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Chocolate Lava Cake topped with Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake

Rich, fudgy, and decadent molten cake fortified with rum and nutmeg and filled with a silky chocolatey filling. These impressive but easy to prepare cakes come together in less than 20 minutes and make the perfect Valentine's Day dessert or when you need a quick-fix dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, lava cake, molten cake, molten lava cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 611kcal
Author Imma


  • 2 (28g) oz dark chocolate
  • 2 (28g) oz milk chocolate
  • 5 (70) tablespoons butter
  • ¼ (31.25) cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ (93.75g) cups confectioner's sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 (4.2g) teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15ml) tablespoon rum
  • ½ (1g) teaspoon nutmeg (optional) for nutmeg lovers only


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Lightly grease 3 " 6-ounce" or 4 "4-ounce" custard cups or small ramekins with a cooking spray or butter.
  • Combine the chocolates and butter in a medium bowl, then microwave. If microwave is not your thing, then melt it in a double broiler over medium heat while stirring occasionally until melted.
  • Whisk in the flour and sugar into the chocolate mixture, making sure everything is incorporated.
  • Stir in the eggs until everything is even and smooth. Add the vanilla extract, rum, and nutmeg. Mix well, scrape down the sides.
  • Divide the mixture evenly among the custard cups. Bake for at least 8 -10 minutes. The cakes will rise slightly and will wiggle if you shake the pan slightly.
  • Run a knife around the edges of the ramekins to loosen and invert the cakes onto dessert plates.
  • Serve warm with ice-cream, whipped cream, strawberry, or powdered sugar.


  1. You can use 4, 6, or 8-oz ramekins or a muffin pan. 
  2. Make sure to dust your muffin pan cups with cocoa powder or grease it with a cooking spray or butter so the lava cakes won’t stick to them.
  3. You may omit nutmeg, vanilla extract, or rum, but these three add a great a flavor profile in this lava cake recipe.
  4. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 16-oz ramekin | Calories: 611kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 214mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg