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Do you ever feel like you are a volcano waiting to explode? Like a ticking time bomb?

Yeah, that was me today. A giant volcano full of lava and ready to erupt! Come on admit it, I am not the only one who can feel this way sometimes.

You see there are a lot of people coming in and out of our house, ALL DAY LONG. It never stops – the eating, the cleaning, the noise! With a large family full of boys it is pretty chaotic on a day-to-day basis. For someone like me, a total clean freak and type A person, it can really get to you sometimes! Today was just one of those days.

So you know what I did?

I told everyone to get out! No, not out of the house, but out of the kitchen. My kitchen! I just gave them boot and said let me do my thing!

I have two ways of releasing stress. Hiking and baking. Normally I would just set out on a hike, but I had already done one and was pretty tired. So baking to the rescue! What did I make? A Chocolate Lave Cake! Full of molten chocolate just waiting to ooze out.

Really, is there a better way to de-stress than ooey gooey chocolate?

I let the fam have some too, and even heated back up in the microwave (about a minute depending on the strength of your microwave) these are still delicious! These can be prepared ahead of time and baked during dinner. Making the perfect desert for any of your holiday dinner parties. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a drool worthy dessert. Your friends and family will be licking their ramekins clean!

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 736 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 4 oz . semisweet chocolate
  • 8 tablespoons . unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Flour
  • 4 pieces Hersey's Dark Chocolate Bar


  • Preheat Oven to 450 degrees.
  • Melt butter and chocolate in the microwave stirring every 15 seconds until smooth.
  • Whip eggs, yolks, sugar and vanilla with a mixer for about 10 minutes on high speed.
  • Fold melted chocolate and butter into the egg mixture. Fold in flour until just combined. Grease four 6-oz. ramekins, then spoon the mixture into the ramekins.
  • Place one dark chocolate square in each ramekin.
  • Bake at 450° F for 10-15 minutes. The center will be quite soft, but the top and sides will be set. Let sit out of the oven for about 5 minutes, then unmold onto a plate or serve in ramekins with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


* These are best served warm right out of the oven, but leftovers can be reheated in the microwave.
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Adapted from Ghirardelli.

So please next time you feel like a volcano, just make some chocolate lava cakes and let your stress ooze away.

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  1. 3 stars
    Very chocolaty but the centres were undercooked despite leaving them in for the required baking time. I wonder if there is an error in the amount of flour required. 1 tbsp seems too little and perhaps that’s the issue. Your recipes usually deliver 100%. Not sure why this one didn’t work for me. Love your recipes ❤️

    1. Hey Liane,
      Thanks for giving this recipe a try, so sorry to hear you had some issues. The measurements are correct, but if you refer to the publish date of this recipe, it’s 10 years old, I’ve not made it for a very long time so I can’t say off the top of my head where it went wrong! xTieghan

  2. Hi I just made the molten chocolate cakes from your cookbook and they were easy and amazing! Question- if I wanted to make them for a dinner party, should I make the batter and fill the ramekins and then just leave them out at room temp before I eventually bake them while we eat?
    Or maybe refrigerate the raw batter? I don’t want to mess them up! I’m loooving your cookbook, thanks!!

    1. Hey Annie! I would keep the cakes in the fridge, then remove them while the oven preheats so they can come to room temp. Bake as directed! Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love the recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

  3. OMG this is like chocolate heaven! Thanks for linking up with Foodie Friends Friday! Remember to limit your links to three recipes. Thanks!

  4. Oh my do these look heavenly. I’ve never made a lava cake before but I will now! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  5. This dish makes me speechless! It looks so unbelievably delicious!
    You did a really great job on that! I wonder if I can get it to look like that?!

  6. Perfect stress reliever — so smart of you to come up with this and let us all in the secret! Thanks so much for sharing on busy Monday!

  7. I’ve had this at restaurants and have never made it. My kids will be thrilled. Please share this on my foodie friday party today.

  8. Oooh! I love lava cakes! Yours looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity at Mom On Timeout. Hope to see you back tonight!

  9. Heavenly for sure! I destress in the kitchen too….to the benefit of everyone in the home, right? Thanks for sharing this great recipe at Weekend Potluck.