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Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

Chef John's chocolate lava cake recipe produces four individual molten chocolate cakes with gooey, oozing centers. They're sure to impress your guests!
Makes:4 servings


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 3½ ounces chopped dark chocolate
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 0.125 teaspoon vanilla extract


Prep:30 mCook:20 mReady:1 h 35 m
  1. Generously butter the insides of four 5 1/2-ounce ramekins.
  2. Whisk egg yolks, eggs, and sugar together in a bowl until light, foamy, and lemon colored.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval, 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir melted chocolate mixture into egg and sugar mixture until combined. Sift in cocoa powder and stir to combine. Sift in flour and salt; stir to combine into a batter. Stir in vanilla.
  5. Transfer batter to a resealable plastic bag. Snip off one corner of the bag with scissors to create a tip. Divide batter evenly between the prepared ramekins; gently tap ramekins on the counter to remove any air bubbles. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  7. Arrange chilled ramekins in a casserole dish. Pour enough hot tap water into the casserole dish to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Loosen the edges from each ramekin with a knife. Invert cakes onto serving plates and dust with powdered sugar.

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