Ghirardelli Individual Chocolate Lava Cakes


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

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
6 cakes


  • 1 ½ (4 ounce) Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bars, divided

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • Cooking spray

  • 1 stick unsalted butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 3 egg yolks

  • cup white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup cake flour

  • Fresh raspberries

  • Whipped cream, or to taste


  1. 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.

  2. Form into 6 balls; refrigerate until needed.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

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

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

  9. 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 (per serving)

447 Calories
35g Fat
32g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 447
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g 44%
Saturated Fat 20g 102%
Cholesterol 250mg 83%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 71mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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