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Chocolate Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce

Whip up a restaurant favorite at home with a tried-and-tested recipe for the best Chocolate Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Servings 4 servings


For the lava cakes:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more for greasing ramekins
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Whipped cream or ice cream, for serving

For the raspberry sauce:

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup water, plus more as needed

Special Equipment: four (6-oz.) ramekins


    Make the lava cakes:

    • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease the ramekins with butter and set them aside.
    • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring as needed, until melted.
    • Whisk in the salt and vanilla extract.
    • Whisk in the eggs and egg yolks then whisk in the confectioners’ sugar and flour just until combined.
    • Divide the batter evenly among the greased ramekins then place them on a baking sheet.
    • Bake the lava cakes for 10 to 12 minutes until the cake it set but still slightly jiggly in the centers. (Note: Make the raspberry sauce while the lava cakes are baking.)
    • Remove the lava cakes from the oven and allow them to sit for 5 minutes.
    • Carefully run a knife around the inside edge of each ramekin then invert each lava cake onto a serving plate.

    Make the raspberry sauce:

    • Combine the raspberries, sugar and water in a blender. Purée the sauce until smooth, adding 1 tablespoon of additional water as needed, until the sauce thins to your desired consistency.
    • Strain the sauce through a sieve to remove the seeds (optional).
    • To serve, drizzle the raspberry sauce around each lava cake and top with a dollop or whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream (optional).
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