
now I must admit, I really improvised; I did not want to leave my house just to buy ingredients.... so, the texture was great, the taste, ok. BUT definitely was b/c of my substitutions: had no Ghirardelli choc, so used 45% cacao semi-sweet choc chips (365 brand) and had no heavy whipping cream, so used dry milk and made it very thick when adding the water (this mixture would not harden in the fridge, so stuck in the freezer for a few minutes, and turned out just ok). I subbed spelt flour with 1 T. of potato starch for the cake flour. The chocolate was way too sweet, so def. make sure you use the chocolate it calls for. Also, I baked it in regular cupcake tins (with liners) and baked for about 11 minutes (I had enough batter for 10 cupcakes). The consistancy of the "lava" did improve the longer I waited to eat it (about 10-15 minutes after it is removed from oven is perfect). And oh, if you are watching it bake, and the liquid in the middle starts to ooze out a little at the top, take out immediately, it was in there too long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2010
This is the first time I've made/eaten a lava cake and oh my gosh! This is so good! I did make one major change to this recipe though, I used all semi-sweet chocolate because I have a big sweet tooth and bittersweet just wouldn't have done it for me. This came out so perfect. For the center, I lined a mini muffin tin and put the ganache in the individual cups. I simply needed to remove the liners from the hardened middle and put it in batter. Saved the mess of rolling into balls (and probably made a bigger chocolate center - but I'm not complaining!) I simply garnished this with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and raspberry preserves, it was perfect. Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2010
Great recipe. I made some modifications that worked great. First, I used a nice bittersweet chocolate not 60% to tone it down a little. I let the filling harden overnight which was much easier to deal with the next day. Next, I doubled the recipe for cake (filling too) and made them in muffin tins. I made 18 mini cakes filling them about 2/3rds full and baking them for about 12 minutes. I let them cool and flipped them out of the pan. The center tends to cave just a bit. I made fresh cinnamon whip cream and raspberries to fill in the dent. It was a hit! No left overs or sad faces. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
I also found this recipe in Good Housekeeping a few years ago. They are so easy and come out right every time. The other recipes that do not have the center can be very tricky to get done just right--basically they are an undercooked cake--this one is not. When I make chocolate ganache for cake or cupcakes, I make a little extra, then scoop it into balls and store them in the freezer. That way they are always ready when I want to make these lava cakes! It's really too messy to roll them in your warm hands, so I use a spoon (a melon baller would work too). Sometimes I mix in a little frambois to flavor the center. A raspberry coulie squirted or dabbled on the plate with the fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint (served on a white plate of course) makes a gorgeous presentation. I do not use the whipped cream because it leaves a heavy taste in the mouth. These cakes are very, very easily reheated in the microwave (in the cups) for just a few seconds. They come out like freshly baked. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2010
Very quick and easy. I microwaved everything. I did all the mixing/melting two days ahead, and poured the batter into a large-muffin pan (meant for six) since I don't have ramekins, and the center mixture into a small tupperware container. Then I stuck it in the fridge. The night I was serving them, I rolled the truffles while the oven was preheating. I didn't use raspberries, the cool whip was enough. Just a warning: Very dark chocolate. I might try a different chocolate for the lava next time. Overall: everyone loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
Yum! This was perfect for Valentines Day! I used Green and Black's 72% cacao baking bar. I baked them in silicone muffin cups (made 10 this way). They reheated well in the toaster oven the next day too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2012
I am 14 years old and i was able to make the whole recipe on my own with very little mess! I didn't have a beater so i wisked the egg, sugar and vanilla extract for 5 minutes by hand and there didn't appear to be any issue. I also did not have a ramekin, instead i substituted a big muffin tin and cooked them like muffins. Once the cake came out i waited 5 minutes and then used a bottle cap to make a hole in the center of the cake. Then i used a knife to deepen the hole in the cake. Then i placed the balls of filling in the holes. I placed the stuffing i had taken out to make the whole on the top of the hole, so it was nearly not visible. Then instead of raspberries and whipped cream. I used Ben & Jerry's ice cream (Milk & Cookies flavor/ any flavor you like will do). And i melted Hershey's Chocolate Syrup in the microwave for 5 seconds and drizzled it in a zigzag motion over the ice cream and lava cake. IT WAS AMAZING!!! Read More
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