Molten Lava Cakes

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Servings: 6 cakes
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 14 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
10 tablespoon (1 1/4 sticks) butter
2   (1-ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate
6   (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
3   large eggs
3   egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoon orange liquor





Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Melt chocolates and butter in the microwave or in a double boiler. Add flour and sugar to chocolate mixture. Stir in eggs until smooth. Stir in vanilla and orange liquor. Divide batter evenly among custard cups. Bake for 14 minutes. Edges should be firm but the center will be runny. Run a knife around the edge to loosen and invert onto dessert plate.

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Reader Comments:


what type of butter? Im assuming nonsalted?

By Katelyn on December 23, 2012


Does any one know if I can make a full sized cake a molten lava cake? As in a normal sized birthday cake, would I be able to make it a lava cake? Thanks for your help.

By Mary on May 21, 2012


Can I make a full sized molten lava CAKE? As a birthday cake? Will it work? I want to make one as a full sized birthday cake but I do not see it anywhere where it is done that large.

By Mary on May 20, 2012


Going to try this recipe! But, do you have to add the orange liquor!? I was hoping not...

By Natalie Clark on May 17, 2011


The BOMB!!! The best chocolate lava cake ever created!!! Everyone has to bake this simple quick and absolutely delicious recipe!! 10 STARS!!!

By Anonymous on January 05, 2011


Last year, just prior to my birthday, my sister asked what my favorite cake was. I never dreamed she'd actually bake these for me! This recipe is fantastic! Best of all, they freeze well too. Just nuke them and the lava flows. She made more for me this year and has now started a tradition. I don't mind being a year older if it means receiving these little lava gems!

By Anonymous on November 23, 2010


My sister in-law made these cakes and she said it was easy and are they super good. She did not have simi-sweet chocolate only bittersweet and they were still super good. Can't wait to try them myself.

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By Anonymous on August 17, 2010


These are excellent! Have made them 3 times, and perfect every time. I bake for about 12 minutes in dark non-stick big muffin pan.

By Anonymous on April 23, 2010


This is absolutely delish! I prepared it earlier in the day and put it in the oven after dinner. Simple, simple, simple. When I put ice cream on top, it actually sizzled a bit. Thanks for the great recipe.

By Anonymous on February 15, 2010


Couldn't be easier to make and turned out exactly as their name describes!! Lava really flows out when you cut into the cake!! I've made a much more complex recipe that didn't have the lava that these do! Wonderful ending to any special meal!

By Anonymous on January 13, 2010

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