Flourless Chocolate Lava Cakes Recipe

Little pots of chocolate heaven Vicky Wasik

Little pots of satiny molten chocolate are the ultimate chocolate fix in under 30 minutes.

Notes: I used paper baking cups which held 7 tablespoons batter. Either 4-ounce or 6-ounce ramekins will also work. If using 6-ounce ramekins, divide batter between 6 ramekins instead of 7 and increase bake time by 2 minutes. Interior of cake, while still gooey, is 160°F when it comes out of the oven. This recipe was inspired by a special dessert made with low carb/low GI chocolate by Megan Lin of Cacao7.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 6 to 7 servings

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  • 8 ounces 70% bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

  • 12 tablespoons (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into cubes

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Butter seven 4-ounce ramekins (see note).

  2. Using microwave or a bowl set over pan of simmering water, melt chocolate with butter, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat.

  3. While chocolate is melting, whip eggs, sugar, and salt using mixer fitted with whip attachment on medium-high speed until mixture is lightened, about 5 minutes.

  4. Reduce speed to low and mix in chocolate mixture until combined. Spoon into cups and place on baking sheet. Bake until edges are set but center is underdone, about 10 minutes. Avoid over-baking. Let cool 3 minutes and serve.

Special equipment

mixer, 4-ounce or 6-ounce ramekins

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
464 Calories
36g Fat
29g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 7
Amount per serving
Calories 464
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 86mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 277mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)