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chocolate lava cake

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Lisa Johnson
Macon, GA

My family loves it. It is so easy and simple to make it. They were so good and sweet and rich.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Need an easy, creamy, and decadent chocolate dessert? Try this chocolate lava cake. It's flourless and rises up while baking, almost like a souffle. Inside the super-soft cake is an oozing chocolate center that's rich and delicious. Serve with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and a few berries.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 6 servings
prep time 15 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For chocolate lava cake

  • 1 1/2 c
    semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 Tbsp
    unsalted butter
  • 3
    eggs, separated
  • 1/4 c
    sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp
    port wine
  • 1 Tbsp
    Hershey's cocoa powder
  • vanilla ice cream
  • confectioners' sugar

How To Make chocolate lava cake

  • Preparing ramekins while oven preheats.
    Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease and flour one large 6-cup muffin or cupcake pan or six (3/4- to 1-cup capacity) ramekins or custard cups.
  • Melted chocolate and butter in a bowl.
    Microwave chocolate and butter for 2 minutes, or until the butter is melted. Stir and heat again until chocolate is melted completely and both are combined.
  • Adding egg yolks, sugar, and port.
    Stir in egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and port. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Sugar and cocoa in a bowl.
    In a bowl, combine the remaining sugar and cocoa.
  • Beating egg whites until fluffy.
    In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy.
  • Sugar and cocoa added to the egg whites.
    Gradually add about 2 tablespoons of the sugar and cocoa, beating until soft peaks form.
  • Folding chocolate into egg white mixture.
    Gently fold the chocolate and sugar-cocoa mixtures into the egg whites in three alternating additions.
  • Butter in ramekins and baking in the oven.
    Pour batter into the pan and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. The edges will be firm, but the centers will be a bit liquid. Cool 3 minutes before serving.
  • Chocolate Lava Cake removed from ramekin and placed on a plate.
    Run a knife around the edges. Invert onto serving plates and top with ice cream or a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.