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Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake
October 18, 2012

Wonderfully rich! Warning however!! I tried this recipe to test it before I served it to company and made 4. With 4, as the recipe called for, it turned out exactly as expected at 18 minutes in my oven. The next day I adjusted the servings to 12. Instead of the nice cake-like batter I'd got the day before was more brownie batter-like. I baked, as called for 18 minutes and couldn't tell if they were done or not. Of course I can't poke the center with a toothpick, so I was uncertain to know when they were done as they looked OK, but didn't want to bake too long and loose the centers. So I took them out at 18 minutes and let sit for the 15 minutes. When I inverted them onto a plate, they were not done, even though I was able to run a toothpick around the edges and have it be clean. They could have baked 3 or so minutes longer. I then remembered the day before, when I got great results, the edges were JUST starting to pull away from the sides. So if you intend to make larger batches and bake them together, remember to bake a bit longer and watch for those edges, or you may end up with chocolate pudding instead, like I did. Good luck!

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