Chocolate Lava Cakes

Dessert, Recipe | November 5, 2014 | By

Joe loves Chocolate Lava Cakes, and I am not a baker. This is a problem that he asked if I would remedy – so I took to the search for a recipe I could work with. First, I didn’t want a 2849308 long ingredient list. I also didn’t want to have to put too much effort into it because, again, I’m not a baker. And if I could avoid having to use a mixer, that would be great too. 

I found the perfect one in this one from Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman. I altered the recipe to suit our tastes and the ingredients I had on hand. The husband said it was delicious, and Pickle said, “This is the best cake ever. I mean literally.” So consider that a resounding endorsement. 

Chocolate Lave Cakes

This was so unbelievably simple, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to make these and now that I have, I can see them being the perfect thing to pop in the oven when you want some ooey gooey chocolate. 

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This is likely what heaven looks like… a bowl full of butter and chocolate. Melt the butter in the microwave (about a minute) and then wisk until the chocolate melts. 

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Keep wisking until all the chocolate is mixed in and melted. 


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Stir in your powdered sugar.

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Add eggs and vanilla.

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Then your flour. 

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Spoon this into well buttered ramekins – this recipe used 6 4 oz. ramekins which is the perfect size, in my opinion. Bake for approximately 13 minutes, allow to sit for 2 minutes, then invert onto a plate. 

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Seeing that circle of ooey goodness right there in the middle made me very excited. Top with powdered sugar (if you want) and serve with ice cream (or whipped cream. or not. This is desert. Do your thing!)

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Right?? Warm, runny, dark chocolate. Doesn’t get much better than that. 


Chocolate Lava Cakes
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  1. 1 stick of butter plus extra for greasing ramekins
  2. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I prefer Hershey's Special Dark)
  3. 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  4. 3 whole eggs
  5. 1 egg yolk
  6. 1 tsp vanilla
  7. 1/2 cup flour
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease ramekins with butter and place on baking sheet.
  2. Put butter and chocolate chips into a bowl and microwave until the butter melts (1 minute).
  3. Wisk the chocolate and butter until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Stir powdered sugar into butter and chocolate.
  5. Stir in eggs and vanilla.
  6. Fold in flour.
  7. Spoon batter into ramekins and bake for 13 minutes.
  8. Allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  9. Turn the ramekin upside down onto a plate.
  10. Top with desired toppings and serve warm.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman - Ree Drummond
the PickleBee


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        November 11, 2014

        These look so incredibly yummy! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at On Display Thursday! Pinning!

        Shelly @ The Domestic Heart

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    November 8, 2014

    My daughter LOVES these lava cakes, and she loves to bake. I can’t wait to give her this recipe, thanks for sharing!

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    Judee@ Gluten Free A-Z Blog
    November 10, 2014

    I’ve always been intrigued by lava cakes. It seems so mysterious to me the way they work. This recipe looks nice and simple and I can make it with gluten free flour. Thanks for sharing. Found you on Ms. EnPlace at See ya in the Gumbo.

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    Emily Marie
    November 10, 2014

    That looks great! It is always so satisfying to break into a lava cake and see the gooey chocolate.

    Found you at the Your Time to Shine linkup!

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    November 13, 2014

    What is it about that ooey gooey chocolate? It makes me chocolate cravings go nuts. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday. Hope to see you there again this week!

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    Kristina and Millie
    November 14, 2014

    ohhh lava cakes are one of my favs! I haven’t tried to make my own, just splurge if we order pizza out so I am not sure how it will go over now I can make my own every day!! nom nom nom!!

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      November 15, 2014

      That’s exactly what started the lava cake issue with my husband… he ordered them with pizza! Now he likes mine better!

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    November 15, 2014

    We love lava cakes and make them every Valentine’s day. Will have to try your version. Thanks for linking, Erin!

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    November 16, 2014

    I have never been disappointed by a Pioneer Woman recipe! These look amazing. They might be gracing our dinner table this week. Thanks so much for linking up at Talented Tuesday!


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    November 17, 2014

    I’ve always been intimidated by lava cakes, but these look totally do-able! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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    Laura@Baking in Pyjamas
    November 20, 2014

    How yummy, I love that oozing chocolatey filling. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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