A special occasion deserves a special dessert. This lava cake oozes with rich indulgent chocolate that will surely impress your guests.


Recipe Summary

10 mins
15 mins
2 hrs 5 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
6 cakes


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • To make centers, melt 2 ounces of chocolate (1/2 a baking bar) and cream in double boiler. Whisk gently to blend. Refrigerate about 2 hours, or until firm.

  • Form into 6 balls; refrigerate until needed.

  • To make cake, heat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Spray six 4-ounce ramekins or custard cups with cooking spray.

  • Melt 4 ounces of chocolate (1 baking bar) and butter in double boiler; whisk gently to blend.

  • With an electric mixer, whisk eggs, yolks, sugar, and vanilla on high speed about 5 minutes, or until thick and light. Fold melted chocolate mixture and flour into egg mixture until just combined.

  • Spoon cake batter into ramekins. Place a chocolate ball in the middle of each ramekin.

  • Bake about 15 minutes, or until cakes are firm to the touch. Let cool for about 5 minutes.

  • Run a small, sharp knife around inside of each ramekin. Place a plate on top, invert, and remove ramekin. Garnish with raspberries and a dollop of whipped cream.

Nutrition Facts

447 calories; protein 6.7g; carbohydrates 32.4g; fat 34.5g; cholesterol 250.4mg; sodium 46.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I will make it again and I made 16 servings. Read More
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
I will make it again and I made 16 servings. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I had to cut back on the baking time and only had almond extract (not vanilla) on hand but otherwise followed the recipe. The family loved it. I will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The cake and Flavors were absolutely delicious! The "Lava" didnt flow as much as expecting. But more so baked right into the cake but the ooey gooey was delicious! overall great flavors! just not as much lava as hoping. maybe bigger balls of the inside would help. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I combined ideas from the recipe on the inside of the chocolat bar with that of this one. I made the truffle with the cream but increased the amounts so it made 8 cakes. The egg amounts were different too. I used the eggs as directed on the chocolate box. They turned out great! Both recipes are from Ghirardelli. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Omg moist and magnificent. My 10 year old made these and they were amazing! We only had semi sweet Ghiradelli baking bars inStead of unsweetened but they worked well. Also made our own cake flour from an online substitution adding corn starch to all purpose flour. We added powdered sugar instead of whipped cream. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I made these.. I ve actually made these a couple of times trying to get them right and this time I finally did! I was so excited that the lava flowed out just perfectly! However the bittersweet chocolate is just overwhelming with bitterness! Is there any other chocolate that you could recommend? I was really shooting for the same (or as close as I can get it) taste as dominos. That sweet chocolatey taste and this was just more bitter than anything else..! Read More