Easy Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Easy Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes Made In A Muffin Tin

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You don’t have to go to a restaurant to be served a molten chocolate lava cake!  With this easy recipe, you can make chocolate lava cakes at home in a simple muffin tin!

Easy Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Yummy yummy in my tummy! I love all things chocolate, especially dark chocolate! I even make banana bread with chocolate :) Gimme dark chocolate any time of the day, just thinking of it is making me drool! If you are a true chocolate lover who just wants to smell chocolate, taste chocolate and be swimming in chocolate, you need these molten chocolate lava cakes in your life right now!  Plus the Mexican hot chocolate :)

Chocolate Lava Cakes In A Muffin Tin

OMG this stuff is truly amazing! Gooey warm melted chocolate flowing out of the fudgy chocolate warm little bitty cake – straight into your mouth! Taste the chocolateness all over your lips and all over your tongue!  This is serious chocolate joy my friend.  How many of these molten chocolate lava cakes are you going to eat?

How To Make Molten Lava Cakes

If a restaurant has a chocolate lava cake on their menu, you bet I’m going to order it for dessert! For a longest time, I thought of the lava cake as a purely restaurant dessert that I wouldn’t even think of attempting at home.  Little did I know how easy it is to make it yourself!  Homemade molten chocolate lava cakes are so easy to make, it’s actually one of the easiest desserts ever – who would have ever thought?

Homemade Chocolate Lava Cake

This recipe makes 12 individual size molten chocolate lava cakes using a muffin tin.  Yes, a simple muffin tin is a perfect baking tool for these yummy gooey little cakes!  The ingredients are very simple too: chocolate chips, butter, flour, powdered sugar, salt and eggs. You don’t even need to own a mixer, as the batter mixes easily with a spoon!

Simple chocolate batter is poured into muffin cups and baked at a high temperature of 425F for just 9 minutes.  Do not overcook the lava cakes or they’ll turn into chocolate muffins :) We want the gooey chocolate on the inside, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Serve the chocolate lava cakes immediately while they are still hot.  If you need to store them for later, keep them in refrigerator, then reheat in the microwave until hot.  Enjoy!

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes Recipe

For more chocolate madness, check out my easy flourless chocolate cake, chocolate truffle cake and dark double chocolate cookies – these are a must for all chocolate lovers!

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Easy Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

These molten chocolate lava cakes are truly amazing! Gooey melted hot chocolate flowing out of the fudgy chocolate cake, OMG OMG OMG! These lava cakes are so easy to make using a simple muffin tin, perfect for beginners!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time14 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12



  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Thoroughly spray a non-stick muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or grease it with butter.
  • Put butter and the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each 30 seconds, until the chocolate chips and butter are fully melted and the mixture in smooth.
  • Whisk the eggs and egg yolk in a large bowl until combined. Add the flour, salt, powdered sugar and melted chocolate and butter. Mix everything until combined.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin cups.
  • Put the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 9 minutes. Do not overcook, since you want the chocolate inside to be liquid.
  • Take the chocolate lava cakes out of the oven. Let stand for 3 minutes.
  • Put a large cutting board over the muffin tin and quickly invert it so the muffin tin is upside down. Bang the muffin cups with your fist to help release the molten lava cakes. Slowly lift the muffin tin, releasing the lava cakes onto the cutting board.
  • Transfer the chocolate lava cakes to the individual plates and serve immediately.


For the easiest release of the chocolate lava cakes, try the silicone muffin pan.
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17 replies
  1. Avery Montemayor
    Avery Montemayor says:

    That’s not really chocolate lava cake. No offense, but real chocolate lava cake has a small ball of frozen chocolate ganache in the center so that it melts into a warm center. But I like your recipe because it’s quick and easy.4/5 stars

  2. Chris
    Chris says:

    Was trying to find an easy way for my 93 year old mother-in-law to make 16 lava cakes for her friends (!!). This recipe is a great solution. Poured the batter into cupcake papers in the muffin tins. She simply lifted the cakes out by the paper, peeled and inverted on plate. Mini lava cakes, but just right. Thank you!

  3. Angela Edwards
    Angela Edwards says:

    5 stars
    Thank you Melanie! I made these for my son and husband’s birthday dinner last night. They were oh so easy and a big hit. I served them with vanilla ice cream and strawberries. I have a picture to attach, but it’s not allowing me to attach it with my comment ?.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, it is a keeper.

  4. Wendy
    Wendy says:

    5 stars
    Such an easy and yummy recipe. I made them in heart shaped silicone pans for Valentine’s Day and they were a hit. I served them with strawberries and Romanoff sauce

  5. Becca
    Becca says:

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe a lot and as long as I don’t overbake it by a minute it comes out perfectly! So rich and delicious and fast and easy way to get your chocolate fix. Thank you!


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