Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2

This recipe for Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 comes together in just 25 minutes with only 6 ingredients! These decadent cakes have a luscious, molten chocolate center and if desired, a dulce de leche surprise.

This recipe for Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 comes together in just 25 minutes with only 6 ingredients! These decadent cakes have a luscious, molten chocolate center and if desired, a dulce de leche surprise.Did you know that chocolate lava cakes are actually super easy to make, and you can have them ready to serve in 25 minutes? Because they’re such a restaurant dessert, I always assumed they were a pain in the butt to make and definitely wouldn’t turn out as well.

This recipe for Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 comes together in just 25 minutes with only 6 ingredients! These decadent cakes have a luscious, molten chocolate center and if desired, a dulce de leche surprise.That was a mistake. These Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes are as simple as can be, but are still super impressive to serve. With just 6 ingredients and less than a half hour, you can be indulging in rich chocolate cake that’s gushing with a rich chocolate molten center…or, if you’re feeling extra indulgent, you can fill your cakes with dulce de leche or caramel! I added dulce de leche to the center of one of my cakes, and it was decadently delicious.

This recipe for Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 comes together in just 25 minutes with only 6 ingredients! These decadent cakes have a luscious, molten chocolate center and if desired, a dulce de leche surprise.The key to these cakes is that molten center. A minute too long in the oven and the cakes won’t ooze the way you want them too. The key is to keep them in the oven for about 8 minutes, and then check on them until the edges are firm and just beginning to pull from the ramekin. The top should be just slightly shiny and jiggly. My dulce de leche filled lava cake was baked just one minute longer than the other one, but was considerably less gooey and molten when I dug my spoon in. And that oozing chocolate is just what makes these so irresistible. See rush of chocolate pictured below to be convinced.

Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2

If that doesn’t get ya, I don’t know what will. These Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 are perfect for you and your Valentine’s Day date, or for when you want a little self indulgence. Another awesome thing about these is that you can totally only bake one at a time if you’d like. Just throw the second into the fridge (wrap in plastic first) and bake when you want it (within a week or so).

This recipe for Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 comes together in just 25 minutes with only 6 ingredients! These decadent cakes have a luscious, molten chocolate center and if desired, a dulce de leche surprise.

Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2
 
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Serves: 2 cakes
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons dulce de leche, optional
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Butter and lightly flour two 6-ounce ramekins. Set the prepared ramekins on a baking sheet.
  2. In a microwavable bowl, combine finely chopped chocolate and cubes of butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Heat in 15 seconds increments, stirring in between each one, until mixture is completely melted and smooth. Let cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat the egg with the egg yolk, sugar and salt at high speed until thick and pale.
  4. Add the chocolate and flour to the egg mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Divide the batter between the prepared ramekins. If you're using dulce de leche, fill the ramekin halfway, and then add 1 tablespoon of dulce de leche to each. Top with the remaining batter.
  6. Bake for about 9-10 minutes, or until the sides of the cakes are firm but the centers are soft. Let the cakes cool for 1 minute, run a thin knife around each to loosen the cake, and then cover with an inverted dessert plate. Carefully turn each one over, let stand for 10 seconds and remove the ramekin.
  7. Garnish with powdered sugar and berries if desired. Serve immediately.

This recipe for Easy Chocolate Lava Cakes for 2 comes together in just 25 minutes with only 6 ingredients! These decadent cakes have a luscious, molten chocolate center and if desired, a dulce de leche surprise.

Comments

  1. Love lava cakes! The dulce de leche center sounds amazing!

  2. These are so romantic ;) I love lava cakes and I like how you’res is easy to make. Pinned!

  3. Oh how I sooo want these!

  4. Can’t even handle the oozing chocolate!! Gahhhh

  5. Chocolate lava cakes are my very favorite. That ‘motion picture’ you have going there is killing me! It’s wonderful!

  6. Oh how I love chocolate lava cakes! There is a fancy restaurant in town, and if you wanted the chocolate lava cake you would have to order it before dinner so they would have enough time to cook it. I assumed it was so super tricky. Off to get the recipe!

  7. Six ingredients?! Wow… sounds too good to be true, but it clearly is :) Delicious!

  8. These look lovely Rachel! I’m including them in my Valentine’s Day roundup if I may? :)

  9. Omg YES! Those look so incredibly amazing! The chocolate/caramel on the inside is so oozy and gooey and just so darn delicious looking! Pinned :)

  10. Rachel, I love these!!! you are so right! easy, but so impressive and gorgeous!! Congrats on Parade Magazine!!! I’m making your cookies today! will post photos!
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  11. Oh yum! My hubby loves chocolate lava cake! This would be great for valentines day!
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  12. I’ve never made lava cakes but have been dying to try. You’ve made it look so easy and beautiful! Congrats on being in Parade Magazine! Good for you.
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  13. One of my favorite desserts. I think making it at home would be fun because when I order it in a restaurant I always want to drink with a giant glass of cold milk and you just can’t do that, at home I can eat it with whatever I want!
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  14. Lava cakes are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
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  15. Oh look at that gooey chocolate center. Can I have one, pretty please? It looks stunning!
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  16. I’ve never made homemade lava cakes because, like you said, I always thought they were complicated! Good to know they aren’t and that they can have dulce de leche in the middle. :) Clicking over to check out the recipe! Your gif is perfect.
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  17. This is dangerous for me! I love chocolate lava cake! I could easily gain 15 pounds with this recipe! haha!

  18. THAT GIF. And these cakes and just stoppp. They look epic beyond all epic-ness. Pinning!
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  19. Oh my gosh, how dangerous!! haha I mean for 2 means that I can make them more often right??? :)
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  20. Annnnd I now know part of what I’ll make for Valentine’s Day! I adore lava cakes!!
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  21. These cakes are dangerously quick-and-easy to make!
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  22. I am OBSESSED with that gif, Rachel. OMG! This looks insanely delicious <3
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  23. I always wondered what the secret to the cake was!

  24. This is dangerously too easy!! I will definitely be trying this out.
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  25. That would be great to enjoy on Valentine’s day with someone special. Thanks for sharing it.
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  26. Oh, delicious! <3 I want to make this for my Hubs – he'd LOVE this! <3
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  27. Oh, delicious! <3 I want to make this for my Hubs – he'd LOVE this!
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  28. Yum, this looks like it would be so good.
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  29. Chocolate lava cakes always remind of Valentine’s Day! They are so impressive and gorgeous!! Love that these are so easy to whip up! That gif looks amazing!

  30. Hey congratulations on your new gig! I can’t wait to jump over and grab the recipe so I can try these beautiful cakes for myself!
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  31. ERMAGHERD….. these are calling my name big time! That molten center… holy cow! Now this is my type of dessert!
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  32. Few things make me happier than the sight of that molten chocolate center….omgeeeeee *drool(

  33. What kind of chocolate do you use for the center instead of Dulce de leche?

  34. Amber Olney says:

    Is there a paleo version of these?

    • Hi Amber…I actually made a Paleo version of these the other day, trying to get them done for Valentine’s Day but I slightly over-cooked my batch so they didn’t “lava”. I have this recipe for Paleo Chocolate Melting Cakes, which is similar. I could also send over the paleo version of these cakes which still tasted great, if you’re interested :)

      • Amber Olney says:

        Thank you!! This is perfect. I think I’ll try the Chocolate Strawberry Cups for this Valentine’s Day, but I will keep the melting cakes recipe at hand for future reference!! I’m in love with your recipes!! :)

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