Ooey-Gooey Lava Cakes

These decadent lava cakes are the perfect dessert for date night or special occasions. All you need is a handful of ingredients to complete this rich and fudgy dessert that's sure to be a new favorite. Did you know this recipe came from our exclusive Butter Club newsletter? You can sign up to receive more recipes like this one below.
45 min Prep Time
12 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 12 min
  • Servings: 4 Cakes

Servings: 4 Cakes


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more, softened, for greasing ramekins
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus more for dusting ramekins
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cups bittersweet chocolate, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar and fresh berries for serving


Step 1

Heat oven to 425°F. Grease 1-cup ramekins with butter and dust lightly with sugar. Place onto a rimmed baking sheet.

Step 2

Heat heavy cream in a small saucepan until boiling. Pour boiling cream over 1/2 cup chocolate in a small bowl and let sit 3 minutes. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Combine butter and remaining chocolate in a small bowl and melt over a double boiler. Alternatively, microwave in 30-second intervals until melted, stirring in between.

Step 4

Beat eggs, egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla in a medium bowl until light and frothy, 5-7 minutes. Gently fold in chocolate mixture. Add flour and fold to incorporate.

Step 5

Divide half of the batter between ramekins. Add 1/2 tablespoon of chilled ganache to center. Top with remaining batter.

Step 6

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges are firm and top is just set. Run a knife around edges and let cool 1 minute. Invert each ramekin onto a plate. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh berries.