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Chocolate Lava Cake

By Alice Loretto
Chocolate Lava Cake
3 servings
  • 56 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 10 mins
  • Serves

    100g dark chocolate
    100g Tararua Butter
    2 eggs
    50g Chelsea Raw Caster Sugar
    20g Edmonds Self Raising Flour


    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease 3 ramekins with a little melted Tararua Butter.

    Melt the dark chocolate and Tararua Butter using either the microwave or a bain-marie. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and Chelsea Raw Caster Sugar until the mixture turns pale and frothy.

    Pour the melted chocolate into the egg mixture. Stir in the Edmonds Self Raising Four using a spatula to mix everything evenly.

    Fill the ramekins ¾ full with the cake mix and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes. The cake is deliberately under-cooked to achieve the runny, lava centre, but if overcooked makes a delicious cake anyway.

    Once out the oven, let cool for 1-2 minutes and then use a spoon to loosen the edges. Tip each cake upside-down onto a plate and tap lightly on the bottom of the ramekin - the cake should fall out onto the plate. Eat straight away with ice cream!

    This recipe has not been tested by Chelsea Sugar.

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Average Rating
(56 reviews)

This is the easiest dessert I have made and it is absolutely scrumptious!

good but I over cooked mine a little

Really great, just a little bit eggy for my liking.

IT WAS DELIGHTFUL! but tasted like brownies but still yummy!

It came out fluffy and amazing, but the steps were a bit hard /:

Why are all the measurements in grams. It really confused me. Love the recipe though, thanks.

The best!!


I accidentally overcooked mine and it does NOT taste good. It resembles a chocolate omelette



After a few tries the recipe still came out too eggy. I decided to try just use one egg and it worked a treat! Highly suggest if you are having trouble like I was.

Tried it out for the first time today, and was disappointed. I don't know what I did wrong but the texture was like a pudding. It tasted eggy/fluffy like a marshmallow. It smelt nice but other than that it was horrible. Looking at all the other reviews I'm guessing that I did something wrong. I wasted so much money because I was planning on making it for 8 people, major let down.

Wow! This was amazing - found my next go-to dessert.


Yummy, does not have that much sugar on it. Love it sooo much

do we have to use caster sugar?
Chelsea Sugar:
Use Caster Sugar for best results.

I absolutely love lava cake and this was the perfect recipe. I recommend it.

Easy peasy

OMG this is so good!!!

Amazing recipe! Have used this 3 times now and every time it tastes so good!

This recipe is SOOOO amazing.



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Delicious! I didn't have any raw caster sugar so used normal and it was still so good!

These took too long to cook, well over half an hour, I ended up giving up, disappointing. The batter tasted great though! Wish they'd have worked true to recipie

I had to make something for Food Technology Class so my friend recommended this. I am not the best at making food but as long as you follow the steps it'll work. It is really AMAZING and EASY to make. Thank you CHELSEA. Enjoy the meal if you make it :)

Really easy to make but not the tastiest. A bit too eggy but besides that they were pretty good.

I love this it looks so easy to make im going to make it for my mum!
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I love it. It looks so easy. Me and my sister played master chef and used this recipe. Thank you Chelsea!

Can I use normal caster sugar?
CHELSEA: definitely!

This recipe doesn’t work at all. The cakes were still liquid at 10 and 12 minutes.


I'm really excited about doing this for my school project!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was absolutely delicious! I loved it and will make it again and again, it's so easy, quick, and is the perfect thing to make for a chocolate craving. The lava is smooth, rich and just amazing!

I loved it

ended up rising and looking like a muffin and tasted horrible

I tripled the recipe. Beat the eggs until really thick, this takes a while (10 minutes), then beat chocolate into the mixture, folded flour for one minute until no white traces. Then put into small cups. Cooked for the twelve minutes. I used 90% chocolate (Lindt). This was exquisitely decadent. The shell was perfect and ran like a river when cut.

Amazing !

Its easy! & I had success for the first time. The cake tastes so good ! Will do again to make it even better!

Great thanks!

This lava cake is amazinggg :) my first time making it & I'm so glad I picked this recipe lol. It's super simple & tastes gorgeous.

I read the reviews and noted the lady who did a double batch and also had to cook mine around the 17min mark. I made mine in a large muffin tin that cooks 6 at a time - it worked fine :)

The review that said it didn't turn out as lava cake most likely overcooked it. I kept an eye on mine to ensure the top was cooked enough to hold the lava & that I didn't cook it right through.

I tried this recipie. Brilliant!!! Thank you:)

My son in law set me a challenge to make lava cake. I like to keep things simple so when I saw this recipe and how easy it looked, I made it! It turned out great,my family loved it! I will make more! Thank you for giving me confidence to try this awesome easy recipe!

Been wanting an awesome recipe for lava cake since I first tried it in Brunei. Thank you Chelsea x

I just made this. I tripled the mixture (2 x parts dark chocolate and 1 x part milk chocolate as we prefer it not so rich) and it made 8 (should have been 9) but think my ramekins are a bit bigger than standard ones. After 10-12 minutes was still too soft to touch on top. I had to cook it for 17 minutes in total and was perfect! My nephew, who requested the cakes for his birthday, was very happy. Dished it with ice-cream to finish it off . . . recommend you give it a try.

It didn't turn out as a lava cake as such! I was quite disappointed. Will never make this again!
CHELSEA: Hi there, if you didn't get the runny, lava centre the cakes probably needed to be cooked for a few minutes less.

I think it is amazing and it tastes yummy i would recomend this recipe for you

cant wait to make this lava cake as I have not made one in my entire life :) hopefully it turns out as good as it sounds

quick, super easy and totally delicious!!

i've never made a lava cake, can't wait to get started

Just made this after watching MKR, have to be honest, mine looked more 'lava' than the MKR contestants - I gave myself a 10/10


Best thing ever made.

My first time baking a lava cake, turned out really nice. i needed to make triple recipe

I just made this and it turned out perfect! My family loved it

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