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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.

Chocolate Lava Cake on white plate with raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries

Just look at that silky river of melted chocolate spilling from the center of a tender cake. It is chocolate dessert perfection!

Chocolate Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce on dessert plates with fresh raspberries; bowl with whipped cream

One of the most common questions I get is, “What’s your all-time favorite dessert?” My answer has been the same since I was 10 years old: chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream and raspberry sauce.

Small bowls containing confectioners' sugar, flour, eggs, chocolate, vanilla extract, salt and butter

The combination of intensely sweet chocolate and slightly sour raspberries is a winning flavor duo. Add the pairing of warm chocolate with cool ice cream and we have the most winning combination.

Four ramekins containing lava cake batter on baking sheet

The beauty of this recipe is that from start to finish, you only need 18 minutes to make it all happen. I repeat: 18 minutes!

Baked cake in ramekin

The cakes bake up beautifully in small ramekins, which means YOU get a lava cake and YOU get a lava cake and YOU get a lava cake!

Blender containing fresh raspberry sauce

There is no sharing required for these individual chocolate lava cakes. All you have to decide is if you’re serving yours with a cool scoop of ice cream or a pillowy dollop of whipped cream.

The best Chocolate Lava Cake with Raspberry Sauce, powdered sugar and fresh raspberries

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Chocolate Lava Cake on white plate with raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries


Chocolate Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce

For the lava cakes:

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

For the raspberry sauce:

  • 1
    fresh raspberries
  • 1/4
    sugar, or more to taste
  • 1/4
    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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Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Lava Cakes with Raspberry Sauce

Amount Per Serving

Calories 687
Calories from Fat 351

% Daily Value*

Fat 39g60%

Saturated Fat 22g138%

Cholesterol 242mg81%

Sodium 117mg5%

Potassium 269mg8%

Carbohydrates 77g26%

Fiber 5g21%

Sugar 54g60%

Protein 9g18%

Vitamin A 972IU19%

Vitamin C 8mg10%

Calcium 59mg6%

Iron 4mg22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.