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Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

Chocolate Lava Cake is a decadent and rich dessert that has become a popular treat all around the world. The origins of this dessert can be traced back to the 1980s when French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten accidentally undercooked a chocolate cake, creating a warm, gooey center that oozed out when cut. This happy accident led to the creation of the Chocolate Lava Cake that we know and love today.

For those with allergies, it is important to note that this recipe contains dairy and gluten. However, there are dairy-free and gluten-free alternatives that can be used to make this recipe suitable for those with allergies.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 6 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

For a healthier alternative, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with almond flour. Here is an Amazon link for almond flour:


  • 4 4-ounce ramekins

  • Medium saucepan

  • Mixing bowl

  • Whisk

  • Rubber spatula

Here is an Amazon link for the ramekins:


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.

  2. Grease each of the ramekins with butter and dust with flour, tapping out any excess.

  3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate together over low heat, stirring constantly until fully melted and combined.

  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until well combined.

  5. Slowly pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, whisking continuously until fully combined.

  6. Add the flour to the chocolate mixture and stir until just combined.

  7. Divide the mixture evenly between the four ramekins.

  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the edges are set and the centers are still slightly jiggly.

  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1-2 minutes before carefully flipping each ramekin over onto a plate to serve.

  10. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh berries or a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.

For those who enjoy a bit of spice, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper to the chocolate mixture for a little kick. However, be mindful that this may not be suitable for those with allergies or sensitivity to spicy foods.

In terms of calories, one serving of Chocolate Lava Cake typically ranges from 400-500 calories. However, by using almond flour instead of all-purpose flour and reducing the amount of sugar, you can slightly decrease the calorie count.

Overall, Chocolate Lava Cake is a delicious and indulgent dessert that is perfect for special occasions or simply satisfying a sweet tooth. With just a few simple ingredients and kitchen tools, you can easily create this restaurant-quality dessert in the comfort of your own home.

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